Our Staff

We have developed an innovative way of working that brings a wealth of skill and expertise to help organisations and groups in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in South Gloucestershire to evolve and grow.

Our small staff team and network of Associates can provide our standard support services and tailored and specialised support.

Our network of Associates bring together a number of professionals with a wide range of skill and expertise.   

Our small dedicated staff team comprises of

  • Chief Officer, Helen Black 
  • Finance Officer, Jackie Lawton
  • Business Support Officer, Tara-Louise Jordan (on maternity leave, currently being covered by Valeria Chacin)
  • Development Officer, seconded to South Gloucestershire Disability Network, Sophie Wainwright

Helen Black, Chief Officer

Working in Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) infrastructure since 1998, Helen has been Chief Officer of CVS South Gloucestershire since January 2010.  Previous roles include Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Forum for Voluntary Organisations and Deputy Director of Bradford CVS.

Helen is a local champion and advocate for the local third sector.  A critical friend, Helen provides advice around good governance working alongside a team of 10 Associates providing a wide range of organisational development support services for organisations across South Gloucestershire.

Vice Chair of the South Gloucestershire Local Strategic Partnership and Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, Helen is a member of a number of Boards and Partnerships in the area.

Helen is Parent Governor at the Dean Academy and Trustee of the Ancient Tree Forum.

Her areas of responsibility are:

Partnership Working: Compact Implementation Group Vice Chair, Chair VCSE Leaders Board

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector representation and advocacy: South Gloucestershire Local Strategic Partnership, Chief Officers Group, Safer & Stronger Partnership Vice Chair, Economy and Skills Partnership, Children’s Trust Board Vice Chair,

Contact Helen: 01454 865205 or helen.black@cvs-sg.org.uk

Jackie Lawton, Finance Officer

Jackie has worked directly in finance and administration roles for 15 years, and joined CVS South Gloucestershire in June 2013. In July 2015 she successfully completed her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Qualification

Her areas of responsibility are Managing Finances for CVS and for CVS Delivery Partners

Contact Jackie: 01454 865205 or jackie.lawton@cvs-sg.org.uk

Tara-Louise Jordan, Business Support Officer

(On Maternity Leave, currently being covered by Valeria Chacin)

Tara provides support to CVS South Gloucestershire including ensuring the CVS office at Poole Court is well maintained to support staff, support the maintenance and review of our policies, co-ordinating the work of the Associates and the Social Enterprise & Innovation Programme, arranging meetings, workshops and conferences, supporting the Trustee Board and administering the CVS membership scheme. 

Contact Tara-Lou: 01454 865205 or tara.jordan@cvs-sg.org.uk

Sophie Wainwright

Sophie is employed by CVS and seconded to South Gloucestershire Disability Network.

Sophie has a wide range of experience in the charity sector, particularly in project-based roles creating social change, from a large-scale EU-funded project to community behaviour change projects. She currently also works managing volunteers for another local charity.

Contact Sophie: sophie@sgden.org.uk