Martyn Underhill

Chair – Martyn Underhill

Martyn has a master’s degree and Diploma in Criminology and is a qualified Project and Programme Manager. Previously, Martyn was a Detective Chief Inspector with Sussex Police, who retired in 2009 after 30 years of service. Martyn then became Project Manager for Child Rescue Alert, launching it in the UK in 2003 with Sara Payne. On retirement Martyn moved to Dorset but continued campaigning for child safeguarding issues, including Sarah’s Law which was introduced in Dorset in 2010. Martyn has long campaigned for people with mental health issues to get the right care, at the right time and in the right place. As Chair of the Mental Health PCC Working Party, Martyn has spearheaded a national campaign to improve crisis care for people with mental health needs across England, The Mental Health Concordat was launched in February 2014.

Paul iggulden

Vice chair – Paul Iggulden – As a registered Public Health Consultant with over twenty years public sector experience, Paul brings a highly valuable combination of Public Health skills and management and analytical know how to help address organisational challenges and bring about the changes needed to improve health and wellbeing. He has worked at Associate Director level in Public Health in a Primary Care Trust and more recently the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (October 2012 – November 2014). Paul’s Public Health experience embraces local, national and International work, includes analytical roles such as Public Health Epidemiologist, Project management including a $3m per annum collaborative project with an American College and valuable experience as a Knowledge Manager. Paul is a highly experienced and competent impact assessment practitioner; The HIA in particular brings together skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis. An experienced conference presenter has honed communication skills through reflective practice and training. Paul has enthusiasm for helping teams to perform to the best of their ability has led to extensive training in facilitation techniques and experience of running workshop sessions. He combines rigor and discipline in analytical approaches with creative thinking to make connections across a range of disciplines. These exceptional skills and reflective practice enable Paul to draw upon a wide range of experiences to ‘re-frame’ problems as opportunities. Context-sensitive leadership skills enable leadership outside of authority coaching and mentoring consistently inspire others to identify and implement solutions to bring about desired change.

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This is the logo that local residents have helped design for West Howe community Enterprises.
The image is based around a design by schoolchildren Holly and Jaymie at Heathlands School and has been crafted by talented local graphic designer Natalie Kibble, a volunteer on the West Howe communications project.
Natalie said: “We wanted to design something bright and eye catching that symbolises the community spirit here. Many residents and schoolchildren designed logos and a team of volunteers for West Howe Community Enterprises chose the elements they liked the best.
The Logo, used on the community website, is the branding for West Howe Community Enterprises.”

Jane Kelly

Treasurer – Jane Kelly – Jane has been self-employed for most of her working life, running a mixed farm in Wiltshire from 1980 to 2003 and before that running a clothing manufacturing business. She moved to Bournemouth in 2004 to retire by the sea but was lured into local Government and successfully stood as a Councillor for Boscombe West in 2011. Jane joined the Cabinet of Bournemouth Council in 2012 and so as well as dealing with issues in her Ward, she has experience in being lead Member for Regeneration, Public Health and Community Safety across Bournemouth. Jane loves being able to make a difference to people’s lives is so rewarding and her job is very varied. Coming from a self-employed background, she sits on the committees of several local voluntary and third sector organisations and often act as the Treasurer, which has given great insight into the work of those Charities who are often a lifeline to people facing all kinds of challenges. Whilst serving as a Councillor, Jane has learnt so much about the demographic of Bournemouth, about their problems as well as their successes and has met many people from all sectors of the population and therefore has links to draw on to help when required.

Sue Bickler

Sue Bickler – After a Sociology and French degree at University Sue worked initially in Community Development in Leeds (her home town) and then moved on to the Tenant Participation Advisory Service she worked with many public sector landlords across the country developing and implementing tenant involvement strategies, delivering training and consultancy support, ensuring a strong voice and influence for those living in public sector housing. Moving to London she worked for a large Housing Association in London as a Housing Policy Officer and was then seconded to a highly successful regeneration programme in Tower Hamlets, managing the community development team and the rehousing of those affected by the demolition and rebuild programme, maximising involvement and choice. From 2002 she led the Bournemouth Neighbourhood Management Programme, part of the then National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, again focusing on area of deprivation, supporting a Resident led Board to develop local solutions. In a move back into Local Government as a Senior Manager she was responsible for managing a range of teams, including Community Safety, Community Development, the Local Strategic Partnership, Equalities and also managing the relationships with a range of partners including the Council for Voluntary Services, Citizens Advice and Healthwatch. A particular focus and interest was and remains tackling complex issues in areas of disadvantage, developing strong multi agency partnerships and pulling together broad strategies involving all stakeholders – communities and service providers – to improve service delivery and hence outcomes for local people. In this role, Sue has been connected to WHCE for many years, working alongside WHCE, commissioning services from the organisation and supporting its development. Sue now works in the Health Service, for Altogether Better, enabling GP practices to better meet the non-clinical needs of their patients. A strong theme throughout Sue’s career has been seeking and developing solutions from within communities and developing strong multi agency partnerships.

Jackie Grabowski

Jackie Grabowski – Jackie is local resident so has a vested interest in improving the community for all local residents. She has experience of the voluntary sector both as a volunteer and in a paid post as part of the Dove Volunteer Training project, which was a funded by the Lottery within the local community. Jackie gained employment by the Dove project after attending the course herself. She has also volunteered for the Children Centre in the café where she gained key skills in communication, budgeting and working as part of a team. Jackie has also volunteered at Streetwise Safety Centre working as a Guide touring the centre whilst giving safety advice and pointing out dangers in both the home and outdoors. During this period key skills were honed in time management, team work and confidence to Speak in public to large groups. Previous to all this volunteer work and continuing today, volunteers in Girl Guiding for over ten years as a youth leader working with children aged 5 – 15 years. Using and developing creative skills in Craft making, baking, planning and delivering an interesting and varied termly program. As a leader she completed a leadership qualification for which she showed competence in completing all of the above and also run accounts for the group. Self-identified skills which she additionally brings to the role include household budgeting with finances, diplomacy, general maintenance & gardening, team work, the ability to accept without judging, understanding problems and working out resolutions.

Leonora Spearpoint

Leonora Spearpoint – Leonora moved to Bournemouth in 1983 from rural Sussex when she and her husband bought a business on East Howe Lane. In 1985 they moved onto West Howe and have lived there ever since, raising 3 three children who attended the then Heathlands First School, Kingsleigh First and Second Schools, Oakmead School, Winton Boys, and Glenmoor School for Girls. Leonora and family were active members of the congregation at St Phillips Church on Moore Ave and remember the move from the old “Scout hut” style building into the present modern building. As a volunteer she has helped to run the Mother & Toddler group at St Phillips. In the early 1990’s Leonora was a Parent Governor at Heathlands First School and became an Adult Literacy Tutor teaching English to locally settled Vietnamese refugees and assisting in an evening class for local adults at Winton Boys School. Although work and family commitments took her away from volunteering, she has always taken an interest in her local community and remembers when the community first took over the Inspiring Change Shop from the then Bartlett’s Butchers shop. Leonora has met many friends and neighbours while living here, now seeing second and third generations coming through!
In 1976 Leonora began working in Library and Information Sciences in East Sussex working for Brighton Central Libraries on the Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb estates (areas very similar to West Howe), East Sussex County Library HQ – Acquisitions and Cataloguing, then Children’s Librarian at Lewes Public Library gaining qualifications to Library Manager level. After moving to West Howe, she worked in West Howe and Kinson Libraries in the late 80s – early 90s, then moved to spend 11yrs working at Bournemouth University Library. While here she began to study for a BSc Social Sciences with the Open University. Her studies included “Knowledge Information & Care” which meant she was then able to manage library information focused on health and social care. Leonora made the move to Adult Social Care in 2001 when she began working for local charity Help & Care, working in partnership with Care Direct Bournemouth. The next 18 years were spent working on factsheet research and information management, NHS Information Standard Administration, along with website data moderation for Help & Care and Dorset County Council for the pan-Dorset Adult Social Care website Leonora has now retired with her husband and has time to begin volunteering as a Trustee to help grow services and facilities here in our West Howe community.

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