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Our Team2018-10-09T11:20:30+00:00

Our team

The Plunkett Foundation Team

Plunkett is made up of a great team of people with the range of skills and expertise needed to support your community business at every stage. We’re always happy to help, so click on their profiles below for some more information and our contact details.

If you have a general enquiry, please contact:

  • 01993 810730

Aimée Evans,
Project Manager

Aimée joined the team at Plunkett in April 2015 to support rural communities through the process of setting up and running community co-operatives. Before joining Plunkett, Aimée worked for Healthwatch Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, where she has worked with rural Community and Voluntary groups for over ten years. Aimée graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA hons in Cultural Studies and has previously enjoyed volunteering on the management committee of her local youth club and Home-Start organisation.

Amanda Gibson,
Finance and Operations Officer

Ashley Sellwood,
Communications & Marketing Officer

Ashley joined Plunkett in 2016 as Events & Marketing Assistant. Ashley’s first role was in 2013 as a Communications Apprentice for Oxfordshire County Council. Before his current role, Ashley was part of a busy Communications team at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. As well as previous experience volunteering for Age UK and Abingdon United FC, Ashley has a diversity of skills in Marketing, Engagement and Events. Ashley looks after Plunkett’s social media accounts and website as well as other marketing roles for the Foundation.

Chris Cowcher,
Head of Community Business

Chris was appointed Head of Community Business in June 2018 and leads the frontline delivery team, who provide direct support to community groups and businesses. Chris joined the Plunkett Foundation having spent a decade working in the rural community development sector; with the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and South Gloucestershire Council. He has also worked on national policy directly relating to sustainable communities, whilst working for Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) the national umbrella body for the ACRE Network.

Donna Smith,
Community Business Manager

Donna joined the Plunkett Foundation in September 2004 as Projects Assistant in the Consultancy and Training Division before going on to the role of Projects Manager in the Community Retailing Team, managing projects relating to Plunkett’s support for community-owned village shops. Prior to this she worked for 15 years for West Oxfordshire District Council dealing with statistics and subsidies, and then went on to study for an HND at Oxford Brookes University in Business and Finance. Donna’s current role is working to deliver support for community-owned rural services.

Hannah Barrett,
Project Manager

Hannah re-joined Plunkett in June 2018 to project manage the Making Local Woods Work programme. She previously worked at Plunkett between 2011-2016; during this time she co-ordinated a wide variety of urban and rural projects in the UK, Ireland and Canada, supporting enterprises from shops, pubs and cafes, to farms and leisure centres. Hannah left the organisation in 2016 to specialise in fundraising and event management.

Harriet English,
Head of Engagement

Harriet was appointed Head of Engagement at Plunkett Foundation in March 2017 and leads the Engagement Team to deliver our membership, events, communications and marketing activity. Harriet joined Plunkett in December 2008 as support to the Rural Community Shops Projects. Since joining Plunkett, Harriet has led on a range of campaigns and events as well as leading the development of membership for all our supporters and community co-operatives. Having been brought up in rural West Oxfordshire she has always had a keen interest in the countryside. Harriet graduated from the University of Exeter in 2006 with a BA in Human Geography.

James Alcock,
Executive Director

James was appointed Executive Director in April 2018, and is responsible for the strategic development and day to day operations of the Foundation. James joined Plunkett in August 2007, and has since established our core advisory service for rural community businesses, consisting an advice line, advisory support programmes, events and membership. James is a BA (Hons) and MSc by Research graduate in Human Geography, both of which focused on rural community issues.

Louise Turner,
Community Business Officer

Lucia Jesus,
Community Business Officer

Maurice Edgington,
Senior Finance Officer

Maurice joined the team in 2013 on a part time basis to strengthen the financial side of the reporting to the trustees and the systems within the organization. A qualified accountant, Maurice began his career in private practise but moved to industry as he qualified. With experience in large companies in leisure and publishing and SMEs in software and design agencies, and retailing. Maurice had a leading role on the development of employee ownership in the UK when Roadchef launched the first Employee Share Ownership Plan in the UK in 1986.

Monica Ferguson,
Senior Project Manager

Monica joined Plunkett in 2011 as Events Manager and delivered 25 events across the UK as part of the Village SOS campaign. From 2012, Monica designed Plunkett’s project management systems and led on a range of projects, including Urban Food Routes and Our Urban Shop. Monica currently manages a number of Plunkett’s projects and partnership projects. Previous to this, Monica worked in fundraising for the international conservation organisation WWF and disability charity SeeAbility.

Sarah Taylor,
Events and Engagement Officer

Tasha Bevan,
Membership Officer

Tasha joined the team in May 2016 to provide initial advice and legal guidance for groups who are looking to set up a Community Enterprise. She has now moved into a role in Membership to support groups that are at any stage from exploring the Community Business option to open and continuing to thrive, as well as those who would like to help support the work we do. Before working at Plunkett, Tasha worked as an Account Manager for Purity Brewing Company working with Pubs across the Cotswolds, Midlands and Bristol areas. She spent ten years prior to that delivering Leadership and Business Skills training to managers across a wide range of sectors.

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If you are interested in learning more about community business, the support we have available and the work we do supporting rural communities across the UK, please do contact us and we will get back in touch very shortly.

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