Our team

Meet the people behind Plunkett’s work

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 the profiles below for more information and 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

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.

Hannah Barrett,
Senior 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,
Chief Executive

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.

Phillip Vincent,
Project Manager

Phillip joined Plunkett in April 2019 and manages one of the foundation’s key projects which aims to inspire rural communities to consider community ownership for the first time.  Phillip holds a BA in Human Geography and an MA in Community Development.  Since graduating, he has performed several strategic roles focused on creating opportunities for communities to engage in decisions which improve their local area.  Between 2008 and 2011, Phillip championed community-led projects whilst at Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).  In between ACRE and Plunkett, he worked in local government and managed a variety of public engagement initiatives.

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