Meet The Team

Simon Prestney

Simon Prestney

Running a local charity means making a difference to those you serve. Working with superb trustees, staff and volunteers in Age Concern it is a privilege to support those in later years in the Borough of Colchester. My role is to lead the organisation, enable the team to grow and work closely with trustees to develop a partnership across the Borough for improved support in later years.

Emily Goodbody

Emily Goodbody

The Befriending and Friendship services mean that we are able to fight loneliness and allow people to share together. With over 40 befriender volunteers in the field our work is vital to ensure people who don't have family or friends have access to friendship. Our established and growing network of clubs mean that friendships can develop, health can be maintained and life in later years can be lived more happily.

Ginnie Giles

Ginnie Giles

Our information and advice service has been built up over many years with our trusted network of providers sympathetic to the needs of individuals in later years. We provide a directory of contacts for varying needs and this can be accessed by phone, or by our online directory on the website.

Eddie Bloomfield

Eddie Bloomfield

Eddie Bloomfield retired from the Ministry of Justice in 2016, having completed a number of senior leadership roles in the Justice system. In particular he was HM Chief Inspector of Court Administration for England and Wales from 2005-10 and the Public Trustee from 2010-16. As Public Trustee he was the custodian trustee of the Prime Minister's country estate, Chequers. Eddie has been a trustee at Age Concern since 2009. He is a member of the Finance, Fundraising and Risk sub committees. Eddie is also a trustee of Grassroots and a Governor of Colchester County High School for Girls. Eddie was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust November 2018. Eddie's responsibilities are within grants, fundraising and finance.

Vanessa Loaiza

Vanessa Loaiza

My research focuses primarily on the intersection between working memory and long-term episodic memory. I have investigated how working memory and long-term memory factors interact with one another to promote immediate recall from working memory as well as give rise to conscious recollection in episodic memory. Furthermore, I am very interested in how processes underlying working memory change or remain intact with age, and how these processes are important to working memory as a predictor of age-related variability in higher-order cognition, especially episodic memory. I use a combination of experimental and individual differences methods to investigate working memory functioning, as well as a variety of empirical designs to disentangle key processes underlying episodic memory. I am also interested in the role of working memory in executive functioning and fluid intelligence. In general, I am interested in the factors that underlie complex cognition. Vanessa is our link to Research for the Charity and is heading up a large research project with Age Concern and Christie's Care in the Home with other colleagues in the University.

Graham Duthie

Graham Duthie

Having worked for Barclays Bank and for M&G Investments in London I was encouraged, on retirement, to join the Board of Trustees of Age Concern Colchester. I have always been interested in the work that the charity undertakes in helping older people in Colchester and for their invaluable and impartial advice on both social and financial issues. I am,therefore, very pleased and privileged to be part of a committed team of staff, volunteers and trustees who all bring their own individual skills, expertise and enthusiasm to support a well respected local charity. Going forward I am personally confident that AGE Concern Colchester will continue to grow and fulfil its role in providing a quality service for all older people living in and around the town of Colchester.

Ivan Lewis

Ivan Lewis

Ivan comes to Age Concern Colchester with a wealth of copywriting, social media and blogging experience. Ivan has completed a post graduate research degree and supports other local charities in Colchester with similar work. Ivan looks after elements of our website and social media and has also completed a project on the history of Age Concern since its inception in 1964.

Ann Reeves

Ann Reeves

Retired Senior IT Manager with 40+years experience of systems development in the insurance sector. Over 15 years experience operating at Board level running a systems company that was introducing electronic trading into the general insurance sector and provision of strategic consultancy. Prior to that Systems Development Manager for an International Insurance Broker responsible for the development of the necessary systems to support the business needs of the company. 15 + years project managing major multi-million pound out-sourced IT projects from conception to implementation by numerous insurance companies. These were outsourced to companies such as IBM and involved ensuring the contracts were negotiated for the best price and run according to agreed standards /deliverables. Experience of all aspects of running a company.

Pauline Turnbull

Pauline Turnbull

Pauline has had a varied career within the Department for Work and Pensions in junior management. After this Pauline then worked in Advocacy for Age UK Essex and since retiring has been involved in Age Concern for the last 9 years bringing her valuable experience and expertise to support in both Information and our Advice and Advocacy teams.

Dominic Pape

Dominic Pape

Dominic is a qualified Financial Adviser and runs a local practice in the town. Having spent 5 years working for Nationwide Building Society he founded Pape Wealth Management in 2014. Pape Wealth Management currently services 100+ clients across East Anglia and London. Being a proud Colchesterian, Dominic enjoys giving back to his local community and is also a member of The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum. Being a member of The Rotary Club of Colchester Forum made Dominic aware of the great work that Age Concern do in the local community so when asked to be a Trustee it was a simple decision.

Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews

Brought up and lived locally all of my life, educated at what was the Boys High in Colchester. Studied for my Law degree at Essex University where I stayed to complete a Masters degree in EU Law with human rights, after finishing went to Law School and subsequently joined John Fowlers LLP as a Trainee where I successfully qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and have since gone on to head up the Private Client department and in 2010 was made a Partner, and further in 2016 an equity partner. I had an active interest in Almshouses and sit on a number of related Charities to both grow awareness of almshouses and preserve them and act as Trustee for them. I am a passionate advocate in elderly law matters and making sure that through awareness of what is possible people can plan well in advance rather than having to deal with complicated matters at the most difficult times. I am a specialist Court of Protection Solicitor dealing with matters relating to loss of capacity and the management of peoples finances and health and welfare matters when there is a loss of mental capacity.

Jean Robinson

Jean Robinson

Joins Age Concern Colchester as the Veranda Centre Manager which is an exciting new project providing a community hub in Colchester offering something for everyone amongst a wealth of clubs and activities to meet and operate from. The Veranda will offer friendship and practical support through its activity programme of yoga, crafts, coffee mornings, legal, tax and pension surgeries and fitness sessions. Jean brings a wealth of experience, lives in Colchester and also has a number of connections within the voluntary sector in Colchester including the RAF Air Cadets.

Dilip Mahora

Dilip Mahora

I am Mr Dilip Mohora, an HM Forces Gurkha Veteran from Colchester Nepalese Society (CNS). After my retirement from the British Army in 1994, I joined Sultan’s Security Force in Brunei and worked 12 years as an Office Administrator. When the Home Office authorised UK settlement visas to Gurkhas, I sadly had to resign the Sultan’s Security Force in Brunei and came to the UK in 2006 to settle down. Immediate after settling down in Colchester, I had an opportunity to take a Health Champion’s training which is to show pathways and signposting for their health and settlement problems to the newcomers in the United Kingdom. In January 2012, I was selected to become an interpreter for the UKBA/Home Office to bridge the language gap of Asylum Seeker in the UK. In 2015, I took Community Interpreter’s training at WEA London and achieved a Level 3 Certificate. Ever-since I am working as Freelance Nepali Interpreter. Apart from Interpreting to the people in Colchester Nepalese Society, I am affiliated with many Translation and Interpreting companies including Ministry of Justice. I am now helping to translate and interpret for Nepalese people undertaking their English language training with Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex.

Christina Curran

Christina Curran

Started as a volunteer helping to teach English to the Nepalese. When funding became available I was asked to apply for the role of supporting with English an ageing group of Nepalese. To help build confidence and a sense of belonging, which will bring independence.

Sue Wright

Sue Wright

Looking for a change of direction following a career in education, I have been a volunteer at the Veranda for over a year. I am now covering reception and helping run the community café and activities.

Jane Moss

Jane Moss

Started as a volunteer in the Veranda helping to cover reception and dealing with enquiries. I am now a Project Administrator for our new community integration project with the Nepalese community of Colchester supporting the planning and administration of activities and providing learning materials for the project.

Jo Theodosiou

Jo Theodosiou

Jo joined the team as the Befriending Coordinator for Witham and supports the wider team with administration. Jo grew up working for her mum in a care home and has always held a special place in her heart for people in later years. She feels very passionate about working in the Befriending team and making a difference, however small to each individual she meets. “Each person I meet and talk to has an impact on me and enriches my life in different ways.”

Debbie Currivan

Debbie Currivan

Debbie has extensive experience having previously worked for DWP. Before joining Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex Debbie worked as an adviser for older people for a national charity for 10 years. "I enjoy my current role as I get to see the positive difference we are making to peoples lives."

Jo Mannering

Jo Mannering

have previous years of experience working in Older Adults Social Services, Local Authority Housing, and a National advice line for Older People. My current role as an Advice worker for Age Concern Colchester and North East Essex means that I can utilise the experience and skillset to help and support older adults. Our advice team can support adults with a range of issues including benefit maximisation, housing advice, accessing care and support. Our team have made a huge difference in the local community to support Older Adults to access the help and support that they need to continue living as independently as possible.

Chloe Mackellar

Chloe Mackellar

Andrea Welch

Andrea Welch

Pat Nichols

Pat Nichols

Pauline Chalkley

Pauline Chalkley

Maggie Woolley

Maggie Woolley

Dipika Patel

Dipika Patel

Joanne Newton

Joanne Newton

Carol Camfield

Carol Camfield

Peter Luckin

Peter Luckin

John Sowton

John Sowton

John Loxley

John Loxley

Mo Taylor

Mo Taylor

Maryon Pape

Maryon Pape

I have worked in the health and social care industry for most of my working life. Helping to make a difference to people’s lives is the greatest gift I can leave as a legacy. Whenever and who ever I meet I like to believe I have given hope to. In this role as befriending coordinator I have met some amazing people, both clients and volunteers I have recruited. I can never get bored of hearing clients’ accounts of their exploits either in WW2, or something they have achieved in later life, every account is valuable to me. Each person I meet and talk to has enriched my life and grown my understanding of human nature.

Amanda Georgeson

Amanda Georgeson

Amanda is an experienced board-level international marketer, with a broad, in-depth background in strategic brand marketing and communications across the full marketing mix. She has worked both in-house, and with blue chip B2B and B2C clients, across a diverse range of sectors; notably mobile technology, the arts, education, events, media and publishing, financial services, leisure, retail and non-profits. Director level roles in various organisations have honed her strategic, creative and commercial focus to help drive the businesses she has worked with. An early adopter of the benefits of digital technology, Amanda now leads on digital marketing in the non-profit sector and is dedicated to making a real difference to the causes that she serves. She remains passionate about the creative arts, health and fitness, and travel.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett

Colin is retired after a successful career in financial services in the City. Colin has involvement in charity leadership in Colchester, Tendring and London; Chair of Grassroots, Trustee and Company Secretary at Beacon House and Trustee of the Actors Benevolent Fund. As well as being actively involved in the running of the charity Colin has worked tirelessly to improve life for many people in the local area. Part of this work is done through his commitment to Rotary which provided his interlink to the Trustee work that he now does for Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex.

Su Britter

Su Britter

Su Britter is a highly skilled commercial HR Director who has a successful track record across major companies within the building merchants, fashion, betting and food retail sector. Due to this extensive experience, is able to define and deliver the commercial benefits of the people agenda and thus ensure an ROI is delivered. Due to a collaborative approach has exceptional relationship/stakeholder management skills and therefore able to influence at all levels. Expert in all areas of general HR and talent management and proven to deliver the commercial KPIs.