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Chief Executive Officer - Dan Skipper

Dan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer since joining the charity in 2015. Dan is a qualified programme and project manager, and a member of APM, the chartered body for the project profession. Dan also chairs the Norwich Dementia Action Alliance and their “Dementia Friendly Norwich” campaign. Prior to Age UK Norwich, Dan has held a wide variety of senior positions in the financial services and education sectors, ranging from product development, marketing and regulatory compliance to customer operations. He lives in Norfolk with his family, two step-children and with any spare time, is mostly found at a piano or snooker table. Dan can be contacted on 01603 496329 or by email  dan.skipper@ageuknorwich.org.uk 

Advice, Information and Welfare Manager - Jo Willingham

 

Jo has been involved with advice work in Norwich for more than 30 years, initially training to be a CAB volunteer adviser. Since that time she has managed generalist, outreach and money advice teams. She joined the Age UK Norwich team in September 2013 and has been the Information and Advice Manager since then.  Jo has a keen interest and commitment to ensuring that everyone can access good quality information and advice on their rights and entitlements and thereby making a positive difference to people’s lives. This sometimes means that extra help and support is required to ensure that everyone is able to do this. She enjoys networking  and working collaboratively with other organisations. Jo represents Age UK Norwich on the steering group of Norfolk Community Advice Network and  she is also one of the regular chairs of the Norwich Early Help Hub.  Jo can be contacted on 01603 496327 or email jo.willingham@ageuknorwich.org.uk.

Marion Day Centre Manager - Alison Bessey

Alison has been manager of our Marion Road Centre since 2016, having worked there from 2008 – as a support worker, care coordinator and team leader. She has previously been employed in the pre-school sector, but says that after her children grew up, she wanted to work with older people to make a difference in their daily lives. She is passionate about supporting people to live well with dementia, and has undertaken specialist training including most recently Level 5 in Health and Social Care, and Dementia Coaching in 2013. Alison adds: “Caring for people with dementia is very rewarding, you get to know the individual as well as the family. Learning about their lives is like living history, people have information about what it was like growing up after the war, for example, none of which is in history books. Life story work carried out at the centre reveals each individual’s story - who they are and where they come from.”  Alison can be contacted on 01603 667944 or email alison.bessey@ageuknorwich.org.uk

Community and Neighbourhood Support Manager - Sam Apeh

 

Sam joined Age UK Norwich in December 2018 as the Community and Neighbourhood Support Manager. He came on board with seven years’ working experience within the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise), possessing varied knowledge and expertise gained from different roles from coordinating projects that support young ethnic minority teenagers and adolescents to supporting adults identified as economically inactive and socially isolated. Educated to a First Degree Level in Management, Sam has a strong commitment to achieving the best support and service for clients he has worked with. His passion is seen through the achievements of the Outreach team reaching more than 3,000 people in 2018/19 financial year and coming runners up in the Active Norfolk Award 2019 for “Activity in the Community”.   Sam currently sits on the board of trustees for New Routes Integration, a charity that supports ethnic minorities in the Norwich area. He has been part of several successful projects across the county and represented the interests of the sector on different multi-agency platforms, the highlight of which was a “future leaders” meeting with the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.  Outside of work and the voluntary sector, Sam engages in engineering activities. His key interest being in Manufacturing Engineering, which he studied back in at college. As suspected, he enjoys being hands on and engaging in DIY. Sam can be contacted on 01603 496325 or email sam.apeh@ageuknorwich.org.uk.

Marketing and Communications Manager - Jeremy Goss 

Jeremy is best known as the popular Norwich City midfielder who helped defeat sporting giants Bayern Munich in their own Olympic Stadium during the UEFA Cup run in 1993. A former Heart of Midlothian player and former Welsh international, he has performed a number of roles for Norwich City since retiring - as Academy Team Manager, Academy Fundraising Manager, and working within the Sales and Marketing Department of the Club. He went on to become a charity fundraiser manager, and is currently Norwich City Football Club Ambassador, as well as Aviva ambassador for their “Let’s Tackle Loneliness in Norwich Together” community campaign. Jeremy regularly joins Chris Goreham as guest summariser during Radio Norfolk’s NCFC Matchday commentary and is in demand as a host for presentations and as an inspirational after-dinner speaker. Jeremy joined Age UK Norwich in 2020 on a part time basis assisting with the charity’s Marketing and Communications. He says it’s an exciting time for Age UK Norwich and that there is a part for everyone - staff, volunteers and supporters - to play in our anniversary year. “I believe in togetherness and teams, and it is only by everyone working together that we will make this a really successful celebration.” Jeremy can be contacted on 01603 496323 or email jeremy.goss@ageuknorwich.org.uk.

Events and Volunteer Coordinator - Nikki Neile

Nikki joined Age UK Norwich in October 2019. Prior to this, she worked at the University of East Anglia, organising academic conferences, workshops and seminars for a research centre, and was employed on their marketing and communications as well as managing the day to day running of the administration office (2014-2019).  She has a BA in Society, Media and Culture, an MA in Broadcast Journalism, and an award for best Masters Dissertation in the School of Politics. She was a volunteer for Future Radio between 2009 and 2013, as a producer of and contributor to Business Life show on Norwich Today. During 2014, she worked as a freelance broadcast journalist for Anglian Radio – reading the news for Norwich 99.9 / Dream 100 / The Beach / North Norfolk Radio. Nikki says this is her first step into the charity world. “I have been wanting to work within this sector and put my skills to good use to help others. I am very much enjoying it, and looking forward to organising many events to help the charity and love connecting with our volunteers who we really couldn’t function without." She is a member of Team Dunerunner and regularly participates in Cani-cross races with her dog (Frank, a springer spaniel). Nikki has completed the three peaks challenge twice, and the Yorkshire three peaks once, all for charity. Nikki can be contacted on 01603 397784 or email nikki.neile@ageuknorwich.org.uk.