Meet the Team

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Our Staff

 

Sandra Pink

Advice & Project Manager

sandra.pink@linkscvs.org.uk

What do you do in your role?

I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the office and delivery of all our services and supervision of the office staff.  I give advice on: how to set up new groups and choose the correct legal structure; funding and assistance with funding applications; generalist HR advice to groups; and advice on policies and procedures.  In addition, I manage the various projects delivered by Links.  

What do you like the most about your job?

Working with local groups in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire helping them to provide the best possible services for their members and service users by giving technical support and advice.  I like to think that Links provide practical and emotional support.

What are your interests?

My main interests are reading and music.  I am passionate about classical music, opera & jazz and always have a diary of music events scheduled!  In between the many music events I attend - I enjoy spending time with my 5 children and 8 grandchildren. My life is indeed busy and varied!

What do you like the most about working in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire?

I find the people friendly and the groups that I work with committed to creating a fair, just, and thriving community and voluntary sector.  Derbyshire is a very beautiful county and it is a pleasure to be able to visit groups in the surrounding rural villages and more urban towns which reflect the history of the area.  


Martin Conlan

ICT Support Worker

martin.conlan@linkscvs.org.uk

What do you do in your role?

I work on using software applications to produce reports, graphs, presentations & regular statistics regarding our services and projects. I compile electronic bulletins from articles produced by other staff and outside sources. I also maintain our large database of organisations/group records and assist the other members of staff with any ICT technical support.

What do you like the most about your job?

I like working with Links staff, voluntary & community groups in any way with ICT support. I have worked on several projects over the years & enjoy helping out with activities such as creating ICT instructions, and designing reports with statistical analysis & structure formats.

What are your interests?

When I’m not working at Links CVS, I play a lot of snooker. For the last few years I have been involved in playing in the Chesterfield and District snooker league in various venues, which is fun & sometimes can be challenging. I also like listening to music & watching football matches.

What do you like the most about working in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire?

During my 23 years at Links CVS, I have met many different skilled people within the voluntary & community sector which has made my job interesting & varied.


Jon Wynn

Group Support Worker

jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk

What do you like most about your job?

Working to support local voluntary organisations and groups is very exciting.  I love hearing about the innovative projects that groups think of and supporting the development of these while meeting lots of great people, especially over a delicious lunch at our Lunch & Mingle's! 

What do you do in your role?

I provide general administrative and information support for the Links staff to ensure the effective and efficient running of the operations including bookkeeping and event planning. I also provide groups with general support and help with funding searches and applications

What are your interests?

Alongside my role at Links, I am also a self-employed musician - you will often find me playing at some of the local venues in and around Derbyshire.   I also enjoy good television (The Mandalorian and The West Wing most recently) and video games (RPGs and strategy games).  

What do you like most about working in Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire?

Being able to see improvement in the area I grew up in through the support Links gives to community groups is quite humbling.  It's a wonderful area made even greater by the community and voluntary sector.  


Gail Wagstaff

Administrative Worker

gail.wagstaff@linkscvs.org.uk

What do you do in your role?

I am responsible for the day-to-day administrative work at Links. I’m the person who answers the telephone when you call with your enquiries, along with responding to emails, signposting work, minute-taking, monthly invoicing, and other admin tasks. It's a busy and varied role. 

What do you like the most about your job?

I enjoy providing admin support to the team at Links and I enjoy the fact that my job helps support people in the local community which I find very rewarding.

What are your interests? 

My interests are genealogy, getting out and about, and attending events in the local community, I also enjoy walking in the countryside and visiting the cinema.

What do you like the most about working in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire?

Derbyshire is my favourite county for two reasons; firstly - my family comes from this area and it’s very special to them with lots of family history and secondly, I find the county has the most beautiful and scenic countryside. 


James Lee

Chief Executive

james.lee@linkscvs.org.uk

As the chief executive officer of Links CVS, I provide leadership and am responsible for the organisation’s administration, financial and operational management. Working closely with the board of charity trustees/company directors, I develop the organisation’s long-term strategy, budget and business plan and ensure it complies with the law and regulations.


Shruti Vispute

Partnership Engagement Manager

shruti.vispute@linkscvs.org.uk

What do you do in your role?

I am primarily involved in the development of the culturally sensitive BME Sitting Service which builds on the successful outcomes and benefits of the Pilot Project, which was first conducted in 2021/2022;  I am also responsible for all the strategic development work related to the BME Forum and other equality issues, striving to facilitate a dynamic exchange of ideas, insights, and expertise that contribute to well-informed and effective policy decisions for the diverse BME groups.

What do you like the most about your job?

What I find motivating is initiating conversations and collaborations amongst our diverse BME community members, groups and policy-making bodies, partner agencies. It is these conversations that will hopefully yield positive outcomes for our shared objectives of building an inclusive and equal society.

What are your interests?

I love whipping up all sorts of tasty dishes and mixing different culinary styles. When I get a chance, I love to be a professional couch potato and watch movies with my daughter.

What do you like the most about working in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire?

I find Chesterfield as a welcoming and supportive community that offers respect for diversity and opportunities for cultural exchange.