Our Staff Sandra Pink Advice & Project Manager [email protected] What do you do in your role? I am responsible for the day to day running of the office and delivery of all our service 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 think that Links provides practical and emotional support. What are your interests? My main interests are reading and music. The books that I have recently finished reading are Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. The book that I am currently reading is A Promised Land by Barack Obama. I enjoy classical music, opera & jazz and can’t wait for the concert halls and clubs to open again. In normal circumstances I enjoy spending time with my 5 children and 8 grandchildren. 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 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 [email protected] 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 creating ICT instructions, 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’ve truly missed this activity during the pandemic. 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 20 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 Administration & Information Worker [email protected] 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, I'm sure you'll find me playing in many local pubs and venues when the pandemic is over. 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 by the support Links gives to community groups is quite humbling. It's a wonderful area made even greater by the community and voluntary sector. Sushri Wells Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator [email protected] What do you do in your role? My role is to actively engage with members of the BME Forum in designing, planning and developing a pilot BME Sitting and Respite Service for health and social care service users and their carers among the culturally diverse BME communities in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and the wider Derbyshire areas. What do you like the most about your job? The most interesting part of my role is coordinating and supporting the 10 minority ethnic groups and each day learning something new about their cultural traditions, language and people. What are your interests? I love being part of voluntary section community projects and support people wherever I can. I love creating crafts in crochets and cooking different world cuisines. I also enjoy playing squash and badminton when I get the opportunity. What do you like the most about working in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire? Having over 20 years in the area, I could not wish for a better place to live. It is the most beautiful part of the country. Working in the area has been a wonderful experience. It has been a very rewarding experience working at Links and being able to support communities that need it most. James Lee Chief Executive [email protected] 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.