Following an early career in medical and healthcare sales and marketing running a UK and Ireland diabetes company, Keeley and her family settled in Somerset over 20 years ago. Having dabbled in property development she became very involved in her local community, working with a grassroots charity which resulted in the setup of a community shop in 2006 which is still going strong. She joined CCS in August 2010 and was appointed CEO in January 2016. She is exceptionally proud to work with such a dedicated team and is passionate about all that Somerset has to offer.
In rare moments of spare time, Keeley enjoys the company of good friends with good local food and drink and attempting to keep fit whilst out in our glorious countryside.
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Jane has worked in the social enterprise and the wider voluntary sector for 20 or so years in Somerset and elsewhere.She enjoys enabling individuals and groups to turn their idea into a successful reality to make a difference to their community. Jane is the manager of the Smart Communities team, which is a real privilege as the team has such great skill and experience to offer.
Outside of work, Jane loves making the most of the beautiful countryside, walking, cycling, and kayaking and she loves cooking for family and friends.
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Brigitte moved to the UK and the West Country 23 years ago from The Netherlands.
Initially working in business and hotel management, she then qualified in mentoring, coaching and psychotherapy.
This training and professional experience enabled her to have a successful career in education for over 15 years. There she developed innovative therapeutic educational models and creating school wellbeing programmes.
Brigitte joined CCS in 2018 as a Community Agent and due to her drive for strategic success and excellent communication skills, she became Locality Manager for the Sedgemoor and Taunton Deane areas, before becoming Operations Manager in 2021.
“I like getting people excited about the things I am excited and passionate about, and that is CCS and supporting those in need across Somerset.”
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Matthew has worked and volunteered in the third sector, primarily in health and wellbeing, for nearly 30 years. Having worked initially in London he moved to the South West over 20 years ago. He has a passion for developing and improving services for people and communities; as Development Manager he is responsible for income generation to enable the CCS group to deliver sustainable and effective services.
Outside of work, Matthew has a busy family life with three children ranging in age from five to 20. In his not so copious spare time he enjoys comedy, football (these days Walking), reading and politics.
Predominantly my career has been in the retail sector where I have worked for various large organisations as a Senior Leader and HR Manager. Having spent a large proportion of my life here in the South West, I have been able understand the beauty and opportunities the region has and can offer. My family and I relocated to Yeovil in 2019 from Chippenham, and in April 2021 I was fortunate to undertake the role of HR manager for CCS.
I believe wholly in the work that is undertaken by our exceptional agents and core teams here at CCS, continuously making Somerset a better place for people in use/need of our services and in the fundamental principle of community growth and self-sufficiency
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Caroline has worked for Charities and Not for Profit organisations in Somerset for most of her career. She joined CCS in 2015 as Management Support Officer and is now the Finance and Office Manager. She has enjoyed being part of the growth and development of the organisation during the last 6 years.
In her free time she loves to walk, anywhere and everywhere, whatever the weather.
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Michal moved to the UK 12 years ago. For ten years he had been working with ethnically diverse communities through various non-profit organizations.
With his personal and professional experience related to the challenges faced by minorities, Michal has joined CCS in 2019 as a BAME Community Engagement Officer and is now the Somerset Diverse Communities Manager, where he and his team enjoysupporting minority ethnic groups in becoming independent and successful.
Agent Locality Managers
Each of our wonderful Locality Managers began with CCS as a Village Agent, and has been promoted from within the organisation. This gives them a well-rounded, practical, hands-on knowledge of being an Agent ‘on the ground’.