CCS Leadership Team

Keeley Rudd, Chief Executive

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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 Birch, Smart Communities Manager

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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 Kuipers, Agents Operations Manager

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Matthew Byrne, Development Manager

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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.

Greg Rochester, HR Manager

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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

Caroline Gough, Finance & Office Manager

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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.

Jinny Uppington, Somerset Diverse Communities Manager

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Jinny has worked in the voluntary sector in Somerset for over 12 years. She is committed to supporting diverse communities flourish and thrive.

“I have the privilege of working with a small dedicated team of amazing individuals who deliver inspiring and much-needed support across the County.”

Jinny has worked for CCS for nearly 7 years, across all of the teams, and is proud to be part of a committed organisation, striving to build stronger, more resilient communities across the County.

Kristy Hirons, Data Manager

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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’.

Kristy Hirons

West Somerset

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Chrissie Brewer

Taunton Area

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Carole Smith

Mendip

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Kristel Van Der Schyff

Hospital Liasion Manager

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Lauren Giddins

Sedgemoor

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Andrea Male

South Somerset

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