CCS Leadership Team

Val Bishop

Chief Executive

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Val started off her career as a teacher and spent time teaching English in Russia and elsewhere before teaching History in Bristol. She then moved to the charity sector and has worked in a variety of roles from Administrator in what was then Age Concern, to Programme Manager and then Head of Communications in a small international development charity, African Initiatives.

Most recently, she was Programmes Director at Somerset Community Foundation, working with many of the hundreds of Community groups, charities and social enterprises in Somerset.

Jane Birch

Head of Programmes

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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.

Matthew Byrne

Head of Development & Communications

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Matthew has worked and volunteered in the third sector, primarily in health and wellbeing, for over 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 Head of Development & Communications 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 seven to 22. In his not so copious spare time he enjoys comedy, football (these days Walking), reading and politics.

Greg Rochester

Head of Operations

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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