Meet the staff

In recent years JHC has professionalised its administration to keep pace with the times and its evolving charitable remit. All our staff and trustees undertake regular professional development in issues such as effective governance and liability management. This gives JHC confidence and skills to expand and evolve.

Staff team

As well as contributing specific skills and experience, our team is always prepared to go that ‘extra mile’, helping JHC to be far greater than the sum of its parts. It is the unique quality and character of our staff team that makes the charity so viable.

Jill Hayden – Charity Manager

Jill has a commercial background in retail, working for Eaden Lilley Cambridge as a buyer and later as Area Manager for L’Oréal. In 2005 she brought these business skills to JHC, initially as Assistant Manager before becoming Charity Manager in 2012 when Mary Irish retired. Jill’s role is pivotal to the charity, connecting the staff team with Trustees as well as engaging regularly with external stakeholders.

Under Jill’s leadership the charity continues to thrive and remain relevant, including the development of John Huntingdon House in 2015. Having moved into this purpose-designed HQ, JHC and a number of key stakeholders have been able to support even more local people to navigate a growing range of issues and challenges.

And, keeping ahead of changes to the social services’ system, Jill recently created two new Support Worker posts to ensure JHC is well-placed to respond to Benefit changes and Family issues. The charity has also added more properties to its alms house portfolio, with more due early in 2019

Trudy Carder – Office Manager

Trudy has worked for JHC since 1996. As Office Manager, she provides office facilities and IT support, and liaises regularly across colleague, trustee, client and stakeholder networks. Trudy also maintains the charity’s website as well as being its first point of contact for the general public.

Sarva Babla – Housing Support Worker & Support Service Co-ordinator

After working for the Salvation Army in Bristol as its Rehab Specialist Support Worker, Sarva joined JHC in 2007 as its Support Worker, with a remit to help individuals and families with tenancy sustainment, and to reintegrate independently to the community.

Sarva is now Service Coordinator where she uses her considerable experience to advise local families in need of assistance. Part of JHC’s dedicated Support team, she offers confidential 1:1 help with understanding and applying for welfare benefits, aid to people to fill in benefits’ application forms and/or tax or pension credits, and writes letters or makes phone calls on behalf of claimants. She also assists them with preparing appeals against decisions that have refused or stopped benefits, tax or pension credits.

Sarva also co-ordinates JHC’s Grants programme which offers financial assistance to local individuals and families in need. She can also help them access the Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme, working closely with CHS group, as well as signposting small grants from other local charities to people who live outside Sawston.

Sarva oversees the ongoing JHC foodbank.

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Corinne Hammond – Family Support Worker

Since the beginning of 2018, Corinne has been offering flexible, confidential support and help with accessing other agencies to children and their families. This can be 1-1 at the John Huntingdon Centre, at school or in a venue that’s more convenient to the client.

Corinne has 38 years’ experience of working with children who have struggled at times to attend school, socialise or have experienced traumatic events. A qualified Nursery Nurse (NNEB), Children and family worker and Domestic Abuse worker, Corinne is able to assess, safety plan and work independently with children and families. And, when required, she will signpost or help to access appropriate services to meet a family’s needs.

Maureen Chillingworth – Benefits Support Worker

Locally born, bred and educated, Maureen joined JHC in 2018 as the charity’s Benefits Support Worker. She knows this area really well – in every sense – having worked for over 42 years in the Department of Work and Pensions (formerly Health and Social Security) in Cambridge.

For the past 12 years Maureen was a Home Visiting Officer covering all benefits, completing claims forms and helping people to receive their correct entitlement. During that time she saw enormous changes to the welfare system. Maureen is now applying her unprecedented knowledge and experience to help our clients and enhance the work of JHC’s unique Support team.

Kay Deering – Administrator

Kay has been a member of the JHC team since 2000. She is based front of house alongside Trudy Carder, helping to ensure visitors to the John Huntingdon Centre are met with a warm welcome.

Kay also undertakes dedicated administrative roles for the charity’s Support service and its communications. The latter includes co-ordinating a regular newsletter and utilising statistical tools to interpret data and produce reports for use by the Charity Manager and Board of Trustees.

Hilary Seaward – Finance Officer

Hilary is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ specialist experience of working with charities.

In 2013 she won the Charity Finance Group inaugural Adrian Randall prize for ‘inspiring financial leadership’. This enabled Hilary to investigate new approaches to presenting management accounts to help develop trustees’ understanding of charity finance and governance.

Hilary oversees all aspects of JHC’s financial management including its annual audit and reports for the Charity Commission, in support of Jill Hayden and the Board of Trustees.

JHC is a 21st Century organisation with almost 500 years’ experience and an amazing team that works tirelessly to make a positive difference to the people of Sawston.
Tim Wreghitt, former JHC Trustee