The Steering Group is made up of representatives from the health, public and voluntary sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk
Tony Osmanski (Interim Chair)
Tony Osmanski is Chair of East Coast Community HealthCare and also Chairs the Norfolk & Waveney VCSE Assembly Steering Group.
Formerly a strategic Director with Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils (now merged to become East Suffolk Council) Tony had a wide portfolio of responsibilities including transformation; customer services; community health & wellbeing; service commissioning plus corporate communications.
Tony is passionate about the importance of collaboration between the Health; Local Government plus Voluntary sectors in order to improve community health and wellbeing and sees the formation of the Norfolk & Waveney VCSE Assembly as a huge opportunity in achieving this ambition.
Alan Hopley is CEO of Voluntary Norfolk, joining the organisation in 2016. He has over 15 years’ experience in voluntary sector managerial and director roles, including with national charities AddAction and the Youth Hostel Association. Prior to this he worked in the commercial sector, but was motivated to join the voluntary sector to tackle inequality and make a difference to people’s lives, values which still inspire and motivate him today. In his role as CEO of Voluntary Norfolk, he manages multiple work streams, services and projects, all of which involve close collaboration with partners in the health, public and voluntary sectors. Seeing the benefits, added value and extra impact that successful partnerships can have on the health, wellbeing, lives and life chances of people in Norfolk & Waveney, has been the driving force behind Alan’s commitment to the Assembly.
Christine is the Chief Executive of Community Action Suffolk and has held this position since March 2019 although prior to this appointment was a Senior Manager at CAS since its formation in 2013 from the merger of several organisations.
Christine has worked in the VCSE sector for almost 30 years and in local infrastructure support organisations for the last 20 of those. Over that time Christine has specialised in various roles, Community Development, Rural Issues & Matters, Children & Young People, Funding Advice & Grant Management and VCSE Resilience.
In her current role Christine strives to raise the profile of local charities and organisations as well as increase the understanding of the contribution and difference these groups make to local communities and the wider society.
Christine advocates strongly the value and benefits of volunteering for individuals, organisations and communities and is a regular volunteer herself within her local community.
Gary is Norfolk County Council’s VCSE Manager. Having joined the County Council in 2019, he relocated to Norwich from the Isle of Man. Over the past 28 years, Gary’s professional background has straddled both Local Authority and the Voluntary Sector. Gary has had a somewhat organic journey throughout his career. Starting out as a young volunteer in Kingston -upon -Hull Youth Services he progressed to become the youngest Principal Youth Officer in the UK and gone on to undertake a range of strategic and senior positions including Assistant Director of Children Services, and National Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Lead. Volunteering has remained a central feature throughout his career and has included areas such as Sailing for the Disabled, Homelessness and Community Sport initiatives. Gary believes the VCSE, Health and Social Care Assembly is a tremendous opportunity to further recognise and expand the sectors influence on the ICS agenda.
Jon is Chief Executive of Community Action Norfolk, a county-wide membership organisation whose aim is to build a stronger, fairer Norfolk through working with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations as well as public and private sector partners. As one of the ‘Working Together’ partners, Jon provides a link between the VCSE sector and Norfolk County Council to improve engagement, support and working together to achieve better outcomes for the communities and residents of Norfolk, particularly smaller and rural community groups. Jon has a background in economic development with a focus on local economies, and has a particular interest in rural issues and community development. The work that he does at Community Action Norfolk ranges from working with communities and community groups on grassroots needs to working with partners on high-level strategic issues.
Originally from Brighton, Kathryn has lived in Norfolk for many years – other than time spent in London through education at the London School of Economics (LSE). Kathryn joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee and has an MSc in healthcare policy and management.
Kathryn has worked in a variety of commissioning and provider roles across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire in acute hospital, primary and community care, and mental health. Prior to her appointment as locality director for Great Yarmouth and Waveney Kathryn worked as transformation director at East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) and previously held director-level roles at Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C) and West Norfolk CCG. As a proud aunt to two nieces and a nephew in her spare time Kathryn enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a keen sports fan.
Lucy is an experienced third sector leader, with some 15 years’ experience in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. She is Head of Voluntary Sector Infrastructure at Voluntary Norfolk, leading the charity’s Communities and Momentum teams which offers support for volunteering, recruitment of volunteers, group development, membership and events and for our specialist support for groups working with children and young people. She is Consortium Lead for Freshly Greated in Great Yarmouth, one of the Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places Programme and she was Partner lead for Neighbourhoods That Work (NTW), also in Great Yarmouth, a transformational multi-partner programme to build community resilience and connect communities to services. Lucy is committed to working innovatively and in partnership, and to challenging inequalities.