The running of the Wiltshire Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum (CFVSF) is led by an Executive Committee of representatives elected by the forum members. The role of the Executive group and the continuance of the people performing those roles is reviewed bi-annually. The Chair and the Administrator are also appointed by the Executive Committee.

We would really love to welcome some more members to the Executive Committee. Do speak to any of us at the forum meetings to see what the benefits are and how much (or little) work is involved. Also, please feel free to email the Chair:


CFVSF is funded by Wiltshire Council


Angela Brennan

Independent Chair CFVSF 

I am currently retired, but throughout my working career I have been employed by the statutory sector and a range of charities. Before my retirement, I had been employed by Wiltshire Council for 20 years.

My time working with Wiltshire Council had been spent supporting the Early Years & Childcare sector. This work gave me vast experience in supporting voluntary organisations with a wide range of challenges.
Over the years I have also been very successful in applying for grants for considerable sums of money which benefited Wiltshire.

I am excited to have the opportunity to take up the role of Chair of the CFVSF. I hope going forward that I can continue to support the voluntary sector by contributing towards providing opportunities for networking, sharing information, accessing training and support working in partnership with others.

Email Angela:

Executive Committee Members

Liz James

Agency: Barnardo’s

I am a qualified social worker with 25 years experience in the statutory sector and 15 years as a manager in the children’s voluntary sector.

Being part of the CFVSF Executive Committee is a great opportunity to play a strategic role in the development of the voluntary sector within Wiltshire, and a great opportunity to network and develop creative solutions to a range of issues in challenging times!

I work Monday-Friday 9-5 (but some flexibility)

Email Liz:

Damian Haasjes

Agency: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

I manage many of the people focussed teams within Wiltshire Wildlife Trust such as the education teams, adult wellbeing, Lakeside Care Farm and the Repair Academy.  I also help to develop new businesses for the Trust such as our Kingfisher Café at Langford Lakes.

I have a wide ranging background of working with young people and adults which includes teaching in mainstream and special needs education, managing a young carers project, voluntary sector development and residential social work.  As I am now ancient I have over 25 years of management experience and have worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the commercial sector.

I moved to Wiltshire with my family 18 years ago and have been engaging with the voluntary sector in Wiltshire ever since.  I think in this challenging time that it’s hugely important that we have a thriving voluntary sector in Wiltshire and the work undertaken by CFVSF and its executive is a key part of that and something I am proud to be supporting.

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Natalie Huggins

Agency: Motiv8

My current role sees me managing Motiv8, the young people’s drug and alcohol service for Developing Health and Independence (DHI) in Wiltshire. This requires me to be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the team to ensure smooth running of the service. Inter-agency partnership, facilitation and support for health and other professionals working with young people who misuse drugs and alcohol is the main body of my work and have imbedded myself with various teams, such as Emerald team (child sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation), Youth Offending team, Police, Social work teams, Commissioning teams, Education leads and Health care professionals.

Safeguarding vulnerable communities is a subject I am passionate about and hope that in some way I will be able to share my experiences in this professional environment, in order to help out those that require it – this is my motivation for becoming an executive member of the CFVSF.

I work 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.

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Russ Martin


My initial background was in the private sector, where I managed the export function of a lighting manufacturer for nearly 10 years, gaining a good grounding in the commercial and financial world.  At this point I had a complete change and went to an environmental charity, working there for about eight years in a supporter relations role.

In 2008 I joined Wiltshire Council as part of the children’s centre team which was already forging ahead with building construction and contract management.  In those days it was really exciting kitting out the centres, learning about the statutory full core offer and helping the providers get their ‘ducks in a row’ to pass the full core offer stage.  My last role in the council was as Lead Professional for Targeted Early Years in the children’s commissioning team, still working on the children’s centre agenda with strategic partners across Wiltshire.

For the past four years, I have been working for Spurgeons as the business and data manager, responsible for finances, outcomes evidence and strategic delivery of the wider Spurgeons charity.  For two and a half years I managed the hosting contract of the CFVSF on behalf of Spurgeons, and so I am really glad to be able to be a part of the executive.


Get Involved

Do you work for a voluntary organisation that supports children, young people and their families in Wiltshire? Would you like to take an active role in the CFVSF as part of the Executive Committee? We would love to hear from you.