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


Tony Griffin

Independent Chair CFVSF (Interim)

Tony is a retired Wiltshire police officer with over 31 years experience. He spent 20 years investigating child abuse and neglect, before managing the Child Abuse Investigation Team in Salisbury for five years.

Tony is qualified to teach adults and went on to lead, develop and deliver the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Training Programme for Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB).

Email Tony:

Executive Committee Members

Dawn Whiting

Agency: Splash

I have been been Splash Programme Coordinator since April 2015. Prior to that I managed the Salamander project for WFRS and prior to that I worked in Adult Social Care at Wiltshire Council. Working in a field that has such positive impacts on young people and their families is very satisfying and enjoyable. Working with a diverse group of clients, partners and colleagues, I continue to learn new things everyday and can pass my experiences on to others to continue supporting and helping those that need it the most.

I took up the role of CFVSF Executive in November 2015. I understand and appreciate the amount of work undertaken by committees and wanted to help support that.

Being involved with the forum is a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow organisations and build relationships and partnerships in order to meet our clients needs across the board. I really value the forum as a platform to meet others, gather new information and also have a voice in the future of the services we provide.

I work Monday-Thursday 9.30-3.00, Friday 9.00-11.30

Email Dawn:

Vanessa Bedford

Agency: Alabaré Christian Care & Support

I have been working for 23 years with children and families in the voluntary and statutory sector. When the vacancy came up in December 2015, I joined the CFVSF Executive Committee. I believe that as a voluntary sector, we have a lot to offer families, children and young people. The Forum offers the best networking opportunity.

I work Monday-Friday 9-5

Email Vanessa:

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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Linda Cantillon-Guyatt

Agency: Wessex Community Action

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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.

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.