Our team leaders are experts in their fields

Our patron, trustees and community connectors are passionate about providing the best possible friendly help and support in our community.

Our Team

Expertise, commitment, fun – a great combination for supporting our community!

Catherine Park

Community connector

Cath has been a resident in the Kingsbridge area for most of her life, having grown up in Beeson and lived in Kingsbridge since 2008. She left Devon to go to the University of Sussex in Brighton where she gained a BSc Hons in experimental psychology and then later moved to London to complete her PGCE in primary education.

She has a passion for ensuring all children have access to the best education possible, with a strong desire to work with children with special educational needs. She was able to fulfil this calling while working at the Livity School in London, where she taught children with complex needs.

A mother to two daughters, Cath decided to return to Kingsbridge after the birth of her first child, so she could bring them up in this beautiful part of the world.

Since being back in the South Hams, she has taken on several voluntary roles, including being chair and treasurer of a pre-school and member of a PTFA committee, which both involved constant fundraising activities.

Meanwhile, she has continued her work in education as a supply teacher at Kingsbridge Community Primary School and private tutor, while also taking over the running of a campsite in Beeson.

Her involvement in the local community and upbringing as the daughter of a local farmer means she has a good range of local knowledge and people! All her work and voluntary roles have also given her an ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals.

She likes to run in her spare time. There is nothing better for clearing the mind…apart from a trip to the beach or time with friends and family.

Claire Jeffrey

Community connector

Claire grew up in Kingsbridge and attended Kingsbridge Community College.
She studied A-levels at South Devon College and worked part-time at a local residential home. Later, she studied for an HND in beauty therapy in Manchester.

Claire returned to Kingsbridge, where she worked as head beauty therapist in a salon in town. She moved on to set up her own beauty therapy business, working from home.

After a couple of years, Claire looked for a new challenge to pursue her passion for social care and started working part-time for Devon County Council within the Adult Social Services department. She carried out assessments for packages of care and worked alongside occupational therapists to provide equipment and telecare to help people to remain as independent as possible and continue living in their own homes.

She moved on to work as part of the hospital discharge team. This involved liaising closely with hospitals, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, care and equipment providers and, most importantly, the clients themselves and their families. The aim was always to provide a holistic assessment of the individual’s needs and tailor a package to suit that person.

Claire has had two beautiful girls who keep her on her toes. Her organisational skills, once solely devoted to work, have now had to be adapted to organise her girls’ very busy social lives!

Having grown up locally, Claire already has a great knowledge of the area and the support landscape in the community. She plans to build on this knowledge and forge new relationships to help SHAW achieve its aim of benefiting all in the local community.

Monty Halls

Patron

Monty Halls is a broadcaster, speaker, naturalist, former Royal Marine, marine biologist, travel writer and leadership specialist. His experience covers over two decades of leading teams in some of the most remote environments on earth, presenting wildlife and adventure documentaries, and working with blue chip companies both in the UK and overseas.

When I first heard about SHAW and social prescribing it seemed like such a sensible thing to me: I am a strong believer in the benefits of exercise for physical and mental well-being and gladly support SHAW in reaching out into the local community to enable people to get more exercise and also be more active participants in community activitiesI can see how the NHS would eventually benefit from such a pro-active approach to health and well-being.

Dr James Motttram

Director

Having worked as a GP in Kingsbridge from 2012, James is committed to working and bringing up his young family in this beautiful area of the South Hams.

James has always had a passion for people, the natural world and physical activity. He firmly believes that it is the connection within these three spheres that has huge potential to help with anyone’s wellbeing. James’s journey in ‘social prescribing’ started a couple of years ago when he managed to get some funding to set up basketball sessions at the local leisure centre for adults with learning disabilities. He quickly recognised the power of physical activity and the social element of the sessions, and how this had a real positive impact on both their physical and mental health.

James is trying to think way beyond the constraints of helping people on just an individual level and hopes this exciting, innovative social enterprise will result in a meaningful and enduring change for the health and wellbeing of the entire community.

Andy Pieterse

Trustee

Andrew spent much of his early career in the IT and telecoms industry, working for FTSE 100 firms within project and change management. He then moved to a niche management consultancy specialising in aligning business change with strategic objectives.

Eventually he came to realise that business models simply do not succeed without the right people. It was this that helped him decide to co-found Le Count Associates in 2011 as a search-to-search firm that treated people as assets not commodities.

In 2014, Andrew made his first foray into the charity sector when he became a trustee for Merry Go Round Pre-school.

Andrew holds a BSc from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. In his spare time, he can usually be found chasing tirelessly after his two young boys, stand up paddle surfing or outwitting trout with his own carefully tied flies.

Sarah Pearson

Trustee

Sarah is a personal trainer specialising in ante & postnatal fitness, older adults and wellbeing rehabilitation exercise.

Sarah also has a long career in vocational rehabilitation and is a registered occupational psychologist. She has worked on wellbeing services for large commercial organisations, Government-run mental health contracts and with the military in the UK and Germany, primarily dealing with rehabilitation, resettlement and vocational guidance for severely injured soldiers. She currently spends two days of her working week managing a wellbeing caseload and involving herself in various projects relating to vocational rehabilitation with Remploy.

On a personal note, she is a former international para-triathlete, having travelled the world to compete and been on the podium at both European and world levels. She is an experienced freediver and coached children in surf life-saving for 10 years.

Evette Duncan

Trustee

Prior to becoming a mother of two boys Evette worked in the medical field for 8 years, initially working for the NHS for 4 years as a Biomedical Scientist in Clinical Chemistry. Then joining a Global Marketing team as an International Product Manager at Alere International, a world leader in rapid point of care diagnostic tests for primary/secondary healthcare settings.

Evette has long since believed in the holistic approach to wellbeing and for many years has personally practiced and enjoyed mindfulness, yoga and many other sports/activities often utilising the great outdoors. Motherhood for Evette sparked an urgency and passion that she believes is imperative now more than ever – to help teach children emotional intelligence, life skills and practices to serve them well throughout their lives. To build their inner strength and resilience helping them become more resourceful in managing their own wellbeing.

Evette is trained to teach the Paws b [Pause and be] Mindfulness curriculum for 7-11 year olds and is delighted to be working with local primary schools as an external provider. Evette is continuing her professional development in this area and hopes to complete her Mindfulness teacher training qualification in the near future.

John Moore

Trustee

John has been a physiotherapist since 1999 working for the NHS, in elite sport – including the RFU, three Premiership rugby clubs, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, GB Surf and Surf England – and private practice.

He has worked from his own practice at The Hen House in Kingsbridge since 2011. John’s sports background, physiotherapy experience and knowledge of strength, conditioning and rehabilitation has ensured the swift return to full fitness for elite athletes, amateur sports people and non-athletes alike.

Pain can arise for many reasons. By engaging and listening to his patients, he has been able to help many people of all backgrounds, aged from seven to 94. John sees SHAW as a natural extension of the work he does and understands the value of helping people connect and engage in the community.

He has lived in Kingsbridge since 2003 with his three girls, wife Caroline and daughters Ella and Maggie. He is happy to try all sports at least once.

Lindsey Glasman

Treasurer / coordinator

I was brought up in Nottingham, and studied English Literature at Bristol University. My career was in IT, including stints working at the BBC in London, a software house in New York, running my own small consultancy business in the UK, and finally working with Logica (a large IT consultancy firm)

Although I did enjoy the challenge, I sometimes found it difficult to manage my work/life balance. In my mid 40’s, I took a long hard look at my health, and didn’t much like what I saw! I was overweight, a heavy smoker, working very long hours and frequently working away from home. My father had died of a heart attack at 58, and my mother had a lucky escape from oesophageal cancer.   Something had to be done.   I started by giving up smoking, not easy, but I found that aversion therapy worked for me. I soon noticed an improvement in my breathing, but like many people I piled on weight. Dieting alone was not going to be enough – I needed to exercise, but I had no idea what to do. I was very lucky to find an excellent personal trainer, and from small beginnings (power-walking a mile) I built up to running Marathons. I was never a fast runner, but I was very persistent!

My husband John also worked for Logica, and when we were 60, the company asked for voluntary redundancies. We didn’t waste much time deciding to volunteer! Our first years of retirement were great – we spent a lot of time at a farmhouse we’d bought in south-west France, travelled around the UK and Europe, and had a 3 month holiday in New Zealand. John played a lot of golf, and I set up a fund-raising group for a local charity in Essex. We’d always said that we’d move from Essex when we stopped work, and after a few trips to different parts of the UK, we settled on the South Hams. We bought a beautiful old property in a tiny and very isolated hamlet near Dittisham, knowing that it wouldn’t be practical in our old age, but expecting to stay there for 5-10 years. Unfortunately, old age arrived ahead of schedule   I developed serious arthritis which made walking difficult, but far more worrying, John was diagnosed with dementia.

We moved to Kingsbridge in early 2016. John’s condition deteriorated very quickly, and he went to live in Quay Court, where I could visit him every day. I continued to struggle with my mobility, until I had hip replacements in late 2017. I am still in rehabilitation, but can now walk a few hundred yards without a stick. John passed away in February 2018, so all in all, it’s been a very difficult couple of years. Although I want to be self-reliant, I do still need a bit of help. I’ve had such excellent medical care for John and myself, and I’ve also been supported by local groups and individuals.   The Kingsbridge community has been welcoming, friendly and supportive. Since moving to the South Hams, I’ve been in the Children’s Hospice South West Friends Group, but needed to do more. When I heard about the SHAW initiative, I wanted to be involved, and I hope I will be able to make a good contribution in a number of background jobs.