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!

Helen Hamilton

Community Builder

Helen first experienced beautiful Devon during summer holidays from University working in a pub in Salcombe. After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Sociology, Helen set up home with her now husband, Matt, in Kingsbridge and immersed herself in the local community.

Helen’s background has predominately been in the Welfare to Work sector, working for a number of years in Torbay and Plymouth for an international company. This experience brought her a wealth of knowledge in understanding the barriers that individuals may face in their day to day life. Working alongside partner organisations Helen was able to support individuals to overcome their barriers to employment, whilst providing a holistic approach to other lifestyle factors which may need to be addressed.

When hearing about SHAW’s inception Helen made her interest known to the trustees that she would like to be part of this initiative.  An opportunity arose in 2020 and Helen started as SHAW’s Community Builder, supporting the Social Prescribing method. Helen has been making great strides engaging with all the fantastic organisations that already exist in the South Hams to further develop links and ensure everyone knows what is available in our thriving community.

Helen loves being outside, whatever the weather. With two young boys, husband Matt and black Labrador in tow adventures are always around every corner! Fortunately, with the fantastic South Hams as the backdrop,  the beaches and countryside enable these adventures!

Amanda Bloomer

Co-Director

Having relocated to Kingsbridge with my son nearly 20 years ago, I became passionate about serving our amazing local community who had so warmly welcomed us.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to be more closely connected with SHAW whose aims and ambitions I wholeheartedly support.  Their work neatly dovetails in many respects with my other community involvements – Kingsbridge Library, Dodbrook Feoffees and Kingsbridge Estuary Rotary Club.

As the principal carer for my elderly father and through my work with the Market & Coastal Towns Initiative and then as co-founder and Trustee of Saltstone Caring (now Kingsbridge & Saltstone Caring) I am acutely conscious of the deficiencies of support and provision within this rural area and see social prescribing as the logical way forward to protect our individual wellbeing and by extension, our community’s resilience.

I am heavily involved with the local writing scene as proof reader; editor and even ghost writer for others and would-be author of my own works. When not busy scribbling I can usually be found as labourer’s mate to my son who is renovating his first house – still at the knocking down stage so a long way to go yet!

Andy Pieterse

Co-director

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.

Lindsey Glasman

Company Secretary

I was brought up in Nottingham, and studied English Literature at Bristol University.  I decided to work in IT – a demanding job involving a lot of long days and frequent travel.  Although I did enjoy the challenge, as I moved into more senior roles, I sometimes found it difficult to manage my work/life balance and at times my health suffered.  I gave up smoking in my mid-40’s, then started working with an excellent personal trainer. From small beginnings (power-walking a mile) I built up to running Marathons.  I was never a fast runner, but I was very persistent!  If I can do it, anybody can!

My husband John and I met through working for the same IT consultancy in New York, and we ended up working for a different firm of IT consultants in London. When (in the wake of the 2008 crash) the company asked for voluntary redundancies, we quickly decided to volunteer!  We had a wonderful few years travelling all over the world, and also spent a lot of time at a farmhouse we’d bought in south-west France.  We moved to Devon in 2012 and bought a house in Cornworthy.  Sadly, it was soon clear that there was a problem with John’s health, and he was diagnosed with dementia in 2014.  I had my own health problems and needed hip replacements, so life became quite difficult.  We moved from Cornworthy to Kingsbridge in 2016 to be part of a larger community.  John passed away in February 2018, but although I’m living alone, I’m never bored or lonely – I’ve met so many nice people and found so many things to do in this town.  I wanted to make a contribution to the community, and when I heard about the SHAW initiative, it fitted in well with my ideas about resilience and mutual support, so I’m very happy to be involved.

Dr James Motttram

Trustee

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.

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 able to work 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.

Emma Jones

Trustee

With a degree in Biology and a foundation in fine art, Emma’s career has spanned ecology and the creative world — working for 3 years for a wildlife conservation charity in Asia, and more recently as a set decorator, illustrator and mural painter. She loves practical work and is at her happiest covered in paint or knee deep in mud.

Having recently moved to the South Hams with her partner and two children, Emma is keen to integrate with the community of Kingsbridge and surrounding areas. She initiated a recent personal project decorating empty shop windows in Kingsbridge, focusing on local flora and fauna. She also volunteers for the Woodland Trust, loves trees and wants to fill the countryside with more of them.

She’s always found a connection between creativity and engagement with nature and wellbeing, and strongly believes that people of all backgrounds and ages can access those physical and mental benefits.