We're indebted to the tireless work of our volunteer trustees without whom we couldn't exist or help the voluntary and community sector of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch flourish.

Our trustees are ultimately legally responsible for Community Action Network. They govern the organisation, oversee the strategic direction and delegate tasks to our Chief Executive and staff team.

The Board is made up of individuals from our local member organisations or co-opted to provide specific knowledge. They contribute to a wide range of skills and experience to the organisation.

Trustees are unpaid and give their time on a voluntary basis to support the organisation and wider voluntary and community sector in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Hazel Walker - Chair

Hazel has been a trustee with Community Action Network since 2007 and Chair of the Trustees from 2014.

Paul Payne - Chair of the Finance Committee

Paul has worked in Financial Services as an Independent Financial Adviser and Director for over 30-years. Now retired, he is Chair of The North Bournemouth Crime Prevention Panel, a Trustee at SEDCAT (South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport), and a Health Champion at The Banks & Bearwood Medical Practice, under The NHS Altogether Better Project.

Reverend Martin Broad - Vice-chair

Martin is currently Manager of the Information and Advice Team at AGE UK Lambeth, having previously worked in Bournemouth for 12 years: 6 of those years as CEO of Citizens Advice Bournemouth and subsequently as CEO of both the Bourne Spring Trust and the Boscombe Independent Advice Centre. Immersed in the wider politics of the VCS, Martin has served on various Trustee Boards throughout his professional life.

Debbie Clifton

Debbie has been a trustee at Community Action Network since 2012. Debbie is the Development Manager for Bournemouth 2026 Trust.

Emeritus Professor Keith Popple

Keith has been a trustee at Bournemouth CVS since 2002. 

Keith is an Emeritus Professor in Social Work at London South Bank University and has many years’ experience in the community development and social work field both in the voluntary and statutory sector and as a practitioner, lecturer, author and researcher.

Philip Tarrant

Philip has been a trustee at Community Action Network since 2015. Philip is the Chief Executive of Bournemouth Blind Society, an independent local charity that was founded in 1911 to give dignity, hope and encouragement to those whose lives are affected by the loss of vision.


Pauline Sharp

Pauline Sharp set up Sharp Care Consultancy in 2018, after previously working for more than 23 years for an established Dorset care company within the Domiciliary Care sector and community, as their Director of Care and Registered Manager for three locations.

Pauline is committed to delivering person-centred care by supporting staff (registered managers, care support workers), who need to feel confident about their ways of working and ensure their documentation complies with the CQC regulations.

Monique Munroe

Monique has many years’ experience of volunteering and paid work in the voluntary sector both in the UK and New Zealand.

She was an employee of Poole CVS for over 14 years and joined its Board of Trustees in 2014. She has been running the recycling charity, Win on Waste (formerly Ideas2Action), since it started in 2013.

She is passionate about the work of Community Action Network and how, through the knowledge and expertise of its staff, so much can be achieved for the good of the local community and beyond.