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

My working life has been spent firstly in the NHS, and then in various charities, both nationally and locally. I was Chief Executive of Age Concern Bournemouth (now Age UK Bournemouth) until my retirement. I have always undertaken voluntary work, starting in my youth.

I have been Chair of sedcat since its inception in 2012. When I started working in the area, I became a Trustee of Bournemouth Helping Services, which then became Bournemouth CVS. Following a short break, I returned as a Trustee in 2007, becoming Chair in 2014. 

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 Bournemouth CVS since 2012. She worked in local government for 28 years and set up a local charity called Bournemouth 2026 Trust which had close connections to Bournemouth CVS. She has extensive knowledge of partnership working across public, private and voluntary sector.

She is a passionate supporter of the voluntary sector and currently volunteers to support nursing students using her own experience as someone with chronic health conditions as part of the BU PIER group. Debbie is registered disabled and is unable to work but likes to use her experience and knowledge to support the organisation.

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 Bournemouth CVS since the year 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 loss of vision.


Pauline Sharp

Pauline Sharp set up Sharp Care Consultancy in 2018, after previously working for over twenty-three 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, Ideas2Action, since it started in 2013.

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