Tony Sneller – Chair
I have been involved in the voluntary sector for over 20 years from early days with a Parents Teachers Association which led on to the formation in 1996 of a community association in my home town of Petworth –  a charity that I still chair. This experience prompted me to study for a degree in Social Policy at the University of Sussex and I now teach Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Brighton with a main research focus on the voluntary and community sector.

Before this career change I had studied interior design, been a partner in the family retail and also worked self-employed in the building trades – which has provided me with business experience. Many years as a school governor (including chair) and Town Councillor has provided a good understanding of the statutory sector.

I joined what was then Chichester & Distrcit CVS (later to become VCACD) at the beginning 2006 and became Chair in 2007. Following the merger with CVS Arunwide I became Chair of VAAC in 2012. I have been chair of the WS CVS Network since it was formed in 2009.

I have recently been involved in forming Rother Valley Together which is funded by WSCC and provides lunch clubs and activities in the Midhurst Petworth area. I guided through the registration with the Charity Commission and Companies House and am currently leading on the adoption of policies.

I am passionate about the voluntary organisations and the value and importance of community action and am proud to be part of Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester, and all that we achieve.

Joyce Adams – Vice Chair
I was born in Northold Middlesex, but have lived in West Sussex for the past 44 years, and all of those years in Littlehampton.

My working life has been in retail, with 26 years, until I took early retirement, working for Woolworth’s, Littlehampton.

I became a member of the Arun Dophins Swimming Club for the Disabled, when it was founded in 1983, and was asked to join their committee in 1986. I became Vice Chair of the Dolphins, and then Chair; a post which I held for 5 years. After retirement from Woolworth’s, I took on my present post of Hon Secretary for the Dolphins.

In 2001, I was asked to join the board of CVS Littlehampton, representing the Arun Dolphins SC, who had been a member of CVS for some time, and I became Chair of CVS in 2006.

I enjoyed my term as Chair with CVS Arunwide, and after the merger with Chichester CVS, I had the privilege of becoming Vice Chair of the newly formed VAAC.

For the past 16 years I have been a volunteer – working 2 mornings a week – at The Laurels Day Centre run by WSCC, where I am one of 4 receptionists, which I enjoy very much. I have also been involved with the steering group of Disability Go for the Arun area.

My other interests are listening to music, reading, painting (Chinese Water Colour) and family history, and I take a keen interest in the local communities.

Chris Dawe – Secretary
Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked for a number of insurance companies. I started in the General branch before specialising in mortgages and pensions. I was also responsible for branch accounts.

I studied Theology and became a Religious Studies teach in God’s own county of Yorkshire, where we lived until returning to be near our families and for me to teach pupils with special and behavioural needs.

Retiring in 2011, I am now the Secretary of VAAC and Bognor Stamp Club as well as taking an active part in my local church.


Miranda Cormell
I moved with my husband from Bath to Tangmere in 1977 and was, very shortly afterwards, appointed as one of two researchers on a Joint Funded (Social Services and Health) project looking at the needs of the elderly in West Sussex. This proved a perfect introduction to the county and to the various voluntary and statutory organisations operating within it. Further posts followed over the years, mainly undertaking the evaluation of various social and community projects in the county.

In 1992, and after moving to Bognor Regis in 1986, I was invited to fill the new post of administrator at Bognor Regis Baptist Church, a role which brought me into contact with the then CVS Arunwide. I became a trustee in 2006 and quickly developed a huge respect for the work of the organisation and in particular its commitment to partnership working.

In 2005 a decision to take a change of direction coincided with the need for someone with research skills to pull together all existing information in Arun on the influx of East and Central Europeans to the area following the 2004 entrance of the A8 countries into the EU. Since then I have become increasingly involved in these communities including retraining to teach English as a Foreign Language and setting up my own teaching project. Together with Penny Spearman I am a link trustee for the Expanding Communities Team, and, and together with Joyce Adams, am also a link trustee for our administrative staff, Sharon Westcott and Carol Groves

Alison Nicholls
I am married and live in Fittleworth. I have two married daughters and four small grandchildren living respectively in London and Edinburgh. We provide emergency grandparenting cover for those in London when required.

During my career in London I have worked in a variety of areas: ministry of defence; book publishing ie. Dorling Kindersley, Harper Collins and Cassell (where I developed new profitable markets from scratch and then ran the bargain book imprint which covered the whole publishing process). Thereafter I ran a book mail order company with an ex colleague; my responsibilities were again of a marketing nature ie. sourcing, pricing and marketing the books.

Latterly I became Head of the Corporate, Trust and Statutory fundraising team at Help the Aged, a team of 22 with an income of £5 million.

Since leaving the corporate world I have been seeking ways of putting something back into the community in which I live so I listen to the early readers at Fittleworth school and a trustee of VAAC.

I walk our dog every day and enjoy singing with Billingshurst Choral Society and learning to play the piano. I am also learning to speak Italian and participate in U3A italian conversation, as I love all things italian ie. the people, the country and the food! I love the range and quality of the productions at Chichester Festival Theatre and go to as many as possible.
Jools Chaffer
Jacqui Thomas
Jacqui has had a variety of positions including senior positions in personnel, recruitment consulting and the travel industry.

For a couple of years she helped to run The Mostyn Hotel in Llandrindrod Wells, Wales, an 18 bed hotel with 2 bars and 2 restaurants. This was followed by working for Jay Interiors, an Interior Design Company with clients both in the commercial and domestic markets.

As a search consultancy, Jacqui worked with clients from the major strategy management consultancies and companies who were looking to recruit consultants into industry positions. This work included managing search assignments from initial contact, interviewing prospective candidates, managing researchers and office staff and marketing and selling resources.

From 2005 Jacqui trained to become a Volunteer Advisor and was invited to become a Trustee for Bognor Regis CAB and sbsequently joined the Board of Arun & Chichester CAB. She has represented the Board on the Publicity & Fundraising committee and worked with the Managers and CEO on the recruitment of both volunteers and permanent employees.

Jacqui likes to travel, fine food and wines (especially entertaining), gardening (including growing my own vegetables and fruit) attending antique fairs and reading.


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