Chair of Trustees:  Steve Irving

Steve joined the trustees of CAF in June 2016 having retired and recently moved to Fareham from Weymouth. Steve is an invertebrate neurobiologist and spent his career initially as a laboratory scientist but for the past 30 years has worked in the UK, France and the USA managing large laboratories in both the private and public sectors. He is married with 3 grown up children and has many interests.              




Chief Executive:  Paul O’Beirne

Paul has been involved with the voluntary sector for 45 continuous years, initially within youth work in Liverpool, London and Aberdeen before moving to Fareham in 1980.  He became a scout leader and held a hillwalking qualification, and still maintains his scouting connection as Secretary for Hampshire Scouts.  Paul was a product manager for a pharmaceutical company before joining Community Action Fareham.  He has business management and teaching qualifications.


Administration Manager:  Michelle Addis

Michelle is the organisation's longest serving employee, having joined in 1987.  She maintains all aspects of administration including facilities management, bookkeeping and accounts, payroll service for groups, DBS checks and much more!





Voluntary Sector Support Manager:  Jennie Romicheva

Jennie joined 8 years ago to develop the Volunteer Centre and now manages a wide range of support for community groups.  In addition she manages a team of volunteers running the Voluntary Car Scheme, Gardening Service, Walking for Health and the Christmas Day Lunch.  After many years on PTA committees she now volunteers in retail.  


Training Manager:  Julie Fisher

Julie joined Community Action Fareham 8 years ago and now manages Community Action Training, which provides training for the voluntary sector and other organisations around Hampshire.  Julie has been a qualified trainer for over 5 years, trained in MiDAS and PATs.  She is also a qualified First Aid Trainer and a NEBOSH health and safety trainer. 




Home Help Manager:  Jean Petter

Jean runs the largest home help scheme in Hampshire with a small team comprising a Deputy Co-ordinator and an Assistant Co-ordinator.  A Home Economist by training, Jean has been involved with the organisation since 1998 and took over managing the Home Help service in 2003.  She is an active member of Fareham Methodist church. 


ShopMobility Manager:  Jessica Wooldridge

Jessica manages the ShopMobilty Centre and leads on care and disability support.  Qualified in care and pilates, Jessica is enthusiastic about keeping people mobile and able to get out and about as much as possible.





Community Transport Manager:  Gavin Rowe

With 30 years' experience of working in air, rail and road transport industries, Gavin is more than qualified at keeping the minibus fleet on the road and in the right place at the right time with an excellent team of paid and volunteer drivers. 


Other paid staff

We have a small support team of other paid staff in full, part time and temporary roles.


Our team of 100 volunteers and trustees

Most of our volunteers come in once or twice a week to help out.  They all have a particular role supporting a service.  There is always more to do, and we welcome new volunteers.  Whether their commitment is time limited or open ended, we will always provide training in whatever they do.


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