NWR’s staff are a dedicated and hard-working team of professionals, committed to the organisation’s mission and vision. All NWR staff work reduced or part-time hours.

Claire Kendrick

(she/her) Head of Operations and Development

A marketer by trade, I began my career in entertainment, working for some large media organisations (BBC, ITV, Channel 4) and then moving to leisure and hospitality (Landsec, Topgolf, TeamSport). I have also run a marketing agency and consulted for many fascinating smaller businesses.  I am looking forward to putting my skills to good use to help grow our fabulous organisation.

Away from work you will find me taxi-ing teenage children, listening to podcasts, reading and walking my beloved Cockapoo.

Chris Allison ACCA

(he/him) Finance Manager

Chris is a qualified accountant who has worked in the charities sector for several years. For NWR, he delivers our financial operations, financial reporting and compliance with charity and company financial legislation.

I enjoy working for organisations where the focus is supporting a cause and helping people.

He has driven NWR’s adoption of efficient payment processes and systems, and is a champion of direct debit!

Chris enjoys most sports – is an enthusiastic Everton FC supporter – and keeping fit.

Sam Bushell

(she/her) NWR Membership Administrator

Sam is a longstanding member of our membership administration team, and oversees all aspects of the member subscription process, including membership applications, direct debit set-ups, subscription renewals and Gift Aid registration.

She is an advocate for members services, offering guidance to members on how they can best access resources and events. Sam administers all aspects of our hugely popular annual Telephone Treasure Trail competition. Her other key duties including maintaining the member database, and supporting members to update their online records. Sam also supports our trustees through administration of our AGM and the trustee election process.

I love speaking to members from all over the country, building excellent relationships, as well as improving my geography knowledge!

Prior to joining NWR, Sam worked within the Civil Service.

Alongside her NWR work, Sam enjoys gardening and her allotment, walking, reading and travel.

We are delighted that Sam celebrated 20 years of working for NWR in September 2021.

Sharon Gibson

(she/her) NWR Membership Assistant

Sharon is part of our membership administration team and works alongside Sam to support members, colleagues and trustees with everything from renewing memberships to booking an event place and sends out email communications and helps keep the website up-to-date.

She loves hearing from members about how they first became involved with NWR and their experiences of membership across decades.

It’s really lovely to know that our hard work is valued by so many and I hope that we can all be part of an exciting future, offering an opportunity for many more women to become part of the NWR family.

Sharon joined NWR in 2021 and enjoys being part of such a well-loved and long-established organisation.

Cath Heslop

(she/her) Volunteer and Recruitment Manager

Cath’s role is to ensure NWR offers the best possible experience to its members and introduce prospective joiners to the opportunities membership offers.

She has far-ranging experience, having spent 10 years working with a women’s membership organisation, following a career that encompassed the commercial property, technology, publishing and finance sectors.

I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work in women’s membership organisations and meet so many amazing women. It is a delight to see the lively discussions, mutual support and friendships flourish amongst our NWR members.

Cath joined NWR in 2021 and combines her NWR role with clerking for School and Trust Boards within Hertfordshire and London.