Staff

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.

Chris Allison ACCA

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

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

NWR Membership Assistant

Sharon is part of our membership administration team, and she helps members, colleagues and trustees with everything from renewing memberships, to booking an event place.

She loves hearing from members about how they first became involved with NWR, and their experiences of membership across decades. Her administration skills are second to none and she is an excellent proof reader.

It’s really lovely to know that what we offer is valued by so many, and I hope I can encourage many women to become part of the NWR family.

Sharon joined NWR in 2021 at the beginning of a new chapter in her life, and is excited to be part of such a well-loved and long-established organisation.

Cath Heslop

Regional Membership Officer – Central Region

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 at a school and FE college. She is working towards a qualification in governance.

Helen Page FCIM

Communication Coordinator

Helen is responsible for designing and delivering NWR’s communications with all member and non member groups.

Joining NWR in 2021, Helen’s first priorities were to develop a member communications plan and launch NWR’s new website.

I’ve been bowled over by members’ warm welcome and support for my role. I’m looking forward to sharing their stories to encourage more women to join NWR.

Helen combines her NWR role with studying for her RHS qualifications, having spent the majority of her career to-date in the professional services sector delivering high impact sales and marketing campaigns.

Natalie Punter FRSA

NWR National Organiser

Natalie is ultimately responsible for all operational aspects of NWR and for ensuring the strategic plan is delivered.

Since joining NWR in 2015, her focus has been on ensuring that NWR continues to evolve and is available for future generations of women. While Natalie collaborates with our trustees to devise our strategy, she particularly enjoys hosting a range of events and having close contact with our members.

NWR keeps me on my toes. No two days bring the same challenges and I love that. I enjoy spending my time with lively minded women.

Before leading NWR, Natalie held senior management roles in the charity sector, including with the British Red Cross.

Natalie’s passion is reading – and she was once told she has a reading addiction! She has a passion for genealogy and is considering a second masters in the subject when she has the time.

Toni Steward

Regional Membership Officer – South West Region

Toni works with NWR groups in the South West of England to ensure they enjoy the full range of membership benefits and reach out to potential new members. She also helps new groups establish themselves.

She worked in hospitality for many years, starting at the bottom rung and working her way up to managerial positions. Toni left full time employment when she had her first child, returning to work and gaining vocational qualifications in school and nursery settings.

I’m excited to have joined NWR and am very much looking forward to meeting lots of members in and around the South West.

Toni is the newest member of NWR staff, and her appointment reflects the organisation’s goal to expand across the UK.