CEO, Voluntary Action Swindon
Pam joined the Board in December 2020. She is currently CEO of Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS), the Council for Voluntary Organisations in Swindon which supports the Swindon voluntary sector with advice, training and many other services. VAS is based in John Street and sublets areas of its office building to four other charities.
VAS also manages Sanford House, on behalf of Swindon Borough Council, which houses a Community Hub of ten key local charities. VAS also uses the building as an asset to encourage collaboration across and with the sector. VAS also delivers the vital Swindon Shopmobility service based in the car park of Sanford House providing independence to Swindon residents with mobility issues.
Prior to running VAS from August 2019, Pam spent 15 years heading up the Zurich Community Trust, the UK charitable arm of Zurich Insurance in the UK. Her role involved leading the Trusts major UK Social Transformation programmes focussing on isolation, substance misuse and mental health as well as the ‘Zurich Cares’ employee supported grant and volunteer programme supporting the communities around the 15 UK Zurich locations, including Swindon and the ‘Openwork Foundation’ providing grants nationally supporting disadvantaged children.
At a national level, Pam was a Board member of the Association of Charitable Foundations for six years and chaired LBG, a network of over 100 companies using the leading global standard for measuring corporate community investment for eight years. She was also Vice Chair and founding Trustee of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust until 2019, a registered charity working in partnership with Gloucester Motorway Services targeting community development in the largest concentration of local disadvantage in Gloucestershire. Since February 2019 Pam has been a Magistrate for the Wiltshire bench.