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Our staff

Frances Elliot (Chief Executive)  

I joined HADCA in 2011 as Project Manager for a three year Reaching Communities project.  Enjoying the fact that no two days were ever the same and being part of such a great team of staff and volunteers, I have now been with the organisation for over 8 years and my role has developed and changed over time.    Latterly I have been managing the Harrogate Easier Living Project team, who deliver our much-needed practical support services across the District from our bases in Harrogate and Ripon.    Developing our service offer and our fundraising capacity to meet changing needs have been two of our biggest challenges and I very much look forward to leading the HADCA team through the changes and challenges ahead. 

Karen Weaver -Strategic Lead (Community Action) 

I was born over the border in Rochdale, Lancashire but arrived in Yorkshire over 25 years ago via studying and working in Nottingham and London. I worked in local government for much of my career, mainly in leisure management, and to this day I continue to get great job satisfaction from helping people to make the most of living and working in our very special District, whatever their circumstances.

I’ve been with HADCA for 11 years now and am always mindful of our deep roots in voluntary action in both Harrogate and Ripon, which stretch back over 50 years now. We have a fabulous team of trustees, staff and volunteers and strong links with our founders, our members, local voluntary and community groups and our partners in the public and private sector. It is a real privilege to have a job where I get to meet interesting and inspiring people doing wonderful things every day!

Caroline Armitage - Office & Business Co-ordinator

I have lived in Harrogate for most of my life, apart from brief periods in Leeds and Wolverhampton.

I have previously worked in administration roles within Foundation and the National Probation Service and I enjoy working with local charities and voluntary organisations in such an interesting and varied role.

In my spare time I enjoy the cinema, theatre, live music, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Jones - Information & Communications Officer

I’m originally from the Channel Islands, but moved to England in 1983, living in London, Reading and Colchester before moving to Harrogate, when I volunteered for Victim Support. I’ve had many diverse roles including managing a local authority benefits office and with the Probation Service. I joined HARCVS in 2004 and became Information Officer in 2008. I feel lucky to have this role in our community and enjoy learning something new every day. Out of work, I love pootling in my VW campervan, supporting Reading FC and walking (though it’s taking me years to complete the Pennine Way!)

Phil Newby - Finance Officer

I live in Leeds but am originally from Saddleworth.  I’ve worked in the voluntary sector all my working life: initially as a volunteer coordinator, but for the last 15+ years in charity finance roles.  I hold a masters degree in Charity Accounting and Financial Management. In my spare time I’m a keen mountaineer.

Carol Rowe - Harrogate Community House Support and Finance Assistant 

I have lived in Harrogate all my life apart from my student days in Sheffield.  I worked in Public Sector management roles in Harrogate, Leeds and London for 28 years, taking early retirement in 2012.

I joined HADCA in 2013, and enjoy working in the local community and helping people on a daily basis. I have volunteered for many organisations over the years, and currently help with events at RHS Harlow Carr.

I enjoy gardening, keep fit classes and socialising with friends and family.


Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP) Team

Lizzie Hughes (Project Development Worker - job share)

Anna Woollven (Project Development Worker - job share)

Christine Turner (Service Co-ordinator)

Andy Storr (Service Support Worker)

Brian Trickett (Service Support Worker)

Kevin Kelsey (Service Support Worker)

Jen Sonley (Service Support Worker / Driving Force Scheduler)

Caroline Armitage (Service Support Worker)

Ceri Naylor (Ripon & Rural Services Co-ordinator) 

Susan Wells (Ripon & Rural Service Support Worker)

Linda Fergus (Ripon & Rural Service Support Worker) 

Alison Bradley (Ripon Administrator)


A huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers who support Harrogate & District Community Action. Our team of 100 volunteers have been joined by a further 200 new volunteers who have joined our community response to the coronavirus outbreak.