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The Medway VCS Leaders Network Steering Group is made up of representatives from across the sector.  A full list of current members can be obtained by contacting us to request a copy.  Some members of the Steering Group have also shared their contact details below - and they have invited you to contact them if you have any issue you'd like them to raise on your behalf at the next Steering Group meeting:

VCS Leaders Profiles

Dalia Halpern-Matthews

Chair of the VCS Leaders Network Steering Group, I am an astute community and business leader, dynamic in approach and inspirational in style. I am the Chief Executive of Nucleus Arts, a proactive arts organisation which I set up in 2002. Fifteen years later Nucleus Arts hosts nearly 60 artists in studios across 3 of their 5 sites, 100 artists exhibiting at any one time, arts facilities, festivals and events, and education programmes. I am passionate about building sustainable communities, visual arts and music.


Patricia (Tricia) Reilly

Vice-Chair of the VCS Leaders Network Steering Group, I have 24 years experience working in Health (Mental Health - 12 years) & Social Care (Direct Payments & Personal Budgets – 12 years). I sat on the committee of the London Self Directed Support Forum for 4 years and in the latter years in the role of Treasurer. I am the CEO of a micro organisation, Community Interest Company Walderslade Together (WALT). We aim to reduce social isolation and improve employability within Walderslade/ME5 through our Life Planning support and volunteering opportunities available. In addition we support Disabled Employers, self funders and Direct Payment recipients to become better Employers through our accessible Being a Good Employer Course supporting individuals to access funding available.

Contact Tricia on 07930 358323 or at

Ian Long

As Community Investment Manager for MHS homes I am responsible for supporting our tenants through the Welfare Reforms and introduction of Universal Credit.

Contact: 01634 354 199

Jane Howard

I am the CEO of Medway Voluntary Action, an organisation that works towards a Medway where communities are active, empowered and connected. I am an active member of a range of local boards and networks, including: Safeguarding (Children and Adults) Boards, Public Patient Advisory Group, Social Isolation, Community Safety Partnership, Local Care and Early Help Steering Group – I’m always keen to represent the sectors’ views at these meetings, so if you have any pressing thoughts please get in touch.


John Norley

I am the CEO of Age UK Medway, a medium sized local charity serving people aged 50 plus. As well as leading Age UK Medway, I am also a director of the Age England Association. I am passionate about the vulnerable people in our community and the services in place to support them.


Martin Sissons

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 23 years in a variety of roles both on a national and regional level and am currently the Director of Emmaus Medway which is an organisation providing accommodation, meaningful daily activity and support to people who would otherwise be homeless. To support our work we have the shops in Chatham, Rochester and most recently in Sittingbourne. We have accommodation for up to 24 single people

Sally Howells

I have had a thirty five year career in public services covering initially health and then children's services within a number of local authorities including Medway. I have worked across the full range of children's services including policy, commissioning and actual service delivery such as leaving care . My final post was as Director of Early Years for Ofsted contract responsible for delivering inspection and regulation of some 55,000 early years providers across the country before retiring. I now have the privilege of being Chairman of locally registered charity "Making Miracles". I have also been a volunteer intermediary for national organisation who helps those adopted at birth who want to find birth families, governor at local Medway school and a member of Rochester Cathedral Council. I am married with four children and five grandchildren.