There are eleven members of staff directly employed by Tamba. Apart from the CEO, all are part time (this equates to a full time equivalent of five people). They can be contacted on 01483 304442 and their emails and days in the office are below.
Keith Reed - CEO (Office attendance - Tues, Wed, Thurs & Friday, WFH - Mon)Keith has worked for Tamba since 2007. He is a long standing advocate of patients' rights and previously worked in senior campaigning positions within the charitable sector. He was an honorary researcher at Birmingham University and reviewer for the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth group. He has contributed to publications on Multiple Pregnacy, Neonatal Care, Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome and research into the educational and financial issues associated with multiple births. He has two young children (not twins) and Tamba trustees have agreed to him working flexibly which allows him to care for his children every Monday. He is a former trustee for advice and disability charities and a primary school governor.
Helen Peck - Scottish Officer
Helen oversees all our work in Scotland. She works three days a week
Rachel Wiffen - Head of Tamba NI
Rachel has been involved with Tamba NI for 5 years and is the focal point for all the activities throughout Northern Ireland, these include: antenatal evenings and courses throughout the regions, twins clinics and the running of 5 events throughout the year. Rachel has an advisory group who support her through her role and she also maintains the NI based office. Rachel has 4 children including 11 year old identical twins
Shelley Smith - Head of Fundraising. Shelley has worked at Tamba for 9 months. She is responsible for increasing Tamba’s income from all fundraising streams. Shelley was previously the Corporate Fundraiser, then Head of Fundraising for a local charity supporting disabled children. Shelley has two young girls (not twins) and works two days a week on Monday and Friday.
Lucie Wigley – Advertising and Fundraising Coordinator (Office attendance -Mon, Tues & Wed, Thurs)Lucie has worked for Tamba for 4 years. She is responsible for magazine and website advertising as well making sure all the discounters information is up to date. She is also point of contact for all the individual fundraising and the annual grand raffle. Lucie works for 4 days a week and has 7 year old triplets.
Debbie Ross – Membership & Website Manager (Office attendance -Mon - Thurs)Debbie has worked for Tamba for twelve years. She is responsible for all membership tasks including all mailings, joiners and renewals and she oversees the Tamba website. Her role includes managing members’ access to the site including the message board and looking after the Tamba facebook pages. Debbie works 4 days a week and has 16 year old boy girl twins.
Diane Cole – Clubs & Memberships Officer (Office attendance -Wed, Thurs & Fri)Diane has been with tamba for 3 years. She is responsible for all aspects of multiple clubs and co-ordinating with them on events and promoting their clubs via the website and newsletters. Diane is also responsible for memberships and deals with mailings, joinining and renewals. Diane works 17 hours a week and has 5 year old identical boy twins and a 8 year old girl.
Nikki Harris - Memberships Assistant. (Office Attendance – Memberships Assistant Mondays and Tuesdays, and Trusts Fundraiser Wednesdays). Nikki has worked for Tamba since November 2006 and shares her role between membership and fundraising. Membership involves supporting members through mailings, joining, renewals and over the telephone and fundraising involves liaising with charitable trusts/foundations and statutory bodies to try and build financial support for our work.
Twinline, courses and support services
Kate Valentine - Courses Administrator (Office attendance -Wed, Thurs & Fri)
Kate has worked for Tamba for 6 years. She is responsible for the administration of the Practical Preparing for Parenthood Seminars both in London and the rest of the UK and the one day Ante-Natal classes. Kate works for 20 hours a week and has 9 year old twins.
Helen Regan- Helping Hands Administrator (Office attendance – Mon,Thurs,Fri)
Helen joined Tamba in March 2014. Helen is the Helping Hands scheme administrator, speaking with families and Health Professionals who have come to Tamba for support and placing Norland Nannies who have volunteered their time to help with the families. Helen has boy girl twins.
Stacey Wills – Helping Hands Co-ordinator (Office attendance – Tues, Wed, and Fri)
Stacey has worked at Tamba since April 2013. She has set up the Helping Hands scheme which was officially launched in March 2014. She manages Helping Hands which supports families with Multiples who are in desperate need and in crisis by providing them with short term practical help in the home. She supports the families, liaises with Health Professionals and Norland Agency and is supported by Helen Regan. Stacey has non- identical twin girls.
Rebecca George- Communications assistant (Office atendance- Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri)Rebecca has worked at Tamba since November 2013. She provides assistance to the PR manager by dealing with media enquiries and helping with press campaigns. She also manages Tamba's social media, assists with administrating the company website and produces Tamba's monthly e-newsletter.
There are currently eleven volunteer trustees who oversee the strategic direction of the charity. Their details are listed below and you can contact them c/o our office. We also have a President who acts as a figurehead and is still actively involved in our work.
OWEN HAMNET (appointed 2012)HONORARY TREASURERDetails to follow.
ANNA (appointed 2012)Anna is a Public Health Specialty Registrar with a background in children and young people's health. She has non-identical twin girls born in 2011.
TIM DULLEY (appointed 2012)Tim is an experienced Management Consultant. He has worked for Capgemini Consulting for the last 14 years specialising in Strategy, Analysis, Performance Improvement, Business change and Programme management . He has twin daughters aged 2. He joins as a trustee in 2013.
CAROLINE DOLAN (appointed 2012)Caroline has worked in the charity sector since 2004 and is experienced in community, corporate, trust, major donor and event fundraising. Causes that Caroline has worked for include Marie Curie Cancer Care, Cerebral Palsy Sport and Cord. She had twins in 2011 and is actively involved in ante-natal advice for her local twins club.
LUCY CLARIDGE (elected 2009)Lucy is a practising human rights lawyer and is currently Head of Law at Minority Rights Group International, an international human rights NGO based in London, which promotes and protects the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide. She has worked within the voluntary sector for over 10 years, for a variety of human rights organisations. She has also spent several years in private practice, where she focused on media litigation and professional negligence. Lucy has three children, including identical twin boys.
JULIA DAVENPORT (elected 2009), CHAIR OF TRUSTEESJulia has non-identical twin girls. As a result of the support that the family received from their local twins club, Julia applied to become a Trustee to help continue the invaluable services that both Tamba and the twins clubs provide. Julia brings 20 years' HR experience to the Board, predominantly in FTSE 100 and multi-national organisations. She specialises in Reward and is currently working on interim assignments.
GAVIN ADAIR (appointed 2009 & elected), VICE CHAIRMost recently a Finance Director of a large Limited company having joined from Channel 4 Television Corporation where he had worked in a number of senior finance roles, Head of Finance, Future Media and Technology and Corporate Development. Gavin is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA from London Business School. He is the father of three young children, identical twin girls and a very proud and protective big (but not much bigger!) brother.
NICKI HUTCHINSON (appointed 2008, elected 2009)Nicki has 5 children including 7 year old triplets. She is a consultant medical microbiologist and director of public health.
GAVIN BURGESS (appointed 2010)He is a father of three and has twins (one of each sex). He has a broad experience in the business and technology worlds (Insurance, Banking and Telco). Formerly Director of Architecture and Strategy with RSA the FTSE insurer. He has 20 years in IT as well as management experience. He has, in the past twelve months, taken on the day to day care duties for his children and balanced this with a busy professional life.
JO O'DRISCOLL (appointed 2011)Jo has twin girls. In her day job she provides strategic communications and marketing advice to the public and non-profit sectors. She has worked for a range of high-profile organisations, including regulators, funding bodies, charities and think tanks. Her current and recent assignments include acting as interim Communications Director for Britain's largest problem gambling charity; launching a new recruitment process to select Britain’s judges; overseeing marketing for one of England’s biggest FE Colleges; and developing a communications strategy to ensure a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
ALEX SMITH (appointed 2011)Alex has twins and is a communications professional, having worked in both the voluntary and the corporate sector, most recently as Head of Internal Communications at Virgin Media, and Head of Communications at Mencap, the UK's leading learning disability charity. Her specific interests include branding, social media and finding ways to engage with new audiences. She now works on as a communications consultant.
JUDI LINNEY MBE MSc Dip HEd HVTAMBA PRESIDENT & HONORARY CONSULTANT FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CAREJudi came from South Africa to England and then trained as a nurse, midwife and health visitor and Director of Public Health. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in providing strategic leadership across NHS, Local Authorities, and Voluntary & Community Groups and working with the media. After giving birth to twin daughters, Judi and Howard recognised the need for information and advice for families of multiples. In 1978, she was a founder member of the Twins Club Association –which developed into Tamba. Judi has written various articles and a book for professionals on managing Multiple Births, and has given presentations nationally and internationally on multiple births.
Judi received an MBE at the Queen’s Birthday Honours ceremony, for services to healthcare and her work in the NHS as a Director of public health, Founder and President of Tamba and for developing community relations. Judi is currently an Independent Consultant and Coach and offers advice to community groups.
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