About Us

West Howe Community Enterprises was established by local residents in 2009 to improve communications about the area and make this a better place to live. We have since become a registered Company and a registered Charity.

Our group improves communication in the area by coordinating activities, learning opportunities and by providing safe places to meet.

We run the Inspiring Change Shop in Cunningham Crescent where you can buy low cost goods in store. You can donate your unwanted items by dropping them into the shop.  

We also run Henry’s Café inside Henry Brown Centre and manage the building as a community asset. We co-ordinate a host of activities for and with the community including social and support groups, training workshops, give and take days and much more…

We are passionate about ensuring that our residents have a voice in their community so please feel free to get in touch via our contact page or complete the questionnaire by following this link.

Meet the Team:

Charity Manager Julie Deller

I’m really pleased to be part of West Howe Community Enterprises. I have had many years experience in Community work in various forms and always had an interest in working with Communities to make opportunities for them to flourish and thrive. I have previously won an award for Outstanding Services to the Community. I’m keen to involve everyone in West Howe to use the Henry Brown to their advantage, so if you haven’t visited me or the Henry Brown yet, come along, say hello and get involved. In my spare time I like to make and decorate cakes, make soy-wax candles and cycling.

Cook – Lisa Churchill

My name is Lisa and I am the cook at our community café Henrys Café , I started volunteering for West Howe Community Enterprises around 6 years ago and my volunteering role turned into part time employment 2 years ago with lots of training and support given to me. Our Café was started 5 years ago and has grown into a safe and friendly place to come and have a cuppa and a chat and maybe even a brekkie. I have a disability and I have full time care of my grandson . I love our friendly atmosphere in our café from our volunteers and of course our extended family of regular customers. 

Inspiring Change Charity Shop Manager-

My name is Tracy, and I am very proud to be managing the Inspiring Change shop.  I have been visiting the shop for many years as a customer, then became a volunteer, now I am the Shop Manager.  I really enjoy my job, and I have met lots of lovely people. I hope that I can continue to raise standards in the shop – providing our customers with a friendly and welcoming shopping experience. I am a life-long local resident. I attended Bournemouth School for Girls before embarking on a career in retail, working in a variety of stores including BHS and Beales. I then went on to work in the motorcycle industry, running a business alongside my husband.  I am a Governor at Heathlands Primary Academy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, and weekend walks in the New Forest with my family. 

Trustees

Our current board comprises of 6 directors/trustees comprising of 2 of which are resident trustees.
We aim to extend the board of directors/trustees to the maximum of 9 members ensuring adequate resident representation of at least one third of the board.
Our current trustee board comprises of:

Chair – Paul Iggulden

As a registered Public Health Consultant with over twenty years public sector experience, Paul brings a highly valuable combination of Public Health skills and management and analytical know how to help address organisational challenges and bring about the changes needed to improve health and wellbeing. He has worked at Associate Director level in Public Health in a Primary Care Trust and more recently the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (October 2012 – November 2014). Paul’s Public Health experience embraces local, national and International work, includes analytical roles such as Public Health Epidemiologist, Project management including a $3m per annum collaborative project with an American College and valuable experience as a Knowledge Manager. Paul is a highly experienced and competent impact assessment practitioner; The HIA in particular brings together skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis. An experienced conference presenter has honed communication skills through reflective practice and training. Paul has enthusiasm for helping teams to perform to the best of their ability has led to extensive training in facilitation techniques and experience of running workshop sessions. He combines rigor and discipline in analytical approaches with creative thinking to make connections across a range of disciplines. These exceptional skills and reflective practice enable Paul to draw upon a wide range of experiences to ‘re-frame’ problems as opportunities. Context-sensitive leadership skills enable leadership outside of authority coaching and mentoring consistently inspire others to identify and implement solutions to bring about desired change.

Martyn Underhill

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Martyn Underhill is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University, specialising in Forensic Psychology. Prior to that Martyn was the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) from 2012 to 2021, his second elected term having been extended due to the pandemic until May 2021. As PCC Martyn led nationally for PCC’s on Forensics, Brexit, Use of Taser, Custody Issues, Mental Health and Suicide. Previously Martyn was an Independent member of the Bournemouth Local Safeguarding Children’s Board after retiring from the police in 2009. He retired as a Detective Chief Inspector with Sussex Police, after 30 years service. He was commended for his work on the Sarah Payne case. Martyn is a trustee or Chair of several local charities including the Wimborne Folk Festival and his local School Academy. He is also Chair of the Independent Custody Visiting Association, a trustee of the Police Memorial Arboretum Trust and is a Lay Canon for the Salisbury Diocese. Martyn lives with his wife and numerous animals near Wimborne, and has been involved as a trustee or Chair of WHCE since 2014. Martyn received an MBE for his services to mental health in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.

Treasurer – Jane Kelly

Jane has been self-employed for most of her working life, running a mixed farm in Wiltshire from 1980 to 2003 and before that running a clothing manufacturing business. She moved to Bournemouth in 2004 to retire by the sea but was lured into local Government and successfully stood as a Councillor for Boscombe West in 2011. Jane joined the Cabinet of Bournemouth Council in 2012 and so as well as dealing with issues in her Ward, she has experience in being lead Member for Regeneration, Public Health and Community Safety across Bournemouth. With the changes in the Administration of BCP Council, Jane now has a new Cabinet Lead Member responsibility for Community Engagement. Jane loves being able to make a difference to people’s lives is so rewarding and her job is very varied. Coming from a self-employed background, she sits on the committees of several local voluntary and third sector organisations and often act as the Treasurer, which has given great insight into the work of those Charities who are often a lifeline to people facing all kinds of challenges. Whilst serving as a Councillor, Jane has learnt so much about the demographic of Bournemouth, about their problems as well as their successes and has met many people from all sectors of the population and therefore has links to draw on to help when required.

Sue Bickler

Sue has worked in local government, social housing, in the voluntary sector and for the last 4 years in health – now supporting patient and public involvement. Her focus has always been Community Development, housing and community regeneration and people’s rights to get involved in and influence the decisions that affect their lives, as a tenant, resident, patient, member of a community. While working for Bournemouth Council she supported WHCE and was really please to continue that connection and become a Trustee when she left the Council. Sue lives in East Dorset, has 3 grown up children and in her spare time enjoys walking in the countryside and playing tennis, amongst other things!

Jackie Grabowski

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Jackie is local resident so has a vested interest in improving the community for all local residents. She has experience of the voluntary sector both as a volunteer and in a paid post as part of the Dove Volunteer Training project, which was a funded by the Lottery within the local community. Jackie gained employment by the Dove project after attending the course herself. She has also volunteered for the Children Centre in the café where she gained key skills in communication, budgeting and working as part of a team. Jackie has also volunteered at Streetwise Safety Centre working as a Guide touring the centre whilst giving safety advice and pointing out dangers in both the home and outdoors. During this period key skills were honed in time management, team work and confidence to Speak in public to large groups. Previous to all this volunteer work and continuing today, volunteers in Girl Guiding for over ten years as a youth leader working with children aged 5 – 15 years. Using and developing creative skills in Craft making, baking, planning and delivering an interesting and varied termly program. As a leader she completed a leadership qualification for which she showed competence in completing all of the above and also run accounts for the group. Self-identified skills which she additionally brings to the role include household budgeting with finances, diplomacy, general maintenance & gardening, team work, the ability to accept without judging, understanding problems and working out resolutions.

Leonora Spearpoint

Leonora moved to Bournemouth in 1983 from rural Sussex when she and her husband bought a business on East Howe Lane. In 1985 they moved onto West Howe raising 3 children at local schools and are still living here now. Leonora and her family were active members of the congregation at St Phillips Church on Moore Avenue and as a volunteer, she has helped to run the Mother and Toddler group at St Phillip’s. In the early 1990’s Leonora was a Parent Governor at Heathlands First School and became an Adult Literacy Tutor teaching English to local adults at Winton Boys School. Leonora has met many friends and neighbours while living here, now seeing second and third generations coming through! Leonora’s career has been in Library and Information Services, beginning in East Sussex working for Brighton Central Libraries, East Sussex County Library HW – Acquisitions and Cataloguing, then Children’s Librarian at Lewes Public Library gaining qualification to Library Management level. After moving to ~West Howe, she worked in West Howe and Kinson Libraries then spent 11years working at Bournemouth University Library. While here she began to study for a BSc Social Sciences with the Open University. Her studies included ‘Knowledge, Information and Care’ which meant she was then able to manage library information focused on health and social care. Leonor made the move to Adult Social Care in 2001 when she began working for local charity Help & Care, working in partnership with Care Direct Bournemouth. the next 18 years were spent working on factsheet research and information management, NHS Information Standard Administration, along with website data moderation for Help & Care, and Dorset County Council for the pan-Dorset Adult Social Care website https://www.mylifemycare.com Leonora has now retired with her husband had has time to begin volunteering as a Trustee to help grow services and facilities her in our West Howe Community.

Our Annual Review:

As our annual reviews become available we will provide them here.

How we are Regulated:

We are regulated by the Charity Commission. We are registered with Companies House and regulated by the ICO.