Alex Jarosy (Chair)
Alex has been the Chair of the Trustees since 2018 and is now in his second term. He has a background in public sector housing, community development and performance management having worked in local government, housing associations as well as having managed a voluntary sector project in Kings Cross.
Since his retirement, Alex has worked with the North Hertfordshire Samaritans, the Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire and in London is currently a Trustee of the Hackney Chinese Community Services. Alex took over as Chair at the beginning of a period of significant change and is keen to address both the services provided by our CVS as well as its role in developing and supporting the Hertfordshire voluntary sector as a whole.
Tony Kuczys worked as a Civil Servant for 37 years, first in what was then the Inland Revenue, and then in the Department for Work and Pensions. His roles included providing policy advice to Ministers, working in a Minister's office, and managing large projects and programmes. After taking early retirement in 2013, he became a trustee and Company Secretary of Citizens Advice North Herts, and subsequently a trustee of North Herts and Stevenage CVS. He and his wife enjoy travelling and are gradually working through their bucket list of destinations.
Although Andrew has been a trustee for five years he originally became involved with CVS as the NH Ambassador for Time Bank in 2009. Andrew is active in the local community and since 2004 has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse. This Club has assisted CVS in various ways over the past decade. Andrew also raises funds for local charities including Garden House Hospice, Sue Ryder Foundation and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance through metal detecting. Andrew is now retired from the Civil Service and lives locally with family nearby.
Michael worked in housing and mental health for many years. He is now Chief Executive of Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North and is thrilled to be able to work to extend services for vulnerable people and carers. He is also a board member of Wheelchair Dance Sports Association. Michael's other interests include travelling, the Arts and his allotment. Michael is passionate about the voluntary sector and what energy and solutions it has to offer our many social challenges.
Justine joined the board in 2017 and became Treasurer in September 2019. She worked for the John Lewis Partnership for 16 years in a variety of management roles. Having moved into the Third Sector, Justine worked for Bridge Builders Christian Trust for 12 years both as Finance & Admin Manager and a member of their Leadership Team. Following a change in career path in 2016, Justine currently works full time as a school office manager in Hertford. In 2019 she finished a degree in Charity & Social Enterprise Management (BA Hons). Justine is married with two grown up children. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling with her husband on their tandem. Justine is a member of Oak Church Stevenage and volunteers for them in several different roles.
Tina Bhartwas (Vice-Chair)
Tina is a student, local campaigner and the youngest member of the board. She has volunteered with a number of organisations from working with disabled children to a homeless charity as well as having particular experience with work around diversity and engagement. She joined North Herts and Stevenage CVS in 2019 to aid the development of the voluntary sector and give back to the local community that she feels so passionately about.
Rosie joined the board in September 2019 and is the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire after first joining the organisation as a volunteer Receptionist in 2012. Prior to her voluntary role Rosie enjoyed an editorial career in academic publishing and a break to stay at home with her daughters.
Katie is a former North Herts and Stevenage CVS employee having previously Managed the Breakaway Playscheme for over 10 years before she left to become a Commissioning Manager in Adult Social Care at Hertfordshire. Katie has a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and we are delighted to have her back as a member of the board.
Adrienne Arthurs is the Chief Executive at The Living Room, a charity that provides a substantial and radical group therapy counselling programme for Hertfordshire adult residents, suffering with any type of addiction and their family members. Previous roles have been in a variety of sectors such as education, employment and retail in both the private sector and non-profit organisations all focused in Hertfordshire providing her with a wealth of experience. Adrienne is passionate about developing local quality services that help people to help themselves. Services that give power to people to create a stable and positive home for children to grow up nurtured, healthy, happy and reaching their potential.