Meet the team

Matt Lennard, Chief Officer

Matt’s role is to provide a link between the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and the public / statutory sector bodies in Gloucestershire. With over 2000 charities in the county it’s Matt’s role to keep these organisations informed about what is happening locally and how it may impact of the VCS. The Alliance provides a strategic voice for the VCS in the county and Matt is the conduit for information coming out of the County Council and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Simon Cormack, Integrated Care Officer

Simon’s role is to link the voluntary and community sector with the statutory care system in Gloucestershire.

With a focus on how things work at the neighbourhood level his job is to ensure that the voices of grassroots community groups are heard and represented in the design implementation and delivery of joined up care services: not simply as an end in itself but as a way of promoting people’s involvement and choice in decisions about their treatment care and support. This means representing the interests of those identified as more vulnerable and/or with specific needs and having a part to play in helping to overcome broader inequalities in access to, and experience of, health and care services. 

Key to this is understanding and learning from the experience of groups and individuals from the sector and communities across the county; especially those whose experience is of not being involved or understood.

Simon is keen to hear from you – whether you work in the voluntary and community or statutory sector – and he’s always up for a conversation. Please don’t wait to get in touch with Simon directly if you have not already heard from him one way or another – or even if you have for that matter.

Contact Simon at or phone/text: 07845015011

Heather Beer, Project Management Consultant

Originally a nurse by training, Heather has spent the majority of her career in a variety of senior roles in both the healthcare and VCSE sectors. Over the next year, she will be working with the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance in an independent consultant capacity  supporting their participation in a NHS England funded programme that aims to facilitate better partnership working between the statutory health and care public sector organisations and VCS organisations in Gloucestershire.

Susan West, Communications Support Officer

Susan’s role is to keep the wheels of the Alliance running smoothly. She is responsible for keeping the database and distribution lists up-to-date, arranging and minuting Board meetings. She uses her organisation and communication skills to produce both the Alliance’s regular newsletter and funding bulletin. Her event management experience comes to into play for larger-scale Alliance events such as Connecting Gloucestershire. After 20 years in financial services, principally working in internal communications, she joined the Alliance to take a fresh direction and support the VCS in Gloucestershire.