Jeremy Prichard, Chairman, first came to Plymouth as a young officer with 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, based at the Royal Citadel during the 1970’s. He moved away in 1979 to take up a commercial career with United Biscuits plc and later with the Rank Organisation plc until the late 1980s. In the early 1990s he had a brief spell in the City of London working with an international consultancy and training organisation. For nearly twenty years Jeremy worked with numerous national and international organisations on management and organisation development projects in many parts of the world with PN Associates, a business consultancy in which he was one of the founding in partners.
Jeremy and his wife, Rhona, returned to Plymouth in 2000 after their two sons left home. Since 2006 he was Chief Executive of the Harbour Centre (Plymouth) stepping down in August 2016.supporting individuals and organisations in the city with other organisations.
Mike Lincoln is a qualified accountant and runs a Management Consultancy providing services to the Public Sector. Prior to operating his own company, Mike had an extensive career in the NHS including posts in Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall and Devon. He is a former Chair of the South West Branch of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Mike has a special interest in Financial Training and Education and has recently obtained a qualification in Mentoring from Lancaster University.
Beverley Evans, Information & Advice Manager, Beverley joined Improving Lives Plymouth in February 2013. She has worked both in the public sector, for the Department of Employment and in the private sector in the Insurance industry.
Prior to joining Improving Lives Plymouth, she worked in various posts in the local authority, managing Care Direct, First Stop at the Civic Centre and more recently in Adult Social Care, working in the Adult and Older Persons Specialist Mental Health Teams.
Beverley has also spent time as a Naval Reservist and a Special Constable, and for the past 18 years has been a volunteer for Woodside Animal Welfare Trust.
Larissa Milden, Active for All Manager, Larissa joined the Improving Lives Plymouth team in 2011. Larissa has several years' experience of working within the voluntary and community sector. Previous to joining Improving Lives Plymouth, she worked for the environmental conservation charity the British Trust for conservation Volunteers (BTCV). During her time at BTCV Larissa project managed nature reserve regeneration projects across the city, as well as delivering city-wide and county-wide volunteering projects for the national youth volunteering charity 'vinvolved' and the Department of Work and Pensions. Larissa holds a level 3 ILM qualification in Leadership and Management and is trained as a Level 2 Group Exercise Instructor. Larissa also holds a Level 2 Royal Society of Public Health certificate in healthier foods and special diets.
Lee Sewrey, Caring for Carers Manager - an innovative partnership between Improving Lives Plymouth, Age UK Plymouth and Crossroads Care, Lee started his career in a supporting role in a residential care setting before moving to use his skills as a trainer and facilitator in the field of education where he taught adults with learning disabilities and worked as a Further Education Manager. A role then followed with SCOPE, the national charity charged with promoting equal opportunities for disabled people in the UK. He progressed his interest in the learning disability sector with a move to Improving Lives Plymouth to manage the Better Futures Service. Career advancement and the opportunity to work in the private sector took him to Hampshire, where he managed a high dependency CQC-registered residential home. He then relocated to Plymouth in 2012 to develop the new Caring for Carers service.
Nikki Hornsby, Better Futures Manager, Nikki originally trained in Hotel and Catering Management. She worked in this profession for over 15 years, initially in HM Naval base as a catering supervisor and trainer, then with Devon County Council as an assistant contract manager overseeing 40 school meal operations.
Starting a family led to a career change working in customer services as part of a quality monitoring team then joining Improving Lives Plymouth in 2005 to support adults with Learning disabilities, becoming the service manager in 2010.
She is a qualified life coach, has an HND in management and a Level 3 award in Leadership and Management.
Nikki has been with Improving Lives Plymouth for over 10 years.
Chris Burnett, Operations Manager, Chris came to Improving Lives Plymouth searching for a volunteering opportunity within Plymouth and from that became one of our volunteers. He brings management experience from both the public and private sector.
Chris has been part of the Improving Lives Plymouth team since 2012; he has supported volunteers and organisations with all aspects of volunteering which include matching volunteers to a suitable role to working with organisations assisting them with the development of high quality volunteer programmes. Chris has managed the Volunteer Connections service and moved to Operations Manager in June 2018.