Chief Executive

Carol Botten:

In September 2018 Carol was appointed as CEO of VONNE following four years as Deputy CEO. Carol has worked in the voluntary and community sector for the best part of her professional life of over 20 years, with a specific background in development within the cultural and voluntary sectors. She also serves on the Board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and previous roles have focused on management, business development, fundraising and communications. She is a graduate of Newcastle University, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from Northumbria University. Prior to joining VONNE, Carol was the Interim Chief Executive at North Tyneside VODA and previously the Director of Northern Architecture.


Deputy Chief Executive

Anne Fry:

Anne joined VONNE after a career in Higher Education. Her previous roles at Newcastle University included business development, project management and marketing and communications. She has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Management.

She became Deputy Chief Executive in October 2019 after two-and-a-half years working as our Marketing and Communications Manager.  Anne is a volunteer for Rape Crisis.


Policy Officer

(Currently seconded to Clinks)

Natalie Maidment:

Natalie has worked in the voluntary sector in the North East for 16 years and is the longest standing member of staff at VONNE, having worked here for over nine years. She has a deep knowledge of the needs of the sector and has worked for and been a trustee for a number of support organisations at a local and regional level. She is currently seconded to Clinks (from August 2013) to further develop a criminal justice network in the North East; supporting voluntary organisations to keep up to date with emerging Criminal Justice System (CJS) policy; engaging with commissioners and supporting the sector's work in reducing crime and promoting community safety. 

Prior to her secondment to Clinks, Natalie ran the award winning Policy and Representation Partnership, hosted by VONNE, and has experience of supporting and developing networks, income generation, training, and project management.


Finance and Office Manager

Angela Goodfellow:

Angela recently celebrated five years at VONNE as the Finance and Office Manager. Her role is hugely varied but essentially she ensures the smooth running of the VONNE office through effective administration and communication systems. She has worked in the charity sector for around nine years and her role prior to VONNE was at the British Red Cross. Her charity connection started with volunteer roles at St Oswald’s Hospice and Oxfam following voluntary redundancy from a local building society.

Angela has recently completed a degree in business with the Open University and is currently studying towards a finance qualification with The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).


Marketing and Communications Manager

Jule Wilson via

Jule began her career in the education sector and became a journalist after gaining a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. She eventually moved into public relations and photography, starting in the public sector and she's now a Chartered Practitioner with a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and a Diploma from the Digital Marketing Institute. She brings with her expertise gained from senior communications roles in a range of fields including retail banking, book publishing, social enterprise and software development.

Jule is responsible for VONNE's communications strategy and delivery. She's a Trustee at The Josephine and Jack Project, mentors young people as a STEM Learning Ambassador, and has recently been awarded a Diploma in Counselling.


Membership and Communications Support Officer

Laura Elliot

Laura Elliot:

Laura joined the VONNE team in December 2019 and brings with her more than 10 years' experience in the charity sector, including roles in retail, fundraising and marketing for a range of charities big and small. She also has experience in local government, elections and employment rights advice.

Laura provides support for VONNE's membership and communications activities. She has lived all over the UK and relocated to the North East late 2017 to be closer to family.


Health and Wellbeing Associate

Jane Hartley CEO

Jane Hartley:

Jane has many years of experience working at a senior leadership level in the North East voluntary sector, with a primary focus on health and wellbeing. She was CEO of VONNE and is now working as our health and wellbeing lead an an Associate. She is also the NE Social Prescribing Facilitator working with NHS England and the national Social Prescribing Network. She has broad experience of working within the voluntary and public sector, including running a local infrastructure organisation and leading a significant service provider charity across Co. Durham and Tees Valley, the Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), which manages a health and care partnership across health and social care within the NHS and local authorities. She has also worked as a consultant supporting voluntary and community organisations across the North East and has built a strong credible reputation along the way.

As a qualified coach and mentor Jane has experience of coaching senior VCS leaders and is passionate about supporting voluntary sector leaders, particularly from smaller organisations in the North East with little access to coaching and leadership development support. She also has experience as a coach working directly with people with long term health conditions within a support programme called My Life CiC. In terms of coaching style, Jane prefers to take a solution focussed approach and uses the GROW model to work with individuals to help them identify their goal, what the barriers may be to achieving that and what the solutions might be. 

Jane is also Vice Chair of Ways to Wellness, the Social Impact Bond funded social prescribing programme targeting people with long term health conditions in West Newcastle. She is a Trustee of the Greggs Foundation and a member of the North East Grants Committee, and a trustee of both Smart Works Newcastle, supporting women into employment, and Northern Heartlands CIO, which has a focus on advancing the education and engagement of disadvantaged communities primarily in Co. Durham.


Administration Assistant

Marie Dan:

Marie joined VONNE in May 2016 as an Administration Assistant. She’s our first point of contact and her duties vary widely from manning reception to processing payments and membership applications.

Marie has worked in the voluntary sector for nine years, mainly at the National Autistic Society’s North East Office where she was Office Manager and Befriending Manager. After being made redundant, she took a career break to concentrate on raising her family.    


Coordination and Development Support Officer

Anne Webster:

Anne has been recently been appointed to the post of Coordination and Development Support Officer working with MEA House tenants. Anne started this post in early January 2020 and has previously worked at Age UK Newcastle and was the team leader at the Northeast Special Needs Network.

She was also the Chair of Trustees for Down’s Syndrome North East for 15 years and is an active volunteer at her local community centre.