In addition to our wonderful team of volunteers we currently have the following staff team.
Chief Officer – Jacqueline Bobb
Jacqueline joined Fusion in May 2017, having worked in the charity sector for the last 7 years. Jacqueline is a qualified PQASSO Mentor and former Sports, Play and Youth Development Manager with a local authority and is responsible for the overall operations of the charity.
Deputy Chief Officer – Tracey Elmore
Tracey joined Fusion Maidstone in August 2013. She is responsible for the day to day running of the centre and supports the Chief Officer in all aspects of running the charity; in particular finance, HR and health and safety.
Cafe Manager – Michele Finnemore
Michele joined Fusion in September 2008. She is responsible for running the café, including day to day operations; bringing in new business and developing the outside catering service.
Community Projects Co-ordinator – Aimee Bartlett
Aimee joined Fusion in February 2014 and is responsible for co-ordinating projects that benefit the immediate community of Park Wood, but also the surrounding areas of Maidstone. Aimee was instrumental in setting up the Park Wood fete committee, Park Wood Residents Association amongst other achievements.
Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator – Kim Hearne
Kim joined Fusion in October 2017 to take on a new role of looking after all aspects of marketing and communications within the charity. Kim has worked in the charity sector for the last 4 years, including co-founding and running a new charity, FND Action.
Paul Coles – Chair
Arthur became a trustee in 2013. He is the local vicar for Parkwood and has been involved in numerous school and community projects throughout Kent. With a wide range of experience of community development both in UK and overseas he is excited when communities come together and enrich each other’s lives.
Donald Wright – Chair of the Finance Sub Group
Don joined Fusion as a Trustee in May 2013. He had spent 37 years in High St Banking and retired in December 1999. Since retirement he has carried out various roles including being a Non-Executive Director with the NHS. He has for also for 20+ years been the Chair of a local Secondary School. Don is now trying to work towards a quiet retirement but is still hands-on with helping the centre’s facilities work effectively.
Matt has been a trustee at Fusion since 2016, shortly after being elected as a Borough Councillor for Park Wood, where the HLC is situated. He lives locally and also works for a Marden-based, family-run medical equipment manufacturer.
Gary Cooke –
Elaine was appointed a Trustee for Fusion in June 2017, and was excited to be joining an enthusiastic and friendly team that is working so hard to provide a large variety of support services for local residents and others. Most of Elaine’s working life has revolved around finance and business, including 20 years in schools, and is pleased to be able to help and support Fusion with those matters when required.
Ian joined the trustee board in 2015 because he felt that at his age he could help the older residents. He was a founder member of South East Maidstone Active Retirement Association based at Heather House for 11 years, and was elected chairman for 7 years up until he resigned in October 2017. The club was very successful with 200 members most years. It was a very pleasant and rewarding position dealing with and helping retired members from the age of 55 to 90+.
Lynne Selman –
Tad has been a Trustee at Fusion since 2015. His day job is CEO of Maidstone Community Support Centre charity. He has worked in the charity sector since 1992, starting with working with people who have learning disabilities and mental health barriers, and now in his current position.