We want to make a difference

We are delighted that our team includes so many people who want to support our community with varied skills, vast knowledge and a common purpose to connect and support others.

We want to make a difference, nurture social innovation and impact and help to continue to create a healthier and happier Bailiwick Community.

Our Board

Louise is Chairperson for HC. She has volunteered as a member of the board with the Charity since 2002. Louise started her career as a General Nurse, working in UK, Guernsey and overseas. After a period of work in both primary and secondary care Louise worked in public health and eventually moved in to education. During the day, Louise is the Principal of the College of Further Education. The links between Health Connections and education are strong; learning new knowledge or a skill and gaining success is a route to health and happiness. Louise is married and has two adult children. Louise completed a professional doctorate in education in 2022, loves walking and being with friends.

Born in Guernsey in 1955 of local parents and of French descent. He has an identical twin and one older brother. Pierre chose general nursing as a career aged 17; following his mother’s footsteps. He retired at 62 having spent most of career as a District Nurse and Urology Nurse Specialist. Presented with the Emma Ferbrache award 2010, RCN award of Merit 2016 and runner up nurse of the year award 2017. He is married with four adult children and eight grandchildren. His interests include: open water swimming, walking, cycling and music: He plays piano and sing in a small local choir. He has a keen interest in all health matters. He volunteers for Health Connections as he believes in their social model for health improvement and support.

Simon Howitt was born in Guernsey and has been in practice as an Advocate for thirty years. He has considerable experience as a trustee or director of charities and non-profit organisations. As well as being a member of the Executive Committee of Health Connections, he is a current trustee of the Lihou Charitable Trust and was formerly a trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands. He is also a Commissioner
of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and Deputy-Bâtonnier (Deputy-Chair) of the Guernsey Bar Council. Simon was born in Guernsey and educated at Elizabeth College. Simon is an enthusiastic musician. He plays a number of instruments, is a member of folk band GU10 and has sung solo in the Eisteddfod every year for the last 15 years.
He lives with his partner, Vicky, and their six year old son.

Catherine Griggs qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (A.C.C.A) in 1996 and has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years. She is currently Managing Director of Stenham Asset Management Inc, where she is also a director of many investment funds and other companies within the Stenham Group. Before moving to Guernsey in 2013, she worked for Stenham Advisors PLC in London as a senior manager in operations, finance and client services. Prior to that she was Chief Finance Officer and a Partner at Montier Partners LLP and before joining this firm in 2000 was Group Financial Controller and Compliance Officer at the Gaiacorp Group. She has recently completed the IOD Certificate in Company Direction and currently continues her lifelong learning on the IOD diploma programme. Catherine enjoys spending time with her two daughters, running on the cliffs with her dog, playing golf and singing in a church choir.
Bella has 30 years’ experience of working with people at their most vulnerable and most resourceful in the public, private and charitable sector. Her health career began when she worked as a Nurse and Midwife. She holds an MA in Health Management and is an accredited Executive, Resilience and Systemic Team Leadership Coach. Her personal mission is to support others to live happier, more fulfilling lives and to be as healthy as they can be. Whilst leading Health Connections LBG and privately practising at Wings Coaching she remains resourceful by connecting with her 3 children, colleagues, friends and large extended family (she has 4 brothers and 4 sisters with 22 nieces and nephews!!).
She is confident that the success of Health Connections LBG will be because of the collective responsibility of its dynamic Board of Directors, Team of Community and Health Connectors and its many volunteers.

Contact Bella directly by email: bella@healthconnections.gg

Steve has 20 years of business experience in both private and public utilities, culminating in his current executive role as Managing Director of Guernsey Water. He has Board level experience from previous roles with the Environment Agency’s Anglian Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, the River Nene Regional Park and with the Governing Bodies of two schools in Northamptonshire; he is also a serving member of the Guernsey Dairy Management Board.
Steve is passionate about the vital role that water plays in public health. He also has a keen interest in promoting the value of ecosystem services for physical and mental wellbeing. He returned to his home island with his family two years ago to take up his current position with Guernsey Water. As a keen novice quadrathlete you might find him swimming, kayaking, cycling and running in all weathers any time of the year, training for his next challenge.

Alison is a Senior HR Manager for BWCI Group where she has been leading the HR function for the last 8 years.

Prior to this, Alison held a number of management roles in public and private sector organisations and has achieved an MSc in Management with HR.

Alison is driven to ‘give back’ to the community and seeks to share her knowledge and skills to add value where it might be needed. She has a strong alignment to health and wellbeing initiatives, believes in taking an holistic approach to problem solving and is a keen advocate of the “Directory to Doorstep” model of community support offered by Health Connections.

As well as raising her children, Alison likes to keep fit through a variety of different activities and may also be spotted boating or fishing when the weather permits!

Mimi is the newest addition to the board. With roots in Marketing, she has extensive experience having worked for advertising institutions such as Ogilvy & Atomic London, on household names like Coca-Cola, BP, Cancer Research & the NSPCC, as well as a plethora of startups, scale-ups and local Channel Island brands.

Mimi lives and breathes effective communications and strategic brand growth. More recently, her tactical attitude and creative problem solving has led to more operational and commercial roles, working as a Chief Operations Officer for a UK tech-led football leisure brand and now as an Executive Trading Manager at Norman Piette.

Although a self-proclaimed “import”, Mimi has fallen in love with Guernsey and lives with her locally-born husband and baby boy.

Our Team

Kerry is the longest serving member of our team, joining Health Information Guernsey in January of 2013 as a Health Information Officer.

She has worked across the organisation, including being involved in the day to day running of the Voluntary Community Transport Service and managing the Health Connections Charity shops.

She has a wealth of knowledge about local support which she uses in her current role as Health Connector and has recently included an advocacy qualification to her skill set.

Kerry is now Lead in our Off Island Support team, based at the Vauquiedor entrance at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. Her caring and compassionate approach ensures that patients and their families feel supported when they are going off island for treatment and care.

In her own time, she is often found enjoying many of Guernseys’ beauty spots with family and friends

Kate recently joined the Health Connections team as Manager of our thriving shop on The Bridge.
Her role has since expanded to become Project Co-Ordinator leading our community projects ‘Invisible Lockdown…Your Islands’ Lockdown Journal’ and the ‘Gift it Forward’ children’s clothing scheme for families facing challenges during lockdown.
Additionally Kate acts as our Press Liaison ensuring that information about existing projects and future developments within Health Connections are widely distributed across all our local media platforms.
Locally born, Kate returned to Guernsey 16 years ago and worked as a curtain maker whilst raising her family. She has long been an advocate of sustainability and is happiest working with our partners, donors and customers in the shop to promote this across the Bailiwick.
Being out in the fresh air with her family and crazy, bouncy dog is the perfect unwind.

Arabella became interested in joining the team following a presentation by Health Connections Mendips at the HC launch in October 2018. She was impressed by the difference the Mendips project had made in their community and felt that the vision that HC had could make a similar impact locally.

Following this, she undertook the Community Connector and Advocacy training with the HC team and became a volunteer for the charity. She is delighted to have joined the staff team at HC in September 2019, as the Lead Directory co ordinator.

She cares deeply about ensuring her community are aware of what support is available to them locally. She loves working with a forward looking organisation that aims to ensure the all people in the Bailiwick are connected to the support that matters to them and enjoys building strong relationships between HC and all its directory partners.

Prior to bringing up her family locally over the past 20 years, her professional background was within the advertising industry in London, where she grew up.

Agi joined our shop team in Preloved & Re-loved as a volunteer in the summer in 2020, following disruption to her her travel plans due to Covid 19.

Agi moved to the island when she was 11. She is multilingual and has travelled to over 40 countries. She has achieved a BA in Fashion Design (Uni of Leeds) and has worked in lingerie, travel, retail & marketing.

Due to her passion for sustainable living, an incredible ability to merchandise with a natural eye for detail, as well as a warm and helpful style with customers and volunteers, she is now our CONNECT Community Hub manager.

We are delighted that Agi has also agreed to assist us in keeping our Directory up to date and trusted. This ensures that her working days maintain a balance of office and shop floor skills, which she has in abundance.

Agi loves meeting new people each day and consistently creates a warm and friendly atmosphere for all our customers and is able to signpost people to support that matters to them via our online directory, which is always available in our CONNECT community hub.

In her spare time, Agi trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, enjoys wild camping and foraging, cooking Asian food & spending time in her greenhouse.

Fiona has 3 children and lives on Herm where her husband is the Herm Technical Services Manager.

Prior to having children Fiona worked in Customer Services for BT in the UK. Since then, she has studied childcare and has been a Homestart volunteer on Guernsey.

On Herm, she has carried out a variety of jobs to serve the local community and in 2020 she started a well being project to renovate Herm’s rundown village hall with the aim of it becoming a community hub. She managed, through the generosity of Guernsey businesses and individuals like Dame Mary Perkins, to raise enough money and equipment to totally renovate and fit out the hall.

In November 2021, she took part in the Community Connector Training with Health Connections and realised how much I would like to work for the charity in a role which enables her to help support people in Herm and Guernsey communities.

She thoroughly enjoys spending time with family and friends, is a keen cook and cake maker and a very successful fund raiser.

Having had a successful 35 year career in the finance industry, Karen felt the need to refocus her energies into something different. Grateful to have had opportunities to work with local charities and organisations through volunteer days given by her previous employer, Karen became a volunteer driver for Health Connections in 2021, having seen an advert on social media.
Karen thoroughly enjoys meeting new people and being able to help them by simply giving them ‘a lift’. When Karen heard that a position was available to work for Health Connections in the Transport Team, it was any easy decision to apply for the role as Transport Coordinator. Karen joined the team in January 2022 and has been able to put her prior work experience to immediate use as well as training as a Community Connector. Karen continues to be a volunteer driver when time permits.

Away from the office, Karen loves nothing more than a day in her kitchen baking for family and friends but also enjoys outdoor life. If not out walking, usually with her husband and dog Monty, around all parts of the island, Karen also enjoys time in her garden reading a good book.

Our Volunteers

Shop Assistants

We currently have over 20 creative and friendly volunteers who help us run our charity shops.

Car Drivers

We currently have 26 committed and caring car drivers who use their own cars (milage paid by HSC)  to drive people who have genuine transport difficulties to their appointments and activities.

Talking Cafe Host Volunteers

We currently have 12 Talking Cafe Host Volunteers who work in pairs in our Talking Cafe’s connecting local people to support on the directory and signposting them to our 1:1 Health Connector and Transport Service.

At Health Connections we rely on the support our Volunteers give us. Follow this link to join our network of volunteers.

Our Structure

Why our Volunteers work with us

Pierre Herve – off island support volunteer

My purpose in becoming a charity volunteer was to make some sort of meaningful contribution to people experiencing physical and/or emotional difficulties. I retired as a registered nurse in 2017, but still felt a need to offer support to a worthwhile charity.

Being part of an existing local charity that was undergoing transformation I became quite excited by the underlying principles set out in the charities vision plan and felt that I could help by becoming a volunteer with newly the re-branded ‘Health Connections’.

Under new operational leadership came the idea of providing a change of direction in the offering of community support. A concept that enabled the delivery of health related information using a partnership approach. I felt this was a wonderful opportunity in which voluntary and statutory services could offer health related support to people in our local community and felt drawn to offer my services.