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 Patrons

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. In her spare time Louise is studying a professional doctorate in education, 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 Head 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.
Born in Guernsey, Ben qualified under the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2009. Since then he has successfully set up, run and sold a number of small businesses. In recent years he continues to run Refresh, a local design and marketing agency which focuses on accessible print and digital design, helping local government, businesses and the third sector to make information accessible for all.
Ben lives with his wife and young son. He can often be found enjoying good food and strong coffee.

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!

Our Staff

Debbie has worked with Health Connections since the beginning of the transformation from Health Information Guernsey.

As lead Community Connector she has led the creation of the online Directory, mapping local support and activities which can have a positive impact on health.

From her work as a Health Trainer for Health and Social Care, she brings skills and experience in behaviour change techniques and motivational interviewing, supporting people to achieve better health. She is now developing the Health Connector role to include the role of the link worker which supports social prescribing.

She has been actively involved in the voluntary sector in Guernsey for many years, including volunteering with the Scouts, Home-Start, Wigwam and the Guernsey Down Syndrome Group.

She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends.

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

Sheila was appointed as the Voluntary Transport Coordinator in April 2019. Her role is to run the existing Voluntary Car Service and to work on the development of a centralised community Transport Service to meet the needs of people in the Bailiwick for whom existing public or commercial transport services are not suitable.

Having worked within the third sector for many years and volunteered at board level with charities supporting young autistic people and their families, she brings experience of partnership working with local government and the successful development of services. She is a graduate in Education and Psychology, and a qualified project manager. She is passionate about connecting people to their communities as a means to wellbeing.
Spare time is spent with family and friends, dog-walking and generally enjoying island life.

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.
As part of an innovative ‘Partnership Of Purpose’ between HSC Public Health and Health Connections, Melissa is seconded to the Public Health team where she has taken up the new remit of Social Prescribing Commissioning Manager. Her aim is to enable equitable and quality Social Prescribing provision across the Guernsey Bailiwick.

On graduating in Business Management and Marketing in 1990, Melissa started her career at the European Bank For Reconstruction and Development. Following a period in publishing, she spent two decades working in funding and development at London HQs for several national and international NGOs including: Greenpeace, British Film Institute, Dogs Trust and Mencap UK. Most recently in Guernsey she worked with Trustees and the Community to re-develop ‘Styx Centre’ in St Peters. In March 2017 she established a Social Prescribing pilot with support of the Guernsey Community, Styx Centre, Guernsey Arts Commission, Pargiter Trust and Guernsey Community Foundation.

Melissa is also a qualified Botanical Horticulturalist and planting designer, she trained and worked at UNESCO World Heritage site Kew Gardens. With a passion for the Arts, she has worked on the Andy Goldsworthy Alderney Stones project with Art and Islands, programmed a Digital Publishing element for Guernsey Literary Festival and advocated the benefits of Art for Health. Melissa made beautiful Guernsey her home in 2008 along with husband Dr Piers Mitchell and two, now teenage, daughters.

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.

Our Volunteers

Shop Assistants

We currently have 16 wonderful volunteers who help us run our charity shops.

Car Drivers

We currently have 19 super car drivers who use their own cars to offer a door to door service, driving people who have genuine transport difficulties to their appointments and activities.

Community Connectors

We currently have 56 fabulous volunteers who are helping to build our directory and signpost people to support in the community.

At Health Connections we rely on the support our Volunteers give us and to demonstrate our gratitude we want to reciprocate their support by offering them membership to our Timebank!

Volunteer with us

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.

Michele – Community Connector

When my husband Rob Broome was diagnosed with cancer last May we tried to look things up to support both him and us as a family. However, we found that although lots of people held some information there didn’t seem to be any one place where we could find out all we needed consequently some information we found came too late for both him and us. Also we didn’t always know what to look for because we didn’t know what existed. When Rob died we approached the palliative care nurses at Bulstrode House about putting together a pack of information for anyone diagnosed with Cancer, as some cancers seemed to be better catered for than others. The nurse suggested talking to Liz Dorey, an End of Life Facilitator, who agreed that it was a worthwhile project. After Liz and I met with the different cancer charities and put forward our ideas we were approached by the Information Exchange who explained what they were planning to do and asked if we would join forces with them and help find information for their website. This was to include cancer but also support for very young to the elderly, from helping families to supporting people who were isolated and those who were ill and/or had disabilities. We felt that this was a worthwhile project which encompassed our original aims and more besides so as a family we have worked alongside them to help populate this website. We have been amazed at the amount of support and information Guernsey has to offer and to have this now on one website is a huge achievement and we are sure that other support groups will come forward that we don’t know about yet and are proud to have been a part of this in my husband’s memory and this is also a very significant time as he died a year ago this Saturday 13th October.