Lyndsey Marshall is currently working as the Deputy CEO for Adoption Support Agency in London. Prior to this Lyndsey worked for Hampshire County Council as a Manager in the Children and Families section specialising in adoption work. Before this she was the Chief Executive Officer for seven years for After Adoption Yorkshire, a registered independent adoption support agency based in Leeds, working in partnership with fifteen local authorities as a registered charity. The organisation provided a range of support, training and intermediary services to families and individuals whose lives or professions involved adoption. Aspects of the work were supported by an experienced group of volunteers, many of whom had been previous service users. Lyndsey deeply believes in the value and the contribution that service users and volunteers can make to an organisation in its growth, compassion and understanding of what the service requires.
Lyndsey has been active in the work of children and families, child protection, mental health and family placement for more than 35 years both as a Practitioner and Senior Manager in a number of Local Authority Social Services departments across the country as well as in the voluntary sector.
Lyndsey enjoys being a Trustee for PARCS and making a contribution to its continued impressive work based on its already impressive reputation across the region, for its service delivery, quality of staff and volunteers. The work of PARCS meant a lot to her late husband David who was involved with the organisation for many years and to be able to continue this work is especially meaningful to her.
Carolyn Exley has over thirty years’ experience working as a psychotherapist and supervisor. She is a BACP accredited and registered psychotherapist and has a BSc in Psychology and a Masters in Transpersonal Arts in Practice. In her private practice Carolyn works with a wide range of issues but has a particular interest in sexual abuse, domestic violence and interpersonal relationships. She very much enjoys her supervisory role and is currently clinically supervising individual practicing therapists as well as the frontline team of a Domestic Violence service.
Carolyn began her working life supporting adults and children with learning disabilities in residential settings, before going onto work in mental health. More recently she has been guest lecturing at Portsmouth University, working for Social Services teaching parenting skills to parents with children with ‘challenging’ behaviours and helping set up and facilitate a local drop in centre for people with Gender Dysphoria.
Carolyn first became involved with PARCS thirty years ago, working on the crisis line and ‘face to face’ counselling. For seven years she facilitated the supervision group for the telephone and’ face to face’ PARCS volunteers. After taking a break from PARCS to focus upon establishing her own private therapy practice; Carolyn was delighted and honoured to be asked back to join the board of trustees.
Carolyn has a deep passion and respect for the work carried out at PARCS and hopes that her therapeutic experience, both inside and outside PARCS, enables her to support staff and volunteers as well as inform her decision making for the future of the service.
Dr Sarah Lewis is currently working within the Criminal Justice System as an independent reformer and director of Penal Reform Solutions. She previously worked for the Probation Service in psychological interventions and her doctoral work focused on the therapeutic relationship, between practitioners and perpetrators of crime. After leaving the Probation Service in 2010, Sarah became a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Psychology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. During this time, she carried out research in Norwegian prisons, examining how humanistic practice can promote rehabilitation. She is now using this knowledge to support English prisons in creating a climate for rehabilitation. Sarah loves working with people and feels privileged to have been selected as a trustee for PARCS in February 2017. After spending some time as a volunteer on the phone lines at PARCS, Sarah hopes to use her knowledge of research to capture the good work of PARCS, promoting the services of the organisation as a whole.
Duncan’s career has included academia (LSE lecturer), chartered accountancy (PWC), software development and the City. He has held senior positions as a CFO, COO and CEO, which have involved considerable international exposure. He is also a qualified coach.
In 1999 Duncan started a consultancy specialising in developing consortia for global financial players by helping competitors to establish joint ventures and create value through common services and platforms. Over the years he and his loyal team established several successful consortia and carried out other demanding work. More recently he has worked with charities: as a trustee of the PARCS since 2011; undertaking remedial consultancy for a national children’s charity; and helping others with financial challenges. He is non-executive chair of a City-based global derivatives firm and a member of the Supervisory Board of one of the world’s major stock exchanges.
When not working Duncan enjoys sailing, walking, music and the theatre with his wife. He has recently completed a part-time MA in creative writing.
Jamie was born and grew up in Portsmouth and also studies for his degree in Computer Science here as well. He is very proud of our seaside city.
Jamie has a background in software development in financial services - popularly known as "FinTech". He has worked for both large and small organisations up and down the country and has been working for a small local firm based in Portsmouth for the last 14 years. They build software for some of the largest pensions providers in the UK and it is Jamie's job as Product Owner to make sure that the software is the best on the market.
Jamie has worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years. Jamie says "It happened by accident really - if you'd asked me at university where my career in computers would take me, I'm sure I would have said games or artificial intelligence" - but his first job was in pensions and he has stuck with it. This has provided him with the knowledge of the savings, pensions and investments world which he never expected but it has turned and to be very useful and has helped him to set up the PARCS pension scheme.
Jamie was first asked by a friend if he could help out with the PARCS website back in 2010. It was the first time he had come across PARCS and he was immediately impressed with the commitment of everyone involved. Working on the website gave him a far greater understanding of what PARCS does and why it is so important.
Jamie is really very grateful to have been asked to serve as a trustee to such a fantastic organisation, full of amazing people who do such important work for the community. He wishes that his contribution can help the people of PARCS in the valuable job we do helping the people of Portsmouth.