Finance and Commercial Manager

Chris Davenport

Chris came to work at CCA after having a long and successful career in Catering & Finance. She is responsible for the day to day running of the office and finances, and has worked here since 2005. Chris supports Mark and John in ensuring the organisation is managed effectively and is also responsible for memberships.

Married with two sons and a beloved Frenchie, Chris lives in Chester, her passions (apart from socialising with family & friends) are football, gardening and camping. Her claim to fame...she has been kissed by Arnold Schwarzenegger (on the hand).

Telephone: 01244 400222

Policy and Development Manager

John Heselwood

John joined Cheshire Community Action in 2006 to manage a Government programme to help Cheshire communities develop self-help projects. He completed a BTEC in voluntary sector management and then became a senior manager within a year of working here. John has a strong interest in helping people and the environment, which stems from his previous consultancy experience in social housing, his environmental academic background and his role at an environmental laboratory.

He is now responsible for managing the Neighbourhood Planning Consultancy Service and helps communities conduct housing needs surveys. He is also the Company Secretary and supports the Board and Chief Operating Officer with organisational development. John is married with one daughter and he loves to travel having visited over 35 countries. He is a keen music lover and enjoys anything outdoors, especially camping. One of his prized possessions is his VW Campervan!

Telephone: 01244 400222

Best Kept Village (BKV) Coordinator

Sylvia Batty

Sylvia has a comprehensive background that covers many aspects of CCA’s core work. This includes working as the Chairman and Treasurer of the Cheshire Womans Institute and working on her local Parish Council which followed on from a very successful career in accountancy and working for the Inland Revenue.

Perhaps her most notably positive contribution for CCA is the coordination and championing of the Annual Best Kept Village  competition – which Sylvia has done for over 20 years. Sylvia is an avid world-wide traveller and has a very keen interest in the rural life of Cheshire.

Telephone: 01244 400222

Community Worker & Village Halls Adviser

Claire Jones

Claire has worked at CCA as a Community Led Planning Officer since 2011. Previously she was a chartered transport planner, working for a number of years at the Northwest Development Agency.  She stumbled across CCA when a note came through her door asking for volunteers to work on a parish plan in her village.  She volunteered as Chair of the group, thoroughly enjoyed the process and applied for a job at CCA as a result.

Recently, Claire has diversified into more general community development work, supporting groups with funding advice and other queries and she also acts as CCA's Community Buildings Advisor, helping around 70 community building management committees across the county.  Married with one daughter, she is also an elected parish councillor.

Telephone: 01244 400222

Community Led Planning Officer

Lucy Hughes

Lucy is a chartered town planner and joined the Community Led Planning team at CCA in 2014, following over 20 years working as a policy planner for local authorities in England and Wales.  Using her background in local plans and policy development, she will be working with local communities, helping them with the preparation of their Neighbourhood Plans.
Lucy enjoys socialising with her family and friends, walking in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, and camping in the UK and abroad.  She has also recently started running - much to the total embarrassment of her children!

Telephone: 01244 400222

Chief Operations Officer

Mark Reading

Mark has over 10 years experience within the Third Sector, both from an infrastructure and funders' perspective. Mark has worked as a grants officer and grants manager at local, sub-regional, regional and national level. Mark’s current role focuses on ensuring Cheshire Community Action’s objectives are delivered to the highest standard. Mark works closely with John and Chris ensuring the organisation is managed effectively.

Mark is also a father and grandfather to 8 small(ish) people.

Telephone: 01244 400222


Viv Craven

Viv’s career as a Personal Assistant began in the private sector working for senior executives in the finance industry for twenty years before joining the public sector as an IT Trainer for a local authority for five years.  She then resumed her career as a Personal Assistant working for Cheshire Police Authority and with the introduction of Police & Crime Commissioners in 2012 to replace Authorities, Viv transferred to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.  

In October 2017 Viv joined the CCA working on Pathfinder

Viv lives in Tarporley with her husband and son who are golf mad!  As Viv is not,
in her spare time she loves taking the family rescue dog (Tom) for long country walks with her daughter, who also lives in Tarporley.

Telephone: 01244 329777 / 0779 951 9438


Alyssa Baines

Alyssa has worked with Cheshire Community Action since 2013, previously on the Community Agents Scheme and currently on the Pathfinder project. Both of these positions have allowed her to work with local services and support vulnerable people, which is an area she enjoys. Alyssa has a degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in Animal Behaviour and Ecology and has a passion for the environment as well as community development.

Alyssa lives in Congleton with her partner, son and two dogs.

Telephone: 01244 329777 / 0779 951 9431