Mark Reading

Chief Operations Officer

I have more than 15 years’ experience within the Third Sector, both from an infrastructure and funding perspective. I’ve previously worked as a grants officer and grants manager at local, regional and national level. My role at CCA focuses on ensuring our objectives are delivered to the highest standard.

John Heselwood

Policy & Development Manager

I joined CCA in 2006 and have held a variety of roles in that time. My current role involves helping communities conduct housing needs surveys and assessments, and produce neighbourhood plans. I’ve recently launched a community-led housing service, which is enabling me to pursue my passion for helping people develop their own communities.

Chris Davenport

Finance & Commercial Manager

I’m part of the management team at CCA, having worked for the organisation for over 15 years. My key responsibilities include financial, HR and membership oversight. I enjoy working for an organisation that delivers professional community development support across Cheshire. 

Lucy Hughes

Community Led Planning Officer

I joined CCA in 2014 following over 20 years working as a policy planner for local authorities in England and Wales. As a chartered town planner with a background in local planning and policy development, I help local communities prepare their neighbourhood plans.

Kevin Janes

Social Enterprise Manager

I joined the team at CCA in 2018, bringing with me over 10 years’ experience of providing advice and support to social enterprises, community businesses and other not for private profit organisations. In addition to this, I have experience of managing and advising on community regeneration, community development and anti-poverty programmes.

Alyssa Baines

Pathfinder Coordinator

I’ve worked with CCA since 2013, previously on the Community Agents Scheme and currently on the Pathfinder project. Both of these positions involve working with local services to support vulnerable people, which is what I’m passionate about.

Viv Craven


I joined CCA in October 2017 to work for the Pathfinder service. I have more than 20 years’ experience as a personal assistant in a variety of sectors, including finance and working for Cheshire Police. I enjoy being able to help signpost people in need of support to crucial services through my role in the Pathfinder service.

Carol Levis

Pathfinder Cheshire East

I joined the Pathfinder Cheshire East team at CCA in January 2019. My role involves providing information and one-to-one support on matters such as leisure and social activities, housing issues and money related concerns. I enjoy the variety of the work and the people I meet.

Carrie Easterby

Pathfinder Cheshire East

I started working for CCA as part of the Pathfinder Cheshire East team in March 2019, supporting older people and vulnerable adults in the community. I find being able to make a positive difference to people’s lives rewarding yet a great challenge.

Nicki Jarvis

Pathfinder Cheshire East

I left my 15-year teaching career and joined the Pathfinder project in April 2019. Helping people is a key part of what we do, which is what drives me. It’s very satisfying to know that I can genuinely help improve people’s quality of life.

Debbie James

Pathfinder Cheshire East

I joined CCA as a Pathfinder for the Cheshire East project in August 2019. I have a variety of experience from project management, and business support to SEND, which has enabled me to help close family members and people from very different backgrounds, supporting, listening and understanding them in order to tenaciously help resolve problems, which I find thoroughly rewarding.

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