At Cintre we are led by a trustee team, a management team and are supported by a dedicated team of key and support staff. We have around 50 staff all with varied skills, knowledge and experiences.
We work very hard to recruit the right staff and welcome new capabilities. We seek and have staff who are committed to their role, are able to demonstrate to us the values and commitments we desire and are able to identify with the service users.
We value the happiness of our staff and clients very much. It is important to us that there is a community between clients and staff, and trust and confidence in the work we do.
Meet some of the Team
As Cintre’s CEO Claire provides oversight of all Cintre’s services and activities. She joined in 2017 after a diverse career working in research, education, training and charity management.
Claire began her career as a teacher, before working as a research student as part of an Early Years research team. Her subsequent doctoral research into neurological studies led her to taking up a Senior Research Fellow position. The focus of her studies was predominantly the link between emotional intelligence and cognitive intelligence. Although Claire was primarily UK based she presented and worked internationally, particularly spending time at Kuala Lumpur University and Helsinki University. During this period Claire had several research papers and books published exploring theories of development and learning, and effective leadership and management strategies.
In 2000 Claire set up her own training and development company, providing accredited qualifications in the community to individuals who didn’t have the confidence or capability to access traditional routes into Higher Education. The strapline of the company was “working with you to optimise your potential” and focused on highlighting that within an appropriate, accessible, non-threatening and non-judgemental environment where everyone has the capacity to actualise their inherent skills and abilities.
Continuing the common thread in Claire’s career path of supporting and providing developmental opportunities for vulnerable individuals In January 2011 Claire became the CEO of OPENhouse. OPENhouse is a Gloucestershire based charity that provides housing, education and complex mental health support to homeless young and vulnerable individuals. During her time at OPENhouse she restructured and rebranded the organisation to ensure that in a challenging national economic climate it was in a strong, sustainable position.
In August 2017 Claire joined the team of Cintre, as CEO. This move has enabled her to consolidate the broad skill base, and passion for proactively providing support for individuals who need a bit of help to access the community that she has acquired throughout her career. Claire believes firmly that everyone has the right to function as independently as they have the capacity to do so, and be the person they have the potential to be. It is the role of charities, such as Cintre, to facilitate this transition to a genuine feeling of independence.
Neil leads work on service and partnership development at Cintre. He joined in 2014 after an extensive career working in IT, Business Development and at a national newspaper
Neil spent 7 years working for a national newspaper as a senior commercial account manager and several years prior to that in various commercial roles within the IT sector. In 2004 he ‘saw the light’, left his role in London and after taking some time out, came back to work in the charity sector.
He managed the business development side of things at a law centre in Swindon for 5 years and then spent 3 years as the new business manager for a large national care & support company based in Bristol. Neil has been at Cintre since April 2014, where he is responsible for business development and managing relationships with current and future partners.
Rachel joined the Health & Social care sector in 2004 and has been a valuable member of the Cintre team since 2009.
In 2004, Rachel started working for a charity for people with autism as an activity liaison. With a keen interest in Asperger’s syndrome, Rachel joined Cintre in 2009 where she started as a floating support worker in our Reach Out service. In 2014, Rachel became the Registered Manager for the Reach Out service and is currently undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership.
Maura’s role within Cintre is to ensure that the charity’s finances are managed effectively, whilst ensuring appropriate controls are in place to meet legal and regulatory requirements.
Maura joined Cintre in 2008 having spent the previous 13 years working as a Chartered Surveyor in private practice responsible to the management of a mixed commercial portfolio on behalf of investment and property companies. Maura was attracted to her role within Cintre because it enables her to have a positive impact on the life of those who Cintre supports.
In her spare time Maura is a mum to three children, a keen tennis player, grows her own fruit and vegetables in a local allotment and is a trustee for a Bristol charity that offers advice to the homeless.
Debbie is the finance assistant at our head office, working on all aspects of the organisation’s finance. Debbie joined Cintre in 2011 after gaining a background in care and finance.
Debbie’s previous work history is experience in Dom care, Bank Finance and Customer Service roles. Debbie was attracted to the role at Cintre as it combined both her care and finance experience.
Debbie has three grown up children and a granddaughter and she also spends time with her nephew who has cerebral palsy and is currently supported by our Reachout Centre.
Marketing / Fundraising
Matt oversees Cintre’s Fundraising, Marketing and Communications. He also manages development and maintenance of the website. He joined Cintre in 2018 after working in the agency and charity sectors.
Matt joined Cintre in 2018 after developed his marketing and fundraising experience over 12 years of work across the Not-for-Profit, Local Government and Private sectors.
Matt is a highly motivated individual and passionate about all things digital. He was attracted to the Marketing and Fundraising role as it allowed him to utilise his digital expertise to boost Cintre’s profile online and also to work on increasing revenue from grants and fundraising.
In his spare time, Matt is a keen rock climber who also loves live music, photography and travel.