Meet The Team

The Community Development Team are externally funded by the Copeland Community Fund  and hosted by Copeland Borough Council.
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Heather Askew- Community Development Team Leader

Heather joined the fund in September 2012 as Team Leader.  She has a varied background including working for the development team at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, running her own business and being a Management Accountant in London.

Since moving to Cumbria ten years ago she has taken an active part in community life including running the local Brownie pack and taking part in amateur dramatics.

Paula Ratcliffe

Paula Ratcliffe – Community Development Worker

Paula joined the Fund in April 2010 as a Community Development Worker and has worked with a number of groups developing projects, sourcing funding for large and small projects throughout the borough.  She gained Fundraising accreditation during 2012 and gained a Project Management qualification in 2013 and has been able to put the training into practice on a wide-range of projects.  To date the high point in this role has been the £300k of funding secured from a range of funders for a project based in Egremont.  ‘It’s great travelling around the Borough and seeing projects you have worked on really making a difference to the local community’.

Hosting the annual Volunteer Events, together with the Six Steps training for groups is a real highlight of the working year as it links us up with volunteers who make such a significant contribution.

She enjoys participating and spectating sport locally – having a real passion for netball, cycling, and the general great outdoors.  Paula is the Secretary of the Copeland Netball League and plays for Bigrigg Tigers locally and for Copeland in the Cumbria Premier League.  In June 2013 she has also received a regional Goalden Globe Award for services to Netball.

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Kimberley Young – Grants Officer

Kimberley joined the Fund in April 2010 and is the main contact for groups making applications to the fund. With her previous experience in grants and monitoring she is well-placed to operate as Grants Officer for the Copeland Community Fund, appraising small grant applications and monitoring the reporting of these grants.

Kimberley also works at the weekends for the library service.

She is local to Whitehaven and has recently got married.


 Helen Conway – Community Development Worker

Helen joined the Fund in October 2014 as a Community Development Worker.

Helen started her career as a mental health support worker with Impact Housing Association and then as a residential social worker for Cumbria County Council.
Since then Helen has spent time in health and social care charity management before working for Cumbria CVS for many years as a Development Officer. Her specialisms there were volunteering, training, health/social care and education based projects.

She is local to Whitehaven and enjoys family, community life and gardening.