Sanford House, Sandford Street, Swindon, SN1 1HE
01793 542575

SAM’s Senior Leadership Team

Your life. Your choice. Your voice.

Dawn Dixon – Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for day to day management decisions and implementing and monitoring SAM Advocacy’s strategic plan.

Dawn acts as the direct liaison between the Board of Trustees and Leadership team.

Colette O’Sullivan – Advocacy Director

Colette acts as deputy CEO and supports the CEO in the running of the organisation.   

Colette is the safeguarding lead for children, young people and adults.

Jackie Sillett – IMCA Team Lead

Jackie is an experienced Parent Advocate and she also manages the IMCA Team. Jackie is responsible for the relationship between SAM and Swindon DoLs team.

Georgina Duck – Community Team Lead

Georgie is an experienced Mental Health Advocate and she manages the Community Advocacy Team. Georgie is the Deputy to the Safeguard Lead.

Caroline Blunsden – Community Advocacy Team Leader

Caroline manages the non-statutory community-based projects for adults; Boost Your Skills, Project Boost (Day opportunities for adults with LD), and the Learning Disability Partnership Board. She oversees the recruitment of volunteers for these projects.  Caroline has 13 years’ experience of working with individuals with support needs.

Jane Weston – Finance

Jane is responsible for SAM’s finances; she works closely with the CEO and the senior managers to develop and monitor service budgets.

Our Board of Trustees

Richard James – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Richard has lived in Swindon since 1989 when he moved here from South Wales to work at the Nationwide Building Society headquarters. He first became involved with SAM in 2017 before becoming a Trustee in 2018. He was made the Chair of Trustees in late 2019.

Mark Boden

Mark comes from Port Talbot, a steel town in South Wales. He qualified as a Solicitor and worked in local government for 40 years. Through his legal work and later work as a corporate manager he has experience of all aspects of council work including education, child protection and adult protection. He has done much work in health and social care with the NHS, including developing ground breaking partnership working. Outside work Mark’s interests include history, Medieval churches, and walking.

The Crew

Anthony Dixon

Currently the co-chair and has been on the crew for 8+ years.

“I like helping people, that’s what we’re all about”

Angie Cooper

On the crew for 10+ years, Angie has been the Co-secretary in the past.

“I like doing the interviews and meeting new people”

Teresa Hardman

Teresa has been on the crew 10+ years.

“It’s interesting and getting new people on the crew is really good”