Our Team.

We are really proud of our team. It might be small, but it is mighty!

Made up of a small staff and a growing team of fantastic volunteers, ACTS FAST has become well known for it's pastoral heart and person-centred approach to care. We might be professionals, but we really do care about each and every one of the families we help to support.


We're really proud of who we have become, the challenges we've overcome and are proud to say we're on an adventure: constantly learning, improving and developing who we are... to help shape what we do.


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HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset
Mr Angus Campbell

We are delighted to have the continued support of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset - Mr Angus Campbell.

Angus Campbell served for many years in the Army Air Corps. Since then he has focused on his farming interests and local politics. He served as Leader of both North Dorset District and Dorset County Councils. He was Chair of the Dorset Olympic Board and of the Strategic Leaders Board for the South West. He has also been a Governor of several schools in the County.

Mr Campbell was appointed to represent the Crown in Dorset and we are delighted to have such an experienced and dedicated individual connected with supporting families affected by CSA ad IVOII here in Dorset. We are very thankful for HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset's continued support and encouragement.

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Robert Montagu

We are delighted to have the honourable support of Mr Robert Montagu as a Patron of ACTS FAST.

Robert has a wealth of experience in supporting families going through some of their most challenging times. As a qualified counsellor and Systemic psychotherapist, he works with individuals, couples and families.

Robert is passionate about the recuperative power of all people to respond to life crises and overcome difficulties at every level. His work builds on the natural ability everyone has to rise to challenges even when they seem impossible. As a professional skilled in Non-profit Organisations, coaching, family therapy, strategic planning, and medicine we are delighted to have him a part of the team! Robert also supports the fantastic work of The Family Counselling Trust.

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Jonathan  McKinney

Jonathan is a key suporter and alley of the charity, having an extensive and comprehensive background in policing and safeguarding.

Jonathan spent over 29 years in the police force, having spent a significant amount of that time investigating serious crimes against children and at risk adults. His experience included specialising in interviewing children and adults with learning disabilities and communications challenges. His work also included active paedophile investigations and  sex offender management with the police.


Jonathan now leads the team at Training Matters Dorset, equipping a range of professionals in all safeguarding matters for children and adults. He is an expert trainer in safeguarding and we are delighted to have him as a Patron of ACTS FAST.


Our trustee team are a fantastic board who help steer the ship and be a "critical friend" to keep us on the straight and narrow in our governance. They are highly experienced individuals from a range of professional backgrounds, and their skills are helping shape our evolving model of family support to maximise our impact.

We're busy getting everyone to take their best photo's, so watch this space for more info on them soon!

Simone Walls-Macdonald
Acting Chair

Noel Spreadbury MBE

Dr Terri Cole
Bournemouth University

Dr Ching-Yu Huang
Keele University

Dr Rachel Armitage
Huddersfield University

Dr Theresa Redmond
Anglia Ruskin University


Passionate about people and helping care for the broken and hurting, James has an extensive background of working in business and youth support settings.

Calming reassuring and generally wonderful to spend time with - Janis brings fantastic therapeutic skills to us and know we are so lucky to have her!

Fun, thoughtful and incredibly skilled -  Emily's our lead researcher and her therapeutic support background is helping demonstrate the benefit of family support.


Volunteers are equals in our team. We value every single one of them, and as a charity we couldn't do what we do without them. They are simply incredible people - wonderfully caring and warm hearted through and through.

We've got lot's of opportunities for folk to join our growing volunteer team, so if you've got a little time to give and a lot of compassionate care - please do explore and get in touch!

Watch this space for pictures of our current volunteer team coming soon!


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