Head Office

Thomas Memery LLB

Development Director

Most of his career has involved managing aspects of loss.

Following an unsuccessful attempt to join the Diplomatic Service, he was appointed as an Insolvency Service Examiner, a role he thoroughly enjoyed and which strengthened his interest in business, law and accountancy. After studying law, he spent the next stage of his exciting career as a commercial loss adjuster. Employed by an international company, he was latterly involved in investigating fraud, negotiating settlement of liability claims and was responsible for managing education and vocational training throughout the north of England.

Since 2002 he has been committed to identifying gaps in service provision, raising standards in the Third Sector and encouraging people to reach their potential. He has worked as a consultant and managed a national children’s charity as well as an award-winning social enterprise helping members of BME communities to start their own businesses.

By encouraging collaboration, life-long learning, self-help and gathering and sharing scarce resources, he has brought talented colleagues together to create opportunities to enable people to come to terms with loss, overcome personal and family difficulties and move on at their own pace.

 

Nikki Sawkins

Clinical Director

District Nurse / Midwife in rural Suffolk, and Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT. Specialist Practitioner District Nurse in Halesworth, and Primary Care Cancer and Palliative Care Lead. Led on investment plan for Norfolk & Waveney Cancer Network. 

 

Janet Wood

Development Co-ordinator (Governance and Management Support)

Janet has worked mainly in the commercial sector and was until her semi- retirement responsible for all aspects of Omega administration and finance. She continues to support the Omega Board and the Development Director

 

Gavin Martin

Development Co-ordinator (Administration)

Gavin holds a First Class Degree in Media from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He co-ordinates Omega's Bereavement Support, and Motor Neurone Disease Support programmes, as well as day-to-day office administration.

 

Peter Bond

Development Co-ordinator (Meeting Point Support Groups)

I am an IT graduate with an interest in website design. I have worked at London House since 2014 as a member of staff and as a volunteer. In addition to carrying out a wide range of admin duties I am responsible for gathering and sharing information with Meeting Point Support Groups and promoting Omega activities.

 

Sian Hallewell

Development Co-ordinator (Income Generation)

I spend one day a week searching for and completing grant funding applications to help us continue our work. I contacted the London House office to see if I could help out in some way. I would never have imagined myself writing grant applications. I also do a huge amount of voluntary work to improve the experience of cancer patients. I've been doing this for ten years now. It's frustratingly slow and never straightforward trying to make changes within the NHS, but over the years I have achieved improvements I'm proud of.

In what little spare time I have, I'm a "Comper" I enter competitions, I especially enjoy those involving creativity. Amongst my favourites: turning my living room into a beach complete with sand and sand castles and dressing up as Eve and walking bravely into a Vauxhall car dealership complete with apple and cuddly snake to have my photo taken with one of their Adam cars. (No, I didn't win that one… but happy memories.)

Rob Rutherford

Development Co-ordinator (Finance)

Rob was awarded a first degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology by the Sheffield of University. He returned to the University of Newcastle to complete an MSc. in Computer Science.

He is an experienced financial administrator. He joined Omega as a volunteer in 2014 and is now employed part-time, working as a book-keeper and supporting the Omega Network of Meeting Point Support Groups.

 

Stephanie Waters

Management Trainee

Omega employee; Stephanie encountered hardship in foreign cultures while travelling, prompting a career shift to the voluntary sector, and holds a degree in International Studies.

 

Elise Foster

Chatterbox Co-ordinator (Development)

Elise has a background in teaching music and supporting children with learning difficulties as a teaching assistant. Since her Psychology degree she has been keen to offer support to those who are having difficulties, particularly in education and with mental health, and feels that supporting those who are lonely in the community is incredibly important. Elise helps to co-ordinate Chatterbox, which is a telephone befriending service offered at Omega.

 

Emma Hickson

Chatterbox Co-ordinator (Development)

Emma has spent many years working in healthcare both during and since completing a psychology degree. For Emma, working to help various people in numerous settings from residential and nursing homes, people’s homes and in the community is extremely rewarding and dynamic. Connecting and supporting others is her passion. Emma is also a keen traveller and has enjoyed working abroad whilst sharing her hobbies of yoga and massage with others.

 

Natasha Griffin

Development Co-ordinator (Quality, Outcomes and Transition)

Natasha joined Omega after a decade in the civil service where she worked in Whitehall and represented the UK on defence issues. She is a keen advocate for those experiencing anxiety disorders and is driven in helping people overcome social isolation. With an Undergrad and Masters degree in International Politics, and having deployed internationally, Natasha is able to provide a strategic viewpoint on Omega initiatives.

 

Margaret Gallagher

Hailing from Australia, Margaret has qualifications in Psychology; extensive work on social care, disability and long-term illness projects. With personal experience as a carer, she is committed to empowering those in need.