Meet the team


Julie Farrow

Chief Executive Officer

Julie has over 35 years’ experience of working in local authorities, the NHS and in the voluntary sector, and brings expertise in strategic management and partnership working. In 2015 Julie was appointed as Beacon for Change Ambassador for her innovative partnership working and support for small groups. She is highly skilled in project management and community development and has worked in areas of deprivation across the country, managing large scale programmes. She represents the sector on a number of joint partnerships within Cambridgeshire and across the Eastern region and chairs the Health & Wellbeing Network.

Kathryn Shepherdson

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn supports the running of the charity and oversees the Support Cambridgeshire contract, she meets lots of the organisations which make up the wonderful community sector across Cambridgeshire. Previous to this role Kathryn had worked at North Herts CVS for 6 years. She started as their TimeBank Manager, developing the project and looking at using it to create small community initiatives throughout North Herts, Stevenage and East Hertfordshire. Kathryn then became the Project Manager for #TeamHerts Volunteering, overseeing the countywide service which recruits, retains and celebrates volunteering across the county. She has a keen passion for the voluntary and community sector and has volunteered herself within a range of organisations from a very early age.


Keith Johnson

Senior Development Officer

Keith supports new and established community groups and charities to continue to do what they do and perhaps do it better. This includes start-up advice, planning, governance, policies and procedures, funding and fundraising, development and pretty much anything that may be an issue or opportunity for a group. He has over 10 years’ experience working in the sector in homelessness, substance misuse, employment, education and community development, for both large national and small local charities.


Tracy Marshall

Marketing and Communications Manager

Tracy joined the Hunts Forum team in April 2022 and will manage the delivery of all internal and external communications ensuring all our projects are supported to maximise their impact across the region. Tracy has been self-employed for 13 years and is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge experience gained over 30 years within the business sector.

Tracy will work closely with Kat, our deputy CEO, to represent the work of Hunts Forum and raise the awareness of the charity and its members. Tracy will also be responsible for increasing the uptake of membership services and the commercial use of the Maple Centre.


Dean Middleton

Finance Manager

Dean has over 35 years’ experience in accounting & finance.  He worked 20 years in local government including senior roles such as internal auditor and principal accountant.  He has invested the last 16 years working with small, localised charities as a consultant accountant which involved offering advice, information and providing a full range of accounting services to clients. He is keen to share his knowledge and experience in his role as Finance Manager here at Hunts Forum.


Debbie Drew

Community Engagement Lead Fenland

Debbie has joined us on a one year contract supporting vaccine uptake and looking at vaccine hesitancy in Fenland.

Since moving back into Cambridgeshire in 2006 Debbie set up and ran Hunt’s Shopmobility for 10years, has worked on the ABC project at Dhiverse and more recently has been working with Healthwatch supporting the partnership boards and the Health and Care Forums.


Dawn Ryder


Dawn joined the Hunts Forum team in October 2021 as the Receptionist and will provide a friendly welcome to Hunts Forum and the Maple Centre and assist with all your room booking and meeting needs. Dawn previously worked for the Ministry of Defence in a variety of roles both in the UK and Germany. She currently volunteers with Brampton Befrienders. Her hours are Monday-Friday 9am-2pm. Outside these hours, please email her.


Oli Bachini

Development Officer

Oli joined Hunts Forum in December 2021 as Development Officer. Although this is Oli’s first job in the charity sector, he has experience of working with various local charities on a voluntary basis. Prior to joining Hunts Forum Oli has been self-employed, working in marketing, and more recently, property development. Oli will be working closely with Keith, our Senior Development Officer, in order to support our members and help them maximise the impact they can make.



Hunts Forum is supported by volunteers who bring a variety of skills and talents to our office. General duties include collection, recording and updating data regarding membership and training as well as supporting the administration and reception staff.



Gaye has volunteered at Hunts Forum for nine years and has supported the CEO and staff with reports and information. Gaye is responsible for recording and updating data regarding membership and training as well as offering office and reception support.