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. For the past six years Kathryn has worked at North Herts CVS with two main roles in the organisation. She started as their TimeBank Manager, developing the project and looking at using it to create small community initiatives throughout North Herts, Stevenage and Buntingford. 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 since the age of 13.


Keith Johnson

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.


Louise Prosser

Finance Manager

Louise is a chartered accountant and has a degree in Accounting and Finance. She has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 15 years, in a variety of roles including finance development worker, finance manager, bookkeeper and treasurer. Louise specialises in working with groups in the areas of bookkeeping and accounts, budgets and legal responsibilities.


Ben Pitt

Communities Officer

After a career in journalism and media production, Ben moved to St Neots in 2012 and became heavily involved in local community projects. This gave him a wealth of front-line experience in volunteer management and recruitment, fundraising, governance and events planning. Ben draws on these experiences at Hunts Forum to work with local communities to help them set up and develop community projects. He also works on the Support Cambridgeshire contract in a communications role, producing newsletters, web articles and video content.


Trisha Napier

Maple Centre Manager/Administrator

Trisha grew up in Huntingdonshire and joined the WRAF when she was 17, a decision that gave her some fantastic experiences and lifelong friends. This role helped develop her strong communication and people skills, which Trisha uses effectively at Hunts Forum building relationships with members and staff. She is an experienced manager and administrator with a history of working in the charitable sector. She is also skilled in event management, volunteer management and PA administration.

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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.