Chair of the Board of Trustees - Alex Jarosy

Alex has recently been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for the third time. 

His background is in public sector housing both with large local authorities and with housing associations. Additionally, Alex has managed a medium sized community development project in Kings Cross offering similar services to NHCVS and more recently has contributed to several important charities in North Hertfordshire.

Alex has commented that since becoming a Trustee and later Chair, he has learnt much about the voluntary sector in Hertfordshire and is passionate that the North Herts CVS fulfils its role in supporting the voluntary sector as a whole in addition to delivering its own services.

Alex has also emphasised that there is much to be done to make the sector more receptive to the many diverse communities in Stevenage & North Hertfordshire.


Vice Chair - Adrienne Arthurs

Adrienne Arthurs joined the NHCVS board in 2019. She is the Chief Executive of The Living Room, a charity that provides a substantial and radical group therapy counselling programme for Hertfordshire adult residents suffering with any type of addiction. Previous roles have been in a variety of sectors such as education, employment and retail in both the private sector and non-profit organisations all focused in Hertfordshire providing her with a wealth of experience. Adrienne is passionate about developing local quality services that help people to help themselves.



Tina Bhartwas

Tina is a student, local campaigner and the youngest member of the board. 

She has volunteered with a number of organisations from working with disabled children to a homeless charity as well as having particular experience with work around diversity and engagement. 

She joined North Herts and Stevenage CVS in 2019 to aid the development of the voluntary sector and give back to the local community that she feels so passionately about. 

She is active in politics with a keen interest in campaigns and policy and is studying Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. Since joining Tina has been the lead board member for the #TeamHerts, working on increasing the number of young trustees in Hertfordshire and ensuring the sector is accessible to marginalized groups.

In 2020 she represented us at the Hertfordshire Trustees Conference speaking alongside the Young Trustees Movement.


If, like Tina, you are a young person interested in trusteeship, we are very keen to hear from you. 

To find out more, click on the link to the Young Trustees Movement.

YTM run a hub where young trustees can connect with each other, find opportunities and organisations can share roles: 


Tony Kuczys

Tony worked as a Civil Servant for 37 years. After retirement, he became a trustee of Citizens Advice North Herts, and subsequently CVS North Herts and Stevenage.

His involvement with CVS has given him a greater insight into the importance of the voluntary sector, in Hertfordshire and beyond, and the extent to which so many people are willing to give their time, free, to make life better for everyone.

He is lead trustee for the Community Transport scheme


Justine Hobbs

Justine joined the board of Trustees in 2017. Being on the Board of Trustees has given her an opportunity to support the team at NHCVS. NHCVS supported Justine when she was working for Bridge Builders Christian Trust, so she understands and appreciates the importance of the projects that NHCVS manage. During her first couple of years on the board Justine enjoyed undertaking a research project for NHCVS whilst completing her degree in Charity and Social Enterprise Management. She is very much looking forward to her next three years on the board.



Rosie Waters 

Rosie joined the board in September 2019. Rosie is the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire (CANH) and prior to taking up the position held a variety of posts there, both voluntary and paid. She previously had an editorial career in academic publishing.
CANH is a member organisation of NHCVS and she is keen to represent members’ interests at board level.

Rosie believes strongly in the power of voluntary organisations working together to create positive change for our communities and she is particularly excited to help further strengthen and develop NHCVS’s support for the local voluntary sector. 


Katie Lake

Katie is a former North Herts and Stevenage CVS employee having previously managed the Breakaway Playscheme for over 10 years before she left to become a Commissioning Manager in Adult Social Care at Hertfordshire.  Katie has a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector and we are delighted to have her back as a member of the board.




Bernie McVeigh

Bernie McVeigh joined the board in 2021 as our new Treasurer.  Bernie is a highly experienced Global transformational business leader and is currently the Head of Transformation for ClearBank and has a track record of transforming businesses and functions to mitigate risk, increase productivity and thereby maximise profit.  Bernie lives in North Herts and is also a member of the Hitchin Round Table where at certain times of the year he can sometimes be mistaken as an elf!





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We are always keen to hear from those who are interested in trusteeship. 


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