Meet Our Associates


The dedicated people from a range of backgrounds and experiences, responsible for helping to make our exciting plans a reality. Our associates are valued, paid members of the organisation, enabling us to deliver diverse projects and to flexibly respond to increasing demand and new requests for services. 

Associates work within the hours they can offer, on projects that they find stimulating and rewarding. To find out more, please download our associates pack here

Jon Mansfield

Dinah Simmons

I have more than 25 years of experience as a specialist fixed wing, senior officer navigator and subject matter expert across a range of demanding flying, staff, command and instructional appointments. Currently the founder of INDIGO:19 Limited specialising in the education, training, exercise and evaluation fields, I am an experienced curriculum developer, instructor, publications author, coach, and mentor with a demonstrated history in the education, training, exercise, and evaluation environments.

I am committed to the NHS and to community support, and the need to augment clinical support with local community support. My motivation to support is derived from a desire to utilise the transferable skills and experience that I have accrued during my armed forces and commercial careers to benefit others, and to provide similar opportunities to the ones that I have benefitted from and continue to benefit from.

I am a volunteer for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the Lincolnshire Military Veterans and Families Network, the Linkwell good neighbour scheme, and a member of the Lincolnshire Mental Health Transformation Co-Production Group.

Co-production is a passion for me. I believe it is both a challenge and a reward. It can be a challenge due to mis-interpretation, mistrust and misuse, all of which can be accentuated by extant organisational cultures; it can be a reward when participants have a ‘light bulb’ moment and truly see the advantages and appreciate the outcomes/outputs that can be delivered. No matter what development model is used, co-production must be ingrained in the process to allow all voices to be heard and to influence the process from start to finish.

Co-production, when used well by an organisation, becomes a state of mind that increases communication, cooperation and collaboration to create the very best available. Its benefits cannot be understated when utilised correctly; however, there is a danger that when it is not understood or is utilised incorrectly it can be discarded or deemed to be an irrelevant encumbrance. It is my strong view that co-production breaks down barriers, increases communication, encourages engagement, and reduces the cultural frictions within or across an organisation.

Co-production should not be feared; it should be embraced to make an organisation more transparent, efficient, engaging and effective, no matter what the sector or nature of the business or organisation.’

I spent several years, at the beginning of my career, working with DWP in Income Support before moving to American Express to work in their Call Centre. Worked night shifts, then delivering training, which progressed to a global HR Training and Development Role.

Following redundancy, I then took on a retail travel agency which is still running today.

I am also a Grief Recovery Specialist, specialising in any loss, such as relationship break ups, pet loss, helping children with loss, not just bereavement.

I’ve always been involved in volunteering, as I can put into practice skills that I gained from my business career, as well as learn more. I spent many years involved with disability sport, basketball, and Scouting.

My own experience around disability, makes me acutely aware of some of the inequalities and difficulties that are experienced by those with the disability plus the impact it has on those nearest to them.

Volunteering with St Barnabas Hospice, as a Bereavement Support Person allowed me the privilege to supporting people when they are in the darkest points of their lives. I soon realised grief does not just come with bereavement. It is around any loss where they have been hopes dreams and expectations. This is why I became a I became a certified Grief Recovery Specialist allowing me to support people with all kinds of losses.

Working part-time as a Circles of Support Facilitator, complements everything that I believe in. There are times we all need just a little bit of help to be able to get us back on top again so that it provides an opportunity to influence the future and not be trapped in the past.

Nicky Dewhirst-Vickers

Paula Batchelor

I joined the Every-One Team as an Associate Coach.

I look forward to bringing a coaching approach, something I feel will truly compliment Every-One’s approach of providing person-centred services to support wellbeing.

I have a Coaching Consultancy providing Executive, Leadership and Development Coaching to individuals and teams and to date have worked with the NHS, Local Authority, the hospitality industry, the engineering industry, SMEs and the third sector.

I am ILM Level 7 Executive Coach qualified and hold an NLP Practitioner qualification the combination of which supports my coaching approach.

I have worked in the field of cognitive behaviour change throughout my career with an academic background of Criminology, Sociology and Psychology. I have worked in the Third Sector for the last 26 years working operationally, strategically and within business development. I feel anchored to charities and have a special interest in coaching in charities, supporting them to be their best.

The heart of my work has always been about working with people, supporting them to reach a goal. A day of coaching is my favourite type of working day: people, communication and collaboration.

I’ve always been interested in behaviour and why we do what we do. I’m a people person and I have always graduated towards that line of work. I have worked within substance misuse, older adults, mental health, vulnerable adults, domestic abuse and adult offenders.
My own experience of caring for and supporting a close family member through dementia and into palliative care will enable me to further relate to the importance of a person-centred approach and the valuable work undertaken by Every-one.

Finally, I am a volunteer system coach for the NHS, coaching leaders to deal with health and social care challenges.

I champion a coaching culture and I am passionate about the value and impact that coaching brings to the workplace.

I look forward to supporting Every-One in their mission of providing person-centred services and projects.

I started my career via the youth training scheme (as it was called back then!), which formed a brilliant basis of my career to this day, I remain a massive advocate of the apprenticeship route for young people, at the time my employers helped me realise my potential and gave me opportunities I never probably would never have got, I even won apprentice of year after returning back into education, which was a confidence booster to continue learning. 

I started working at the Careers and Guidance Centre/Connexions approx 25 years ago.  This is where my involvement working the youth sector really began, I started undertaking careers advice sessions with young people and adults, in schools, prisons, libraries in fact anywhere where it was appropriate to chat.  This then all lead on to project involvement, delivering and supporting projects funded through various streams, delivering and also managing projects started my interest in looking at how projects started, applying for funding and delivering, completing and the evaluation process.  I started doing some staff training, quality management and looking at MI systems and supporting their development and completed my assessors award.  

I have managed various employment projects, both national schemes and local, large and small.  Supporting adults and/or young people into work, supporting those most in need and helping them achieve what they want to achieve is so rewarding, whether I do this directly or indirectly it still feels the same!   

Working within the community sector within various roles and projects has really highlighted what great work they do across the county, through volunteering they can and have achieved so much, coming into their own through the pandemic. 

I was a young carer myself, therefore for me being able to develop, engage and be involved on support for carers, whether directly or indirectly through working with Every-One is brilliant.  All carers do a superb job, often without realising they are.   

Mark Waldie

Jolien Vos

I have worked in the health & social care sector since the early 1990s. I began my career as a manager in the NHS, before moving onto various senior management roles within the voluntary sector. I enjoyed periods working for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sue Ryder Care and had a ten-year spell via three senior roles, with Leonard Cheshire Disability. In 2013 I formed my own limited company to work on a freelance basis and enjoyed several successful assignments working with national charities including; Prostate Cancer UK, Community Integrated Care and Camphill Village Trust amongst others. 

In 2016, I took on the additional role of Associate Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, supporting their International Business School on an ad-hoc basis, with the delivery of modules to business degree students. Most recently, this has involved me in delivering weekly seminars to Masters degree students studying the Community Organisations & Sustainable Development module, where I am able to utilise my personal experience of working within the non-profit sector.

I was initially attracted to the role of Circles of Support Facilitator as I have always held a strong personal belief in the value of personalisation and co-production. I am now working much closer to the ‘coalface’ than ever before and I’m enjoying the opportunity to work closely with individual clients to develop their circles of support in order to achieve specific goals

I was trained as a nurse in Belgium, followed by a master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion. I immigrated from Belgium to Lincoln to start my PhD in health and social care at the University of Lincoln. I really couldn’t have made a better choice! I absolutely fell in love (quite literally as it is where I met my husband) with rural Lincolnshire and its people.

Near the end of my PhD, I was appointed as a postdoc at UCL. However, two main things were missing for me: living in rural Lincolnshire and seeing real impact of research. When I moved back to Lincolnshire at the end of my contract I started to be involved in research and evaluation for charities. I worked with Children’s Links before I moved to a role at the NSPCC. It became clear to me that helping people make sense of data, setting up meaningful evaluations and really working together with people to evidence and increase their impact was one of the most rewarding journeys to be on. So, I decided to set up Research Assist as an independent research, evaluation and data consultant. As a consultant my work ranges from providing assistance, to conducting research on behalf of organisations, to just being there to answer questions.

I work across disciplines and, often, in complex areas within health and social care. In the past my work has included a focus on End-of-Life care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Mental Health, Navigating Health and Social Care services and Co-production as well as evaluations commissioned by NHS Trusts, Local Government and National bodies (e.g. UKRI).

I believe that, to research for impact and create sustainable change, “people” are the most valuable asset. This is why I feel so strongly about Every-One’s approach of person-centred services to support wellbeing.

I look forward to supporting Every-One in their mission, creating change, and contributing to projects in whichever way I can.