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Who We Are

VCAS 20/20 are dedicated to supporting and developing the VCS Sector in Sunderland.

Janette Hilton

Chief Officer

Janette has a background in education and training, but has been involved in the voluntary and community sector in Sunderland for over 25 years. Janette has a wealth of experience in funding, organisational development and partnership working. Her background is in heritage, culture and well being developments across the city and the region.


Mary Pattinson

Funding Support Officer

Mary has worked in the voluntary and community sector in Sunderland for over 20 years. Mary worked for Sunderland CVS (before it was VCAS) for 9 years as funding support officer.


Sanjee Ratnatunga

Sector Support Consultant

Sanjee is a qualified economist and economic development practitioner working in the North East for twenty years. She has an track record in developing and managing successful business support services.
Sanjee is strongly motivated by exploring fresh thinking and new approaches to understand persistent economic challenges.


Steve Donkin

Core Service Development Manager

Steve has worked across the voluntary and community sector in Sunderland for over 10 years. He started his work in the sector with the Sunderland BME Network and has been a strong advocate for representation across the city for those marginalised and under-represented communities. He has a background in training and organisational development.


Kate Kappers

Marketing and Media Support Officer

Kate has recently graduated from Birmingham University. She comes from Sunderland and has been involved in the voluntary community sector from her early childhood.


Alan Cummings

Technical Support

Alan is a retired lecturer from Newcastle college. His background is in IT support. He has been an active community volunteer since his retirement


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