Trustees and Management
NOCS’ registered charitable objective is to ‘foster a community that supports and promotes social inclusion of people in Dorset who are socially and economically excluded on grounds of their autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome; or mental ill-health, and who experience high levels of social anxiety and difficulties with social interaction’.
Our core Board of trustees combines a deep understanding and passion for NOCS’ mission and goals with extensive business, management and research experience, as well as previous experience in similar roles where good governance is key. Additional Trustees who bring skills and experience that we require in other fields are scheduled to join us in the near future.
Neil Kernon: Chairman
Neil is a Solicitor Director in Blandford law practice, Kernon Kelleher Solicitors. He was previously in engineering before retraining in the 1990’s to become a lawyer. His involvement in NOCS came about through his interest in the wargaming hobby, as he is a keen painter, and was delighted to be invited to become a trustee, to lend his legal knowledge and business expertise to the charity. Working in town, he is a regular visitor to the premises.
Jennie Fellowes: Treasurer and Safeguarding Lead
Jennie has worked in education both formally and informally for several decades starting in youth work, moving to primary education on discovering the level of disaffection in 13 year olds. In her current role as a primary maths advisor, Jennie has spent many years working with adults, pupils and young people with a range of social anxieties and special needs.
She supported her son Noc, who has Asperger’s, in creating and opening Noc’s Box and she regularly spends free time supporting members in the NOCS’ drop in. BSc Hons Applied Psychology and Computing, QTS, NPQH etc
Becky Dawson: Secretary
Becky has spent most of her working life in the Royal Corps of Signals. She is currently assisting those that are about to leave the forces but has spent most of her career working in logistics management. Becky plays many of the games used in NOCS with family and friends and enjoys painting models.
Dr. Neil Scott: Trustee
A former Principal Psychologist with the Cabinet Office, Neil now heads an independent Registered Occupational Psychology consultancy that specialises in assessment and diversity. His publications and research have focused on the assessment of skills and attitudes and how these differ between various groups in society.
Neil has been a school governor, has run youth groups and been a church councillor. An enthusiastic game player himself, he has seen the enormous benefits that games and membership of NOCS’ community have brought to the development of his own son’s confidence and social skills.
Sharon Kevern: Trustee and Bid Writing Lead
Byron Quayle: Trustee
Nocturin Lacey-Clarke (‘Noc’): Founder of Noc’s Box and GM of NOCS
Noc has run Noc’s Box, the forerunner of NOCS charity, for several years. He developed and leads the support activities that have been life-changing for so many members. His personal experience of the challenges faced by many users has been fundamental in shaping the services that NOCS provides. Noc is well known locally and nationally in the games world.
Prior to establishing Noc’s Box he worked for the local County Council and Children’s Centre. Noc is both a Town Councillor and District Councillor for Blandford, and Deputy Mayor of Blandford. He works closely with a number of charities and volunteer groups throughout the town. His connections and local knowledge put him in an excellent position to signpost users both to NOCS and also towards other organisations that may benefit them.
Noc is responsible for the day-to-day management of NOCS’ activities and works closely with the trustees on the charity’s direction and priorities.
Francoise Henon-Lees (Fran): Volunteer Lead and Facilitator for NOCS Charity
Fran has been a familiar and friendly face in NOCS ever since she charity began. Having started as a member she has an excellent understanding and appreciation for our ethos and leads our volunteers with clarity and kindness.
Volunteers from among our community support Noc in running our activities. This delivers part of our objective of providing opportunities for members to gain work experience and further develop their social skills.
A robust Constitution and supporting policies and procedures are in place to ensure that NOCS has strong governance, complies with its legal requirements and is run professionally.