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.
Lesley Cleverton: Secretary
Lesley spent her early career in systems management. Later she was Office Manager for many years for a busy consultancy firm, which she combined with raising her family.
Lesley is mum to two adult children both with complex special needs. Whilst acting on their behalf she has learned a great deal about special needs education, social services and mental health provision.
Her son is an active member of NOCS and volunteers in the drop-in. NOCS has been life-changing for him.
Jennie Fellowes: Treasurer
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.
Lorraine Paddison: Chair
Lorraine brings 35+ years’ experience of HR, research, and as Director of her own successful consultancy business working with many prominent public, private and voluntary sector organisations on diversity in employment. Her voluntary/public appointments have included:
Vice President, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, of which she is a Companion.
Non-Exec Director, Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust (mental health).
Trustee, Wainwright Trust.
ACAS Independent Expert advising tribunals on equal pay.
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.
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.
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.