Helen Harms - Chief Officer
I grew up in Devon, later moving to Cardiff to study Law at Cardiff University. I then spent ten years working in London as a Technical Legal Editor & Author. I moved back to Devon (Sidmouth) in 2009 to start a family and currently live with my husband and two children in Sidford.
I have experience of community project management, having instigated and overseen the creation of a Wildlife Garden for Sidford. I also managed a local charity for a period of two years and was instrumental in its rebrand, restructure,fundraising and day-to-day running.
Following my community project and charity work, I joined Ottery Help Scheme in March 2015 and am very much enjoying working within such a tight knit and socially responsible/caring organisation. The work which Ottery Help Scheme carries out is so important and I very much hope that I can continue to build upon its solid foundations, working towards its future development and sustainability.
With regard to hobbies, I enjoy reading, running and all racket sports, particularly tennis having previously played at a county and national level. To relax at the end of the week I like to get stuck into a good book while languishing on the sofa eating chocolate and listening to music. (There may even be a glass of wine involved)
Jane Ross - Co-odinator
I grew up in Alfington, a village just outside of Ottery. Before joining the Help Scheme (and ‘pre-children’) I worked at Ottermill Swithgear in the typing office, finishing up as Secretary to the Computer/operations Manager.
Later, after having five lovely children who kept me very busy, I held a variety of part time jobs and worked in Manleys Newsagency and also in Coles in the soft furnishing department. My last job before joining OHS was for Rainbow Plants where I helped in the nursery with weeding, potting and delivering plants to garden centres.
I joined the Help Scheme in 2001, taking up the post of Co-ordinator and have seen the role and the Help Scheme itself change and develop hugely over the years. Over the course of the 14 years that I have been with the Help Scheme, I have found myself becoming more immersed within community life and feel very lucky that my role as Co-ordinator allows me to meet and, hopefully, help so many people within our locality.
With regard to hobbies, I enjoy walking my dog, reading, and meeting up with friends and family for good natter