WCDA Staff


Trisha Bennett

Community Development Coordinator

Trisha has been a freelance Consultant and Trainer since September 2004 and has undertaken a wide range of Consultancy and training contracts across the country. These include running very successful “Introduction to Community Work Skills” courses for a wide range of participants and consultancy and training for Community Matters on management of community buildings and complex governance issues. Other work has included tenant participation, team building and organisational development for a range of organisations in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

Since 2013 Trisha has supported this Big Local project now called WCDA.


Aneta Banas

Administrator & Whitley Researcher

Originally from Poland – Aneta has lived in Whitley for the past 9 years but only recently started working in the community and she’s one of the busiest people you will meet: she’s just finished studying for her GCSEs; enrolled to Reading College to study Access to HE on her way to Higher Education and she’s joined our team as the Whitley Researcher and Administrator. Aneta’s married to a chef and they have two beautiful girls - who keep them busy too!

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Gavin Aldrich

Media Contractor

Gavin has more than twenty five years experience in marketing, communications and business development. Working with clients at the coalface, both in-house and as a consultant, has given him an insight into what it takes to create great work that gets results.

Gavin has experience working in many International locations and a history of successfully negotiating, defining, directing and delivering briefs from concept to completion.

He is able to provide practical guidance and hands on actions that add value. He enjoys satisfying objectives in creative, timely and highly effective ways.

He is equally adept at managing whole projects as well as working on the delivery of one element of a project. His commitment determines that whatever the project, large or small, he provides effective solutions, whether working solo or in collaboration with others.


Mo McSevney

Small Groups & Financial Inclusion Development Worker

Mo used to work in IT. She moved to Whitley 9 years ago, became involved through community groups and has been with Whitley CDA since the formation in 2013. This is where she's been doing her dream job - helping people in the place she lives.

What's more - Mo's an activist; truly passionate about politics and people, and a mum of two.

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Andy Gilpin

Hospitality Project Manager
Andy has locally for many years and has spent most of that time working in the financial services sector, in project and consultancy roles for a variety of organisation of all sizes. He has also been actively involved in the community for some time and began working with Whitley CDA as a volunteer in 2017.
Since October 2018 Andy has been employed to manage the Building Better Opportunities project, working in partnership with other organisations in the Stronger Together partnership. This project aims to help adults who are long term unemployed into work in the hospitality sector and provides training, education, support and work experience.
Andy is relishing bringing the skills built up in his professional career to work in an area for which he has a genuine passion.

Amy Burns

Hospitality Project Administrator

WCDA Volunteers


Marianne Lindsay

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Chaitanya Kavuri


Social Club & Café Staff


Anne-Marie Wheeler

Café staff

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