Joelle has recently retired after a 40-year career within the charitable sector.  Her most recent role was as Director of Volunteering for Macmillan Cancer Support where she set the volunteer strategy and led an ambitious programme of engagement and significant growth across the organisation.

Previously Joelle was Assistant Director for ChildLine (NSPCC) and responsible for a 24-hour volunteer-led service offering support to over 200,000 children every year in the UK via telephone and online services. 

Joelle has also been a Sure Start Programme Manager which was an initiative aimed at reducing child poverty by offering multi-disciplinary services in targeted local areas of deprivation. 

Joelle started her career in a variety of roles for over 10 years at KIDs, a charity that supports families and children with special needs. It was there that she saw how support could open up opportunities for young people after leaving formal education. Her passion for making that difference led her to the inspirational work that Orpheus does. 

She has previously been a member of an advisory panel for the charity ‘Missing People’ and a trustee for the Family Holiday Association.  She lives in Brighton and enjoys long walks on the Downs and has for the last 10 years sung in a local community choir.