PACT's Senior Management Team
PACT's Senior Management Team oversees the leadership and management of all PACT charitable services and activities.
Jan Fishwick OBE
Chief Executive, Senior Management Team
Jan’s career in social work began in 1975 as Deputy Matron of a 12 bedded children’s home. Here she gained an early understanding of the need for early intervention for families and also encountered children waiting for adoptive families. Both experiences influenced her passion for support to prevent family breakdown as well as ensuring Looked After Children were given the best opportunity to experience the loving environment of a family and to thrive. Jan has a broad experience at senior levels in both Local Authority and Charitable sectors, joining PACT in 2008 as CEO. She is also a Board member of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies advising and influencing government policy on radical reform of adoption services. Jan lives with her husband Ian in a village outside High Wycombe. She enjoys family time with her three adult sons, their partners and three grandsons, walking in the Chilterns, cultivating (and sitting in) the garden and travel. Qualifications: CQSW, MPA. Jan was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2017.
Head of Adoption, Senior Management Team
Lorna has worked in Children’s Social Care for the past 32 years, including as a social worker in four different local authorities within Berkshire. Before joining PACT in October 2018 she had worked as Assistant Director for Children’s Services within Berkshire. Lorna’s roles have covered child protection, youth offending and children in care, but her passion has always been to ensure that children have a future where they can grow and flourish.
Lorna is married to Ian and they have two teenage children, who they adopted through PACT several years ago. She enjoys going to the theatre, having friends round for supper or walking their dog Nelson in the woods near their home. She is also an active member of Greyfriars Church in Reading.
Natausha van Vliet
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Management Team
Natausha joined PACT in June 2013. Her diverse professional background has included several senior and influential roles, including over 10 years working in the commercial music industry, transitioning into the children and young people’s voluntary and community sector in 2007.
Her commercial and charity experience are enhanced by her Co-Active Coaching and Montessori Early Years Practitioner qualifications. Her skill set enables her to drive, support and improve business and service developments, empowering people to help themselves and improving the outcomes for vulnerable women, families, children and young people.
She is married with two teenage children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music and running with her rescue dog Dudley.
Qualifications: Mont. Dip. Early Years 3-6, Certified Prince 2 Practitioner
Head of HR, Senior Management Team
Deborah joined PACT in 2011. She has almost 30 years experience in HR, working primarily for organisations in the higher education and social housing sectors, including 10 years with A2 Housing and 10 years at Royal Holloway College, University of London.
Deborah is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and completed the CIPD Certificate in Employment Law, Relations and Practice (Merit) in 2011.
She has two children and enjoys exploring the outdoors with her dog Murphy, travel, running and taking on new challenges.
Head of Marketing and Communications, Senior Management Team
Emma trained as a journalist and worked on local and regional newspapers for nine years. She has worked in the charity sector for 20 years and held PR, events management and fundraising positions at two national charities before coming to PACT as a fundraising manager in 2008. As the department grew she took over the management of PACT’s communications and marketing team.
Emma is married with two children and outside of work she enjoys running, pilates, reading and being a part of the organising committee of her town’s annual music festival.
Qualifications: NCTJ NCE in Newspaper Journalism.
Head of Finance, Senior Management Team
Nick joined PACT in 2010. He has over 30 years’ experience working 19 years for a local firm in audit, eight years in industry and now for PACT. Nick is a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of the Institute.
Nick has three children. He was once very much involved with the Speedway side in the town, wrote for a local paper and even had a hand in managing the side – and hopes very much the sport will return having ended in 2008. Nick also is an avid new music fan.
Head of Communities, Senior Management Team
Kathryn joined PACT in 2013 having worked for over 20 years in both the statutory and voluntary sector. Previous roles include social worker in safeguarding teams, managing a young person’s homeless hostel and providing early intervention support to families, all of which built a passion for empowering women and children to reach their full potential.
In her spare time Kathryn likes to run, walk and travel whilst also raising two teenage boys (which in reality means most of her spare time is spent washing dirty rugby kits, being an unpaid personal Uber service and pretending to be interested in Youtube and computer games).
Qualifications: BA Psychology, Sociology and Social Anthropoloy, DipSW and MSW.
Executive Assistant, Senior Management Team
Natalie has been with PACT since 2012 as the Executive Assistant to Jan and the Senior Leadership Team. Natalie also supports the Chair and Board of Trustees. Natalie keeps a tightly running ship for us and also has a wealth of experience and knowledge, having previously worked as a PA across the voluntary sector for 13 years.
Natalie studied for a Degree and Masters in Theatre Studies. The arts make up a big part of her free time, whether it’s watching plays, going to gigs or exhibitions. She also loves to travel as much as possible with her partner Dyson. When she does put her feet up at their home in Caversham she dedicates her time to looking after their cat, Tilly - and trying not to buy too many dresses.
Assistant Service Director, Senior Management Team
Mandy qualified as a social worker in 1994 and prior to this worked in residential homes for adults and children with learning disabilities. Once qualified as a social worker, she worked in a local authority for 19 years, initially working in child protection and with children in care. In 1998 she moved into the areas of fostering, adoption and kinship care, working as a social worker and then a manager.
In 2013, Mandy joined PACT where she focused on adoption, initially as a Senior Social Worker and then as a Team Manager soon after. Mandy is a parent to two children, one adult and one almost! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, eating out, going to the theatre and walking in the local area.