Catherine Watts

I joined The Anchor Society as Administrator in 2017 and was delighted to return to a sector that is closest to my heart.  I have always had a huge respect for older people and recognise the many challenges they experience in later life, including loneliness, physical and financial hardship; a situation which has been exacerbated by longevity and changes in strategy regarding social care.

I have been extremely impressed by the diverse approach Anchor has adopted to supporting older people in need; by way of emergency grants, visiting and befriending, appropriate housing, employment projects and innovations in technology, as well as their partnership strategy.  I believe that I bring the skills and experience required to effectively support the Trustees in their activities.

I grew up in Devon and before moving to Bristol managed a Nursing Home for the elderly and chronically sick; a post I thoroughly enjoyed.  In 1994 I was offered a post as Practice Manager of a private clinic in Bristol and decided to relocate with my family.  I later spent a number of years working in the financial sector, where I was able to develop my administrative and accounting skills.

In addition, I have committed to supporting local initiatives through volunteering when possible; previously at St Peters Hospice and for my local parish and currently at our village community shop.

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