NHQ Staff

The CLCGB has a small headquarters team that manage the administration of the CLCGB nationally.

Headed up by the Chief Executive Officer Audrey Simm, supported by the Office Manager Zoe Palmer, Stores Manager Helen Mosby, and Finance Sivia Sockett.

Audrey Simm

Audrey Simm
Audrey Simm
Chief Executive Officer

Who am I?

My name is Audrey Simm, I live in Chorley, Lancashire with my husband Ian, we have been married for 34 years, have two grown up children David and Nichola who both have respective partners Felicity and Nick. (Still awaiting grandchildren)

My current role at NHQ is Deputy Brigade Secretary and National Training Officer, I work part time flexible hours to allow for training to take place at weekends or evening.

What I bring to the Brigade?

Being brought up in a family that has been totally committed to initially the work of the Church Lads’ Brigade then more recently the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade gives me a great deal of insight into the background, structure and running of the CLCGB. This combined with being involved in the movement as a family member, parent and volunteer and the development officer hopefully gives me the knowledge and understanding required take on this challenging role.

What brought me to the Brigade?

I have been involved with the CLCGB from a very early age as it was part of normal life in our family. My granddad Fred Gray was a member and then captain of St Laurence’s Chorley in the 50’s. My dad Kenneth Gray was involved from being a young boy, as he followed in his father’s footsteps, eventually taking on the role of band master at St Peter’s Chorley, also battalion band master working alongside my uncle Philip Dickinson who was then company commander and also Battalion commander. My sister Christine has carried this tradition on still actively involved at St Laurence’s Chorley.

When the role of development officer was advertised Christine suggested I applied for the position due to my experience with the Brigade, working in youth work, and my commitment to the Church. I was very fortunate to be one of the three successful candidates selected to work alongside Martin Lambourne in promoting the benefits to incumbents of the work of our organisation, and thoroughly enjoyed that role. Unfortunately this position was financed by a grant and only lasted for two years. 

So why am I still working at NHQ? well when the position of training officer became vacant due to Martin Lambourne’s retirement I applied and was appointed as a part time National Training Officer, two years later Alan Millward retired and I took on the extra responsibility as deputy Brigade Secretary and this role is to support Martin Lambourne who had returned in a volunteer capacity as the Brigade secretary.

What do you enjoy about Brigade?

I love the commitment from volunteers to the Brigade there dedication cannot be faulted.

I love visiting companies and seeing the backbones of the organisation working and nurturing young people in fun, faith and fellowship.

I love being able to be part of national events.

I love being able to visit so many local, regional camps and being able to be totally involved, not just as a visitor from NHQ

I love the feeling of being part of an organisation that inspires me

I love the realisation when members/officers meet together from far afield and work together as one.

I love the wow factor of what our officers have to say and share in joint ventures.

I love the commitment of the headquarters’ staff.

Most of all I love the guidance from God, in strengthening this organisation.

Something interesting about you in 10 words?

Richard Branson served me coffee at his Preston club

Zoe Palmer

Who Am I?

I am Zoe Palmer I live close by NHQ with my daughter Ella.  I started work at NHQ in February 1998 as the Stores Officer and have been here ever since working up to my current title of Headquarters Executive.

What I Bring to the Brigade:

After working at NHQ for the past 15 years I hope I bring something positive to the Brigade! I am always willing to help where I can - be it with Brigade Officers, members or the other NHQ staff.  I like to think I am the friendly voice on the phone that people can rely on. My NHQ Executive title involves me doing the following roles: stores – processing of orders, invoicing, purchasing of stock.  DofE – managing and monitoring of eDofE system, processing of gained awards.  DBS – Distribution and processing of application forms for Brigade members and as an umbrella company to outside groups. Admin – processing of nomination forms and certificates, annual capitation fees and general day to day running of NHQ.

What brought me to the Brigade?

My mum was the cleaner for NHQ when it moved to South Yorkshire from London.  I would sometimes come and help with the dusting!  I then chose to do my Business Studies work experience at NHQ assisting Claire in the stores department.  Upon leaving the 6th form I was offered the role of Stores Officer as Claire was leaving to have a family.  And here I still am!!

What do I enjoy about the Brigade?

The family feel!  We at NHQ are a tight knit little group who work well together and it is a pleasure to come to work.  I enjoy what the Brigade does in getting children and adults together to enjoy fun, faith and fellowship.

Something interesting about me in 10 words:

I am a Sunday school helper and love horror books!

Perry Gunn

Pen Portrait – Perry Gunn

Perry has been a volunteer leader with Brigade for the previous 15 years at St Marks, Heyside, Royton, Oldham.  Perry has a daughter Stephanie now 21 and at Nottingham University who was at St Marks from Martins through to Seniors and attained her D o E Silver in 2013.

Perry has worked through all sections of Brigade and currently works within Seniors and his specialities are D of E Training and Guitar.  He is a qualified First Aider.

Perry has been a Church Warden at St Marks for 6 years, and still sits on the PCC.

Perry’s career has been quite varied, he began his working life as an Electrician, but then studied Finance and received an HNC in Business and Finance.  Perry then moved into the field of social care and became a commissioner in the Oldham Drug and Alcohol Action Team, commissioning services for clients with substance misuse problems.

Perry’s outside interests, revolve around sport, in particular Oldham Athletic, Golf and Motor Sport.

Mike Perry

Mike Perry - Pen Portrait

My name as you may have guessed from the title, is Mike Perry. I am the newly appointed Marketing and PR officer. I am responsible for maintaining the Brigade’s corporate image and the production of various marketing tools from posters and flyers to promotional videos and presentations. I work at the request of the the Brigade Council, the Chief Executive Officer and work with the Development Team to achieve our common goal.
I have been a member of St. Aidan’s Company, Framwellgate Moor for the last six years and for the last two, the Second in Command at St Luke’s Company Ushaw Moor; subordinate only to my wife Colleen Perry. I have, however, been involved with CLCGB since 1987, the year I was born. I have been going to North East Camp since I was six months old and now that I’m older I am pleased to attend as an Officer.

Outside of Brigade life, I am a Swimming Instructor enjoying teaching the sport that I competed in as a teenager. I have a lovely dog called Lynn and Colleen and I enjoy taking her out for mini adventures when we get the chance.

Now that I am working out of National Headquarters, I am excited to have the opportunity to help the Brigade move forward and am looking forward to working closely with members and officers up and down the country.