Meet The Team

Different backgrounds, one mission:

Help vulnerable and self-isolating people get fast, local assistance for the things they need.

Different backgrounds, one mission:
Help vulnerable and self-isolating people get fast,
local assistance for the things they need.

Duncan Catterall, Co-Founder

Duncan Catterall,
Co-Founder

A filmmaker and animator by trade, Duncan is well-known amongst his peers for bringing projects to life by combining his problem-solving skills with cutting edge technology.

Originally from Milton Keynes and living in Birmingham, he is very active in his local community, with a particular interest in human rights and equality. During the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown, he became aware that people were tragically being missed by aid organisations in Spain.

At the same time, he noticed that the UK’s response was heavily fragmented. He realised a simple-to-use app would be the perfect way to help people in need rapidly reach the organisations that were best placed and most able to help them.

A filmmaker and animator by trade, Duncan is well-known amongst his peers for bringing projects to life by combining his problem-solving skills with cutting edge technology.

Originally from Milton Keynes and living in Birmingham, he is very active in his local community, with a particular interest in human rights and equality. During the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown, he became aware that people were tragically being missed by aid organisations in Spain.

At the same time, he noticed that the UK’s response was heavily fragmented. He realised a simple-to-use app would be the perfect way to help people in need rapidly reach the organisations that were best placed and most able to help them.

Penny Bamborough, Co-Founder

Penny Bamborough,
Co-Founder

Penny’s experience in developing complex location-based software and systems has been crucial in bringing the Help Close By app and software to life.

Her career has spanned a vast array of software applications, and she currently builds systems at the cutting edge of cloud computing, machine learning and virtual reality.

Penny is CTO and founder of Streetmap.co.uk.

Penny’s experience in developing complex location-based software and systems has been crucial in bringing the Help Close By app and software to life.

Her career has spanned a vast array of software applications, and she currently builds systems at the cutting edge of cloud computing, machine learning and virtual reality.

Penny is CTO and founder of Streetmap.co.uk.

Wendy Sale, Trustee

Wendy has dedicated the past ten years to working with vulnerable members of the community, working for Citizen’s Advice Bureau and then as a Benefits Adviser for Hertfordshire County Council’s Macmillan project.

She has seen first-hand the challenges faced by cancer patients, people with disabilities, and mental health clients, and her unique understanding helps ensure the team is entirely user focused.

John McCombs, Trustee

A former senior central government project manager, John brings his considerable experience in fundraising, community engagement, and managing high-stake central government projects to the table.

He is also a trustee of the Liverpool Astronomical Society and Chair of Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields.

Wendy Sale, Trustee

Wendy has dedicated the past ten years to working with vulnerable members of the community, working for Citizen’s Advice Bureau and then as a Benefits Adviser for Hertfordshire County Council’s Macmillan project.

She has seen first-hand the challenges faced by cancer patients, people with disabilities, and mental health clients, and her unique understanding helps ensure the team is entirely user focused.

John McCombs, Trustee

A former senior central government project manager, John brings his considerable experience in fundraising, community engagement, and managing high-stake central government projects to the table.

He is also a trustee of the Liverpool Astronomical Society and Chair of Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields.