Our team

The Pear Tree Fund

The Pear Tree Centre

Our team

The Pear Tree Fund is run by a dedicated team of staff, who are supported by our fantastic volunteers. They are:

Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan

Chief executive

Kevin joined the Pear Tree Fund in May 2021 as the charity’s first chief executive. He has extensive experience in the voluntary and charitable sectors, and has also held trustee positions with two national charities.

“It is a privilege to lead the Pear Tree Fund as it begins the next chapter of its development,” said Kevin. “The work which everyone involved with the Pear Tree Fund has done so far is just amazing. I am really looking forward to working with our trustees, staff and the community to build on these strong foundations so that we can reach even more people in the future and provide them with vital support when they need it the most.”

Claire Boyne

Claire Boyne

Accounts manager

Before joining the Pear Tree Fund, Claire spent 10 years as the town clerk and responsible financial officer for Beccles Town Council. Prior to this she worked at the district council where she progressed from a trainee role to a senior accountant position with responsibility for capital expenditure and treasury management.

Claire has also acted as the secretary and treasurer for two Corton charities over the past 13 years.

“I am delighted to be accounts manager for the Pear Tree Fund," said Claire. "I am in awe of the work of the charity and the support it offers to members of the community when they are most in need, and I very much look forward to contributing positively to its ongoing success.”

Seva Newrick

Seva Newrick


Seva has worked in the care sector in east Suffolk for the past 30 years, during which time she has developed extensive knowledge of the local area and strong working relationships with a variety of different charities and community organisations. She joined our charity from a local care agency based in the town.

“I have always been very passionate about the Pear Tree Fund. It’s a dream come true to have been appointed as manager of the centre and I feel very proud,” said Seva.

“I’m looking forward to being able to make a difference and offering a warm welcome to everyone who visits the Pear Tree Centre.”

Jackie Leftley

Jackie Leftley

Deputy manager

Jackie has developed a sound knowledge of Halesworth and the surrounding area after working in healthcare locally for almost 35 years. She is well-known after spending her career working as a clinical link nurse for the community hospitals and field care supervisor for Prestige, where she helped new carers to develop their skills and knowledge to help them provide the best possible care.

“I am thrilled to be working at the Pear Tree Centre as it encompasses a feeling of calm and sensitivity," said Jackie. "I feel like I’ve come home after all the years I worked at the hospital and am so pleased to be part of such a worthwhile enterprise.”

Anita Kirk

Anita Kirk

Admin assistant

Anita joined our team from a local builder’s merchants, where she spent 24 years as branch administrator with a focus on delivering excellent customer services. She brings with her extensive local knowledge after living in the area for the past 30 years.

“I am so pleased to be part of the Pear Tree Fund and believe the centre is a much-needed asset which will bring huge benefits to the people of Halesworth and the surrounding areas,” said Anita. “I’m excited and proud to be part of this new venture.”

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The Pear Tree Fund is paying tribute to its base of loyal volunteers by hosting two special thank you events during national Volunteers Week. The charity will hold coffee and cake drop-ins for its volunteers at the Pear Tree Centre ... Read More

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