Heather’s off to pastures new after 18 years at Volunteer Centre Dacorum

Heather Allen receivng MBE with family at Buckingham Palace
Heather Allen receivng MBE with family at Buckingham Palace

Volunteer champion Heather Allen MBE has decided to retire from Volunteer Centre Dacorum after 18 years.

Mrs Allen, 67, was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2011 for the work she had done.

“The MBE was fantastic, it was such a surprise,” said Mrs Allen who wants to spend time travelling.

The highly regarded manager at the Roundhouse, in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, reckons the move to the town centre was a great achievement. She enjoys putting people in touch with services but that wasn’t aways the case. She was awarded a BSc degree in bacteriology, working in public health or “on E,Coli before it became famous.” She worked for Which? to be closer to home, and then set up a befriending scheme at the Herts Society for the Blind before moving on.

Although Mrs Allen won’t be leaving until Christmas her replacement is being sought with the title chief executive. Volunteer Centre Dacorum works with more than 350 organisations and more than 1,200 volunteers.

Jeoff Colls, of Connect Dacorum, who announced his retirement a few weeks ago, said: “Heather’s enthusiasm will be sadly missed, both in the borough of Dacorum and the county of Hertfordshire.

“She will be a very hard act to follow.”