Executive Team

David Hobdey, CEO


David brings a wealth of senior leadership experience gained in both the private and public sectors and a passion for partnership working and developing people. He spent the first 25 years of his career specialising in corporate finance (including work, both as adviser and principal, relating to mergers & acquisitions, private equity investment, primary and secondary stock-market offerings and strategy development) and gained experience as a senior executive in the MedTech industry.

Following six transformative years with the NHS’ Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, David was drawn to St John’s culture and social purpose and moved to Bath to join us in 2016, initially as Director of Finance and Corporate Governance. He quickly made a significant impact by simplifying the management and communication of St John’s financial affairs to the Board and he developed the business plans and financial models for a series of multi-million-pound strategic projects.

David became Chief Executive in July 2018 and he leads St John’s by following the same open, collegiate and non-hierarchical based principles he has applied throughout his career.  He leads by example, encouraging self-confidence in his colleagues to make the most of their strengths and to uphold the attributes embodied in St John’s values of trust, kindness and courage.   David believes passionately in the importance of St John’s role in removing inequality of opportunity in its communities and in fulfilling its purpose to change lives, for good.

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Louise Harvey, Executive Director of the Foundation Fund


In the 17 years Louise that has worked for St John’s, she has developed an exceptional knowledge of both the Foundation and the local community. Using her natural ability to convene and engage, Louise has been a driving force for cross-sector working and collaboration, working to continuously extend the reach and impact of our core services, whilst also supporting our employees and local organisations to realise their potential.

After seamlessly transitioning to Director of Funding and Impact in 2016, Louise transformed St John’s Funding Support Programme, successfully engaging the Board to increase St John’s annual funding from £500,000 to £2m and leading the implementation of a bespoke SalesForce platform.  This system completely revolutionised our funding and impact management processes, enabling our team to increase our indirect support from 59,960 people in 2018 to over 72,222 in 2019.

Louise’s directorate also assumes responsibility for our Good Living, Communications and Technology Teams.  Committed to harnessing our in-house skills and potential, Louise has empowered each team to successfully enhance their service to both St John’s and the wider community.

In 2020, Louise was appointed as Executive Director of St John’s new Foundation Fund. In 2020, St John’s committed to focus funding over ten years to ensure every child under 12 is supported to grow into a healthy, happy and educated member of the Bath and North East Somerset community.

Louise uses her passion, energy and ‘no challenge too great’ attitude to break down barriers to bring the Third Sector, Education and Businesses together.

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Caroline Bee, Finance Director


As the newest member of the Executive Team, Caroline joined as Director of Finance in 2019 and heads up the finance, property, and governance teams. She is responsible for day to day finances, compliance and strategic finance as well as being the executive lead for both the operational and investment property portfolio which includes a significant number of residential and commercial properties.

Caroline brings a wealth of relevant experience to St John’s, from a varied career including roles being the Head of Finance for Wiltshire Council, a housing association and most recently, the Planning Inspectorate. She has also worked in private practice doing accountancy, audit and corporate finance for a varied portfolio of clients, including work for charities, and was also a forensic accountant for five years. Caroline has always been interested in the not-for-profit sector and, as well as working at St John’s, volunteers as an independent examiner for some smaller charities.