Meet the Staff

Debbie Blowers – Manager – April 2002 – to date

I was born in London but most of my childhood years were spent in Kessingland with my mum and 3 brothers.  I had a gap year on leaving school which I spent working in the social services with the elderly in Hornsey, North London.  I then went on to train to be a home economist and after 4 years in London returned to Suffolk to work at Birds Eye Walls for 10 years as a Nutritionist.

In 2002 I found myself as a single parent, living in Beccles and looking for work between school hours and Bact advertised for a position which I thought would do me nicely for a couple of years!  Still here and my goodness I have seen so many people, vehicles and contracts come and go!  I also met my husband Simon through community transport in 2003!

It has been a very rewarding job – quite challenging at times but I am so proud of what we have achieved as a team.

I love the people you meet and it is always overwhelmingly humbling just how much volunteers give of their time and energy to bact.  I can honestly say that no one day at bact is ever the same.

Lorraine Hewitt – Finance Officer – July 2019 – to date

I was born in Earsham in my Aunties house, then shortly after went home to Alburgh with my elder brother. My sister came along 7 years later.

I worked at Barclays Bank on leaving school in Harleston, and later in Bungay. I moved to Hempnall and became an accounts clerk under the costing accounts at Buxted Poultry Flixton.

The rest of my financial background came from doing various courses in this field while my daughter was growing up. I then later took up a Finance position at Anglia Freight Ltd at Eye where I became Finance Manager and was there 15 years. I decided it was time to slow down and reduce the hours I was working, hence I am now working two days a week for Bact.

Frances Bickley – Transport Co-ordinator – September 2018 to present

I originate from the East Midlands, namely Nottingham, however I lived for some considerable time, with my husband, in Newark-on-Trent before moving to Harleston in South Norfolk in 2006 with our 2 children.

Originally, I qualified as a registered dental nurse in 1988 and practiced for several years. However, I retrained as a Teaching Assistant when my youngest child was 4, leading onto becoming a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a PE teacher. After 20 years in primary school education, I decided that I was in need a fresh challenge.

Since joining Team Bact in September 2018, I have never looked back. I love the daily logistical challenges, supporting the local community and working with valued volunteers and colleagues that always go the extra mile to make a difference to others.