ANNA-CLARE TEMPLE – CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Anna-Clare joined Step Together in September 2018, having previously been CEO of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. She has over 10 years' experience of senior management in the charity sector, primarily working in the health and social care sector. Anna-Clare also brings experience of the commercial sector, where she focused on business development and income generation. Outside of work, Anna-Clare has a busy family life with her husband and twin boys and enjoys getting out in the fresh air for runs or dog walks. 


DEBORAH SAW - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Deb joined in January 2021, from Headway Bristol (a brain injury charity) where she led on all charity operations from HR and fundraising, to finance and governance.  She previously ran her own boutique legal recruitment consultancy and professional CV writing business and spent over 25 years in the industry as a successful recruiter, manager and careers coach.  ACIPD qualified with many years’ experience in business start-ups, sales and operations, she has responsibility at Step Together for managing our volunteer project management team and core program delivery.

Deb lives in Bristol, is married and a mum to two grown up children.  To relax, she enjoys working on her allotment, cooking, drawing, musicals and watching live bands.



KAREN EPLETT – VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER - Manchester, ExO Programme

Karen is a mum of three grown up children. She has always been a working mum and the majority of her career has been spent in supporting families and individuals to achieve their full potential.  Having spent a significant amount of her early career working with offenders, Karen joined the Step Together team in 2012, supporting ex-offenders across Greater Manchester. 


KATE MCQUEEN - PEER MENTORING COORDINATOR, ExO Women's Peer Mentoring Programme

Kate has a background in counselling and psychotherapy with a specialised interest in grief and bereavement therapy alongside mindfulness meditation. She worked within the justice system supporting domestic abuse survivors and recovering alcoholics.  Prior to joining Step-together Kate used her counselling and people skills as a bomb spotter at Manchester Airport.  She also took part in the "For My Future" course which gave her the confidence to return to working in a helping profession. 

When not at work Kate loves to craft with her 3 boys and add to her enormous collection of shoes.


WENDY CALLAGHAN - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, Manchester, Young Persons Programme

Wendy's passion for volunteering and working with people started many moons ago by volunteering in a youth club setting and for a homeless charity in Manchester. Through these experiences she recognised the value of volunteering as well as  developing a strong awareness of social injustice. This spurred her on to return to education where she studied Social Sciences and later completed a post-graduate Diploma in Social Work. Since qualifying  Wendy has worked in the voluntary sector; for fifteen years she worked with victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland and various parts of the North West of England. For the last four years she has worked with women involved with the criminal justice system, supporting them to address the issues that led to the offending behavior as well as encouraging them to identify their goals for the future, many of whom have gone on to volunteer or return to education or employment. Wendy has two lovely grown up children and a very sweet Irish Red Setter called Ruby. 


SUE MUNDAY  - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, Dumfries & Galloway, Young Persons Programme 

Sue has been involved in volunteering ever since moving to Scotland more than ten years ago; both in a recruitment capacity with Camphill and WRVS, and as a volunteer herself for The Samaritans, WRVS, the local youth group and local school. Sue has managed our work in schools and with disengaged young people in Dumfries and Galloway since 2010.  Married with two boys, Sue enjoys mountain biking, running, travelling to new places, reading and painting.

Read our interview with Sue here.



POLLY GUNTON - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, Bristol, Young Persons Programme 

Polly comes from a background in the charity and social care sector. Polly’s love of creating volunteer opportunities and supporting young people was discovered while volunteering with the Outdoor Education Department at the North York Moors National Park. This passion was solidified during her three years with Nepal-based charity, Conscious Impact, developing and delivering a youth programme in a rural Nepali community. This passion then led Polly into the social care sector on her return to the U.K. Since moving to Bristol, Polly has worked with Unique Voice, coordinating creative summer programming for children before joining the Step Together team in September 2021.

In her spare time, Polly enjoys long walks and cycle rides, reading, writing and watching live music and theatre.


MEL HEAD - SESSIONAL WORKER, GET GROWING ALLOTMENT PROJECT, Bristol, Young Persons Programme 

Mel joined Step Together in September 2021, having worked with Young People for 20 years in a wide range of roles, including mentoring, family support work, delivering groupwork and detached youth work. Alongside her role as Sessional Worker for Step Together, Mel is a qualified Forest School Leader and runs forest school sessions for 4-16 year olds.

Mel also has her own allotment where she grows her own fruit and veg, and enjoys painting, sewing, cooking and anything crafty. She also loves to paddleboard and travel – preferably together!



ANDREW STOCKTON – VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, East of England, WIS & Veteran Programme

Andrew joined in June 2021 and has enjoyed strong ties with the Military and Veteran communities following a 20 year career in the Armed Forces.

Following medical discharge in 2006 due to injuries sustained during operations, Andrew has enjoyed a varied career path working within the Military Insurance industry, Warehouse and Distribution Facilities Management and the Heavy Goods Transport sector.

Andrew has three children, Henry, Emilia and Edward and lives in Stoke on Trent.


KEVIN HARTLEY – VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, North of England, WIS & Veteran Programme

Kevin joined in November 2020 from Help for Heroes where he was the BoB/S Co-ordinator for the North West of England.  Kevin has worked and volunteered in the military charity sector for over 10 years and also runs a team of volunteers at a junior community grassroots football club.   He is currently providing cover for Matt Starmer whilst he is mobilised to help with the COVID19 pandemic and has responsibility for one of our largest geographical areas.

Kevin lives just outside Manchester. To relax, he loves to walk on fire as he is a fire walking instructor!


MATT STARMER - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, North of England, WIS & Veteran Programme (currently mobilised as an Army Reservist) 

Matt joined Step Together in November 2019 and brings a wealth of military experience into the organisation. His Military Career spans five decades and he continues to serve in the Army Reserve today. It is in this role that Matt now finds himself mobilised in support of the government’s COVID19 main effort.

Matt is an Intelligence Corps Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) and will be heading up a unit providing intelligence to commanders responsible for the dispersal of troops and equipment on Op RESCRIPT, the MOD’s response to the pandemic.


LAURA DOBSON - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, South of England, WIS & Veteran Programme

Laura’s background is in Clinical Physiology, where she worked for several years within the NHS. Laura also has experience of working directly within the armed forces community for several welfare organisations, both overseas and the UK. Being a military spouse, she shares an insight and understanding of what military life is truly like.

With an interest in personal development, she is passionate about helping those around her by providing a supportive network, enabling people to develop their potential.

Laura is married and lives in Salisbury with her two children.


LUCINDA HORTON - ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (currently on maternity leave)

Lucinda has worked in administrative and customer service roles for many years and recently began studying arts therapy.  Since moving to Bristol 6 years ago she has both worked and volunteered in a variety of settings including addiction treatment centres, a youth centre, two primary schools and most recently for a charity and membership organisation that trains psychotherapists and supports access to low cost psychotherapy.  

When not at work Lucinda loves to get out to the countryside for walks, growing vegetables and cooking, and continuing her arts therapy studies.


GILLIAN ARMITSTEAD - ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER (maternity cover)

Gillian joined in January 2021, after working as a paralegal in education law, primarily supporting families of children and young people with special educational needs. She has worked with several charity organisations, including Citizens Advice, and Asylum Welcome, and has a particular interest in the legal issues that vulnerable people face. 

In her free time, Gillian studies Arabic, enjoys painting, and going on long walks. 


Our Trustees:

President and Patrons

President:   Sir David Manning, GCMG, KCVO
Patrons:   Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Captain Michael Fulford-Dobson, Damon de Laszlo.

Board of Trustees:

Dr Roger Donbavand, FRSA - Chair

Roger has a business background in branding, marketing, strategy development and change management consulting. He started his career in the City and then moved into consulting for service based industries, both in the UK and overseas. The last five years saw him working in Sydney where he transitioned into the charity and voluntary sector, working for Mission Australia and Opportunity International, and on the board of Leprosy Mission Australia.  In 2016 Roger and his wife volunteered for 3 months in Sri Lanka. His interests include fly fishing, classical music, opera and cricket. He is married to Janet and they have two sons working in London.

Scharmarie van der Vyver 

Originally from a small and mostly unknown mining town in the northern part of South Africa, Scharmarie now lives with her partner in a small village just south of Bristol. Scharmarie's background has been primarily in corporate finance and accounting and more recently she has moved into asset/wealth management and financial advisory, an area that she feels more passionate about, where she can help people with financial education. Scharmarie has international offshore funds and finance experience, having lived in Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Bermuda.  She currently works in investments and finance for a small company in the Cotswolds.

Outside of work Scharmarie attends gymnastics and trampolining classes (her childhood sports of choice) and also does Ballroom dancing with her partner. She is an avid Crossfitter and always up for anything outdoors and adventurous.

Julia Killick, CBE (Deputy Chair)

Julia started her career in London Local Authority Housing working for Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent before joining the Prison Service in 1998.  After stints at HMP Highdown, HMP Holloway and YOI Feltham as Head of Prisoner Care, Julia took charge of the Immigration Removal Centre Haslar, before moving to become Governor at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset.  In 2010 Julia returned to Holloway as Governor and with a team of 300 staff cared for 590 women, reducing costs by 25% whilst achieving highest standards in its history in two consecutive inspections.  Julia retired in December 2015 and is now a volunteer trustee for two local community charities, as well as driving the community bus, and acting as an advisor to the London Criminal Justice health network and Liberty Kitchen, a social enterprise helping prisoners into work.

Roger Potter, MBE (Founder)

Roger founded WorldWide Volunteering, now re-named Step Together Volunteering, in 1994. Roger was Director of WorldWide Volunteering until 2006 and was a member of the UK National Task Force for the European Voluntary Service scheme. He is currently the Chairman of the Britain-Nepal Society. His early career was spent in secondary education and he was principal of a large London Sixth Form College.

Deborah Poole

Deborah is a Director and General Counsel of Sulla Investments Limited, a regulated investment firm and adviser to Envestors, a regulated corporate finance adviser. Until September 2015, she was a partner in an international law firm where she led teams in Europe advising corporate clients. From 2007 to 2010, Deborah sat on the Save The Children Fund Festival of Trees committee where she assisted in fund raising through the annual Festival of Trees Gala. She is a member of her local Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group, formed to assist the community to influence the planning and development of her local area.

Caroline Marsh, FRSA

Caroline is an independent consultant with significant experience as an effective strategic advisor and coach across ‘people services’ - adult social care, housing, public health, children's services, and justice services. She has been a senior leader for over 20 years, and her previous senior leadership roles include Director of Adult Social Care at Manchester City Council, and Director of Offender Management Services in The Ministry of Justice, managing prisons and probation services in the North West. Her experience includes Service Design, Commissioning, Adult Social Care, Offender rehabilitation services, Children's Services, housing for older people, Community Safety, Youth Offending services, and Public Health. She is interested in developing thought leadership and has authored a number of published articles relating to adult social care and personalisation in criminal justice. Caroline lives in the North West and is active across a number of networks including membership of the Association of Adult Social Services; fellow of the RSA; chair of the Academy for Social Justice Commissioning seminar series in Manchester and member of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Liza Durkin

Liza has nearly 30 years’ experience in a senior leadership role in the justice sector.  She leads, manages, develops and motivates large teams within a complex and changing public sector landscape. She has a diverse background as a senior manager in a range agencies -  Local Authority social care departments, children’s rights and advocacy, Children’s Society, Local Authority Secure Children’s Homes, Her Majesty’s Prisons service and has worked at the Youth Justice Board (YJB), an Arm’s Length Body sponsored by Ministry of Justice for approximately 15 years. Liza is an avid follower of her local team - Everton, and tries to keep fit and healthy by trying all the new gym and exercise regimes! She has a strong value base and loves to work with people - putting her values into practice and expecting others to show good governance and accountability. 

Maurice Clarke

Maurice, or Moz as he's known, has a background in the media industry having started in publishing before moving into branding, advertising and digital marketing. He currently works for a London based marketing agency as Resource Manager, and has over 20 years managerial experience. Moz has held a lifelong passion for sport, including supporting Watford FC, and still enjoys keeping fit. Moz was introduced to Step Together via an offer of pro bono support to help us with our brand refresh and clearer messaging. Together with his contacts in the industry, who also offered their support pro bono, Moz provided Step Together with a vibrant new logo and simple, concise messaging. Having shown such a keen interest in the charity and its work, Moz was subsequently invited to join the Board of Trustees, and was appointed in July 2020

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