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.
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.
MOLLY SINGLETON - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, Bristol, Young Persons Programme
Molly has been working with young people in a variety of roles for the past 8 years. Starting out as a community youth worker and outdoor instructor she completed a foundation degree at the University of Chester in Adventure Sports, Molly then spent 3 years in London, coordinating and planning remote expeditions for young people facing significant challenges.
Molly has volunteered for youth organisations in the North West and London and has most recently coordinated an inter-generational boat building project in Bristol harbour. Molly is super excited to be working with more young people in Bristol, supporting them into volunteering placements that are right for them.
LORNA FITZPATRICK – VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, South of England, WIS & Veteran Programme
After 16 years serving in the Army, Lorna retrained as a Specialist Employment Consultant working in her local military Personnel Recovery Unit. Shifting into the Step Together role supporting wounded service personnel to volunteer was a natural move and the role is one she finds amazingly varied and hugely rewarding. Having always been a volunteer herself, Lorna understands first-hand how the simple act of doing something for others can be so fulfilling. When the demands of children, chickens, dogs, sheep and alpacas allow, her other passions are skiing, Scottish dancing and pootling around in her beloved VW Campervan, Gulliver.
Read our interview with Lorna here.
ELAINE CORNER - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, Wiltshire, WIS & Veteran Programme
Elaine served in the Army for over 25 years before she was medically discharged from the Army following a accident which resulted in having part of her leg amputated. Determined not to let her injuries hold her back she continues riding her motorbike, mountain biking and skiing and has recently taken up playing polo. Having spent over 10 years as a volunteer Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader she realises the value of volunteering and is passionate about her role supporting wounded service personnel and veterans in Wiltshire to undertake volunteering as part of their recovery process. She started work with Step Together in 2014.
Elaine shared her story with us here.
KEVIN HARTLEY – VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, North of England (WIS & Veteran Programme)
Kevin joined in November 2021 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.
GEMMA NOKES - FUNDRAISING OFFICER
Gemma has over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, starting out in front line work and moving into management of services supporting young people, the homeless, sex workers, ex-offenders, veterans and those in recovery from substance misuse. Gemma then moved into business development and has spent the last 8 years securing income to fund programmes of support and supported housing services for these clients; most recently working to secure funding for victims of crime, individuals and families dealing with domestic abuse, and for relationship support and counselling for those in need.
Outside of work, Gemma is happiest pitching her Dandy Dart trailer tent somewhere along the coast of Cornwall and walking sections of the South West coastal path.
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.
LAURA MADAMS - PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR
Laura joined Step Together in January 2021, to support our projects. Laura has been working in the charity sector for 5 years and has a Sociology Degree. When she’s not at her desk with a cup of tea and her cat Bhodi, she can be found spending time with family and friends.
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 - Chairman
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. He is also a trustee of EMMS, a charity based in Edinburgh which works in the palliative care sector. His interests include fly fishing, classical music, opera and cricket. He is married to Janet and they have two sons working in London.
Hayley Rees - Treasurer
Hayley works at Legal and General Retirement where she is Head of Direct Investments, focused on investing in real assets including infrastructure, property, commercial lending and alternative assets. Prior to this Hayley worked at Barclays for more than 25 years, her career at Barclays covered funding to social infrastructure and renewable energy projects as well as managing the Corporate Banks portfolio in this area and latterly with focus on cash flow based funding to large corporates. Hayley has been involved in her local community volunteering on school residential trips and supports grassroots rugby at her local club.
Julia Killick, CBE
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.
Dr Robin Garnett, OBE, PhD, FRCP
Robin spent a long career in the Army as a Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Medicine, becoming Director of Defence Rehabilitation and commanding the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court. He retired in the rank of Brigadier in 2002. In addition to his military career, Robin has been President of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chairman of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Rehabilitation of the Royal College of Physicians. In later years he has worked as a Consultant for Benenden Healthcare and has been Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the British section of the World Veterans Federation and the majority of British ex-Service Veterans Charities. He wrote The Endeavour Report on Healthcare for Veterans and their families and also parts of the Lost Voices Report by The Royal British Legion, concerning hearing loss in veterans.
Roger Potter, MBE
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 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 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, 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