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.
JOSIE CLARKE – HEAD OF PROGRAMMES
Having completed a French degree, Josie graduated from King’s College, London in July 2004 and then joined Step Together (previously WWV) promoting volunteering in 100 secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire and Essex. In 2010, Josie became Head of Volunteering Project Managers and has management responsibility for all of the Programme staff across England and Scotland.
TREENA JONES - TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS FUNDRAISER
Treena joined Step Together in September 2016, having spent almost 20 years working in the charity sector. She has worked for a number of charities, in a variety of fundraising and management roles, but Treena’s real passion lies with developing relationships with charitable trusts and foundations. Outside of work, Treena lives in a small town in the West Midlands with her partner and their new Labrador puppy, Aston.
KAREN EPLETT – VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Manchester
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.
JILL DARWENT – VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Manchester
Jill joined Step Together Volunteering in February 2015 after working as a Volunteer Coordinator for a Young Carer’s project in Manchester. Jill has worked for a number of children’s charities within the Manchester area and volunteered in India over a 2 year period, working with street children. Jill started her role with Step Together working with disadvantaged young people in the North-West, and is now part of the team working with ex-offenders in the region.
Read our interview with Jill here.
SHERI REDDROP – VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Manchester
Sheri has been working with young people and families for 8 years. Starting out as an Education Welfare Support Worker, then as a Child Development Outreach Worker and Volunteer Coordinator before joining the Step Together team. She believes nothing is more rewarding than helping young people find volunteer opportunities that they are really interested in, and then watching them enjoy themselves and thrive. Manchester born and bred, Sheri studied Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. She is a keen photographer and mum of a little 1 year old boy, and is now entering her third year with Step Together.
WENDY CALLAGHAN - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Manchester
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 spurned 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.
ANNA PAGE – VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Manchester
Anna joined Step Together in February 2018 after working as a social worker with children and families for 9 years. Anna has worked within the statutory and voluntary sector and her most recent position was working for an Adoption charity. Coming from a fostering family, she has always enjoyed supporting young people and feels strongly about the importance of all members of society having a voice and being provided with opportunities for personal growth. She has volunteered on a number of youth and homeless projects in Manchester and overseas. Having lived in Manchester for over 15 years, Anna is an honorary Mancunian however she was born and raised in Yorkshire. She has a 2 year old daughter and enjoys being out in the countryside and going on adventures in her campervan.
CARONNE MCBRIDE - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Catterick
After serving 8 years in the Army and through volunteering herself, Caronne realised where her passion and interests lay and retrained and studied Community Education. This led to working within, as well as continuing to volunteer, with a number of charities and groups, which gave her the opportunity to develop where she would like to take her career, try new opportunities and travel abroad. Caronne says volunteering has given her the confidence to do a variety of things that without volunteering, she would never had enjoyed. In her spare time, Caronne enjoys kayaking, camping and going to festivals and enjoying the music.
SOPHIE MIFSUD - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Edinburgh
Sophie Joins Step Together after serving 7 years in the Army, as a current Army wife and mother to three young boys. Sophie has volunteered in a number of different roles and understands the host of benefits from volunteering; when coupled with her military background this has given her a great drive to encourage and support wounded service personnel to experience the significant personal accomplishment that comes from undertaking volunteering roles. Sophie loves the outdoors, is an active runner, cyclist and swimmer and when the opportunity arises, an avid skier!
SUE MUNDAY - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Dumfries & Galloway
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.
LORNA FITZPATRICK – VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Tidworth
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 - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Wiltshire
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.
LUCINDA THELWELL - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Bristol
Lucinda’s journey began 12 years ago when she volunteered as a teacher in rural West Africa, leading her to later train as a TEFL teacher back in Newcastle where she taught English to asylum seekers and refugees. This gave Lucinda insight into UK immigration and housing which spurred her on to qualify as a Social Worker, where she has primarily worked with adults who experience chronic mental health issues, drug and alcohol needs, sensory impairments and homelessness. Lucinda joined the voluntary sector in 2012 and has since developed various wellbeing projects and volunteer mentoring projects in the UK for young people and adults with additional needs, as well as developing a conservation project in South Africa with a focus on youth volunteering. Lucinda is passionate about the environment, creating art, and achieving good personal and community wellbeing. Having volunteered since the age of 16, Lucinda is a huge advocate of its personal benefits and loves to inspire others to start their own volunteering journey.