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.
STEVE WELSHER – HEAD OF PROGRAMMES
Steve started out his career working in Sports Development in South Wales, before moving on to education and community work among other sectors. Steve has nearly 20 years experience of working with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, he's taken on a number of management roles and most recently spent the last 7 years as Head of Volunteering for a national charity.
Steve has a passion for making a difference to the lives of others using sport, physical activity and volunteering as tool's to engage young people in positive activities. Away from work Steve enjoys all aspects of sport and outdoor life, with a particular passion for football and coaching; he also enjoys spending time with his family and loves to travel, visiting new places and meeting new people.
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.
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.
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.
TONY ARTHUR - VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, Scotland
Tony left the Army in October 2018 after serving for 26 years. In his last assignment at the Army Recovery Capability Tony worked as the Senior Social & Occupational Welfare Lead, during this time he came in to contact with Step Together Volunteering and became hooked on the idea of volunteering himself after chatting with Lorna and Elaine. Tony volunteered at the emergency night shelter whilst still in service and on leaving the Army he began volunteering with Veterans First Point (V1P) whilst working full time in residential care with children who had experienced Trauma. Tony believes in offering support to those in need and is passionate about providing serving persons and veterans a platform to take control of their own future!
STEF NYSZCZOTA – VOLUNTEERING PROJECT MANAGER, East Midland
Stef served for 14 years in the Army (2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment) after joining at the age of 16; having served in different theaters around the world, Stef also completed 2 year as a Recruit Training Instructor.
He has worked for PepsiCo in a variety of roles for 21 years, and at the time of leaving to pursue his desire to work within the charity sector, he was an Operations Manager within PepsiCo’s Global R&D team based in Leicester.
His main interests include: Leicester City Football Club, his 48 year old VW Beetle and his German Shepherd Dog Lottie.
Stef recently joined Step Together Volunteering in November 2019 and is really excited to play his part in changing the lives of Wounded, Injured, and Sick service personnel, included Families and Veterans.
MATT STARMER - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, North of England
Matt joins us with a wealth of military experience, having served for over 30 years both regular and reserve. During his regular career Matt fulfilled many roles, including that of a Unit Welfare Officer where he gained valuable experience of the 3rd sector support network and the Army Recovery Capability.
During a career break, Matt used his teaching qualifications to deliver a bespoke package to at risk learners across Cumbria as part of the Troops to Teachers programme; this involved learners benefiting from experiential learning, gaining qualifications in Teamwork, Citizenship and Personal Skills, this provided Matt with valuable insight into the benefits of volunteering and he went on to volunteer himself on a number of veteran and community focused projects, and continues to do so on a regular basis.
In his spare time Matt is something of an adventure sport junky and is both a qualified SCUBA diver and Skydiver. He has also been known to ‘tread the boards’ in a number of pantomimes!
MOLLY SINGLETON - VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER, Bristol
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.
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 AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
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.