MEET THE TEAM
Staff | Centre Manager
Dave joined the team as the first member of staff and Centre Manager of Number 11. He is someone who loves to socialise and forms strong relationships with anyone and everyone he meets, regardless of their life story of background. Dave is in charge of all internal operations at the centre such as being responsible for recruiting volunteers, coordinating training and networking with many different people and support services in the area.
Dave is very much a family man who enjoys being a husband and father to two young children. He loves music and tries his best to stay physically active by running, playing football and getting involved in anything DIY related. Also he loves it when people make jokes about his height (admittedly this may be a lie).
Staff | Re-Build Manager
Katie brings heaps of energy and a humongous heart for people, alongside her extensive experience in social work and related areas. It will only take a short chat with Katie for you to realise she’s one of the most friendly and caring people around.
She’s using her skills and experience to run the ‘Re-Build’ programme at Number 11. This programme is focussed on providing one-to-one counselling, coaching and mentoring rolled into one, going deep into the causes of a clients problems to address them at the source and provide the foundations for sustainable change.
Staff | Crisis Support Worker
Jon is a recent addition to the staff, although has been a long-time supporter and volunteer with us. He has a real heart for helping others and is always, always Mr calm.
This photo here shows Jon at full strength. He is expecting his first child soon though and so will inevitably be looking more tired in the very near future!
Chief Executive | Trustee
James has been there since the beginning, taking time out of his medical training and ploughing an unhealthy amount of hours into getting Number 11 off the ground. He doesn’t stop talking about Number 11 and has a huge heart for serving the community of Burslem. James leads the team, driving the vision and supporting the team with the foundations to ensure we provide the highest quality support possible.
James was born and raised in Stoke, and is currently working as a doctor in Manchester, whilst also running another charity. He has a Masters in Public Health, and James brings together his passions for healthcare and social change through the work of Number 11. He likes to think he’s the comedian of the team (although everyone else disagrees) and he will do pretty much anything if you offer him food.
Trustee | Growth & Monitoring
Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, providing useful insights into how to take Number 11 forwards and make sure things are running as they should do.
Trustee | Support Co-ordinatorWendy joined after being forcibly roped in by James! She worked as a social worker in Child Protection, working with children and their families who faced a huge variety of complex issues from mental health, disabilities, addictions, family breakdown, criminality and the care system. She also works in schools, and with women to build self esteem and confidence.
Her professional background and love for people motivates her to reach out to the hurt and broken, driving her desire to find fun and creative ways to engage people who would not usually choose to access support. Wendy obtained a BA Hons in Special Needs & Psychology, Dipsw in Social Work and Post Qualifying Award in Social Work. She just loves chatting to people and drives James crazy as she tries to keep his head on the ground!
Trustee | Strategic Development
Phill is a retired chartered accountant and joined Number 11 as a volunteer in early 2019. He now has a strategic development role, which involves developing projects designed to secure the future of Number 11, as well as working alongside Dave and Katie in spreading the word about what we do!
Phill is looking to talk far and wide to organisations about what we do and encouraging referrals, building on his strong passion for North Staffordshire and seeing the development of Burslem, in particular.
Trustee | Treasurer
Trustee | Marketing
Tom’s role on the Number 11 team involves helping to organise team meetings, marketing and publicity, among other areas. He’s a whizz with all things design, social media or film and is the man to go to for creative ideas. He’s been part of the birth of Number 11 alongside James, working to make the vision into a reality.
Tom’s is married and is a Special Educational Needs Teacher at a college in Stoke-on-Trent. He loves U2, basketball and anything with chocolate in!
Trustee | Logistics
Lauren is married to husband Rich and is a high school teacher in Stoke-on-Trent. Whilst she can’t make it to our centre during the week, Lauren puts in an absolute warrior behind the scenes; writing documents, filling in spreadsheets – basically doing all the boring stuff that goes unnoticed, but we couldn’t exist without her.
Ellie is an ordained Methodist Deacon currently serving through Swan Bank Church. She’s married with 3 teenage kids and originates from the Southport area – so not a Stokey! She loves people, sharing stories (even when they are tough) and bringing a bit of hope and joy into conversation.
Much of Ellie’s role takes place behind the scenes, where she works hard to keep things ticking over and builds relationships in the community.
Trustee | Training & Education
Nicki works for the Wildlife Trust and gives time to serve as part of the Number 11 team. Her background is in training and education and she does lots of work with ex-offenders, often out in the countryside building walls and other activites.
Nicki has a real mixed bag of skills and she is an absolute ray of sunshine, brightening up any conversation.
Cafe ManagerJane is our absolutely wonderful Café Manager, as well as a key member of the management team. She’s a welcoming smile, a huge heart and a generator of top notch grub all in one.
As we’ve touched on, she’s an incredible cook and excellent at providing hospitality and making people feel welcome. She brings cake to all the management team meetings (although that’s not the only reason we love her) and is definitely the mum of the team.