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 joined the staff team in November 2019 having been a long-time supporter and volunteer. He brings to the team a passion to see transformation through the help and support of others, always with a positive and calming approach.
Jon is married to Hayley and in early 2020 they welcomed the birth of their first child – so life looks slightly different in the house! He still enjoys his love of music and gardening albeit often with his daughter in tow!
Staff | Next Steps Worker
Julie is another friendly and outgoing addition to our team and joins us after spending all of her working career as a primary school teacher. She is passionate about helping people to unlock their potential – whether that be in enabling them to develop basic English and Maths understanding or facilitating more practical skills based workshops.
Employability is an important part of the role: helping clients to write a CV, search for a job etc. Julie will be helping to search out opportunities for clients to be able to volunteer locally and spend some of her time working with Dave to ensure Number 11’s sustainability.
As part of a busy family at home, there isn’t much time to relax. When she does, she enjoys all things crafty and working on her allotment. It gives everything the rest of her day doesn’t – peace and quiet …and most importantly, food.
Trustee | Chief Executive
James has been around 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. He is the wise old head (although don’t tell him we said that) of the family, which combined with his real passion for mentoring and investing in people makes him a brilliant person to sit and have a cuppa with.
Trustee | Support Co-ordinator
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 | 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 | 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.
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.