Meet The Team

Staff & Volunteers

Charlotte Clarke BSc (Hons)


Charlotte grew up in South Yorkshire before moving to Newcastle for 3 years whilst studying Crime Science at Northumbria University. It was during this time Charlotte became a volunteer at Newcastle Youth Offending Team before helping to establish The Skill Mill on a voluntary basis. Charlotte now lives back in South Yorkshire and oversees all Skill Mill sites around the UK, travelling where she’s needed and heading to The Skill Mill Hub in Gateshead a number of times a week.


Kay Finlay BSc (Hons), MA


Kay grew up in the North East of England where she has studied at Northumbria University. Kay has her BA (Hons) in Criminology and MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She volunteered at The Skill Mill whilst she was studying for her MA and then progressed into a full time role working at The Skill Mill Hub in Gateshead in 2018. Kay is currently working on a European Structural and Investment Funds project in Newcastle. See the project page for more information

Peter Cook


Peter has worked with County Durham Youth Justice Service for 18 years. Peter has worked predominantly in Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes (ISSP), a community based initiative designed for young people who pose a high level of risk. Peter has been a Skill Mill supervisor since the launch of our Durham site in 2017. Prior to working with the Youth Justice Service, Peter was a leisure accessory store manager. 


Gary Collins


Gary has worked for Leeds Youth Justice service for 16 years. Prior to this Gary spent 12 years in the British Army as a Royal Engineer. He has completed tours in various parts of the world, including a number of operational tours. Gary has been supervisor of our Leeds site since 2019, and is thoroughly enjoying his role. 

Roland O’Neil


Roland has worked for Birmingham Youth Offending Service for over 20 years. He has had different roles and has worked on a variety of projects including life skills and positive activities. Roland has also supported young people with arts and crafts, woodwork, horticulture and cycling proficiency. Prior to working with the Youth Justice Service, Roland worked in the construction industry for several years. Roland is now Skill Mill supervisor of our Birmingham site.  


Matthew Jones


Matthew has worked at Rochdale Youth Justice Service for 15 years and has experience in a number of roles. Matthew established a ‘Peer Mentoring Scheme’ at Rochdale Youth Justice Service where young people who have previously been involved with the Youth Justice Service provide support for children and young people who are currently involved with the Youth Justice Service. Prior to this Matthew has worked with young people experiencing homelessness and as a teaching assistant in a school. Matthew is now Skill Mill supervisor of our Rochdale/Bury site. 


Mel Comber


Mel has worked as a Fitness Tutor in the prison service for 8 years. He worked directly with offenders who were serving custodial sentences. Mel supported offenders in gaining qualifications and equipping them with the tools to transform their lives. Mel has also managed a local football team for a number of years, and enjoys all aspects of sport. Mel is now Skill Mill supervisor of our Croydon site.

Richard Oliver


Ritchie grew up in the Tyne Valley area where he first started his career as a youth worker at Northumberland County Council. He has developed different ways of youth work provision by delivering a wide range of services in outdoor education to promote the personal and social development of young people. Ritchie is currently working on a European Structural and Investment Funds project in Newcastle. See the project page for more information

Susan Hilton

Susan has supported young people for the past 20 years, working in the community and in educational settings. She started as a teaching assistant and then became an employment and training advisor for Surrey Probation Service (NACRO contract). Her role involved providing IAG, getting into work training programmes, and funding support to offenders to get employment or training. Susan then progressed into youth work, running the NEET and LGBTQ+ provision in Bracknell Berkshire, where she gained her Youth Work Diploma at YMCA George Williams College London. The role transitioned into Social Inclusion Manager for Youth Services at Bracknell Forest Council, developing multiple projects for young people excluded from their community. Susan is now Skill Mill Supervisor at our Nottingham site.

Ross Carter

Ross has over 26 years of experience in construction, youth and family work. He has worked for the NHS and local authorities in case management, group work and mediation, supporting vulnerable young people at risk of being criminalised. In 2018 Ross developed his own projects creating awareness and support for young people and parents around knife crime, gangs and exploitation. Ross has worked in both Birmingham and Surrey, and is now Skill Mill Supervisor at our Surrey site.

West Sussex


Fredi Chohan

Fredi has many years of experience working on community initiative programmes across West Yorkshire and the East Midlands. She worked in both the housing and legal sectors before going on to set up her own business. Fredi has been involved in various multi-agency forums and supported several organisations with funding applications. In her own business, she has focused on engaging young people whilst teaching them construction skills. Fredi has also worked in schools across the East Midlands, delivering programmes around substance misuse and knife crime. She is a keen runner and football coach and even volunteers for a food bank in Nottinghamshire! Fredi is currently Skill Mill’s Environmental Team Assistant Supervisor at our Nottingham site. 

Ruth Peaden

Ruth has recently finished studying International Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University. Ruth has had a variation of both employment and voluntary roles. She has spent time working with SEN children and volunteered at a nature reserve. Ruth has also recently learnt British Sign Language and enjoys travelling. She is currently volunteering at Skill Mill. 


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