Meet the Team
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 overseeing a number of work projects across our sites.
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.
Paul grew up in Sheffield, and has lived in Leeds for over 20 years. He was a Foster Carer for over 12 years, caring for young people of all ages. Paul has also worked in Pastoral Education role, as well as Child Protection and Child Safeguarding posts. He has been a part-time police officer in Leeds for over 6 years, and is a district response trained officer. In addition, Paul has spent time within the Police Operational Support Unit covering the whole of West Yorkshire, the role involved responding to incidents involving major disorder. Paul is now Skill Mill Supervisor at our Leeds site.
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 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 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.
David has over 20 years experience in a range of roles which involve working with young people. David has experience of detached youth work, and has worked within a local Youth Offending Service. David has held roles within The National Trust and the YMCA, working with disadvantaged young people from inner city areas. He also has experience working for Local Authorities, maintaining their parks, community centre gardens, and urban spaces; David even has experience in all aspects of landscaping! David has a passion for being outdoors, he has volunteered for a range of organisations including The National Trust and The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. David is also a qualified Mountain Biking instructor, and shared this with young people whilst making a course from recycled materials! David is currently working on a European Structural and Investment Funds project in Newcastle. See the project page for more information.
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 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.
Matt Pollard BA (Hons)
Matt has worked with young people for 10 years. He has worked in both educational and community settings. Matt has supported young people with complex needs and has worked in early help services. Recently, Matt has been working with children and young people who are at risk of entering local authority care. In 2019, Matt studied with The Open University and gained his BA (Hons) in Youth Work. Matt has since founded his own charity which supports men who are experiencing mental health issues, contributing to reduced social isolation. Matt is currently Skill Mill Supervisor at our West Sussex site.
Jonathan grew up in the North East of England, before moving to Bath where he studied Applied Computing. Jonathan really enjoys being outdoors, and decided to change his career path. He has spent time working at Kingswood College as an outdoor Activity Instructor. Jonathan has also spent time working with National Citizens Service, running a range of outdoor programmes for young people. Jonathan is now Skill Mill supervisor at our Northumberland site.
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.