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