We have over 35 paid staff members who work across the county. See the location pages here for more detail about who works where.
The Schools Counselling Service is headed up by Chris Baines.
Helen Eves leads our Participation work.
The ‘Someone to Talk To’ Team is headed up Helen Baker and Ellen Roberts. Fiona Morrow co-ordinates the information and support element of the service, Carolin Riesert the mental health team and Chris Baines is our clinical lead.
Click on any team member’s picture to see their biography.
Senior Project Worker
Mental Health Clinical Lead
Senior Project Worker
Finance and HR Manager
Director of Operations
Michelle Birch (Communications and Resources Manager)
Michelle is responsible for a busy admin team covering Data Protection, communications, property, IT service support and anything else that crops up. Prior to joining Centre 33 in 2015 Michelle worked in marketing and administration for a diverse range of organisations, including Waterstone’s and the Hayward Gallery. She has been active in the world of disability for some years and been a Trustee for pinpoint (parent/carer forum) and for Realize Belize who campaign for and support disabled people and their families.
Meg Platt (Director of Operations)
Meg is responsible for developing and supporting our teams to deliver excellent, safe and responsive services to young people while developing good local relationships with other organisations. Prior to this role Meg managed the Information and Support Service after joining us in 2014.
Meg has worked within the voluntary and public sector for 14 years working as Head of Education at the MS Society and in a range of roles, supporting young people’s relationships and sexual health. Meg holds an MSc in Health Promotion, was a Trustee of a sexual health charity previously and is an experienced train the trainer.
Kate Rees (Young Carers Service Manager)
Kate is responsible for the development and delivery of a high quality young person led, Young Carers Service. Kate has worked directly with Young Carers since she joining Centre 33 in 2005 and has a comprehensive understanding of the issues they face, the challenges presented, and ways to address them. Kate has worked within the voluntary and public sector for 16 years working in a range of roles, supporting families and young people, looked after young people, and young offenders. Kate holds a BA Joint Hons in Childhood Studies and Professional Practice Studies.
Helen Eves (Senior Young Carers Project Worker and Participation Lead)
Has worked with young carers at Centre 33 in a number of different roles since 2007 and is experienced in providing focused, young people led 1:1 and group support. Helen is responsible for delivering, and supporting project workers to deliver services to meet the needs of young carers and for ensuring that young people within Centre 33 have a voice and are meaningfully involved in shaping services. Helen has a BSc in psychology and over 11 years’ experience of working with vulnerable young people.
Helen Baker (Service Manager for Somone to Talk to)
Helen joined Centre 33 in 2015 and oversees the running and development of the service. She also opened three hubs for us as part of a new expansion.
She has worked in the voluntary sector for 12 years, previously at Deafblind UK, starting as a PA to a Head of Department (who was Deafblind) and holding various roles from fundraising, volunteer co-coordinating and finishing her time there as Service Manager for England and Northern Ireland.
Gavin Chappell-Bates, (Fundraising Manager)
Gavin joined Centre 33 in the summer of 2018 to develop the charity’s fundraising strategy. He is primarily responsible for increasing unrestricted income from individuals, the local community and corporate organisations. He is also heavily involved in trust and grant applications.
Gavin has worked as a fundraiser in the charity sector since 2013, holding roles at Headway Cambridgeshire and Papworth Trust. Prior to this he held a number of communications and marketing roles. He has a degree in English and Philosophy from the University of East Anglia. He is also a musician; having released two albums and performing in a rock ‘n’ roll band.
Frances Roberson, (Finance and HR Manager)
Fran has worked at Centre 33 since 2009 and leads a team responsible for all aspects of finance and budgets and human resources, ensuring we are compliant with current legislation. Previously she was a Finance Director leading a start-up company to a turnover of 1.3million and Finance Manager for a local charity. She carries out consultancy work for local organisations mainly based around improving Finance systems and Quality Management and has a keen interest in supporting in her local community. She is currently involved in supporting the setup of a community youth group.
Fiona Morrow (Senior Project Worker - Information and Support)
Fiona is responsible for delivering, developing and supporting the ‘Someone to Talk to’ team to provide safe and responsive services to young people that engage with our drop-In service. In addition to recruiting and managing volunteers who support the service she manages any PSHE or schools outreach work/requests. Prior to this role, Fiona managed the Information and Support service as a maternity cover and joined Centre 33 in 2014 as a volunteer.
Chris Baines (Senior Project Worker and Clinical Lead)
Chris joined Centre 33 in 2012 and is responsible for managing our schools mental health work and is also our clinical lead for the mental health service. He has worked as a tutor teaching psychology and counselling. Chris holds an MA in Psychotherapeutic counselling, MSc in Psychological Research Methods among other qualifications and has supported many volunteer counsellors to help their development into qualified, competent therapists.
Ellen Roberts (Service Manager for Someone to Talk to)
Ellen oversees and supports the Someone to Talk to team together with Helen Baker, and has specific responsibilities around quality, evaluation and participation. She has worked at Centre 33 in various roles since 2006, and prior to that worked in several charities in the areas of Youth Work, Youth Volunteering and International Development. Ellen has a BA (Hons) in Social Geography, a Level 3 VCQ in Youth Work and a Certificate in Management.
Beth Green (Executive Director)
Beth joined us in 2016 bringing 20 years of experience working with vulnerable young people in the UK and internationally with organisations such as The Children’s Society and Social Finance. She has overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and management of Centre 33, supporting the Board of Trustees, managing senior roles and engaging all staff and volunteers to continue to deliver excellent, safe, innovative and responsive services to young people. She has led on strategic planning, impact analysis and expanding our funding base. Beth has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a Clore Social Fellow
Carolin Reisert (Senior Project Worker)
Carolin joined the Mental Health and Counselling Team at Centre33 in 2015. She is supporting the mental health and counselling team in the different hubs as well as the volunteer counsellors. She has worked for a variety of international charities and has 12 years of experience working for various local charities within the mental health sector. Carolin holds an MA in Psycholinguistics and Psychology and an MEd in Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Children and Adolescents.
The Central team manages the day to day organisation of the charity
Executive Director, Beth Green – email@example.com
Director of Services, Meg Platt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising Manager, Gavin Chappell -Bates – email@example.com
Finance and HR Manager, Fran Roberson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications and Operations Manager, Michelle Birch – email@example.com
Lucy McMahon – Data Analyst
Katie Talibudeen-Volunteer Co-ordinator
Central Support team:
My professional background is in the NHS, but I now work in the criminal justice system so have experience of working with vulnerable young people. I am a supportive people person and have a historical knowledge of the organisation (I’ve been involved with Centre33 since 2006).
I am the PR and Marketing Co-ordinator at Headway Cambridgeshire and previously worked at the homelessness charity Emmaus for 8 years as their Communications Manager. I have been a free-lance journalist and also part of a team researching the mental health of GPs and helping to train medical students to deliver bad news to patients. I have published three novels and am at present working on my fourth.
Mike Davey (Chair)
Now semi-retired, I have worked in the public sector for over 30 years. I set up the Youth Offending Service in Cambridgeshire in 1999, and later became Chief Executive of Peterborough and Cambs Connexions. I have worked as a Director at the County Council, initially in Children's Services and then in Communities.
I have worked in another local charity for over 20 years - currently as Director. So I have experience on 'both sides of the table'. I work directly with young people. I am a qualified social worker and have a research background.
I am an HCPC registered Social Worker, qualified in 1982 and worked for Cambridgeshire County Council as a practitioner, manager and commissioner for 34 years.
Semi-retired since May 2017, I have a mixed portfolio of paid and voluntary work. My paid activity continues to give me local, regional and national experience particularly in the field of SEND and Social Care for disabled children and young people. Voluntary work includes being a trustee of three charities and being a Panel Member for a therapeutic fostering service.
Rikki Morgan Tamosunas
I have 30 years’ experience in education, as a linguist, teacher and published researcher I have held senior leadership roles in 3 UK universities (TVU, ARU, UoW) and was Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Westminster until retiring in 2015. I am a committed and enthusiastic supporter and promoter of education and cultural engagement as agents of social cohesion and change.
I have 25 years of experience working in social care and social work with children, young people, families and adults with specific needs. I have worked as a Social Worker, a local authority manager, and a University teacher. I have experience with commissioning and contracting, evaluating service, and using quality assurance process to raise practice standards.
I am an HR professional and an accredited counsellor. I have many years’ experience working in senior HR positions within a variety of industry sectors. I completed a Diploma in Counselling in 2010 and gained by BACP accreditation in 2016. Prior to setting up my own private practice in counselling and coaching I volunteered as a counsellor at Centre 33 for 5 years. I am also a qualified coach and workplace mediator.
I retired from the City of London in early 2019 where I worked for an investment company for over 30 years. Since then I have worked in the mathematics department of a secondary school in Northamptonshire. Having three adult children of my own I have a long held interest in the well-being of children and young adults and the benefits of good education. I am the Treasurer of my local PCC.
My professional background is commercial, having worked in sales and marketing in the food industry and as a management consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. My specific areas of expertise are in consumer, customer and channel strategy and process improvement. In recent years I have developed and now manage a small property portfolio.
I joined the satellite industry as a systems engineer and gradually migrated from engineering to business strategy with spells in the Telecomms and Aircraft industries and nearly 20 years in the satellite industry. 3 years ago, I left the corporate world to become a business Angel, supporting technology start-ups. I have 3 children aged 16 to 22 and have recently gained 3 more, aged 12 to 18, with my new partner. Prior to joining Centre 33, I was a school governor for 6 years.
Board of Trustees
Centre 33 is governed by a voluntary board of Trustees. Our current board is comprised of:
Cathy Davies (Acting Chair)
Rikki Morgan – Tamosunas (Acting Deputy Chair)
Ed Chamberlayne (Secretary)
Peter Clarke (Acting Treasurer)
Our volunteer base is absolutely critical to Centre 33. We have a large and committed team of volunteers doing everything from answering the phone to providing counselling to attending trips with young carers and fixing broken locks!