Ron Overton, Founder and Chief Executive (previous Chair of Trustees)
Ron has a BA in theology, a Diploma in pastoral counselling and an MBA. He has extensive experience of leading and running organisations working with young people and those needing support, including across learning disabilities, emotional and mental health issues and those at risk of exclusion. He was also a Baptist Minister for 11 years. He has a considerable track record in organisational development and in fundraising. He has personal experience too as his son had substantial emotional and mental health issues during his late teenage years. Ron brings high quality leadership, vision and partnership building to his role.
Stevie Hardingham , Project Manager, Luton Achieve Project
Stevie has just joined us as Project Manager, taking over from Harriet Tamke. Stevie has run her own successful business and worked with young people and delivered mentoring programmes previously. “I discovered that what most motivated me was working to change young lives – I am delighted to have the opportunity to do that with Transitions UK and to help take the Achieve Project forward”.
Stevie manages a staff delivery team of two part-time staff and up to 40 volunteers, delivering services to over 30 young people with learning disabilities.
Crissy Vina is our Activities Co-ordinator for the Luton Achieve Project.
Crissy has excellent skills and experience in supporting others young people and is studying towards a Masters in Psychology.
Crissy has particular responsibility for our After Schools clubs and activity based support. Crissy currently works 10 hours per week and is a great asset to the team here.
Project manager, Hertfordshire Aspire Project
We are delighted to have appointed Jon Corr as our Project Manager for this new project.
This fabulous project launches on 1st November 2017 (Jon’s first day) and will support 20-25 young people at risk of offending. We will be working preventatively with 14-16 year olds and are very much looking forward to developing this new service.
Partners include Herts Police and Herts Families First as well as schools and Pupil Referral Units.
Our Achieve Sessional support worker (seconded from Woodlands Special School) will be appointed in October. They help Crissy with her role in the Achieve Project. When not doing that (around 20 hours per month ) they will be employed as a teaching assistant at Woodlands Special School.
Rosalind Lambert is our 15 hrs per week Fundraising and Administration Officer/Book-keeper. Rosalind has previously worked as a Teacher and at a high level in Corporate businesses, including in the city and is a great asset to the team.
Nicky Perry is our Full time Community Fundraising Manager. Nicky has previously worked as a very successful fundraiser in South Africa as well as within the UK and has worked in the UK with both Ian Rennie Care and with East Anglian Air Ambulance. She is passionate about the cause and about making sure she gets the support we need to develop our services.
Sam Poole is our Communications Officer (Events and PR)
Sam works 15 hours per week and has a specific fundraising role in the Milton Keynes area coupled with a general communications role across the charity. Again, a great asset to the team.
See other members of the team below.
Part-time Community staff:
- Al Gillies, (Business Development Manager)
- Riffat Mahmood (Community Officer – Luton)
- Mark Bromley (Volunteer Ambassador and Training Officer)
- Mia Flanagan – Community Officer- S. Herts
We are looking to recruit additional volunteers in fundraising and project administration as soon as we can.
Beyond that we have up to 45 volunteers working with our beneficiaries and providing support, befriending and mentoring within the project. We need 70 more as we develop our Aspire Project.
Transitions UK is committed to ensure that young people are properly safeguarded and that their welfare and well-being is paramount. All staff, volunteer and Trustee appointments are subject to a satisfactory DBS check at enhanced level and to rigorous referencing and scrutiny.