MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE TEAM
The Youth Zone is governed by members of the local authority and business community who volunteer their time to support a Senior Management Team, to ensure the success of the Youth Zone. Each member of the Board brings their skills and experience to assist the The Way in achieving its aims and objectives.
Stuart joins The Hive having successfully established and managed Zac’s Youth Bars for the past 16 years which has seen the local Bolton charity grow to provide a wide range of both recreational, support and educational activities for c. 1,500 young people in the North West.
HEAD OF YOUTH WORK
Adam Joined the Hive as the Head of Youth work on 1st October 2016. His role is to ensure The Hive offers Wirral young people exceptional and innovative services and opportunities. Adam has previously worked as a Youth Work Team Leader for Wirral Council. He has 12 years’ experience of working with young people and other organisations across all areas of the Wirral. Adam is passionate about young people having a voice in their own personal development as well as their community development.
Kate joined The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone in October 2016 as their Development Manager, and is in charge of raising income and managing partnerships with other supporters. Although she has a Bachelor of Law degree, her chosen career path has led her to work for the charitable and not-for-profit sector for the past 20 years, gaining a diverse range of skills within corporate, major donor, grants and trusts fundraising. As a member of the Institute of Fundraising, Kate upholds the “Code of Fundraising Practice” that ensures a professional and ethical approach to all her work.
VOLUNTEER & TRAINING MANAGER
Sam is responsible for recruiting and training an army of volunteers to support the vision of transforming the lives of children & young people in Wirral. She is proud to be involved in such an innovative and inspirational project that puts young people first and aims to provide them with an iconic, world class facility and staff and volunteers who are united in their desire to make a difference. Sam has spent the past 15 years working as the volunteer co-ordinator at Wirral Youth Offending Service so has experience of recruiting, training, motivating and supporting volunteers.
ADMINISTRATION & HR MANAGER
Mark joined The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone in October 2016 as their Administration Manager. Mark manages the Hive’s Membership System along with all aspects of administration as well as organising Finance & HR. Working for Trinity Mirror over the last 12 years, Mark brings a wealth of administration and Management skills to the Hive. Mark has just celebrated 15 years’ service as a volunteer with the Scout Association. Mark is looking forward to putting his professional and volunteer experience to good use in The Hive, and is excited by the range of activities that will be on offer for our young people.
Kevin joined The Hive having successfully been part of the Local Authority’s Youth Outreach team for seven years and it was that experience that encouraged him to study towards his degree in Youth Work. His role as Youth Worker of Wirral Youth Zone, has been to engage with young people from across Wirral and beyond as The Hive looks to work with the local community to make the project a reality for so many 8 to 19 year olds and up to 25 for those with a disability.
YOUTH WORK LEAD – SENIORS
Chris joined the Hive as the Senior Session Lead Worker on the 16th January 2017. Chris’s role is to oversee the senior club and ensure The Hive offers the best service to young people aged 13 to 19 (up to 25 with additional needs). Chris has over 12 years’ experience of working with young people and has been lucky to win 7 national awards as well as having his work researched by the University of Sterling. Further to the above, Chris is extremely passionate about creating opportunities for young people from the Wirral and creating a space where young people can develop in to young adults.
ADMIN ASSISTANT / RECEPTIONIST
Jo has a background in admin after working for a travel company and more recently a media company. She’s looking forward to giving admin support to her new colleagues in order to make the most of our fabulous facility, whilst giving a warm welcome to all our visitors.
Jennifer joined The Hive in February 2017 as the Arts Coordinator. Her role is to oversee the creative arts department at the Hive, ensuring that young people receive an exciting and vibrant offer across drama, dance, music, art and fashion, and film and media. Driven by her belief that the arts can change lives, Jennifer is fully committed to ensuring that every young person, regardless of background or ability, is given access to the arts and the opportunity to develop their creativity at their own pace. Specialising in issue-based theatre, Jennifer has worked for a variety of youth arts organisations in England as well as abroad, in places such as Switzerland, Italy and Sri Lanka. Born and bred in Birkenhead, Jennier is thrilled to be doing what she loves most in the heart of her own community.
Dougy joined The Hive as Inclusion Manager in February 2017. His role is to ensure that the offer at The Hive is fully inclusive to everybody and that there are no barriers preventing any young person from taking a full, active part in life at The Hive. Dougy has over 15 years experience in helping young people with additional needs to access sport and leisure opportunities in positions including various sports coaching roles, Co-ordinator for the Wirral Sports Development disability sport team and Leisure Link Worker for Wirral’s Short Breaks team. Dougy has also for the last few years worked as a disability specialist youth worker at West Wirral Youth Hub, ensuring their provision is fully inclusive and engaging for young people with additional needs, as well as working as a supervisor on Wirral Mencap’s Gateway Award. Dougy is committed to ensuring that inclusion runs throughout every part of the offer at The Hive and that every young person who comes through the door receives a positive experience.
Andy joined The Hive as Sports Coordinator on 1 February 2017. His role is to ensure The Hive offers an opportunity for young people to experience sport and physical activity. Andy has previously worked as a Community Coach for Sefton Council, Community Development Officer and held the post of Sports Manager for Southwark Council in London. More recently, Andy has worked as an assessor in Sport and Fitness across the North of England. He has 17 years’ experience of working with young people in sport in a variety of roles. Andy is passionate about all sport and the positive impact it can have on young people.