"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done" Justice Louis Brandeis
Lifespace is a community of trained & supervised mentors, most of whom are volunteers. All our team undergo strict safety checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and follow our Code of Ethics and Good Practice.
Who are the team?
We have a small team of dedicated staff:
Chris Spriggs, Founder & Coach
Chris founded the mentoring work of Lifespace in 2004 and was Founding Director for 12 years overseeing its growth and establishing it as one of the largest youth mentoring providers in the UK. His new role from September 2016 is establishing a wider ‘regional presence’ for early help and effective mentoring with young people, and being an ambassador nationally for ‘investing in the mental wealth of young people’. Building on his background as a teacher (FENTO), Chris is a qualified Master Coach (ILM) and Supervisor (Staffs Univ.) and currently completing a Master’s Degree (MA) in Coaching at The University of Warwick.
Mike Gibbs, Safeguarding and Team Leader
Mike has over a decade of experience as a qualified counselling psychotherapist (BACP) and has been involved with Lifespace since late 2004. Mike fulfils the role, in Charity Commission language, of “Chief Operating Officer”, being the first point of contact for safeguarding issues and supporting each of the team leaders. Mike co-ordinates our mentoring work in around half of the schools we work in (alongside Kate Cocker and Lesley-Anne Dean). As well as supervising many of our mentors through one-to-one and group supervision, he continues as a mentor with boys aged 9-19.
Ros Peace, Service Delivery Manager
Ros has been involved with Lifespace as a mentor since it began in 2004, and is the lead contact for all incoming mentoring requests, enquiries regarding the waiting list as well as overseeing the CAF process. Ros also manages the administration behind the scenes for the charity, looking after invoicing and accounts, our data and information systems, as well as supervising a number of our mentors.
Kate Cocker, Mentoring & Training Co-ordinator
Kate has a background in teaching and worked as a trainer with international charity Oasis for over a decade before joining Lifespace in 2008. Kate is the first point of contact for half the schools we work in (alongside Mike Gibbs), and co-ordinates our mentor training course. As well as supervising many of our mentors through one-to-one and group supervision, she continues as a mentor with girls aged 9-19..
Andrea Gardner, Business Support Manager
With a background in engineering, management consultancy and most recently as a school business manager, Andrea has joined us part-time to help develop our financial sustainability. This includes developing relationships with new donors, local businesses and churches and leveraging support from grant makers. Another strength of Andrea's is managing events so putting on charity dinners and the AGM are part of her role too. Andrea is passionate about young people having a mentor to share with and to learn how to build their resilience. .
Lesley-Anne Dean, Primary Schools Mentoring Co-ordinator
Lesley-Anne was a Professional Nanny for 12 years, then a Secondary School Teaching Assistant before training with Lifespace in 2012 as a mentor and helping pioneer our mentoring work in local Primary Schools. As a member of the Service Delivery team, Lesley-Anne liaises with schools and families, and supervisors a number of our volunteer mentors, alongside working as a mentor with girls aged 9-19.
Kev Wright, Outcomes Manager
Kev’s background is in IT with both a technical project focus and also the wellbeing and development of those he worked with and managed. Kev joined us as a volunteer mentor at the start of 2014. Now, in addition to mentoring boys, Kev is helping manage our administration part-time, is our contact for the Area Behaviour Panel and is also leading a project with CORC (CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium) on monitoring our outcomes and benchmarking to assist with our continuous improvement.