Behind the scenes

"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..

Black and white thumbnail photo of Kate Cocker

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.

Black and white thumbnail photo of Kate Cocker

 

 

 

 

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.

Trustees

Malcolm
Stoddart

Janet

Roue

Stuart

McCaslin

Paul
Wright

Nigel
Peace

Chris
Spriggs

Malcolm Stoddart

Malcolm has been a trustee since 2006. His working life has covered diverse activities such as managing children play schemes, working in unemployment benefit offices to joining the Crown Prosecution Service in 1986, on the financial side. From 2000 to 2014 he was a prosecutor in the local magistrates courts of Warwickshire. He now works part-time in a local school as a learning support worker.

 

 

Janet Roue

Janet has been a trustee since 2008 and has over 25 years voluntary work experience including in probation, Samaritans, the Family Planning Clinic, local soup kitchen and being an Auntie to a child in care. Janet also fostered for 10 years. She started work for the Mustard Tree Project (support work for adults recovering from mental health problems) in 1995 and was Team Leader. Janet trained as a social worker in 2004, and in 2008 became Senior Specialist Care Worker with the local mental health team from which she recently retired.

 

Stuart McCaslin - Chairman

Stuart joined as a trustee in 1999 and became Chairman in 2006 (when the previous chairman passed away). Stuart is a Chartered Company Secretary with a wealth of corporate and commercial experience in public and private companies including being a pension trustee . He is well practised at operating at Board level and with external advisers, and is also a trustee of ‘the Barn’ (Bidford Baptist Church).

 

Paul Wright

Paul was appointed as a trustee in Sept 2014. He is a recently retired Headteacher with over 30 years teaching experience. For the last 8 years he was Headteacher at Henley-in-Arden school where he saw the outstanding mentoring work that Lifespace undertook at the school and the difference it made to the lives of young people. He is keen to use his educational experience to help support Lifespace in its next phase of development.

 

 

Nigel Peace

Nigel has been a trustee since 2001. He was involved in the Mustard Tree Project (support work for adults recovering from mental health problems) from 1997, and became General Manager of the project from 2001 – 2011. Nigel has helped to develop the charity greatly in his time. Nigel is a partner in Hemming & Peace Funeral Services based in Stratford, Alcester and Henley-in-Arden. Nigel has been involved in fostering through Warks County Council and is a member of the Rotary Club of Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

 

Chris Spriggs

Chris founded Lifespace’s work with young people in 2004, and became a trustee of the charity at this time. Following obtaining a BA (Hons) degree in Accounting & Finance, Chris started working with young people in 1996 in South London. He has been involved in Voluntary Community Sector leadership since 1998, working in schools and colleges across the Midlands since this time. Chris worked at Warwickshire College as a tutor (2001-2004), completing his teaching qualification and since then has become a certified Master Practitioner & Coach of NLP; an accredited Mediator (Mediation UK); and a qualified work-based Supervisor (Level 7). Through training, coaching and consultancy Chris works with national charities, Universities and businesses across the UK to help young people who face disadvantage and distress.

 

 

 

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