(Chief Operating Officer) Andy left his job as a retail manager in 1994 to help set up SAFE with co-founder Nigel Hughes (CEO until 2015); alongside volunteer Jacqui Hollick, because he felt a strong life calling to make a difference to people suffering through unemployment and hopelessness. In his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Andy is responsible for planning and delivery of the Choices Programme and for the development of SAFE’s resources and materials in a way that enables non-experts to run Choices in their local community and he trains and mentors those Facilitators to deliver the course effectively. Andy is obsessed with football and an avid Southampton Football Club fan. He loves cycling and tries to negotiate routes that pass local establishments selling his favourite Cornish ale, Doom Bar.
(Chief Development Officer and joint-CEO SAFE) Nina is responsible for the financial operations of SAFE including fundraising. She also heads up areas of research and development including Youth Choices, Licenced Choices and the newly formed subsidiary, Choices Training and Development Ltd.Nina has worked in the charity sector since 2003 when joining an international charity, ‘Open Doors’ supporting marginalised and persecuted people around the world. Her diploma in Journalism enabled her write extensively to bring the plight of forgotten people to the attention of the press and public. This included following overseas travels which took her to Iraq, Mexico, India, West Bank, Israel, Morocco and Eqypt.Nina’s passion to support and help young people led her to undertake a Diploma in Business Management (Dec 2012) from the National College of School Leadership and then set up “Entrepreneurs for Good” - a social enterprise enabling young people to find their passions and purpose in life.Previously with a background in business, Nina is proficient in financial control, organisational and product development. She has brought efficiencies in the use of current resources and developed the Choices course, enabling us to offer the best value for money on all programmes. An experienced trainer and former free-lance journalist, Nina also holds a City and Guilds certificate in Teaching and Learning (2015).Her personal passions include walking her cocker spaniel in the countryside, going to the gym, singing in two choirs, trying to recapture former piano playing skills and all things food related.
(Administrator) Sue Joined SAFE in July 2015 as a Bookkeeper and Administrator. Sue has previously worked for several small companies but it is her first venture into the Charity Sector. Sue holds firmly to SAFE’s values ; in particular giving people second chances and providing opportunities, support and mentoring to help them re-engage with working life.
Sue works alongside the staff, trustees and accountants to ensure SAFE meets its charitable and legal commitments.
Sue enjoys jigsaws, running, distressing furniture, chocolate Hobnobs and helping to run a social group for people with early on-set Alzheimers.
(Facilitator/Development Administrator) Maddie comes to SAFE with 16 years in the Welfare to Work Industry supporting the most disadvantaged to move closer to work. With the last 3 years developing/delivering resources and building a local Network to supporting those with a health condition wanting to return to work. Maddie first met SAFE when sending customers on to our Wellbeing Choices Course and after being made redundant from the Welfare sector back in June 2016, Maddie was so impressed with the SAFE Choices Course and seen the impact it had on those attending to make healthier Choices about there future and the way forward into work joined SAFE as a volunteer, which reinforced her belief that SAFE has something unique in supporting those disadvantaged. “My husband are very privileged to have 7 daughters, 3 of which my step daughters and to date have blessed us with 7 beautiful Grandchildren. So family life is fun and exciting and keeps us both young and out of mischief as my mum used to say. Now joining SAFE to Facilitate the Choices course and support the management team to further expand the work of SAFE is something that sits in the core of my faith reaching out to encourage people to make healthier choices using their skills, knowledge and experience already gained through their lives thus far.”
(Lead Youth Facilitator) Grant comes to SAFE with 10 years' experience working with Young People in a multitude of settings. He started working in Residential Care homes for young boys aged 9-19, with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD), where he spent a little over 4 years. From here, Grant was involved with direct youth work with young people suffering from issues ranging from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Gang Culture, physical and sexual abuse, through to homelessness and NEET’s. From here he moved on to a Young Offenders Secure Unit where he worked directly with the young offenders on a daily basis, readying them for their releases and helping them gain the skills and attributes to succeed, and stay out of the prison system. “My passion lies with helping and coaching vulnerable and disadvantaged young people with many different issues, in reaching their full potential. Ona personal note, I have a 9yr old son, Dylan, who is a huge football and general sports fan - just like me! I train Mixed Martial Arts and have competed for 12 years or so.Our young people are not born filled with hate or depression, nor are they born ground down by lifes cruelties. This is learnt behaviour and can be un-learnt with the right vision, support and belief in themselves, and those around them guiding them to succeed and make the right choices.”
(Facilitator) Christie has a background managing pubs in central London, then went into teaching 14 – 19 yr olds. She went on to become a business owner and always had a heart for Community - that’s why she ran a local community pub!
She had the opportunity to work for SAFE first volunteering on courses and then moved onto project managing the Choices and Wellbeing project in Gosport from 2009-2012. When this project achieved its goals, Christie went back to teaching.
Most recently she left a leadership position in further education as head of department.
>Described as fun, passionate & inspiring and driven to encourage people to do what makes them jump out of bed in the morning. Her own values are embedded in providing everyday people with the opportunities to realise their potential in whatever area that may be. SAFE gives Christie the opportunity to live out those values and she is excited to be involved as a Facilitator.
(Chair) Anthony is a senior executive and Strategic Service Development Director for Old Mutual Wealth Management. He brings a wealth of experience in managing budget and staffing responsibilities. Anthony has a passion for community involvement and has been head of corporate social responsibility for OM Wealth and a governor of Solent University. Having been out visiting potential candidates for Choices courses, and then hearing the transformational stories that followed, Anthony was inspired to get more involved. He currently chairs the trustees at SAFE.
Anita is a CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance. She is currently Financial Controller and Company Secretary for a successful SME engineering business in Hampshire. With experience in both ‘profit seeking’ and ‘not for profit’ sectors Anita strengthens the Board in the areas of financial and non-financial oversight practices. Anita was moved to join the Board of Trustees from her belief in the value of an integral society and her desire to see people overcome the barriers they may face in employment.
Nick Strong is a franchise professional. He works with successful companies that scale their growth via the business format franchising model. Nick is an accredited Affiliate of the British Franchise Association. Nick has agreed to joined the SAFE trustees as his passion about personal empowerment in business and the workplace for all.
Steve has over 25 years‘ experience as a business analyst working in the insurance and roadside assistance business sectors. His work involves gathering, evaluating and challenging information in order to determine underlying business needs and champion business improvement. Having given nearly 10 years’ service to local Street Pastor initiatives, he has clearly seen the positive impacts that the church can make by listening, caring and helping. So, he has joined the trustees, as these are values that he can see underpinning the work of SAFE as they help people find new ways to improve their lives.
Formerly an IT Operations manager and currently an ordained minister in the Church of England, Ali has a particular interest in ensuring that voluntary organisations effectively support people with mental health issues.
Volunteers We have many volunteers but here you can meet 4 of them:
Jacqui has been involved, both as a staff member and a volunteer, since the very first course SAFE ran in 1994. For the last two years she has been running courses for adults at James Street Church in Southampton City Centre.
Norman has lost count of the number of adults courses he has facilitated on with SAFE and has now been involved for 15 years. For the last two years he has been running courses at James Street Church in Southampton city centre.
Mark is the leader of the Eastleigh Elim Church and, together with his wife Ang and a team from Eastleigh Baptist Church, runs Wellbeing Choices courses for the local community in Eastleigh.
Trevor is now retired but has a scientific and engineering background working for Philips Semiconductors all his professional career. Initially this was in design and development, but moved on to management, responsible for technical and strategic direction. This also included staff recruitment, line management and career development of local and international teams. In the past Trevor has also been involved in church leadership, a church planting initiative, of which he was a trustee, and as a parent governor of a local school. Trevor’s involvement with SAFE goes back to 2007 since when he has acted as a volunteer facilitator on many Choices courses. Trevor also currently volunteers with Christians against Poverty (CAP) and has developed good links between it and SAFE, referring some CAP clients for SAFE courses.