Our Story

Safe New Futures was started 25 years ago to address unemployment issues in and around the most deprived areas of Southampton.

When it became clear that low self-esteem and confidence was holding individuals back from moving forward in life, a self-development training programme was written with the help of experts at the University of Southampton.


Since then our programmes of support have gone on to help thousands from Southampton and the surrounding areas transform their lives and achieve great things.


We are a small yet professional team, supported by a passionate group of volunteers - many of whom are ex-candidates keen to pass on the benefits of our incredible programmes of support. We focus on using our limited resources to the best of our ability – reaching out to those most vulnerable and in need of our services.

"SAFE is an effective and trustworthy organisation which has provided employment support services to the hardest to reach communities for years. Their approach in the Choices course has been academically and externally validated and they have run the service for Southampton and other local areas. I would strongly support this charity with its motivational and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based) approach. SAFE’s Choices programmes give something different and provides immense support to people furthest from the labour market.”

Kathryn Rankin, Commissioner and City Deal Programme Manager with Southampton City Council


“The strengths quiz helped, realising how many skills that I had. It helped me to consider my changes. The session on long-term goals and short-term goals helped me to be more secure with what I want to do in the future. I want to get a part-time job and start an English course - and afterwards find a full-time job in retail.” 


“The barriers I had were to do with interviews and thinking - what if I don’t have what they want. Now all those barriers have pretty much gone away.” 

We see every person as a valuable human being with incredible worth and an ability to contribute to the community in which they live. We work by the values set out below.

Relational – We aim to be genuine, open and honest, really listening and seeking to understand

Value and worth – We strive to empower and believe in people, spot their strengths and see what they can do

Best interests – We work to put others before ourselves, and give genuine care

Justice – We want to bring fairness, and show our concern for the disadvantaged

Generosity – We aim to go the extra mile, serve others unconditionally, give people a second chance, and co-operate with partner organisations

Truth and honesty – We build on integrity and trust and show the evidence for our work

Quality – We strive to be the best we can and give the best to the people we serve


The Trustees

Anthony Scammell

Anthony Scammell


Anthony is UK Operations Director at for Quilter’s Platform business. He oversees the day to day running of all the operational functions and as such brings a wealth of experience in managing budgets, processes and people organisation.

Anthony has a passion for Community Involvement and chairs the Community Investment group, as well as being an active member of Quilter’s Responsible Business Forum.

Steve Nicholls

Steve Nicholls

Company Secretary

Steve has over 30 years as a business analyst working within the Insurance and Roadside Assistance business sectors.

He specialises in liaising between business units, organisational stakeholders and solutions delivery teams to translate concepts into business requirements and deliverable processes for client based and effective system-based solutions.

Anita Smith

Anita Smith


A highly motivated qualified Management Accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in finance; reporting at subsidiary and parent Board level, with an emphasis on strategic insight, sound decision making and delivering practical interpretation of finance data for all stakeholders.

Anita has expertise in working amongst a multitude of industries including start-up companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Ann Henry

Ann Henry

Psychology Trustee

Most recently as an Associate Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University, Dr. Ann Henry has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, including those with learning difficulties, physical health problems and also mental health issues.

She has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team in an NHS low secure unit supporting clients with serious mental health problems and as a volunteer addressing mental health in Ghanaian communities.

Her qualifications include PhD (Psychology, University of Southampton, 1997)., MA Social Sciences (OU, 2008); MSc Forensic Psychology (University of Portsmouth, 2009).

Sarah Giles

Sara Giles

HR Trustee

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in HR and has operated in a variety of roles, most recently as Head of HR/Director.  She now provides Consultancy and Coaching services focussed on Wellbeing and building individual, team and organisational performance.

Sarah is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development and a volunteer for the CIPD Wessex Branch, a certified Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, TimeLine Therapy Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider.


Deciding a future that's right for you

The Team



Chief executive officer

As CEO with Safe New Futures, Nina is proficient in financial control, and organisational and product development. Her natural leadership style is both marketing-led and people centred.  An engaging and passionate communicator, Nina has worked in both the international and UK charity sector for more than 20 years. 


Ben Dellow

Head of partnerships


Oana Warren

Training Manager

Oana has extensive experience of working with young people from deprived backgrounds. She has worked as a teacher and as an education manager and adviser within various mainstream educational facilities and has most recently held the position of Assistant Principal at South Quay College in the Tower Hamlets. She also has plenty of experience working with young people within voluntary youth groups and has organised and run a number of alternative vocational training courses.

Chantelle Seedat

Office Manager

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston

Adult New Futures Facilitator

Originally joining as a candidate Michael went on to become a facilitator at the recovery college, using his vital experience to share with others how to transform their lives.

Michael is also the SAFE safeguarding officer, ensuring the SAFE team is competent and confident in carrying out their safeguarding duties


Roz Holm

 Office/referrals assistant


Freya Law



Lorraine Holdaway


Lorraine works alongside staff, trustees and accountants to ensure SAFE meets its charitable and legal commitments.

She holds firm to Safe New Futures' values of giving people second chances and providing opportunities, support and mentoring to help them re-engage with working life.


Dan Desmond




Keith Robson

Administration and Volunteer


Aaliyah Isaak

Facilitator - Volunteer

Freelance Trainers


Roxie Morris

Freelance Facilitator


Spencer Devine

Freelance Facilitator 


Gordon Blackhurst

Freelance Facilitator 


Ruth Elman

Freelance Facilitator 

Christie has twenty years’ experience working as a trainer, community project manager and teacher in higher education and the corporate world. She delivers bespoke training in leadership, service and sales, stress management, team building and communications. She is a student psychotherapist and a qualified Mental Health First Aid trainer.

Debra Bajnath

Freelance Facilitator 


Hilary Schwager

Freelance Facilitator