Meet The Team

Office Team

Facilitator & Training Team

Nina Kelly


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.


The Office Dog

Our lovely little Patch keeps us company and lifts our morale up whenever we're going through rough times. She makes sure that people take their breaks by bringing her out for regular walks around the block, loves a stroke during meetings and hoovers up all the scraps after events.

Michael Johnston

Facilitator & Safeguarding Officer

Michael originally joined as a candidate and went on to become a facilitator using his vital experience to share with others how to transform their lives. He also ensures the SNF team is competent and confident in carrying out their safeguarding duties.

Roxie Morris


Roxie is a wellbeing coach and trainer who is passionate about reducing the stigma against mental health and empowering young people to get the support they need to live a full and happy life. Roxie also delivers our corporate programs in the workplace and is often here at the head office delivering the Happiness course to our staff. She is all about community and bringing people together. When she's not working you will find her at the beach walking her dog Frank or at the gym working out.

Sue Singh

Sue Singh

Operations Manager

Sue coordinates the recruitment and training efforts across the SNF office and training teams to ensure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes and that our approaches are consistent with the vision of our charity.

Ann-Marie Reacord

Ann-Marie Reacord

Marketing & Fundraising Manager

Ann-Marie oversees our marketing and income generation. She works on developing the Safe New Futures brand consistency and overseeing all our communications from client first referral to finishing Pathways, as well as ensuring that our website, social media, emails and marketing collateral match our values and that all our messaging is compelling and authentic. She also oversees our strategy for raising money from Corporates, Grant Making Trusts, and other avenues and researches new sources of funding. Outside of work Ann-Marie looks after her young daughter, and enjoys taking time out in the New Forest and going to Pilates.

LaYinka Sanni


LaYinka supports individuals and organisations to overcome challenges, embrace change, and unlock their full potential. She is a results-driven transformation coach and change facilitator with over 12 year's experience empowering individuals and teams to unleash their full potential and achieve extraordinary outcomes. She's passionate about the dynamic power of collaboration and excels in facilitating breakthroughs, optimising mindsets, fuelling growth, and cultivating an environment of psychological safety.

Beth Cooke

Beth Cooke


Beth has worked in the youth charity sector for 10+ years. She is deeply passionate about supporting others, especially regarding wellbeing, employability, and career advice. Naturally warm and bubbly, she loves mentoring and motivating others, helping them to feel confident in all they have to offer. When not working she is looking after her two young daughters and going on adventures together.


Referrals and Retention Administrator

Cally ensures that all referrals are followed up, and where appropriate, move through to Pre-course chat stage and ultimately enrolled. She assists the facilitators in registering and following up no shows on the first day, sending out countdown emails and newsletter to candidates and their referrers, right through to enabling course participants to attend the follow-on Pathways programme and tracking and monitoring follow ups and outcomes for all participants. She also helps to prepare the data required to report back to funders such as the beginning and end of course stats, ensuring that trackers are up to date and that case studies are collected and filed.

Adam New

Adam New

Business & Marketing Administrator

Adam helps to keep the policies, procedures, and other office functions up to date, as well as assisting on recruiting and supporting new participants on to our courses. He is developing his marketing skills in social media posts, developing marketing materials such as the candidate stories booklets, and updating the website. As a bit of a tech wizard, Adam assists with the appropriate distribution of laptops to staff and volunteers and provides IT support to staff.

Louise Turner


Louise specialises in delivering Wellbeing workshops to a diverse range of people. She has previously worked with homeless and refugee communities and believes that everyone has value and something to contribute. Alongside her work as a facilitator, she is busy studying to be a therapist and loves nothing better than riding her bike in the sunshine.

Debra Bajnath


Debra is a qualified teacher and has recently retired after working for 30 years in Southampton schools. She has been a facilitator in Safe New Futures for 2 years and is still amazed at the difference that the Safe New Futures course makes to peoples’ well-being. Debra enjoys being creative in a variety of crafts and at the moment she is concentrating on her pottery skills.

Lorraine Holdaway

Finance Administator

Lorraine works alongside staff, trustees and accountants to ensure SNF 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.

Ffion Polley


Working in secondary schools teaching French and Italian before joining us in September 2021, Ffion is a qualified teacher who wanted a change of direction, and started studying exercise, nutrition and mental health. Her hobbies include travel, fitness, yoga and holistic therapies.


Not all volunteers are on our website. We have volunteering roles open.

Keith Robson

Volunteer Administrator

After 30 years of service to BT, Keith retired and felt someone could use his skills through volunteering. He has been volunteering with us for over 3 years now and has found it incredibly rewarding. To us, he is Captain Data - our expert on spreadsheets and how to make them work efficiently. With his knowledge, we're able to navigate through the intricasies and not-so-good parts of Microsoft Excel. He's also involved in making sure that our policies and procedures are accurate and up-to-date.

Spyke Stainton

Volunteer Facilitator

I joined SNF as a volunteer after being part of a course myself, I was determined to help others the same way I had been helped. After a year I made the change to full time facilitator and have loved every minute of it. Seeing all the varied people who come on the course and the changes they are capable of means the world to me.

Board of Trustees


John Richards


John Richards is a highly experienced former public sector leader, with more than 30 years in the NHS, 23 of which were spent in the role of Chief Executive. He retired in 2019 having been CEO of the NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for seven years. John has an exemplary track record of good governance over 17 years as an accountable officer. He joined us to continue putting his experience and expertise to good public use and to continue to support community life in Southampton City.


Darren Muir

Deputy Chair & Finance Trustee

Darren is a qualified accountant by profession and the Finance Director of one of the UK’s leading trade federations as well as holding Directorships in a number of other companies including BPF Energy which administers one the UK’s biggest climate change agreements. He has been financial lead on 12 EU funded research projects and is actively involved on Bank of England panels and discussion groups. His passion is singing tenor in choirs and harbours a secret ambition to one day sing in a boy band!


Saffron Dafnias

Safeguarding Lead

Saffron lives in Southampton with her daughter and two dogs. She is a Mental Health Social Worker and has worked in mental health for 15 years. She is also a yoga teacher and owns her own woodland which she uses for wellbeing activities.


Paul Sylvester

Company Secretary

Paul is a retired Primary School Teacher for 30 years who has management experiences as well as many years of being a teacher representative on the governing body under his belt. With an MA in Education Management and Creative Writing, Paul's experience in teaching informs his beliefs in how essential of a prerequesite mental wellbeing is for successful learning and unlocking the potential of young people.

claudia murg

Claudia Murg


From 1993 to 2015, Claudia was an investigative journalist and TV producer in London for major networks and had articles published in prominent newspapers. In 2006, she moved to Southampton for a BBC producer role and settled there after the birth of her son. This life shift inspired her localist beliefs, leading her to establish We Make Southampton CIC in 2016, aiming to connect the community and foster inclusive decision-making. Claudia champions traditional journalism and even introduced a mobile office bus for her venture, sponsored by First Bus.

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