Deciding a Future that's Right for You

The Office Team

Nina Kelly

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.

Lorraine Holdaway


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.

Roz Holm

Referrals & Recruitment Administator

With more than 10 years of administrative experience under her belt, having managed a family-owned business prior to working at SNF, Roz is no less than exceptional at what she does - handling phone calls and coordinating with our clients and facilitators. With great communication as well as people skills and her ability to empathise and be considerate towards individuals from all walks of life, she is an asset to the referral process of our candidates and serves as a crucial bridge between our facilitators and our candidates.

Hilary Schwager

Recruitment & Referrals Manager

Cally Ramswell

Referrals & Recruitment Assistant

Having completed one of our courses prior to working here, Cally knew the importance and power of our courses, and was able to carry that into her role as an recruitment & referrals assistant. With her determination, kindness and willpower to help others, Cally is one of the first voices future participants might hear when they sign up with us, as she helps our recruitment & referrals administrator, Roz, with handling phone calls between us and potential candidates as well as helping track candidate progress within our courses.

Manny Rackov

Marketing & IT Assistant

A man of many talents, Manny has provided extensive support towards our marketing, helping us overhaul our flyers, leaflets, the website, editing promotional videos, designing newsletters and many more, alongside providing IT support - having a passion for IT as well as all things technology for all his life and undertaking IT training in 2021, Manny knows his way around most of it and helps our staff find better and more convenient ways of doing tasks. After doing the course himself and seeing himself change in the most significantly positive ways, Manny wanted to give back to the charity and has been doing so for 8 months now.

The Training Team

Oana Warren

Training Manager

Michael Johnston

Facilitator & Safeguarding Officer

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 our safeguarding officer, ensuring the Safe team is competent and confident in carrying out their safeguarding duties.

Ffion Davies


Working prior in secondary schools, teaching French and Italian, Ffion is a qualified teacher who wanted a change of direction, and started studying exercise, nutrition and mental health. Delivering local talks to the local community and workplaces on mental health and wellbeing, Ffion ended up with us in September 2021, and has been part of our facilitator team since then. Ffion loves helping those around her as well as spread joy where she can, and her hobbies include travel, fitness, yoga and holistic therapies.

Roxie Morris

Facilitator & Safeguarding Officer

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.

Gordon Blackhurst


Freya Law


Debra Bajnath


Spencer Devine



Keith Robson


Aaliyah Isaak

Assistant Facilitator

After participating in the course and finding her self-beliefs restored, Aaliyah wanted to give back and help others the same way the course has helped her. We have approached her to volunteer for us almost two years ago and now she is working alongside the rest of our facilitators on our courses as a volunteer assistant facilitator - sharing her knowledge, passion for life and all of its intricacies as well as the journeys of her mental health to help inspire other participants the same way the course inspired her.

Not all of our volunteers are listed on our website.

Find out more about volunteering with us.

The 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 Safe New Futures as a trustee to continue putting his experience and expertise to good public use and to continue to support community life in Southampton City.

Saffron Dafnias


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 Silvester


Sri Kandiah


Sri is a Qualified Master coach, mentor, counsellor and a well-being champion. Achievements in long and short term assignments on a strategic and operational level include bringing about a culture change (Warner Lambert, South Africa), developing and delivering strategic plan and Leadership (Sri Lankan Airlines), developing and delivering leadership programme (Standard Chartered Bank), developing and shaping the culture of clinical commissioning groups (the NHS), and providing coaching and counselling to senior medical personnel at the Wessex Deanery. In 2018, Sri was awarded Queens Award for his voluntary services as the Chair of One Community, a charitable institution providing service and support to people wishing to live independent lives.

Darren Muir


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