Our Staff

All of our staff team at Springboard play a crucial role in enabling us to meet our goals and ambitions. They all play an essential role to ensure our strategic vision is put into practice and meets the needs of the children, young people and families we support.

Ben Burt Chief Executive Officer

Ben Portrait

Ben joined Springboard in 2017 having previously worked for London Youth, Barnardos and OPEN.  Ben has over 17 years working in the voluntary sector and has been involved in a number of exciting projects including a £12.1 million pound refurbishment to build a state of the art youth centre, large statutory contracts as well as having a history of delivering services to children and young people.

Ben is also an avid record collector and a huge fan of funk, soul and hip hop as well as enjoying locally roasted coffee.

Helen Green Business Support Officer

Helen joined Springboard in 2003 having previously brought her own children to Springboard House when they were little. Helen’s experience includes working for international banks both locally and in the city as well as teaching fitness classes in her local area.

Helen also enjoys attending fitness classes when she isn’t teaching them followed by a glass of wine and a pizza.

Vickie Harvey Fundraising and Communications Manager

Vickie’s bio is coming shortly!

Luke Woodjetts Operations Manager

Luke joined Springboard in 2002 as a volunteer and has developed in the organisation to a support worker, officer and now manager. Luke is a trained teacher and has dedicated his life to working, support and making a difference to disabled children.

Luke is one of the biggest Harry Potter fans you are every likely to meet and is a regular to Comic-Con events.

Julia Syson Facilities and Customer Support Officer

Julia’s bio is coming shortly!

Amy Brewster-Brown Service Delivery Officer

Amy PortraitAmy joined Springboard in 2012 as a volunteer and has developed in the organisation to a support worker and now officer. During this time, Amy attended University gaining a Medical Genetics degree. Amy hopes to combine her degree with her experience working with Springboard to develop her career in Health Care Science.

Amy spends her free time either covered in mud on the rugby pitch or dusted with flour making delicious bakes for the team.

Caitlan Barrow Service Delivery Officer

Caitlan PortraitCaitlan joined Springboard in 2012 as a volunteer and has progressed through the organisation to a support worker and now an officer. Caitlan completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in children and young peoples workforce and is now working towards her Level 3. She also worked as a Special Support Assistant for Manor Green Primary school.

Caitlan enjoys singing in her free time as well as visiting London to see a musical.

Lidy Hajnal Service Delivery Officer

Lidy PortraitLidy’s bio is coming soon, but we can tell you that we know she likes Tesla cars.                                  

Julie Reed Customer Service Advisor & Support Worker
Julie PortraitJulie joined Springboard in 2016 as a Customer Service Advisor and is now starting to work on our short breaks sessions too. Julie’s experience lies in home help for the elderly and has previously worked with adults with learning difficulties.

Julie likes walking around National Trust properties with her family in her free time as well as a glass of wine and a good book once she has hung up her boots. 

Chris Huckstepp Customer Service Advisor

Chris PortraitChris’s bio is coming shortly!

Cathy Powling Customer Service Advisor

Cathy PortraitCathy’s bio is coming shortly!

Brooke Wright Service Delivery Assistant

Brooke Portrait

Brooke joined Springboard in 2014 as a volunteer and has progressed through the organisation to a support worker and now an Assistant. Brooke is currently working towards her Primary Education and Teaching Degree at University and is hoping to work as a SEND Teacher once she has completed her course.

Brooke spends most of her free time studying but does enjoy a good series on Netflix.

Ayla Hunnisett Service Delivery Assistant

Ayla Portrait

Ayla joined Springboard in 2018 on a University placement year. Ayla is studying for a Psychology degree and is hoping to pursue a career working with children with additional needs.

Ayla spends most of her free time studying for her degree but can easily be distracted by Netflix and the hoover.