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Kieran Breen

Chief Executive Officer

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07793 257 148

Kieran has spent 30 years working in the development sector in the UK, East Africa , Latin America and the Caribbean and Canada. Working at a variety of levels from youth worker, to Country Director to Regional Director to Global Director, he was also the CEO for the Child Brain Injury Trust. He has specialised in developing private, public and third sector partnerships to tackle poverty and inequality as well as managing large education and health programmes. He has focused on social action with children and young people, and working with disadvantaged and excluded groups to secure their livelihoods, including pioneering work to make markets work for poor people in East Africa and LAC region. Since returning to the UK in 2016 Kieran has been very involved in developing practice and policy around business and community partnerships. He has also written widely on local government, deliberative democracy and the issues faced by young people. Kieran is the course leader for the Youth and Global issue module on the MA in Youth and Community work at De Montfort University. When not working Kieran enjoys film and music and trying to persuade his daughter that his jokes are funny.

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Sarah Green

Head of Operations, Community and Communications

Community Development Team

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07714 134 374


Leona Harris

Community Development Coordinator

Community Development Team

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Leona has worked as a Community Development Coordinator for 5 years. She enjoys engaging with our member businesses and community organisations. In that time she has helped facilitate over 280 Team and Festive Challenges. That has added up to around 2500 employees who have benefitted from the services the CD Team has delivered. This means that our local community has received about 15,000 hours of volunteering. Prior to that, she worked at Severn Trent Water for 23 years. There, she had a variety of roles from technical advisor, engineer, and project coordinator to practitioner and manager. Being briefly involved in the Community Water Champions scheme shortly before leaving helped Leona secure her role at Leicestershire Cares along with the many years of working in a corporate environment. Outside work, Leona enjoys golf with her family and taking the dog for a walk (if she has to!)


Charlotte Robey-Turner

Head of Children and Young People

Children & Young People Team

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Charlotte has a passion for supporting young people to reach their full potential. For the last 10 years, she has worked in the learning and skills sector, developing, managing and evaluating projects which support disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to access meaningful education and employment opportunities. Charlotte leads the Children and Young People team at Leicestershire Cares. As a self-certified geek, Charlotte spends a lot of her time outside of work reading science fiction/fantasy, following her favourite bands and going on long walks with her dog.


Fiona Spence-Arnold

Project Support Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Helen Treadwell

Education Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Helen spent several years working with children with special educational needs in primary and secondary schools across the city. Her specialism is in cognition and learning specifically in the area of literacy. She has a BA Hons in Childhood and Youth Studies which included studying developmental psychology in childhood, the history of childhood and children’s Literature.

Helen’s passion for supporting children and encouraging them to read for pleasure brought her to Leicestershire Cares to run the Go for reading project which she manages alongside the Number Partner and interview technique projects.

In her spare time Helen likes to get out in the fresh air walking her rather unpredictable Labradoodle, listening to 80s rock music and catching up with friends over a nice coffee.

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Sonal Morjaria

Leaving Care Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Rudi Parra-Watson

WIRE Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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ZamZam Yusuf

Heritage Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

0771 956 6703


Jacob Brown

Leaving Care Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Jacob is youth media practitioner who believes that young people should have a voice to speak out about the issues affecting them. Jacob has been working with young people since 2006, when his background in broadcast journalism saw him deployed to Independent Samoa to developed and teach the Media and Journalism course at the University of Samoa, under the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development programme. Since then, Jacob has been using journalism and media as a tool to empower young people and communities to reflect on their lives and situations and to take social and political action. At Leicestershire Cares, Jacob works with care experienced young people to help them raise awareness about the issues they face in society and supports them to find lasting solutions to many of the problems they face.

In the brief moments when he is not looking after his two children and working, he like to ride his bike. It is not a tandan


Simran Basi

YES Project Development Coordinator

Children & Young People Team

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Simran works on the YES Project helping NEET young people find work or get back into education and training. She also created Leicestershire Cares Green Action Plan and leads the Green Team responsible for implementing this plan. Before joining Leicestershire Cares she was completing her master’s in Chemistry at Sheffield. In her spare time, Simran enjoys practicing Yoga, reading and is an aspiring cosmetic scientist making her own natural skin care and home products through “kitchen chemistry”.


Siobhan Hirrell

UP Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Ross Cox

YES Project Development Manager

Children & Young People Team

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Neetu Squire

Making Moves Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Keisha Coggins

Project Support Officer

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Keisha is a Communications and Media graduate who enjoys exploring how the media can play a key role within development. She currently supports general administration at Leicestershire Cares whilst supporting the YES Project in helping NEET young people find a job or seek further education. In her spare time she enjoys finding new coffee shops and reading.