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Kieran Breen

Chief Executive Officer

0116 2982 603

07793 257 148

Kieran@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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 Development Team

0116 3662 003

07714 134 374

Sarah@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Sarah manages our finances and office operations and was previously managing the community development team.

Sarah joined Leicestershire Cares after working for Eon for 13 years in various roles from project manager and account manager to employee engagement manager in which she managed their employee volunteering programme for 12,000 staff (which included Team Challenges through Leicestershire Cares!) She now enjoys supporting other businesses with their CSR work and employer supported volunteering activity.

Outside of work she is a mum to two daughters and enjoys the outdoors, music and films.


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Leona Harris

Community Development Coordinator

Community Development Team

0116 2161 590

Leona@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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!)


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Charlotte Robey-Turner

Head of Children and Young People

Children & Young People Team

0116 4645 215

07793 443 973

CharlotteRT@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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.


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Fiona Spence-Arnold

Project Support Officer

Children & Young People Team

07851 249 211

Fiona@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Fiona supports the education projects for Leicestershire Cares and is excited to be creating maths challenge resources to support the schools whilst the volunteers can’t go in. She did a Humanities degree, specialising in English, Child Development, Psychology and Sociology, then trained as a primary school teacher and has worked in schools with children from Nursery to Year 6. She also runs a small video production company with her husband, tutors primary aged-children and is working with a mentor on her first children’s book. When not working she loves walking her dog, spending family time with her teens, cooking, devouring books, and seeing friends, when not in lock down!


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Helen Treadwell

Education Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

07803 511 211

Helen@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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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Rudi Parra-Watson

WIRE Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

07748 932 386

Rudi@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Rudi currently supports ex-offenders through the WIRE Project and is passionate about making our communities a safer place for all. He believes that disadvantaged groups, such as ex-offenders, need further support and opportunities to be able to transform their lives for the better, and that supporting ex-offenders into employment can significantly reduce the likelihood of reoffending, which is why he is committed to the work we do on the WIRE Project.

Rudi is keen to continue to work closely with businesses to remove the stigma, and negative perceptions of those who have simply made a mistake in the past, and encourages employers to provide a more even playing field for those with previous convictions, as in many cases, their past can be held against them, and opportunities can become very narrow and limited.

Rudi has a Youth Work background, has experience of working with those that are NEET and has facilitated youth work in some of the most deprived and disadvantaged areas of Leicester and Leicestershire. He is a lover of sports, music, films and enjoys spending time with his family.


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ZamZam Yusuf

Time to Shine: Action Research Officer

Children & Young People Team

0771 956 6703

ZamZam@leicestershirecares.co.uk

ZamZam is an Action Research Officer at Leicestershire Cares. Previously, ZamZam coordinated the Taking Hold of Our Heritage Project all aspects of planning workshops, including liaising, trip plans and supporting young people in understanding their identities through lived experience.

A big believer in social justice, ZamZam supports and volunteers with local grassroot organisations including being a former United Nations intern advocating for Refugees and Asylum seekers. ZamZam is a qualified Youth worker and holds a BA (Hons) with registration Youth Work and Community Development with JNC qualification incorporating the Award in Teaching and Learning Upper Second award from De Montfort University.

When ZamZam is not working, she enjoys kick boxing, socialising with friends and spending time with her four children and husband.


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Jacob Brown

Time to Shine: Action Research Officer

Children & Young People Team

07738 403 732

Jacob@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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


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Simran Basi

YES Project Development Coordinator

Children & Young People Team

0116 3662 002

07593 528 236

Simran@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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”.


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Neetu Squire

Head of Community Development

Children & Young People Team

07834 181 041

Neetu@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Neetu is a qualified JNC Youth Worker. She managed and developed a youth service in Nottingham for 5 years before venturing into Leicester to work with disadvantaged young people. She has over 15 years of experience working in this sector. She is a driven individual and very passionate about opportunities that can make a difference to young people and the community.

When she isn’t working Neetu loves the theatre, music, nature walks and is a real film geek. She is also a proud mum to two boys, which she probably spends most of her time being their referee.


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Siobhan Hirrell

UP Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

07761 515 130

Siobhan@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Siobhan manages the Unlocking Potential project at Leicestershire Cares, delivering holistic support to young people aged 16-25 who are ex-offenders, current offenders or at risk of offending. Siobhan has over 12 years’ experience of working with hard to reach, disadvantaged and vulnerable people from various backgrounds across Leicester & Leicestershire. She has a passion to inspire and empower individuals to overcome social, economic, and interpersonal difficulties they face, to enable them to unlock their potential. Further to this, Siobhan has vast experience of working with homelessness, challenging behaviours and those fleeing domestic abuse to name a few. Outside of work Siobhan is a mum, enjoys socialising with family and friends, cooking, reading, and listening to music in her spare time.


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Ross Cox

YES Project Development Manager

Children & Young People Team

07761 515 127

Ross@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Ross manages and oversees the YES Project provision at Leicestershire Cares, directly working with 15-24 year olds to help them move towards employment, education or training. At the age of 16, Ross started working for Leicestershire Library Service which he went on to do for 6 years alongside studying. This is where he learned and developed a lot of his skills and realised he had a passion for helping people. Following on from this, Ross stayed within Leicestershire County Council and delivered the employability support provision on the GREAT Project until starting at Leicestershire Cares in October 2019 as YES Project Development Officer. After developing the provision and increasing Leicestershire Cares reputation on the project, new funding was secured and Ross was successful in gaining the YES Project Manager post until the end of the project. He has since developed his own employability programme, working with business volunteers to offer an intensive guide to employability and hopes to continue boosting his knowledge and skillset whilst changing the lives of young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Outside of work, Ross is a big lover of music and sport. He plays a lot of golf and is also a season ticket holder at Leicester City where he likes to blow off some steam at the weekends.


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Keisha Coggins

Project Support Officer

0116 2756 490

Keisha@leicestershirecares.co.uk

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.


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Danny Shiri

Leaving Care Project Support Officer

Danny@leicestershirecares.co.uk


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Jennifer Rodall

YES Project Support Officer

Jennifer@leicestershirecares.co.uk

Jennifer works with the YES Project team in helping NEET young people to find employment and access higher education. With experience being a student mentor at her university and volunteering at Notts CYP teaching media and photography workshops. Jennifer wants to encourage young people to believe in themselves. In her spare time, Jennifer loves to travel having studied in Sydney, Australia, Jennifer loves to document her travels and experiences and create fun videos. Alongside going to concerts and trying new foods!