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Kieran Breen

Chief Executive Officer

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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.


Sarah Green

Head of Operations

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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.


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.

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Fiona Spence-Arnold

Education Development Officer

Children & Young People Team

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Fiona 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 children’s book. When not working she loves walking her dog, spending family time with her teens, cooking, devouring books, and seeing friends.

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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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Neetu Squire

Head of Community Development

Community Development Team

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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.


Catalina Taban

YES Project Development Officer

Children & Young People Team


Catalina is our Project Development Officer for the YES Project provision at Leicestershire Cares, directly working with 15-24 year olds to help them move towards employment, education or training.

"I am originally from Romania but moved to the UK 11 years ago after finishing my degree back in Bucharest. I worked for over 7 years for a charity in Dorset in different roles from Managing a supported living house to Project Manager leading a variety of independence promoting projects for people with diverse learning abilities.

I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, traveling and just being present in all life experiences. I love getting to know people, be part of a community and create meaning in most things".


Chikodi Oraka

Youth Justice Project Development Officer

Children and Young People team

Chikodi works with Siobhan on our projects supporting young people who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Chikodi's background is in law but she has a passion to serve people in general, and young people in particular. In her spare time, Chikodi attends art class, and she enjoys drawing and painting. She also enjoys sightseeing, attending operas, ballets, visiting museums etc.


Lee Hawthorne

Project Development Officer

Community Development Team

Lee is joining us from working as a pastoral manger in secondary schools in Burton, Nottingham & London.

He graduated in Business Management in 2009 and was brought up in Leicester off Catherine Street and has a keen interest in serving his and surrounding communities in Leicester.

Lee was in London for 10 years working with young people in community settings and schools in Camden and Hackney.

When not working Lee enjoys Thai boxing, studying a course in behavioural training and working with dogs. Enjoys practicing his barbering and hopes to establish and support community projects where he can utilise his skills and interests. Lee is currently learning Spanish too.

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Ross Cox

YES Project Development Manager

Children & Young People Team

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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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Will Hough

Project Youth Worker

Children & Young People Team


Will Graduated from DMU with a JNC youth work qualification. Previously Will worked with young people to support them in developing social action projects. He has also done participation work with young people so they have a key say and could speak about issues affecting them. Will’s work has seen him travel all over England working with many groups of young people. Although he spent a year away working in Manchester Will is a local Leicester lad and loves to see the sites the city has to offer.

When new coins come out Will enjoys becoming a savvy coin collector. His favourite coins are the peter rabbit 50p coin collection!


Jennifer Rodall

YES Project Support Officer

Children & Young People Team

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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!

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Karen Blair

Project Support Officer

Karen joined us in February this year (2021) and is currently enjoying settling in to the team and learning all about the amazing work the company carries out. Karen reports to Sarah for the finance and operations side of the business. As well as assisting Kieran and the wider team when and where needed.

Outside of work Karen has two young boys and enjoys days out with her family. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, binge watching fantasy series and live music.

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Edgar Roberts

Project Support Officer

Community Development Team

Edgar joined us in April this year, supporting the Community Development Team in maintaining Leicestershire Cares’ links to community groups, businesses, and more. Previously, he has worked with Thermo Fisher Scientific UK in publicity and sales admin and with Loughborough College in student enrolment. He received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 2020 at Durham University, where he undertook the prestigious Laidlaw Scholarship in Research and Leadership programme.

In his spare time, Edgar enjoys playing the guitar, trying out new movies and new music (he has a list of over 1400 films to watch), baking, and undertaking long walks and hikes through interesting places in Leicestershire.


Grace Harratt

Assistant Youth Worker

Grace has a passion for working with young people. Having experience in youth work in the charity sector, she wants to motivate young people and add value by supporting their development. In Grace's spare time, she loves playing on her Xbox and Drawing.


Bella Emmerson

Project Support Officer

The Operations Team

Bella joined us after taking a career break to raise her two children and works in the operations team. Bella has a degree in History and English Literature and a history of working in the legal sector. Outside of work Bella runs a group for children and young people. In her free time Bella enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going for long walks, baking and attempting to grow food at her allotment.

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Azra Waka

Project Youth Worker

Children and Young People Team.

Azra is a Youth Worker and has been in the field for 6 years. Azra studied and graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2018, she now works with young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees and as a Youth worker here at Leicestershire Cares . Azra has worked with many young people from all over the world and is keen to educate young people what their rights are and what they are entitled to and how to be accepted into society fairly.

Azra likes playing and watching football in her spare time, travelling and visiting new countries and spending time with her family and friends.


Adian Croughwell-Burton

Powering Up Project Development Manager

Children & Young People Team


Aidan started his employment in the voluntary sector in 2014 working for the Salford Foundation delivering a range of early intervention projects focussed on supporting children, young people, and adults in the community. Following this, he completed a postgraduate diploma in Social Work in 2021, working in frontline children protection for 15 months for Nottinghamshire County Council. More recently, Aidan has been working in a lifestyle advisor service supporting patients with a range of health and emotional concerns as well as establishing a community sports and exercise programme for patients. Alongside this role, Aidan developed his own initiative Bridging That Gap which aims to support children and young people to develop a range of life skills, engaging them through sports, activity, and mentoring.

Away from work, Aidan likes to unwind and enjoy playing and watching sport and exercising as regularly as he can. He loves to travel, try new cuisines, and experience different cultures.