Staff & Trustees


Andy Dykes – Chair of Trustees

I have over 32 years experience of youth and community work during which time I have engaged with young people in a pro-active participation/empowerment related way of working in their local communities.


Lesley Pollard – Managing Director

I have been managing director of Chilypep for sixteen years since May 2001. I am a qualified youth worker and manager, and before I came to Chilypep I worked as a youth worker, community development worker, community education worker and domestic violence coordinator, to name a few!


Laura Abbott – RUBIC Project Co-ordinator & Mental Health Trainer 

I work across the STAMP project and with CAMHS service in Barnsley and in Sheffield and deliver training to young people and organisations. I have a BA in Modern Foreign Languages, an MA in International Development and a Level 4 PTTLS teaching qualification. I am also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.


Chantelle Parke – Participation Co-ordinator & Mental Health Trainer 

I have worked at Chilypep since 2010 as a Participation Project Worker. I have a Foundation Degree in Performing Arts and Graduate Diploma in Youth Work and a PTTLS qualification. I am also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.


Ellie Munday – Participation Project Worker

I am a Project Participation Worker and I work across two projects as the Emotional Wellbeing Advisor at Barnsley College and Chilypep’s lead worker on the Domestic Abuse Recovery and Empowerment Partnership. I am experienced in youth campaigning, particularly in the fields of gender and mental health.


Emma Manser – Project Worker

I am a new Project Worker at Chilypep working on the Secret Sanctuaries project and supporting across other Chilypep projects. I will be working with the young people on producing an exhibition to display the Secret Sanctuaries work and encourage all young people to get outside and visit the sites to help improve their emotional wellbeing. I am passionate about working with Young People and supporting them to improve their emotional wellbeing. Before coming to work at Chilypep I spent 5 years working as a Support Worker at The Young Women’s Housing Project.


Nitya Teagarajan - Trustee

After completing a degree in Management and Banking, I have enjoyed a career in Central Banking and Marketing. In recent years, I have been working on European Commission funded projects training frontline workers on human trafficking issues and helping vulnerable women (and their support workers) develop employability skills and confidence. I co-founded and co-curate SheFest (Sheffield's First International Women's Day Fringe Festival). I am also a committee member of the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network and a volunteer caseworker with The Snowdrop Project.



Jane Sedgewick – Vice Chair of Trustees

I am a qualified mental health nurse with extensive experience of working with organisations involved in children’s and young people’s health and wellbeing and understand how cross-sector working can effectively meet the need of children.


Pamela Allen – Trustee

I have worked in the field of mental health for over 25 years, as an adult mental health and social worker and ASW, as a child and adolescent mental health prevention and promotion worker and trainer and as a team leader in mental health community development work.


Mick Warwick – Treasurer

I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser who qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 at Small of Chartered Accountants. In 2014 Chilypep invited me onto the board to add strength on the financial side of the charity’s board of trustees.