Staff & Trustees

Due to COVID-19 all our staff are currently working remotely. You can contact them at their email addresses or on the mobile numbers below. If you want to get in touch with us but are not sure who you need to speak to just email 

Our Staff

Management Team


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!


Tel: 07875162783

Laura Abbott – Operations Manager & Mental Health Trainer 

I work to support the staff team to manage our projects and support with the running of the organisation. I also deliver Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Prevention training to those working with young people and communities with an interest in mental health. 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, ASIST and SafeTALK trainer.


Tel: 07761922206

Marie Ellis - Chilypep Connections HUB Manager

I have worked at Chilypep since September 2018 and I currently manage the Chilypep Connections HUB work, a project looking at developing online activities and support for young people and the RUBIC project. I am experienced in project management, fundraising, youth work and have a background in both arts and community development. My favourite thing about working at Chilypep is working with, and learning from, an amazing and creative group of youth workers and managers who in turn are wholly committed to improving the lives of the young people with whom they work.


Tel: 07884187655 (Working days - Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday)

Project Team

Amber Scarfe - Assistant Project Worker

I am an assistant project worker supporting the OASIS group within Barnsley. I work with young people to help them shape mental health services and support for other young people in the town and wider! I also work on the Chilypep Connections HUB project and do a lot of design and comms work across the organisation.


Tel: 07971951563

Amy Sleight - Project Worker

As a Project Worker at Chilypep, I work with children and young people in Barnsley to support with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. This involves the My Mind My Life project, 1:1 support and small group work.  I love working with such an amazing, creative team of children, young people and colleagues!


Tel: 07971759212

Chantelle Parke – Participation and Mental Health Training Coordinator

I have worked at Chilypep since 2010 working with young people to make change around issues that affect them. I also deliver mental health training to professionals and young people. I am a certified Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid and provisional ASSIST Suicide Prevention Instructor. My favourite things about working for Chilypep are working alongside young people to make meaningful change for others, thinking outside the box, being creative with campaigns and building relationships with young people and seeing them grow and flourish. 


Tel: 07715662078

Charly Calpin - Project Worker

I work in Barnsley with the OASIS participation group and  as part of My Mind, My Life! I also work onthe Chilypep Connections HUB project and do a lot of design and comms work across the organisation. I love my job because I am given the opportunity to work with and support so many young people to achieve their goals and make a change in the world


Tel: 07966454451

Corey Sills - BRV Project Worker

I am a project worker on the BRV (Belonging, Resilience, Vocabulary) project, a project that works with boys and young men in Barnsley to help them achieve a sense of belonging, reslience and improved understanding of themselves.


Tel: 07514517226

Dylan Hadley - Assistant Project Worker

I work with STAMP, across the Sheffield Future in Mind and CAMHS participation projects. I work with the young people to support them to influence service design in development across Sheffield CAMHS and wider across services in the City. I also support young people to develop their own campaigns all design to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people!


Tel: 07971759109


Ellie Munday – Young People's Project Co-Ordinator and Participation Worker

I have worked at Chilypep since June 2015 and I currently co-ordinate the young people's work on the Chilypep Connections HUB project and our newly funded 'Act for Change' project at Chilypep. I am experienced in youth participation and campaigning, mainly focusing on gender, domestic abuse, and emotional wellbeing. My favourite things about working at Chilypep are: getting to work with, and learn from, awesome young people every day; and coming up with creative and innovate ways to get our ideas across!


Tel: 07469660820

Emily Inglis - Assistant Project Worker

I am an assistant project worker and I work across the Barnsley peer mentoring projects and on the Chilypep Connections HUB project, supporting the development of our online activites and engaging young people in these!


Tel: 07414615943

Emma Manser – Participation Project Worker

I am a Project Worker at Chilypep working on the Barnsley peer mentoring and OASIS projects and supporting across other Chilypep projects. 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.


Tel: 07920650444

Marcus Hurcombe - BRV Project Worker

I am a project worker on the BRV (Belonging, Resilience, Vocabulary) project, a project that works with boys and young men in Barnsley to help them achieve a sense of belonging, reslience and improved understanding of themselves.


Tel: 07458019502

Olivia Harvey – Participation Project Worker

I work on the My Mind My Life and STAMP projects, supporting young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, and helping young people to make change around mental health and mental health services. My favourite thing about Chilypep is working with young people to get their voics heard. 


Tel: 07415878967

Rebecca Batley - Sheffield Future in Mind Project Worker

I work on the Sheffield Future in Mind project, working with the STAMP group to help shape and influence mental health services and support for young people in Sheffield. This involves working with commissioners and services to make change, as well as supporting STAMP to develop their own youth led mental health campaigns!


Tel: 07812496066

Zorazelda King - Project Worker

I am a project worker working across the Chilypep Connections HUB project and My Mind, My Life projects in Sheffield and Barnsley. I am supporting the development of our online activity offer to young people, and provide 1-1 support to young people through My Mind, My Life!


Tel: 07426322750

Administration, Monitoring and Finance Team

Clare Turner - Monitoring, Evaluations and Admin Officer

I have worked at Chilypep since 2016 and have been working in Sheffield’s youth sector since 1992. My roles in that time have included youth information and advice worker, detached youth worker, researcher, bid-writer and youth network facilitator.


Tel: 07812496040

Greer Furniss-Coates - Finance and Administration Officer

I have been working for Chilypep since 2018 as their Finance Officer and I love it. I studied Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Sheffield and have been working for the voluntary sector supporting vulnerable families and young people for the past 13 years. This job combines my two areas of experience, expertise and passion!


Our Trustees

Andy Dykes – Chair of Trustees

I have over 40 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.

 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.

 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.


 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.



Andreana Drencheva - Trustee

I conduct research with social enterprises and other third-sector organisations on how they navigate multiple demands and catalyse positive social change.

Lulu Pinney - Trustee

I am a social researcher working with community organisations to understand and support the work they do with data. I am also an infographic designer and trainer.

Our Patrons

Bernard Davies

I trained and qualified as a youth worker many years ago, did face-to-face youth work in Leicester, Leyland in Lancashire and Leamington Spa (also now many years ago!) and for five years was a Youth Officer with what then proudly called itself Sheffield Youth Service. I have also been a tutor on youth work, teaching and social work qualifying courses and after ‘retiring’ (again many years ago) did consultancy work with both statutory and voluntary youth organisations. I have continued to research and write about both the history of youth work and current policy developments which affect it and youth services more broadly.

In 2009 I was a signatory to the ‘Open Letter’ which prompted the creation of In Defence of Youth Work ( I’m still a member of its Steering Group and post occasionally on its website.

I am on the board of a local community centre in Leamington where I have lived for nearly twenty years. As well as fulfilling general trustee responsibilities, I have been focussing particularly on how we might get more youth work provision on the large former council housing estate served by the centre.    

I now very much look forward to contributing in some way to Chilypep’s work and on-going development.