Staff & Trustees

For the full list of our current staff please follow this link: Staff Structure - October 2019


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 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. 


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 RUBIC project and lead on the Recovery and Empowerment Partnership 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!

Emma Manser – Participation 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.


Sian Beynon – Participation Project Worker

I have worked with children and young people since 2005. This includes young people with disabilities, families at risk of deportation, training courses for young people and participation work with a youth forum and across Barnardo's. I completed my MA in Applied Anthropology with Youth and Community Work in 2012. There are so many thing I love about working for Chilypep. It is such a dynamic and active organisation, we don't just talk about making change...we do it!



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.

Olivia Harvey – Assistant Participation Project Worker

For the last four years I have volunteered for various youth charities, I am now in my final year of Sheffield Hallam University studying Youth and Community Work. My favourite thing about Chilypep is working with young people to get their voics heard. 

Rebecca Cooke – Marketing and Communications Development Lead

I have a background working in communications in the third sector and also work as a freelance journalist. I was responsible for Chilypep's rebrand and new website and work on all of the promotions and publicity for Chilypep's projects and campaigns. My favourite thing about working for Chilypep is supporting the fantastic ideas young people have to influence change and getting to work within a highly creative team.