Staff

Mandy Toombs

Founder and Creative Director 

   

Beth Stout

Chief Executive

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

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Back in 2005, Mandy had a dream to support young people around issues of self esteem and so, alongside co-founders Rachel and Claire, began Golddigger Trust. Having worked in youth work for a number of years in Sheffield, Birmingham, Kent and Norfolk before founding the Trust, Mandy was hugely aware of the need for honesty and the need to face up to the 'real issues' in Youth Work with girls, and drew on her experience and skills to devise the 'I'm The Girl I Want To Be' course and music project, Golddigger. Mandy is passionate about working creatively with young people and creating excellent resources and projects that are effective and relevant. Alongside forming the 'Senior Leadership Team' with Beth, Mandy oversees the creative elements of Golddigger Trust, maintaining our values of innovation and excellence through developing our current resources and forming new projects and ideas. Mandy is married to Joel, has three fantastic children and enjoys party planning, long muddy walks and decorating, and has a brilliant ability to make everything look pretty!

    Beth joined Golddigger Trust in 2009 and following 4 years as Co-Director alongside Mandy, became Chief Executive in 2013. Prior to joining the Trust, Beth worked for a variety of youth work charities and faith based organisations, specialising in strategy, event management and hands-on youth work in urban and deprived areas. Beth is a popular communicator and commentator at conferences and within national media. Beth oversees the strategic and operational development of Golddigger Trust, helping us to help more young people, and is a natural visionary and leader. In her spare time, Beth helps lead her local church and alongside everything else,  is currently writing her dissertation to complete the MSc in Charity Resource Management at Sheffield Business School. She now has more letters after her name than in it as she holds the Insititute of Fundraising Diploma in Fundraising (MInstFDip), ACIE Certificate in Charitable Accounting and the ICEAW Diploma in Charitable Accounting (DChA)! Beth is married to Dave, is a Liverpudlian (even if she doesn't sound it) and loves cooking, games nights and having a house full of people!

 

   

 

Will Lee 

 'Made of More' Project Coordinator

   

Conor Merrison

'Made of More' Project Coordinator

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Will initially joined the Golddigger Trust staff team in August 2014 and following various roles, is now the Made Of More Project Coordinator alongside Conor. Will has a degree in Youth Studies from Nottingham Trent University and has previously worked as a Key Worker for South Nottinghamshire as part of Nottingham YFC, and as the 'Youth Team Leader' at Kings Centre Christian Church in Nether Edge. Will is passionate about getting alongside young poeple and has an incredible ability to see the best in everyone and a positive in every situation. Born and bred in Sheffield (and a lifelong Blade), Will is a huge football fan, and is always working through some kind of sports biography or on the football pitch. He can regularly be found drinking in one of Sheffield's many coffee shops and was recently married to Jen.

   

Conor joined Golddigger Trust in January 2016 as our new Made Of More Project Coordinator alongside Will. Having graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 with a 2.1 in Sport Event Management, Conor went onto to work as a Teaching Assistant and a Cover Supervisor at one of the largest secondary schools in Sheffield. He has also been a Youth Leader at his local Youth Club for the past seven years (refused to leave at 16!). His passion lies in empowering and supporting young people, and felt drawn to the work that we do. Conor is also a rapper/ singer/ songwriter/ producer and one half of a Sheffield based R&B duo, another important part of his life. Conor enjoys making music in the studio, playing football, traveling to new places around the world, and most importantly...food! (burgers especially).

 

   

 

Elle Betts

Girls Project Worker 

   

Hannah Butler

Fundraising and Finance Assistant

 

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Elle joined the team in January 2015, having previously worked in CaAMHS in Rotherham and within a local school here in Sheffield, specialising in working with young peope with Autism. Elle is a qualified Social Worker and loves getting alongside young people and supporting them to make positive choices. Having heard about Golddigger Trust around 7 years ago, she made the jump to join the team and we can't imagine life without her now! Elle currently works for Golddigger Trust 3 days a week, leading our work with young women, including our 'I'm The Girl I Want To Be' courses and mentoring lots of young women. Elle is  married to Jordan, and is interested in interior design, travelling and exploring new places, havng spent her summer holidays in India, taking a group of young people out to work in an orphanage for 3 weeks.

   

Hannah joined Golddigger Trust in June 2016 to work alongside Beth to best resource all of the brilliant work the Trust does. Hannah is passionate about seeing young people realising their self- worth, discovering their potential and living it out. She is thrilled to be able to bring her 12 years of work experience in a number of jobs (including youth worker, community worker, young adults church leader, bid-writer, administrator and more besides) into a kind of synergy in this new role. Hannah has a degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youthwork from Goldsmiths University. Hannah is married to Toby and has 2 small children who keep her on her toes! Hannah is a southerner but Sheffield has won her heart since moving here 3 years ago. Hannah co-leads the 18-30s ministry at The Well church with Toby and also teached piano and flute. Hannah loves being outside in the sun, walking in the Peaks, playing netball (and rugby pre-children!) and dreaming of places she'll go travelling when the kids are older.

 

   

 

Kathryn Finnie

 Graduate Volunteer Programme (Girls Work)

   

Alannah Barr 

 Training Resources Coordinator

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Kathryn joined the team at Golddigger Trust in her final year at university on a student placement in November 2015, and enjoyed it so much, she's come back to volunteer part time as the first person on our 'Graduate Volunteer Programme'. She originally moved to Sheffield from Dumfries, Scotland to complete an internship at St Thomas Philadelphia  and spent time volunteering at a local girls' youth group in the city, alongside 2 weeks in Sicily working with vulnerable women and children. This sparked a passion in her to work with disadvantaged girls.
Kathryn recently graduated with a degree in Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University and focused her dissertation on the impact that Golddigger Trust's work has on girls self-esteem (getting a 1st in the process!). From September 2016, she will be interning part time as a key member of the Golddigger Trust girls work team. 
Kathryn loves to bake and eat a lot of cake, do sports such as swimming and cheerleading and go for long walks in the peaks... As long as good food is involved she will be content!
    Alannah joined the Golddigger Trust team in 2013 as a volunteer and ‘I’m The Girl I Want To Be’ sessional worker and quickly became an invaluable part of the staff team. Alannah grew up in inner-city Manchester, and moved to Sheffield to Study at University after spending some time in Bangalore, India, working with vulnerable women and children. Since graduating, Alannah has worked in administration for a local dental practice, and completed an internship with St Thomas’ Church, Crookes, where she is now involved in leading their gap year programmes.  Alannah is passionate about young people knowing their value and empowering them to make their own life choices, making her the perfect fit to work with the Golddigger Trust team. Alannah is married to Andrew and is our administrative queen for  all our training resources. 

 

Susie Hewson

'I'm The Girl I Want To Be' Sessional Worker (Health lead) 

   

 

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Susie brings exceptional knowledge and expertise to the team through her experience as a specialist nurse here in Sheffield. Susie has many years worth of experience working with vulnerable young people and health, including having previously worked as the health lead at a secure children's home, and now part time as a CSE specialist nurse. Susie is part of our 'I'm The Girl I Want To Be' delivery team in schools and youth groups and is helping to develop our specialist sexual health and mental heath support. Susie brings her contageous enthusiasm and professionalism to everything she does and is a brilliant asset to the team. Susie is married to Cliff and has two lovely sons, and is always inspiring the rest of the team with her dedication to early morning exercise!