Meet the Golddigger Trust team.
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Mandy Toombs, Founder & Creative Director . . .
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', so 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, developing our current resources and forming new projects. Mandy is married with 4 children and enjoys party planning, long muddy walks, decorating, and making everything look pretty!
Beth Stout, Chief Executive . . .
Beth joined Golddigger Trust in January 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. Beth has a Masters degree in Charity Resource Management, and holds the Insititute of Fundraising Diploma in Fundraising (MInstFDip), ACIE Certificate in Charitable Accounting and the ICEAW Diploma in Charitable Accounting (DChA)... and a B in GCSE maths! Beth loves cooking food with her husband, going on adventures with her little girl, and is a huge West Wing fan!
Hannah Orrell, Wellbeing Lead . . .
Hannah joined the Golddigger Trust staff team (orignially as a Girls Project Worker) in September 2017 and is super excited to be in her dream job, helping young people to discover their true potential. Originally from Dudley, Hannah came to Sheffield to study Education, Psychology and Counselling at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a qualified Intergrative Counsellor, with a Professional Diploma in Intergrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She's also just started studying for a Masters in Young People's Mental health... busy busy! Hannah has previously worked with women and girls in sex work in Thailand, and in colleges and on the Sheffield Rape Crisis helpline, using her counselling skills and amazing approachability to help people understand their value.
Hannah loves to be active and recently ran the London Marathon, and also enjoys hanging out with her friends and cooking up lovely food!
Andy Stuart, 'Made of More' Project Coordinator . . .
Andy joined the Golddigger Trust staff team in September 2017. Prior to joining Golddigger Trust, Andy worked for Soulroots Youth Community in South Sheffield for 6 years as a full-time youth worker, and has a Degree in Youth work and Theology (JNC Qualified). Having been involved in youth work for the last 12 years, his biggest passion has become seeing young people grow and mature, and being part of their lives as they do. Though Sheffield is now his adopted home, Andy is originally from Manchester and is a big Man City fan. Less easy to explain is his love of American sports and his following of NBA & NFL teams! He enjoys pub quizzes, board game nights, roast dinners and video games.
Alice Watts, Girls Project Coordinator . . .
Alice has been part of Golddigger Trust since September 2017 and is passionate about working with and supporting those deemed most vulnerable and on the fringes of society. Having previously worked here as a Girls Project Worker for 2 years, she's recently moved to being the team coordinator for the girls work at Golddigger Trust, keeping the team organised and productive!
She has previously worked in a residential setting and a college supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and additional needs, and worked for 2 years supporting young offenders in the North East.
With a background in drama having studied Theatre and Performance in Newcastle, Alice met her husband while she was working for Riding Lights Theatre Company and they now have two young children who help keep their dreams alive!
Alice enjoys a good coffee and a chat, preferably accompanied by cake and is trying to find the best place to do this where the kids can play instead of stealing the froth off her cappuccino!
James Hitchmough- 'Made of More' Project Coordinator and Creative Resource Designer . . .
James joined the Golddigger Trust staff team in September 2019. Prior to joining Golddigger Trust, James worked for both Spa View Community Church and Hope Family Arbourthorne as a youth worker. He is a trained primary school teacher, but moved into youth work when he realised how much more he cared about the way young people grow up than just the subjects they learn at school. He has a degree in Mathematics & Statistics, but actually tends to avoid numbers! James made the pilgrimage from Manchester to Sheffield to be with his fantastic wife, Amy, and they now have an unstoppable little girl. James loves board games and is part of a video review group in Sheffield. In his spare time, he loves to create things and has an ever-growing pile of board games prototypes.
Kate Denney- Senior Girls Worker . . .
Kate joined the Golddigger Trust staff team in September 2019 having felt driven for a while to work with young women who need help to discover their true worth and potential. Born in Pontefract (the origin of Haribo sweets) she moved to York for University where she then lived for 10 years. After completing her Primary Teacher Training degree she then had the opportunity to become the director of a charity called Kidz Klub York which was the beginning of a career working for churches and charities working with children, families and young people. After a year living in Birmingham she moved to Sheffield in 2018 to work with the NSPCC and was happy to be back on Yorkshire soil where she could drink copious amounts of Yorkshire tea! Kate is very creative and spends lots of her time when she's not at the Golddigger Trust running an art and craft business and hanging out in coffee shops with her favourite people (particularly if said coffee shops have some form of avocado on the menu!)
Hannah Butler, Fundraising Officer . . .
Hannah joined Golddigger Trust in June 2016 to help 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 brings over a decade 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 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 has recently relocated to Bournemouth with her husband and 3 children as they take on the leadership of a baptist church there, but Hannah is continuing to work with us remotely for a little while too! 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..
Dave Stout, Communications Lead (Volunteer) . . .
Dave has been involved with Golddigger Trust for nearly 9 years in one guise or another, from being the drummer in the 'Golddigger' band (RIP), to being our resident auctioneer at our fundraising events! Dave has joined the Golddigger Trust team on a volunteer basis from September 2019 to create our communications strategy- ensuring our comms is as good as it can be in the years to come. When not volunteering half a day a week here, Dave works for the Diocese of Sheffield as their 'Stewardship and Generous Giving Adviser' and looks after his and Beth's young daughter. Dave is also responsible for baking the Golddigger Trust team birthday cakes, after he was very very nearly on 'The Great British Bake Off' a few years back.
Naomi Stanhope, Girls Project Worker and Events Coordinator . . .
Naomi S joined Golddigger Trust in January 2018 as maternity cover for our Fundraising and Finance Officer, and quickly became a vital member of the team! She moved into a new role in September 2019 combining her passion for working with young women as a girls worker, and her experience in events management as she continues to coordinate our fundraising events programme. Originally from Scotland, Naomi moved to Sheffield to do, Form, a discipleship year at St Thomas Philadelphia. She then went onto study Events Management at Sheffield Hallam University while on the young adults leadership team at St Thomas Philadelphia, before going onto to assistant lead a charity called Rebuild. She spent 2017 living & working in Sicily with refugees & trafficked women travelling across from Africa. Naomi is married to James and in her spare time enjoys travelling, exploring new places, drinking herbal tea & watching British crime dramas.
Joe Williams, Projects Officer and Boys Project Worker . . .
Joe joined Golddigger Trust in September 2018 as part of the Graduate Volunteer Programme for the boys work project, and came on staff in August 2019 to continue supporting our work with young men, and to lead on on 'transformation projects' as part of our development team. Joe came to Sheffield in 2012 to study geography at the University of Sheffield and decided to stick around after falling in love with the rolling hills and friendly folk of the Steel City. After working in administrative student support services, Joe developed an interest for mental health support and working with young people, and is excited to develop new skills here at Golddigger Trust. On the side, Joe performs 'live looping' (google it), and enjoys going on adventures in the Peak District and further abroad.
Chloe Noble, Finance and Developement Officer . . .
Chloe joined Golddigger in September 2019 to take on some of the admin & finance roles that keep us ticking! Chloe's previous experiences are quite varied and slightly meandering- Amongst other things they Include a degree in Zoology followed by a nursing qualifications and some years working as a staff nurse which she loved. After taking time out to spend time with her young family Chloe returned to work in finance and admin in business, and is looking forward to working in a more people centred organisation. Chloe loves change and new challenges, she is creative and loves making elaborate fancy dress costumes for her children and going for solitary walks. She admits to being an occasional birdwatcher and a hopeless but enthusiastic gardener.
Golddigger Trust is governed by a fantastic board of Trustees who volunteer their time to oversee the work that we do. Find out more about them here…