Meet the Golddigger Trust team.
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Mandy Toombs, Founder & Creative Director (Currently on Maternity Leave) . . .
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!
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.
Paul Wassell, 'Made of More' Project Coordinator . . .
Paul joined Golddigger Trust in March 2018 and is excited to be involved in such valuable work. Having spent many years working in Ghana with a residential school and football academy as their 'Head of Character Development', Paul's greatest passion is to use his skills and experience to support young people through the challenges they are facing and to grow towards their full potential. Alongside being an FA level 2 football coach, Paul has 2 Masters degrees (in Theology, and Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology), and outside of his work here at Golddigger Trust, is currently developing a character development programme for the academy at a football club in South Yorkshire. Paul is married with 1 young son, and enjoys all things football, hiking up mountains and reading.
Hannah Orrell, Senior Girls Project Worker . . .
Hannah joined the Golddigger Trust staff team 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. 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 housemates and cooking up lovely food!
Alice Watts, Girls Project Worker . . .
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. 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!
Naomi Blackmore, Girls Project Worker . . .
Naomi joined Golddigger Trust in February 2018 and can't quite believe she gets the joy and privilege of helping young women discover their worth, potential and beauty. As a teenager she experienced the life-changing benefit of having positive role models around to bring out her confidence and self-worth, and since committed her career to do the same for others. She spent five years working with The Pais Movement, working with young people in both Ghana and her hometown of Rotherham. Naomi is married to another youth worker, has an adorable Romanian rescue puppy and loves to spend her spare time searching for a bargain and indulging her inner granny (tea, crosswords and crochet!)
Melissa Storey, Graduate Volunteer Programme (girls work) . . .
Mel is our 2018/19 Girls Work Graduate Volunteer. She was born and raised in Sheffield and then went on to study Childhood Studies at Leeds Metropolitan Uni. When she is not at Golddigger Trust, you can either find her working at Chatsworth, exploring in the peak district, or in a coffee shop with a flapjack. She is also a big fan of exploring new cities, potentially with some sun and has always wanted to work with young people and help them reach their full potential in life.
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 also co-leads the 18-30s ministry at The Well church with her husband and has 3 children who keep them on their toes! 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..
Naomi Stanhope, Fundraising and Finance Officer . . .
Naomi S joined Golddigger Trust in January 2018 and is very excited to be a part of an organisation working to see young people discover who they are made to be. 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 has just spent the last year 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, Graduate Volunteer Programme (boys work) . . .
Joe has been with the Golddigger Trust since September 2018 as part of the Graduate Volunteer Programme for the boys work project. 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.
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…