ROAD is hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, and managed by a team of 4 core staff, working at the eco-friendly Greenhouse in Stanley.
The ROAD Management Team is:
Craig Drummond – Partnership Lead at Groundwork NE & Cumbria
With many years of Business Management experience at People Plus behind him, Craig joined ROAD as he was excited by the idea of working on a Programme that addresses real barriers and supports individuals to reach their potential. Craig’s proudest moment to date is when the Partnership received a result of 100 percent accuracy in our first Big Lottery Fund audit shortly after the project launched. Always one to stick his neck out for his team, if Craig was an animal, he’d be a giraffe!
Philippa Golightly – Senior Navigator (Quality & Compliance) at Groundwork NE & Cumbria
Before ROAD, Philippa worked as an Advisor on the Community Work Programme at Groundwork NE & Cumbria, operating from Durham and Gateshead. Of working on ROAD, Philippa enjoys the challenge of delivering ROAD across the Partnership and keeping up with contractual requirements, is very proud of the success stories coming in from Participants with whom we work and enjoys hearing how people are progressing. Her love of rock music means Philippa travels around the UK to see the Foo Fighters whenever she can.
Vicky Wood – Senior Navigator (Employer Engagement) at Groundwork NE & Cumbria
Vicky worked People Plus as an Information Advice and Guidance Advisor before joining ROAD and to date, enjoys working with a variety of Participants, helping them to the skills required to become job-ready. Vicky loves holidaying in her caravan, far preferring glamping in some luxury as opposed to camping in a tent, and woe betide you if you try to steal pens from her desk, as these are her favourite stationery item!
Rachel Vickers – Programme & Marketing Officer at Groundwork NE & Cumbria
Having worked in numerous Data Quality and Finance roles in education prior to joining ROAD, Rachel joined the team at Groundwork NE & Cumbria after relocating from the Midlands. The variation of daily work, constant challenges and reward from overcoming them, and being able to add creativity to the Programme is what Rachel most enjoys about her job. Her proudest moment of working on ROAD to date is having the project’s social media channels presented as good examples at a Regional Building Better Opportunities meet. Rachel was once the owner of the largest collection of Sex Pistols badges (punk memorabilia) in the United Kingdom.
Administration Officer at Groundwork NE & Cumbria
The ROAD Management Team, based in Stanley, are looking to appoint a competent Administrator to join them, to assist with administration and finance tasks and support the continuation of the project’s marketing, publicity and branding strategy, including social medial. For further details and how to apply, click here.
ROAD has a team of 8 Navigators who are the constant in the Participant journey, the people who will work closely with individuals to ensure that they are accessing the appropriate facets of our offering, getting the help and support they need, from the very first meeting until they are ready to exit the Programme.
ROAD Navigators are:
Alasdair Hill - Navigator
Before becoming a ROAD Navigator, Al was a Project Officer with the Newcastle United Foundation working on an employability programme. Al enjoys the variety of work entailed with each ROAD Participant, helping them to overcome their barriers. Al is proud of being able to help one of his Participants to claim back over £1,000 in benefits, council and income tax overpayments. If a film was made about his life, he would choose Tom Hardy to play the role of Al Hill.
Sophie Bottomley - Navigator
Sophie has lots of experience of working with vulnerable individuals through her employment with Changing Lives, and of being a ROAD Navigator, Sophie's favourite aspect is supporting Participants on their journey. Always colourful, Sophie's favourite of all is purple.
John Marr - Navigator
John has many years of experience working with disadvantaged communities, and before working on ROAD, he worked as a Psychotherapist. Working closely with Participants to give them the support they need is what John enjoys most about being a ROAD Navigator. Preferring to holiday each year in Las Vegas, you won’t find John camping or glamping.
Chris Cowley - Navigator
An Employment Training Manager before ROAD, the Participants are what Chris likes most about working on the Programme. His proudest ROAD moment to date is guiding Participants into paid employment. Not one for superstition, 13 is his favourite number!
Gillian Moore - Navigator
Gillian's work background includes that of a private tutor, and supporting people in her current role as a ROAD Navigator is what she most enjoys. One of Gillian's ROAD Participants has improved their fitness so much since joining the programme that after joining the gym, they have been inspired to take part in the Colour Run. Always honest, the only time Gillian will lie about her age is when she herself forgets how old she is!
Karen Anderson - Navigator
Karen was an Independent Living Support Worker for 16-25 year olds, prior to ROAD, and her favourite aspect of being a Navigator is being able to help people. Her proudest ROAD moment to date is being thanked for listening to her Participants.
Tara Hallimond - Navigator
A tutor in Maths, English, IT and Employability, prior to ROAD, Tara is well-placed in her role as a ROAD Navigator. Outreach working and helping people to move forward is what Tara enjoys most about ROAD, and is proud of the positive comments she receives from Participants she works with. You're more likely to find Tara at the seaside, Florida especially!