Our Staff

Meet the teams at our learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth, plus the dedicated ‘not-so-behind-the-scenes’ staff of our Business Support Team.

SafeWise Bournemouth

Helen Bromley

SafeWise Bournemouth Co-ordinator

I enjoy working with children and also office work.  My job gives me the best of both worlds. It’s also nice to know that what we are teaching the children does sink in and that what they learn here has been put into practice.

  • Ensure that the centre runs smoothly and efficiently on a day to day basis
  • Manage bookings, invoicing and payment systems
  • Support and work with our volunteers to uphold the high standards of the centre, provide assistance to visitors and maintain excellent customer care standards

Until March this year I was a member of Casualties Union. This is a charitable organisation that provides casualties to help train the emergency services in how to cope if a major incident should occur.

Elise St. Hill

SafeWise Bournemouth Manager

I’m passionate about helping others and enjoy working for a charity; knowing that whatever task you’re doing is essentially helping others is automatically rewarding. I’m continually inspired by how hardworking and dedicated my colleagues and the volunteers are.

  • Look after the Bournemouth centre, team and volunteers
  • Continue improving and developing what we do, offering an excellent skills for life programme
  • Help the charity grow into the future as part of the Senior Leadership Team

I play Roller Derby and I’m the Vice Captain for Dorset Roller Girls B team

SafeWise Weymouth

Ben Heath

SafeWise Weymouth Manager

I wanted to work for an organisation where I could use my knowledge, experience and skills to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

  • Manage the Safewise centre and staff at Weymouth
  • Help (as part of Senior Leadership Team) to guide, shape and develop Safewise as we grow into the future
  • Ensure the centre provides excellent interactive customer experiences which will increase visitor numbers and sustain Safewise

I once met Terry Wogan at Twickenham, England vs Ireland, and debated who was going to win the match!

Cassie Hall

SafeWise Weymouth Coordinator

To work within a community based charity is very rewarding and to be part of the development and evolution of SafeWise makes it a very exciting place to be.

  • Ensure that the centre runs smoothly and efficiently on a day to day basis
  • Manage bookings, invoicing and payment systems
  • Support and work with our General Assistant and Visitor Guide volunteers to uphold the high standards of the centre, provide assistance to visitors and maintain excellent customer care standards

I am a competitive horse rider and regularly compete nationally with my own and other people’s horses. I like cake!

SafeWise Business Support Team

Rob Hattersley

Chief Executive Officer

“As a teacher, I feel passionately that young people deserve learning experiences that prepare them for real life in the twenty first century. Education shouldn’t be only about gaining academic qualifications. In a rapidly changing world, learning should truly be lifelong and SafeWise plans to support adults too in developing skills for life to help them reach their true potential. My job is all about this, and I feel privileged to lead the charity at such an exciting time. “

  • Set the strategic direction of the charity
  • Lead the team in delivering our objectives
  • Lead the development of partnerships with public and private sector organisations
  • Look for new opportunities for securing our future and increasing our impact

I play the piano (badly) and was brought up in Yorkshire. I now live Dorchester after a house-moving career including Cheltenham (student), Yeovil (primary class teacher), Cheltenham again (Senior Teacher), Bicester (Schools Officer for Laing Homes) and Hereford (Deputy Head Teacher and Regional Manager for an educational not-for-profit). I drink lots of tea. I have two grown up children.

Hazel Serkis

Business Manager

I enjoy working for SafeWise because of the of the way that everyone works hard together to provide fantastic experiences for the visitors to the centres.

  • Provide PA support to Rob, our CEO
  • Ensure efficient and compliant business systems and processes are in place across the charity
  • Provide HR support

I have appeared in Hello magazine!

Sue Sharpe

Programmes Manager

I am enjoying using my experience as an Early Years Lead Teacher in primary schools, and over 18 years working in arts education, to ensure we meet the needs of schools across Dorset, South Wiltshire, Hampshire and South Somerset. I am keen to develop the existing excellent work by ensuring that SafeWise and skills for life are anchored in school curriculum planning.

I have overall responsibility for educational delivery at SafeWise, working with the staff team and volunteer Visitor Guides to ensure quality, relevance, impact and evaluation. I am also looking forward to working with Sarah Jane to develop new programmes, including Age Well and Home Leavers, as well as integrating new skills for life themes, such as financial capability.

I love stationary, walking the dog, the sea, my family and any kind of theatre performance….but not necessarily in that order!

John Tourgout

Marketing Manager

I enjoy working for an organisation where I can enjoy using all my skills and creativity to make a real difference.

  • Attract visitors, such as schools, groups and families, to the SafeWise Centres
  • Manage publicity material like leaflets, social media content and the website
  • Raise awareness of SafeWise through the media
  • Manage PR with our supporting partner organisations
  • Look after the reputation of the SafeWise charity

I appeared in a TV advert when I was a child in Australia.

Sarah Jane Woods

Programmes Development Officer

I enjoy working in the Programmes Team with Sue to develop learning experiences for new audiences at SafeWise including older people and home leavers. It is really rewarding to know that these programmes will impact positively on the lives of many people across Dorset and beyond.

It is my role to work with all the staff at Safewise to:
  • Research the topics
  • Draft the programmes
  • Implement the pilots
  • Evaluate the success
I am currently developing two new programmes at SafeWise:
  • Age Well (funded by Dorset Council)
  • Home Leavers (Post Code Lottery)
  • and integrating financial capability into all Safewise programmes (Wessex Water Money Matters)

I have lived all my life in Dorset, always have a jigsaw on the go and I enjoy a monthly gong bath to keep my energies balanced!