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

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

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.

Gordon Kerr

SafeWise Bournemouth Site Supervisor

I have always been a charitable person. I’ve loved working to help keep children safe since the Bournemouth centre opened in 1998. You can usually find me fixing things!

  • Maintain the building to a safe standard
  • Make sure rooms and facilities are ready
  • Lead development of new and updated scenarios
  • Support visitors and look after them on site
  • Make sure staff, volunteers and visitors are kept safe on site

I was a Royal Marine Bugler / Drummer and I was a semi professional drummer in my previous life!

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!

Steve Dewland

SafeWise Weymouth Site Supervisor

Steve is keen to get stuck in to managing our community facilities and working on the developing learning village to the rear of the building. He’s been a site supervisor before, but this is a new environment for his management and health and safety skills!

Steve is our new Site Supervisor who starts work in September 2019. He will be responsible for ensuring that our Weymouth centre, and especially our communities facilities, are well managed and maintained so that users have a first class experience. He will also work with the centre team to develop and manage our learning village.

Steve is a skilled stonemason!

Sarah Allan

Cafe SafeWise Manager

After a career in hospitality, I was delighted to open Cafe SafeWise at Weymouth as my own business in January 2019, and am proud to be very much part of the SafeWise team. I found out about the Cafe SafeWise opportunity from my firefighter husband Dave at the fire station next door. Cafe SafeWise is open to the public from 8am – 3pm, Monday to Friday. We also provide catering for those hiring facilities at SafeWise, and external events and take contactless payment!

  • Managing the cafe on a day to day basis
  • Managing cafe staffing (my day off is usually Friday, but the cafe will still be open!)
  • Providing a catering service for people booking rooms at SafeWise Weymouth

I’m a dab hand at radio quizzes! Watch out or you may be conscripted!

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 Business Support Team and our Centre Managers 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), was brought up in Yorkshire, and live in both Hereford and Dorchester (where we plan to move). I drink lots of tea. I have two grown up children.

Emily Brown

Volunteers Manager

I have the greatest privilege of working alongside SafeWises’ amazing group of skilled, experienced and lovely volunteers, who give back so much to their community, and without whom, we simply couldn’t run as we do.
I have joined SafeWise at a very exciting time and feel very lucky to be supporting the progress and development of such an important community resource.
  • To recruit, train and support volunteers in the delivery of SafeWise educational programmes
  • To manage the systems and processes that support volunteer engagement

I love to sing…at home, at work, when I’m running, at choir, at kids bed time, when I’m gardening, when I’m driving…actually, all the time!

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!