Meet the teams at our learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth, plus our dedicated behind-the-scenes staff at head office and project team developing a new SafeWise learning village in Swindon.
Elise St. Hill
“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
“I have always been a charitable person. I’ve loved working for children to help keep safe since the Bournemouth centre opened in 1998.”
- 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!
“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.“
- Co-ordinate all the bookings that are made
- Assist the Finance Officer with the day-to-day accounts
- Make sure that the volunteers are happy in their work and if any problems come up find the best way to deal with them.
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.
Weymouth Centre 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 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 enjoy working at SafeWise Weymouth as I get the opportunity to teach skills for life to both young and old. To see the smiles on the children’s faces as they leave after a fun filled educational day where they learnt about the dangers and consequences around fire, road, water and personal safety plus health is totally rewarding.“
- Ensure that the education delivered is done in a fun and interactive manner where everyone gets involved
- Ensure that I keep abreast of any new changes in thinking within our materials.
- Make learning fun!
That I used to be in the Merchant Navy and I volunteered as a Petty Officer for the Sea Cadets in Weymouth.
“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!
Tactical Crime Prevention Officer (Wiltshire Police)
“My work with SafeWise will ensure that people in Wiltshire and beyond get to develop their knowledge of crime prevention and personal safety in an exciting and realistic environment.“
- Be part of the Wiltshire Centre project team
- Provide input on the Police messages included within the educational packages
- Develop the design for police-related scenarios at the new centre
I once appeared on (and won!) the popular ITV gameshow ‘The Chase’
“As education officer for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, I am passionate about education and life skills in a practical and realistic environment.“
- Work with Safewise to produce education packages to be delivered across all three centres
- Develop the new Swindon and Wiltshire centre and work with schools and partners to inform and promote the centre
- Support the recruitment and training or volunteers for the new centre
Swindon Project Manager
“I’m a Group Manager for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service. I’m also Project Manager for the new SafeWise Swindon centre set to open in 2020. I lead the Project Team, chair various project working groups, and work to develop business support.”
- To develop the new purpose built Centre in partnership with Safewise for opening in Sept 2020
- To attract schools from Swindon, Wiltshire and beyond and working with other partners such as Police, Network Rail, RNLI, RLSS and local authorities
- To provide a comprehensive immersive educational experience for people of all ages that address the key risks in our communities
- I love music and play the fiddle to a semi- professional standard and enjoy a number of other instruments
- I have a passion for nature, mountains and fell running
SafeWise Business Support Team
“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!
“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
- Produce publicity material like leaflets, social media content and the website
- Look after the reputation of the SafeWise charity
I appeared in a TV advert when I was a child in Australia.
“I am the Finance Manager for SafeWise and deal with making sure the bills get paid and managing the books.”
I had to be rescued by Mountain Rescue after being stuck in the snow in Derbyshire.
“I enjoy the variety that SafeWise brings and helping the charity to keep the children and people of Dorset safe.“
- Maintain and develop existing partnerships with the public and private sectors
- Promote and establish partnerships with more organisations
- Ensure income targets are met, including securing commissioned funding and applying for grants
A distant relative was a member of the Rat Pack
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, and that education shouldn’t be only about gaining academic qualifications. 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 so that we can increase our impact
I play the piano (badly), was brought up in Yorkshire, and at the moment live in Hereford, but only at weekends. I drink lots of tea.
- To recruit, train and support volunteers in the delivery of the SafeWise educational programme
- 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!