Meet the teams at our learning villages in Bournemouth and Weymouth, plus our dedicated behind-the-scenes staff at head office.
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.
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 a skilled stonemason!
“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!
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.
SafeWise Business Support Team
Sue is looking forward to using her early years school leadership experience to ensure we meet the needs of schools across Dorset, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and South Somerset. She is keen to offer more so that SafeWise and skills for life are anchored in school curriculum planning.
Sarah Jane Woods
Programmes Development Officer
Sarah is looking forward to using her extensive experience managing health and wellbeing projects to develop learning for new audiences at SafeWise including older people and home leavers.
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 live in Dorchester. I drink lots of tea.
“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.
- 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!