Meet the Team



Ross Podyma

After training as a professional artist Ross began his career working with people in 1984 for HYP. He then worked with the local authority developing community services, children’s holiday programmes and events and partnerships. before becoming a Childcare Development Officer for the Early Years Department. Ross has continued to pioneer supportive services for young people and is widely recognised for his practical and academic contributions to the development of safeguarding and play. 


Ben Rigby

Ben’s working career began at 16 working on youth intervention programmes alongside volunteering for the local council and sports clubs. Ben has continued throughout his career to develop innovative youth and community development services and is a Chartered Fellow with CIMSPA.


Kirk Gibbons

In addition to training professional athletes, Kirk has spent over 20 years working in further education supporting young people’s wellbeing. Kirk is a professional wellbeing coach supporting athletes and young people by helping them to be the best they can be. Kirk is a professional mentor and life coach. Kirk is driven by creating a positive change in the lives of young people he works with.


Loknath Char

Loku has a background in developing innovative and creative community facilities within the UK, Europe and Asia. 


David Walsh
Charity Manager
Mim Bligh
Lead Youth Worker
Sam Rhodes
Lead Family Support Worker
Gerome Palmer
Detached Youth Worker