Meet the Team
Skipton Step into Action is run almost entirely by volunteers, who do everything from collecting shopping and prescriptions, to making friendly phone calls, answering our helpline, coordinating requests and dealing with all the administration behind the scenes. The group as a whole is overseen by our Management Team and Trustees.
Name: Charlotte McKeown
Position: Founder, Chief Executive Officer
On 12th March 2020, I introduced Skipton Step into Action as a voluntary community group to support vulnerable and elderly people during the covid-19 pandemic. My vision now extends further and wider to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Prior to devoting my full time efforts to Skipton Step into Action, I successfully managed projects for Sport England.
My passion for supporting others can be traced back to my long-term teaching position; Encouraging, motivating and empowering students to fulfill their potential. As curriculum coordinator I was responsible for implementing quality assurance measures.
In my spare time, I really enjoy strength training at the gym, heading out on my bike or unwinding in the swimming pool.
Name: Jane Vincent
Position: Trustee and Recruitment Manager
Lives in West Marton, Skipton and runs a recruitment agency from a converted barn in Flasby.
Jane has been the chair of the board for a foundation charity for a major social housing provider and has set up a run a community interest company. Both raising funds and engaging thousands of people. Oh and breaking 3 world records at the same time!
On the commercial side Jane has built a number of businesses from scratch taking one from 0 to 28 million then selling her shares.
Jane lives with her 3 dogs and 16 year old daughter Lizzy. Loves life and has a very mucky laugh!
Name: Sarah Donne
Position: Lead Coordinator and Trustee
Hi I’m Sarah, a lead coordinator for Skipton Step Into Action. I’m married with two boys, two dogs, a cat and have lived in the Skipton area for the last 6 years. I love being a part of SSIA as I enjoy being part of such a friendly group, helping my local community and being able to make a difference to people’s lives. In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, travelling and walking my dogs in the dales.
Name: Netta Hollings
Position: Lead Coordinator, Area Manager for Central and East area, member of the website team
I am widowed with three grown-up children. I have lived in Skipton for 32 years (so still an offcumden). Retired last year from 30+ years of NHS data and stats. Since then, I have started dog fostering for Aireworth Dogs in Need. I also knit, have an allotment, keep bees and love live music (when we are allowed to go again).
I was only just getting my head round being retired when the Pandemic struck. So I volunteered at the Food Bank and for SSIA. I enjoy it because, to quote Blur, it gives me a sense of enormous well being.
Name: Hannah Crabtree
Position: Trustee and Lead Coordinator
I live in Coniston Cold with my husband, our 9 month-old baby and our cat. I got involved with SSIA as I wanted to do something to help people through the Covid-19 crisis. Starting as the area coordinator for Gargrave, I now also help out on the phones and am a trustee for the group.
I work for Carers’ Resource and, before going on maternity leave, ran a Lottery-funded project supporting older people to get online.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, crosswords and scuba diving, as well as pretending I know about wine.
Name: Andy Solloway
Position: Trustee and Volunteer Coordinator
I have been a small part of a wonderful group of selfless volunteers and have been humbled by their response.
I have largely been a courier, delivering and returning badges, delivering sanitiser and leaflets to volunteers and coordinators. Earlier in the crisis, I helped deliver materials and completed face shields that a 3D printer group were making. My trusty bike enabled me to deliver.
As a local councillor, I am also very much involved with liaising between the local councils and also by accessing funding.
Finally, with all the partnership links that have been made, I am very honoured to be helping AgeUK deliver their Hot Meals Service.
Name: Sarah Wilson
Position: Area Coordinator
I am the area coordinator for the Sunmoor (now Central and East) area. Over the past few months I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the SSIA team. Working with my wonderful volunteers who are so selfless and caring and are ready to help our neighbours and people in our local community at all times. It has really brought us all together in lockdown.
Name: Annette Grey
Position: IT and Administration Manager
I moved to Skipton from Kent in August 2019 having just retired as a Systems Analyst. I was already volunteering at the library when Covid-19 hit, so i was happy to help out in any way I could. I’ve met some lovely people in our neighbourhood and have been so impressed with their generosity of spirit. As things return to the new normal, I hope we all manage to retain that sense of community and remember how a small effort on our part can make such a difference to someone else.
Skipton Step into Action is able to work with people and the community because of the generous support of different organisations and individuals – thank you.