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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: 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: Pete Ashton
Position:
Wellbeing Project Coordinator

In Spring 2022 I became part of the SSIA team as I wanted to help and support my community. I spent a number of years in education, supporting students to aspire and achieve their goals, by overcoming their barriers and challenges. Since then I have utilised these skills whilst working with a homeless charity and other community groups supporting people in addiction recovery and those managing their mental health. In my free time I enjoy walking with the dogs or cycling in our wonderful local countryside

Name: Hannah Crabtree
Position: Chair of Trustees

I live in Coniston Cold with my husband, our daughter and our cat. I got involved with SSIA as I wanted to do something to help people through the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting as the area coordinator for Gargrave and helping out on the phones as a Lead Coordinator, I became a trustee in August 2020 and Chair of Trustees in July 2021.

I work for Carers’ Resource as a Data Officer, and as a support worker for my older brother. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, crosswords and scuba diving.

Name: Sarah Seastron
Position:
Trustee

I live in Skipton currently and have lived around the area all my life. I am looking forward to working with and supporting the local community as a Trustee of Skipton Step into Action.

Currently I run my own business providing HR support to small businesses. I have two children who have grown up in the area and in my spare time I enjoy family life, meeting friends, films, live music, cooking and baking.

Name: Bruce Woodhouse
Position:
Trustee

I retired in Oct 2019 after over 25 years as a GP at Dyneley House in Skipton. During the pandemic I have worked as a volunteer at Skipton Food Bank and have also been giving lots of COVID vaccinations. I also sit regularly as a West Yorkshire Magistrate. SSIA has been doing such useful and necessary work in the community and I hope I can use my experience and skills to add something as a Trustee. When I have time I like to cycle and kayak. I have also played cricket at Skipton CI for many years, albeit with more enthusiasm than talent.

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.

Name: Caroline Jolliffe
Position: Administration Support

I joined the SSIA in March 2022 as I was seeking a part-time community based role, having just left a local GPs Surgery Management team and feeling too young to retire. Since leaving the corporate world of British and International Hotel sales, I have been privileged to work I my the local community, 12 years teaching at Carven College and 3 years at Townhead Surgery in the reception and management.

In my spare time, I love walking, with or without my friends and family’s dogs, who I love to kidnap/adopt/borrow at any available opportunity.

How to get in touch with us

Call: 01756 802 098 - 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday

Supported By

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.

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