Our people

We invite you to meet some of the people who make up SCCCC and who are the strength of the organisation. We have over 110 volunteers and around 12 staff who dedicate their time to helping older people. Our volunteers provide over 7,000 hours of support every year, helping to combat loneliness and isolation.

SCCCC is led and managed by the Chief Executive who advises the Board of Trustees on strategy matters. The Chief Executive is responsible for making key operational decisions to improve the lives of older people through the delivery of our services.

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Mark Storey - Chief Executive Officer

I joined SCCCC in September 2015 following a brief spell with Barnsley Council. Prior to that I worked in roles in fundraising, business development and project management. In addition to my role with SCCCC I am a school governor at two schools – one a Church of England Primary School and the other a community special school, as well as being a non-executive director and charity trustee with Bradford Youthbuild Trust. In my spare time (if there is such a thing) I enjoy SCUBA diving, performing close up magic and taking my dog for walks. Oh, and I’m also studying for an MBA!

Sharon Saunders

Sharon Saunders - Operations Manager

I’m responsible for the recruitment of volunteers, and ensuring the smooth running of the office. When I’m not working, I love reading and have just started Pilates – my concession to getting fitter! Having a teenage daughter and a cat named Flame (don’t ask) keeps me on my toes.

Ericka Hill

Ericka Hill - Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Officer

I am SCCCC’s Fundraiser, its first in 50 years! I have been here since July 2016. My role is to increase awareness of the fantastic work that our volunteers and staff do here via social media. I am also responsible for all aspects of fundraising including; grant applications, events, working closely with local groups, companies and organisations to raise much needed funds for the charity. I am passionate about vintage style, cake and can be found rummaging in charity shops in my spare time.

Teresa Smith

Teresa Smith - Administrator

I joined SCCCC as an Administrator in March 2018 and enjoy being part of this team. Before this I was the Chairman of the Sheffield Sea Cadets - the highlight of which was receiving a British Empire Medal for Services to the cadet corps. I have four children and two cats and love Cornwall. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, art & crafts, going to the theatre and music concerts. 

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Sarah Wigston - Hospital to Home Co-ordinator

I joined SCCCC in February 2018 to take on the running of the new scheme. I trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked at the Northern General Hospital. I now run the Hospital to Home scheme assisting older people on their journey home from hospital, offering both emotional and practical support. In my spare time I enjoy going to music concerts, sewing and spending time with my dog Maggie.

Gav Furness

Gav Furness - Hospital Aftercare Team

I started working for SCCCC in April 2014 after being a chef for almost 28 years. I was nervous but also excited about starting work for the charity. My colleagues were all friendly and made me feel very welcome and I felt at ease almost straight away. I love my job and can't imagine doing anything else, and I get a great sense of satisfaction after a day's work and feel proud working for SCCCC. I'm married with 2 beautiful children who I love seeing at the end of the day, and I like spending time with my family and friends and still love cooking at home. I also enjoy many kinds of sports and love watching movies and I've been regularly attending St Johns Park church for a number of years.

Julia Walker

Julia Walker - Hospital Aftercare Team

I started working as part of the Hospital aftercare team in 2010. I love working for SCCCC - I've never had a job before where I looked forward to Mondays! After having my 2 children, I returned to work for 3 days a week. When I'm not at work, I'm wrestling my 2 monsters and enjoying being a Mom and I'm making the most of it before they start school. I also love popping over to see my one remaining grandparent and love spending time with her.

Karen Redfern

Karen Redfern - Hospital Aftercare Team

I joined SCCCC's in 2019 as a sessional worker for the Hospital to Home Team. I have worked in both Adult and Children's social care for the last 10 years and have loved every minute of it. I spend most of my spare time with family,  friends and my two dogs.

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Karen Pottinger - Good Neighbour Scheme Co-ordinator

I have been part of the SCCCC's staff team for 15 years.  I love working alongside our brilliant volunteers and seeing the worthwhile and positive benefits of friendly visiting. I love my job, particularly the visiting of older people in their homes. I'm partial to cake and/or biscuits both in and out of work!

Nasima Akther

Nasima Akther - BAME Good Neighbour Co-ordinator

I am delighted to join the Good Neighbours Scheme. My role will be to engage with the wider BAME communities in Sheffield and recruit volunteers and service users from these communities in order to help reduce isolation and loneliness. My hobbies include; cooking, reading, Politics and helping others.

Julia Thompson

Julia Thompson - Good Neighbours Co-ordinator

Hello, My Name is Julia and I am one of the new good neighbours volunteer coordinators, working on a Wednesday and a Friday. I previously worked for Sheffield Mind as the Age Better Coordinator, and love meeting new people! I can see the difference that having a ' friendly visitor' makes, and how this wonderful scheme also benefits the volunteers.This is a very satisfying job, and Its great to be part of such a caring team. I live on a farm in Sheffield (in fact I was born there!), and I have loads of animals...and two grown up children!

Dan Kyte

Dan Kyte - Sessional Worker

As a recent Occupational Therapy graduate I returned to SCCCC's as a sessional worker, following the enjoyment and shared values I found here during my student placement. In my free time I am an avid rock climber and yoga practitioner but these come second place to two newly adopted kittens...

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