Staff and Trustees

Liz Robinson -
Liz has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Health, Youth and Community Development. She has worked at Step 2 since October 2005. Liz has over 30 years’ experience of working with young people in various settings and locations, and has worked in Bradford, primarily in BD4, since 1993. She has overseen a period of growth and development for the project. She is married with two adult sons, who both have additional needs. She spends a lot of time watching football with them, and when she gets the chance enjoys running and hill walking.

Gemma Taylor – Youth Work Manager
Gemma qualified with a degree in Youth and Community Work in 2000 and has experience in a range of youth work settings. She has been at Step 2 since 2011, and currently oversees the development of the hubs in Buttershaw and Keighley, delivering in Keighley and leading on our emotional health work. She has developed a training package for progress leaders. She is currently studying for a diploma in therapeutic counselling. In her spare time she enjoys dining out and going to the gym.

Pauline Mullarkey - Counselling Manager
Pauline’s qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision and a BEd (Hons) in Drama, She is a registered and accredited member of BACP. Pauline has many years’ experience of working with young people in counselling and education, working with Step 2 since March 2014. She and manages a growing, dedicated and talented team of counsellors. She has three children and in her spare time loves to go walking, do yoga and grow her own vegetables.

Adeil Mir – Male Development Worker
Adeil qualified with a degree in youth and community work in 2008 and started work at Step 2 following his graduation, having previously spent time with us on a student placement. Before training to be a youth worker he worked extensively as a volunteer in a wide range of youth settings, with a focus on sports based work. His main role is working with boys and young men around all aspects of health. In his spare time Adeil has a keen interest in sport, and in his spare time enjoys coaching, playing cricket and spending time with his young son.

Kirsty Ferguson – Sexual Health Worker
Kirsty is a qualified Social Work and registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). She has 20 years’ experience of working with young people in both voluntary and statutory sectors. Kirsty joined Step 2 in September 2012, and specialises in sexual health. She particularly enjoys working with numerous young people at alternative education providers, and delivering our BUMPS programme. In her spare time she likes going walking and camping with friends, and spending time with her 2 children and extended family.

Stella Howarth – Buttershaw Youth Development Worker
Stella has an FPA Level 6 qualification in sexual health, and a diploma in higher education. She starting her working life in nurseries and has many years’ experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings across Bradford. She has worked at Step 2 since September 2015, leading our work in Buttershaw. She particularly enjoys the sexual health outreach work, and using her creative streak to keep our window displays looking good. In her spare time Stella enjoys travelling, being outdoors, running and walking.

Mohammed Rafiq – Finance Worker
Mohammed has a Level 3 qualification awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and is an associate member of CILEx. He joined us in May 2014, and works 5 hours per week keeping our accounting records up to date. He has experience of finance work with a range of charities around Bradford, he fits in alongside his role as a benefit adviser. His interests include cricket, reading, bowling and chess and he is an executive member of the Bradford Mutual Sunday School Cricket League.

Yasmin Hussain – Admin Worker

Yasmin has a Diploma in Office Procedures. She has previously worked as an accounts assistant for 15 years, mostly in the Manchester area, where she was born and brought up. She also has experience of working with young children as a teaching assistant. Yasmin starting working part time with us in November 2017, in the administration department. She also works as a lunchtime supervisor in a local primary school. She has 3 children, and is an avid Manchester United fan. In her spare time she enjoys walking and going to the gym.

Graham Rough – Counsellor

Graham is a qualified Person Centred counsellor achieving his level four diploma qualification in 2012; he also has a certificate qualification in mental health studies from Leeds University and has been working in a variety of settings with adults and young people since 2010. He has been working with Step 2 since March 2012, starting as a volunteer. He now counsels young people both in a local school and at Step 2’s premises in the evenings. When not working he enjoys eating out, reading, going to the gym, and socialising.

Bev O Connor - Counsellor

Bev has a BA in Counselling and Psychology in Community Settings and a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Human Relations. She has twenty six years’ experience of working within the care sector in a variety of roles with both adults and young people. She has worked with us since March 2012, when she started as a volunteer. She now works in secondary schools, also seeing young people in Step 2 and Sunny Bank in Wyke. In her spare time she loves doing Yoga, going to see live music, walking and camping with her family.

Norma Blagborough – Counsellor

Norma qualified with a Diploma in psychodynamic Counselling in1999. Since then she has worked for a parents counselling service in the Seacroft and Cottingley estates in Leeds, trained in children’s counselling and psychodynamic supervision and worked as a counselling manager with Place2be. She has worked as a primary schools counsellor for many years, and started as a counsellor with Step2 in May 2016. She enjoys walking, visiting the Lake District, reading and spending time with her 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.

Holly Tootell - Counsellor

Holly has a BSc in Counselling and Therapeutic Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, qualifying in 2016. Since 2013 she has been gaining experience in working in sensitive issues such as domestic abuse, working with both perpetrators and victims. She has also trained as group facilitator and specialist mental health mentor. She has been with Step 2 since July 2017, working with both children and their parents. Holly enjoys spending time with family (including the cats!), reading and being creative.

Fiona Meneghello - Counsellor

Fiona has a degree in youth work and a level 4 diploma in person centred counselling. She has 10 years experience of working with and supporting people, mostly young people. Much of this work was in the Holme Wood estate .She also works with the National Childbirth Trust with expectant and new parents. She is completing her counselling placement at Step 2, seeing young people in Step 2’s premises. Much of her spare time is spent with her young family, and she can often be found crocheting slippers.

Laura Scofield - Counsellor

Laura has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has many years’ experience of working with primary aged children as a teacher and more recently as a counsellor. She has worked as a counsellor for children and young people at Childline and Place2Be and started work for Step2 in September 2018. Laura has three young children and in her spare time enjoys walking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren Askins - Counsellor

Lauren qualified as a Person Centred counsellor in 2017 and is completing her BSc Top-up degree at Leeds Beckett University. Lauren is a registered member of the BACP with two years experience of working therapeutically in Primary schools with Place2be. She has worked with bereaved young people and currently volunteers with Inspired Neighbourhoods delivering counselling in Secondary schools. Lauren joined Step 2 working as a counsellor with young people in November 2018. In her spare time, she loves baking and visiting her grandparents.

Coran Oxley – Youth Worker

Coran works part-time for us, delivering outreach work, mostly on the sexual health outreach bus. He also works for the Edge Project, currently studying for a level 3 in play work. Coran started work with young people in 2013, having come through the ranks as a young person, and then as a young volunteer, at the Edge Project. Coran was also a regular user of Step 2 as a young man, and has made some important changes in his life. person. In his spare time he loves spending time with his young daughter, and is regularly at the gym.

Pippa Jones - Chair of Trustees

Pippa is an accountant by profession and currently a Finance Business Partner for the Prison Estate Transformation Programme. She has had various finance roles within the prison service since 2008, following several years working in housing. She spent 2 years in the late 1990s as a VSO volunteer in Ghana training accountants for the government. Pippa has been a trustee of Step 2 since 2002 and chair since early 2017. She is a member of two choirs, Leeds Festival Chorus and Orion chamber choir, and also enjoys reading and knitting.

Shelly Summers - Trustee

Shelly first became involved with the work of Step 2 as a partner, when she was Tic Tac coordinator at Tong School, supporting the work of Step 2 staff there. She was in this role for 8 years before leaving to take on the role of safeguarding lead at a local primary school. She is now domestic abuse support coordinator for the Together Women Project, working across West Yorkshire. She has been a trustee since 2007, and is now our safeguarding lead. She has a fiancée, two grown up children and enjoys holidays, sunshine and Northern Soul.

Lesley Bartlett - Trustee

Lesley has a BA (Hons) in working with young people and young people’s services and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs. She works at a local primary school as the Deputy Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Nurture Manager and is also a governor of the school. She has been a trustee at Step 2 since 2008, and is now secretary. She also volunteers for The Life Centre’s streetwise project. She is married with two grown up daughters and in her spare time she enjoys walking, listening to live music, and DIY.

Helen Hodgson - Trustee

Helen is a vicar in the Church of England, she lives and serves at a parish in Bradford. In the various parishes she has served in since she was ordained in 2004, Helen has been involved in working with young people from the local area and building links with the community. Before becoming a vicar Helen worked at a residential school for young people with additional needs and later supporting vulnerable adults living independently in the community. Helen became a Step 2 Trustee in January 2018. She enjoys walking her crazy spaniel on the moors and catching up with her family.

Julie Walker - Trustee

Julie is a registered nurse and midwife and has a degree in Health Sciences (Midwifery). She joined Step2 as a trustee in July 2017 following a long career in the NHS working for Bradford’s maternity services. She worked in both community and hospital settings gaining many skills which will be beneficial to Step 2. Since retiring Julie has become a humanist celebrant (for non religious funerals). She has a grown-up family, enjoys running, is learning Spanish and likes getting out in the sunshine in Yorkshire and sometimes in warmer places.

Caroline Coombes - Trustee

Caroline has worked as a local government officer in Bradford since 2004. She previously worked in a number of roles at a local government think tank based in London. Through her work, Caroline has been involved in a number of relevant policy areas such as children’s rights, young people’s involvement in community safety, young people’s mental health and engaging young people in local democracy. Caroline became a Step2 trustee in January 2018. She enjoys learning more about Bradford’s history and has been lucky enough to climb to the top of Bradford City Hall’s clock tower (226 feet!).

Nikita Evans - Trustee

Nikita Evans is a Children’s/Youth Worker at The Salvation Army in Holme wood. She grew up in the Holme wood area and attended the youth clubs at St. Christopher’s Church and Tong High School. She struggled a bit in high school and accessed Step 2’s services for support. This support was what led her to want to be a trustee of Step 2, as she understands first hand how the services can benefit young people. Since becoming a Trustee in January 2018 she has been keen to help Step 2 grow and carry on the good work that they do.

Javed Khan - Trustee

Javed has a strong background in community development and a clear commitment to working for positive change. He has worked in and around West Bowling and the little Horton ward for over 20 years. He has been at the helm of West Bowling Community Advice and Training Centre since 2007, and is CEO of CNET, Bradford District’s community empowerment network. He also spent several years as the chair of the board, responsible for giving the public a powerful voice to influence health and social care services. He has been a Trustee at Step 2 since May 2018.