Staff Members

Liz Robinson -
CEO

liz@step2.org.uk
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@step2.org.uk
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@step2.org.uk
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@step2.org.uk
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@step2.org.uk
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 Haworth – Buttershaw Youth Development Worker

stella@step2.org.uk
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

admin@step2.org.uk
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.

David Wootton – Counsellor

David has been practising as a counsellor since qualifying in 2008 at Higher Diploma level. He started work for us in 2015, and is based in Keighley. David is constantly busy fulfilling several contracts in addition to his work with the young people referred by Step2. He originates from rural Mid-Ulster, was educated visual arts, before choosing to work in industry and transport. These experiences have enriched David’s understanding of the human experience. He enjoys family life, music, the countryside and food (a lot).

Norma Blagbrough – 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.

Katrina Jardine – Counsellor

Katrina’s qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Master of Arts (MA) in Science Education, a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) She has previously worked with young people for 10 years as a secondary school teacher, She started work with us in September 2016, counselling children in primary schools in Keighley initially and now in Bradford. In her spare time, she enjoys running, and loves spending time out and about in the countryside, walking, cycling and enjoying the views.

Holly Toothell - 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.

Lillian Zac -
Counsellor

Lilian’s qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, a Level 4 Qualification in Counselling Children and she also has a PhD in Politics. She has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings - including various schools in Bradford and Halifax. She started working with Step 2 in October 2017 as a primary school counsellor. Before training as a counsellor, she worked as a journalist for over 10 years, travelling widely. In her spare time Lilian enjoys world affairs, photography and reading.

David Hansen - Counsellor

David has a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and is currently studying for a further qualification in child therapy. He is a qualified primary school teacher, and following a few years work in this area decided to retrain, as he felt his passion lay in therapeutic work. He has worked with children and young people in a variety of roles, both in the UK and abroad, including working as a play therapist. He started working with Step 2 in November 2017. He enjoys playing football, reading, writing, cycling, walking and socialising with friends.

Fiona Meneghello - Counsellor

Fiona has a degree in youth work and is currently working towards 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.

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.

Jacob Mirzaian - Project Worker

Jacob is an outreach development worker for Step2 with a background in youth work, healthcare communications and an engineering degree to top it off. They love working face to face with young people, developing educational materials and doing events planning for Step2. Jacob also works for Scarleteen.com supporting teens and young adults internationally with sex education. When not working, whenever that is, Jacob can be found diving into a good podcast, ranting about the latest politics and brewing up some herbal tea.

Jessica Davies - Volunteer

JJessica is originally from South Wales, and is currently in her final year of a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Sciences at Bradford University. During her holidays from University she works as a bank support worker at a care home, working with adults with complex needs. Jessica has volunteered for Step 2 since February 2016, working on the sexual health outreach, some within the university and also at a number of special events. In her spare time she enjoys going out with friends, travelling and yoga.

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.

Tony Saunders - Trustee

Tony has a degree in project management and has vast experience of work in product and retail development, and in management. Tony is co-founder and project manager at SORM (School of Rock and Media) studios, who work with groups of young people from disadvantaged communities in Bradford and young adults with learning disabilities, as well as supporting many local festivals. They are a big part of the White Ribbon campaign. He has been a trustee since October 2016, and is now treasurer. In his spare time he enjoys fishing.

Kate McIver - Trustee

Kate is a counsellor, mindfulness teacher and trainer. Previously she worked in Public Health where she wrote the relationships programme, Ur Choice, which won the 2012 National GP Practice Award. Kate runs Insighted, providing wellbeing training. She provides counselling and runs courses in eating with awareness, mindful parenting and managing anxiety. She runs regular 8 week therapeutic courses at Cancer Support Yorkshire. She has been a trustee at Step 2 since July 2017. Kate has two sons, enjoys running and lives in Shipley.

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.