Our Newcastle centre is powered by a passionate team of staff and volunteers who coordinate and deliver our service across the North East.  We are also incredibly grateful to our Board of Trustees, chaired by Sophie Milliken, who are responsible for the oversight of our day to day operations and fundraising.

Meet some of the Newcastle staff and volunteer team

Helen Boyd

Helen Boyd

Newcastle

Centre Manager

“I’m so proud to be part of the Smart Works Newcastle Team, working with our amazing volunteers who are all so passionate about supporting women into the workplace, helping them gain confidence as well as financial independence.”

Hannah Coffey

Hannah Coffey

Newcastle

Fundraising and Partnerships Lead

“I am absolutely made up to be joining Smart Works Newcastle in this new role. I’ve been a fan of the charity and the work it does for a while now. I am really excited to use my decade of experience to create memorable moments and be a part a fantastic charity.”

Eilish Malliagh

Eilish Malliagh

Newcastle

Service Delivery Coordinator

“Everyone at Smart Works Newcastle – staff, volunteers, referral partners – are united in their passion for female empowerment. Working within a dedicated and friendly team is so rewarding, made even better when we can help women gain confidence and financial independence.”

Sarah Lou Murray

Sarah Lou Murray

Newcastle

Referral and Outreach Lead

“I’m so excited to be a part of  Smart Works Newcastle! I’m looking forward to being part of the team and helping to empower local women.”

Sylvia

Sylvia

Newcastle

Volunteer Coach

“So often I meet women who don’t recognise the skills that they have gained throughout their life. To work with them and see their confidence and self esteem grow in order to move forward with their lives is a joy and a privilege”

Analisa

Analisa

Newcastle

Volunteer Stylist

“The service Smart Works offers is so inspiring, I think giving women support in their own self-belief and the confidence to go out and achieve something that they feel is out of there comfort zone is an amazing thing. Confidence blossoms most when you receive support, it’s just taking that first step, the personal coaching support and a new outfit can make such a difference.”

Cynthia

Cynthia

Newcastle

Volunteer Coach

“After retiring from a management role in 2017 the opportunity to volunteer for Smart Works Newcastle came along at just the right time for me as I still felt I had something to offer. It is so rewarding to be able to help women either get back into the workplace by giving them the confidence to succeed at interview!”

Meet the trustees behind Smart Works Newcastle

Sophie Milliken

As CEO at Moja Group, Sophie is a multi award-winning businesswoman, two-time bestselling author, podcaster, and proud mum. Sophie also enjoys championing the Northeast region and is co-founder of City Ladies Networking, supporter of Northern Power Women and our Chair at Smart Works Newcastle.

Lisa Eaton

Lisa, Deputy Chair of Smart Works Newcastle, has twenty years of experience in delivering marketing and communications strategies for an extensive range of organisations. Lisa is Founder of award-winning integrated agency Unwritten Group that delivers marketing and communications strategies to wide range of organisations and prominent UK brands. A passionate advocate for woman in business and committed to supporting others to reach their full potential, Lisa will ensure Smart Works Newcastle reach and engage more woman, supporting them into employment and beyond.

Danielle Brown

Danielle is a Chartered Accountant and works as a Senior Manager at PwC within their Governance, Risk and Controls practice focussing on Finance Change. With an initial background in Project Management, Danielle has over 18 year’s experience of working within Finance and combines her strategic leadership and risk management experience with a solid understanding of governance and application towards effective operations. As a trustee; “I’m passionate and motivated about supporting women to achieve their own dreams as I too found a path to fulfil mine”.

Sarah Pavlou

Sarah is an experienced franchise retailer and has spent much of her career living and working in Cyprus leading several Tier 1 brands into market (e.g. Hamleys, Debenhams and Next). Sarah set up and ran the organisation ‘International Women in Business’ for 4 years whilst also running  her own retail consultancy business, Kyclo for 5 years. Sarah currently works with RTC North leading the Scale Up North East programme. “Smart Works Newcastle combines my love for fashion retail with that of an ambition to scale and grow and most importantly it carries the incredible purpose of ensuring all women reach their full potential and become the best version of themselves; obtaining the jobs/careers that empower them to reach their lifelong goals and dreams”.

 

Helena Clennell

Helena Clennell is a business transformation consultant is the lead of the Newcastle Smart Works Fundraising committee.  She brings her experience of building corporate relationships and transformation programme leadership from working with many different organisations to design and implement change that improves their efficiency and performance. Helena started her career working for the Department of Employment and Employment Service and joined Smart Works as she is passionate about supporting women’s development and social mobility. Helena previously co-led the PwC consulting graduate and apprenticeship scheme is also a Non Executive member of the Skills for Justice Qualifications and Standard Committee reflecting her passions in this area.

Carol Meredith

Carol Meredith became a trustee of Smart Works Newcastle in 2018. Her background as a freelance consultant includes working with regional and national charitable trusts and foundations on major grants programmes and interim CEO roles helping charities through change. She is passionate about women helping women and says she will always feel delighted and privileged to be part of the team helping women into work in the North East.

Susan Fulton 

As a Human Resources and Development Director, Susan brings significant experience from the public, private and charity sectors having worked in operational and HR roles in the UK and Europe in banking, mobile telecoms, retail, housing and social care. Experience of leading change, attracting and retaining talent, learning, diversity and inclusion, working with volunteers and large employability programmes will add value to Smart Works Newcastle.  An experienced Board member, Trustee of a large Special Needs Schools Academy and  passionate about the North East, our talent, developing gender diversity truly enabling the aspirations of women.

Meet our North East Ambassador!

Sara Davies MBE – North East Ambassador

 

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Sara Davies MBE, award-winning entrepreneur and BBC Dragons’ Den investor, as our first North East ambassador.

Sara founded her crafting business, the Crafter’s Companion, 15 years ago. The craft business reported turnover of 34 million last year and the company employs more than 200 staff in the UK, US and Europe. She is the recipient of over 25 business awards and in 2016 was recognised for services to the economy with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to join the Smart Works family and honoured to represent the charity as ambassador. Smart Works does a tremendous job of helping women gain confidence and realise their true potential. Their dressing and coaching service, and additional network of support, are invaluable to the women who are trying to re-enter, or have newly entered, the world of work.”

“I’m proud to play a part in helping women to achieve their employment aspirations by raising awareness of the incredible, life-changing services that Smart Works offers.”