Centre Director (CEO) – Debbie Hughes has over 29 years’ experience in the public and charity sectors working in Community Development, Sports Development, Community Recreation Outreach and Youth Work. Debbie joined HAY 11 years ago and is responsible for the strategic development of HAY projects and programmes at the Hanworth Centre.
Youth Bonds Project (YBP) Development Manager – Bijal Karavadra started her career working with young people over 12 years ago. She has worked with Young people in the criminal justice system, supporting them during reparation projects (community service) as well as helping them learn basic numeracy and literacy skills to stop them re-offending. Bijal has been managing the YBP for over nine years and has been the development Manager for the both YBP’s for over five years. Bijal has experience of parenting and advocacy. She works alongside various agencies such as school, police, CAMHS, social care, NSPCC to name a few. Bijal has worked closely with the local community to build a strong relationship to provide an important service. She has good knowledge of local and national changes which can impact local communities.
Youth Bonds Project Manager – Bhavini Kotecha has been a Panel Member for the Youth Offending Service for five years, a sessional worker for the YBP for three years and the YBP Manager for nearly two years.
The Allotment Project Manager – John Hepple has over 28 years’ experience as a youth and community worker in recreational and issue based provisions. John has co-ordinated and developed HAY’s Allotment and introduced the Bee Keeping provision for HAY. John is experienced in generic youth activity, issue based work, residential and day activities. He has a particular interest in young people’s education, especially science based activity. John likes to pass on practical life skills to help in independent living and personal development.
We are also extremely very lucky to have a number of Part-time and Sessional staff who dedicate their time and energy to the children who attend our Youth Clubs. They are Alex Chitty, Susie John, Natalie Sexton, Ian Powell, Charlie Pound, Danielle Hutchinson, Rory Duckett and Donna Smith.
We also have a number of young volunteers many of whom are full time students with a wide range of skills and abilities who dedicate their spare time to us. They are Tricia Lee, Xiaoyao Ma, Jess Chana, Ana Kolkowska, Qyuh Chi Li, Jazz Jordan, Clarisa Mitria, Kajol Mohamed, Faiza Mirza, Mariya Imran and Sonia Sehmi.
Our young leaders are young people aged 13-18 who volunteer with young people aged 7 – 13 and on community days. We are extremely proud of our young leaders Elizabeth Campbell, Shelby Wetherall-Rust and Eve Windsor.