Chair of Trustees – Gail

*DISCLAIMER: We do NOT support Trump!

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Gail! You might see me at Abbey Access or at The Network events.

How long have you been at The Network?

4 years

Why did you set up The Network?

I have worked in Training and education for 32 years and have always had a passion for helping young people. I conducted the research around the issues faced by young people in the City of Lincoln and worked with the City of Lincoln Council to set up the service

What does your job entail?

Chairing the Board meetings, Promoting the service with partners, supporting the team with activities and events, supporting learners, staff, volunteers and helping to find and apply for funding.

IF YOU WERE HOSTING A DINNER PARTY WHICH 5 PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE AND WHY?

My family always, but if I have to choose famous people…
Gordon Ramsey to critique my cooking and talk business
Mary Berry to bring the pudding ( I have had a Mary Berry cooking book since I was 8 years old and trust her recipes implicitly)
JK Rowling as I am a massive Harry Potter fan
Take That to provide the music (Counting them as one)
Donald Trump, just because…

Project Coordinator – Gabby

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Gabby the project coordinator. I’m the person that you will see when you access The Network for support!

How long have you been at The Network?

I started in late August 2018, but I volunteered for The Network before that

Why did you join The Network team?

I really felt the value and importance in what it does. So many young people feel lost after leaving school or a job and it’s hard to figure out how to get on the right path. I wanted to get involved and help other people who may have felt that way at some point.

What does your job entail?

Most of my role involves working directly with the people who come into our office. If you’re a young person accessing our service, you’ll be meeting with me! Delivery is my favourite part of the job role and I love supporting young people to take the next steps and get where they want to be.

I also do a whole load of the admin, running and organising projects, drafting new project ideas, working alongside other organisations, running workshops and so much more! As we grow, I’ve noticed that my job role evolves and changes and I’m so excited to see where it takes us!

If you were hosting a dinner party which 5 people would you invite and why?

Carl Rogers (father of person centred therapy and An All Around Good Human)
Irvin Yalom (famous psychotherapist who writes really great books)
George RR Martin (I need to know how the Song of Ice and Fire series ends, and also just chatting to him would be so amazing because he’s such a gifted writer)
Terry Pratchett (One of my favourite authors. His books never fail to cheer me up and make me laugh. Every time you read it you notice new quips)
Keanu Reeves (because who wouldn’t want to meet Keanu Reeves?!)

Marketing and Outreach Officer – Rachel

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Rachel! You might see me sat behind the front desk when you come into The Network or perhaps at the focus groups.

How long have you been at The Network?

I joined The Network around a year and a half ago and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the charity since.

Why did you join The Network team?

I joined the team because I saw a deep value in what the charity was achieving. Deciding what kind of job to do can do can be ridiculously difficult and I feel fortunate that I have met some lovely people through the years who have pointed me in the right direction. I feel lucky to work somewhere where I am able to contribute in some small way to helping someone else feel confident about their future!

What does your job entail?

I’m the behind the scenes guy! I work on the social media, this website and the newsletter. I meet with different organisations and educational providers to let them know what we do and come up with fun ideas for new projects. My days are extremely varied and uber creative! If you’re a budding marketer looking for work experience or volunteering, please get in touch by emailing me at Rachel@networklincoln.co.uk.

If you were hosting a dinner party which 5 people would you invite and why?

Rosie Ramsey – because she’s absolutely hilarious!
Chris Ramsey – because I think he comes as a double act with his wife Rosie!
Midge Maisel – because outfit and sass goals!
James Redfield – because imagine the insights you would gain from him!
Katherine Ryan – need I say why???