Meet the Team
Get in touch!
Get in touch!
Sam joined Starting Point at the end of July 2016. He has worked with youth and young people either professionally or voluntarily for 11 years and counting. Within his role as Project Director, Sam directs the different strands the project offers and invests in building local and national partnerships. He is passionate about seeing young people find purpose, value and self-confidence through relational support. Outside of work Sam enjoys being a dad of 3, song-writing and all things football.
Richard joined Starting Point in January 2021 as Centre Manager, Reading. Having volunteered for 18 months prior to joining as a Mentor on the Aspire Programme, he came with a good understanding of the work going on here. Richard has previously run his own business and been heavily involved with different technologies. He still likes to build websites in his spare time, however with a wife and 2 young children he doesn’t have much time to spare.
Sophie joined the Starting Point team in January 2020. Over the last few years she has worked with young people from a variety of backgrounds. She wants to see young people get the support they need to succeed and make a difference in the world, no matter what they’ve experienced in their lives. As the Programme Manager for Aspire Mentoring, she oversees the mentoring of NEET young people. Outside of work, she loves photography, coffee and is a massive movie buff!
Romy joined Starting Point in June 2020 as the Programme Manager for Advance Mentoring. Her enthusiasm for wanting to help young people realise their potential and early-intervention started five years ago shadowing barristers in Crown Courts, and since then she has worked with young people from different backgrounds. Outside of work Romy enjoys ballet, has been a season-ticket holder at Wycombe Wanderers with her dad for over ten years, and loves chips.
We have over 40 volunteers who are committed to seeing transformation in the young people we work with. Our volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds, ages and all have different skills. Without them Starting Point couldn’t do what we do. We are always looking to recruit more volunteers so if you have a passion to see young people thrive click below.