Meet the Team

Our Key Workers


Anna Carey #Focus5 Keyworker for Somerset

I have over 15 years of experience working with young people and I am qualified to Level 4 in ‘Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).  I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Youth and Community work; as well as a Level 2 NVQ.  I am also certified to deliver courses including sex and relationships, drug and alcohol awareness, and employability.  I have extensive practical experience working with young people and I look forward to utilising these skills in #Focus5 -


Grace Boyd #Focus5 Keyworker for North Devon

I have over 4 years experience helping individuals, including vulnerable people get back on track. I have a passion for bringing out the best in people and strongly believe that anyone can achieve anything they put their mind to.  I embarked on this role to provide mentoring support during the often difficult transition between teen and adulthood, and to be a calming presence in a fast paced and confusing world. I have extensive knowledge of health and mental health issues, how to empower people to overcome such barriers through the use of lots of out-the-box thinking and creativity. Previously I worked with adults and young adults who needed support and inspiration to change their situation into something more positive -

Lisa May

Lisa May #Focus5 Keyworker for Plymouth

I have 22 years of experience of working with young people. For the past 7 years I have specialised with young people with Special Educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work more intensively with young people in Plymouth, enabling them move forwards -

Steve Hamzij

Steve Hamzij #Focus5 Keyworker for Torbay/South Devon

I hold an OCR Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance, NVQ3  in Advice and Guidance and NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities. With over 20 years experience delivering information, advice and guidance, understanding the barriers to education, employment and training and how to overcome them. I am able to develop and manage good working relationships with young people and other professionals. I am skilled at being able to engage and motivate people and have a passion for helping others to realise their potential through education and training -


Ben Molyneux-Hetherington #Focus5 Keyworker for Exeter and East Devon

I’ve spent the last few years working with young people in Devon around issues as varied as career skills, family relationships and community engagement, as well as working extensively with young people with special needs. I’ve also been working with music, designing and delivering music-based workshops and sessions as well as helping young people improve their teamwork, communication and self-control through music. I hold a Level 3 in youth and community work, and I’m officially recognised by Ableton as a music educator for digital music. I love building professional relationships with and supporting young people, and I’m really excited to continue to do this as part of #Focus5 -


Louise Barnes #Focus5 Keyworker for Somerset and Mid Devon

I am qualified  to Level 4 in Advice and Guidance and Level 3 Adult Education and Training and I am passionate about supporting disadvantaged people to reach their goals and ambitions by providing a holistic and individual approach.  I have experience working in recruitment, construction and probation supporting those with learning difficulties, mental health, addiction, homelessness and domestic abuse -


Claire Sharland #Focus5 Keyworker for Exeter and East Devon

I am a keyworker with 27 years of experience of working with young people, initially in residential child care.  For the last 15 years I have worked as an SEN teaching assistant in a main stream school.  I have supported a wide range of SEN and other students with need, to achieve their goals through Vocational Learning and Outdoor Education -




Paul Barnes #Focus5 Keyworker for Plymouth

I am a positive motivated professional with 27 years of work experience in various health/social/educational settings. Over 15 years of that time has been spent supporting, advocating advising and guiding young people from all areas of society in both educational and community settings. I have a BSc in Psychology and level 4 qualifications in Advice and Guidance. I am qualified to teach in the adult life long sector and have level 3 qualifications in coaching, mentoring, person centred counselling, advocacy and am a trained Forest School Leader. The #Focus5 project presents an ideal opportunity for me to combine my experience and qualifications and support young people to work towards improving their lives.  When I’m not at work I enjoy running, cycling, bodyboarding, watching films, reading books and trying to play the violin -


Jane Rowland #Focus5 Keyworker for Exeter

I have been working with young people and their families for 20 years.  This has been in a variety of environments from mainstream schools and colleges to a homeless charity and a family assessment centre.  I have lots of experience in providing personal support and careers advice for young people and this includes those with additional learning needs.  I am a very motivated and enthusiastic person and look forward to using my skills on the #Focus5 project -

Our Contract Manager


Nee Bedford

I have 17 years of experience working with young people, and have been managing people and projects within this area for 8 of those years. I hold a degree in Psychology, an NVQ Level 4 Advice, Guidance and Advocacy, and a Level 5 CMI Leadership and Management Diploma. The #Focus5 project provides an amazing opportunity to support young people across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset. I am both excited and privileged to be leading this project and the dedicated members of the team who are all working hard to ensure that #Focus5 is a success and something that the young people in the area really benefit from -

Our Assistant Contract Manager


Larry Cole

I hold a degree in Social Sciences, am a qualified community & youth worker, have OCR Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and over 10 years’ experience as a Personal  Adviser working  predominantly within the special educational needs and disability field.  I hold a Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership and have line managed teams of youth workers and project managed SFA contracts.  I have extensive experience of working with and supporting some of the most disengaged young people and a strong belief in equality, social justice and the potential of all individuals to achieve and succeed.-

Our Project Officers (Compliance)


Sam Colgate

Having spent my career in the health and wellbeing industry, working with corporate professionals in FTSE100 companies, I developed health and lifestyle programmes to enhance employee work performance, reversing lifestyle diseases and reducing absenteeism. Alongside this, I have worked on multiple projects and systems for health and fitness companies to enhance their product service delivery and business performance. Being part of the #Focus5 team is a rewarding opportunity as during my own personal development as a youth, similar projects to #Focus5 helped me to flourish and develop strong foundations to build a successful career. I look forward to assisting the #Focus5 team and our Partners in achieving project delivery excellence. -  


Sharon Healy

I am a positive and enthusiastic person with over 29 years’ experience in a finance and research environment.  I have spent the majority of my career working for Plymouth University and have financially managed research projects funded by the European Union, Research Councils UK, Marie Curie and Interreg.  I have a wealth of experience in compliance and audit and I am privileged to apply my skills and knowledge to the #Focus5 Project.   I also have extensive experience of supporting, guiding and developing Postgraduate Research Students in a vibrant, supportive and forward-thinking community taking them through their journey from initial enquiry and application processes through to the achievement of their Doctoral awards.   I relish the opportunity to be an integral part of the #Focus5 team and I am looking forward to assisting the #Focus5 Team and Project Partners in achieving project delivery excellence.

Our Administrator


Sandy Coggan

I have been an Administrator for the last 20 years, working in the commercial sector and hospitality industry in Zimbabwe.  I was brought in to assist with administrative support during the writing of the BBO bid last year, and I am now proud to be part of the #Focus5 team -