The Team

Please meet the small but dedicated team of staff who are key to us achieving our vision.
Paula Gascoigne

Paula Gascoigne

Chief Executive

Former investment manager Paula became the first Chief Executive of the charity in 2008. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity, which she does with passion and professionalism. Her role as CEO requires many skills, including providing leadership in administration and financial management, strategic development and compliance and of course being the public face of the charity.

Deborah Coulson

Deborah Coulson

Administrator

A vital cog behind the scenes, Deborah helps to keep the charity ticking. She is responsible for keeping the administrative side of the charity in order and helps to manage fundraising income and events.

Lauren Patterson

Lauren Patterson

Business Co-Ordinator

The lovely Lauren is responsible for the day-to-day running of Café Beam, instrumental in developing our Cafe Beam brand, and supporting the young people and volunteers through their time in our wonderful café.

Kate Riley

Kate Riley

Head Chef

The wonderfully creative and talented Kate is our first ever head chef and what a difference she has made. Having gained experience in some of Newcastle’s finest eating establishments, she has created a menu packed with variety and flavour, making the café a must-visit for local food and drink lovers.

Iain Jamieson

Iain Jamieson

Treks and Outdoor Events Manager

Iain has a wealth of experience working with young people with a range of disabilities and special needs. He runs our weekly Tuesday Club and is an integral part of our challenge days and trips.

Josh Hardie

Josh Hardie

Café Supervisor

Former Café Beam barista Josh worked his way up to become the first young person employed by the charity. Josh oversees our students and hosts, and helps create the fantastic, happy atmosphere always present in the café.

Contact Us

Get in touch with the team at Smile For Life