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.
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.
Hannah is our newest member of the team, and is bursting with positivity and enthusiasm. Responsible for managing our office, she is a vital cog behind the wheel and brings experience from multiple voluntary roles across the charity sector.
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. And we can’t forget Kate’s dachshund Cooper – our office dog who is good as gold.
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.