Roy Smith

Operations Manager

Roy has been working with the Youth Service for the past 20 years, where he started as a Play Worker and Detached Youth Worker.

He enjoys delivering training and developing new projects and has also worked as a Youth Work tutor at YMCA George Williams College.

Roy is a strong advocate of participative practice and is keen to ensure young people are actively involved in the development of the service.

He is studying part-time for a PhD in young people’s political participation and loves running, swimming, cooking and makes electronic music in his spare time.

Hazel Frost

Senior Administrator

Hazel supports the seniors with administration and finance and oversees youth centre building maintenance.

She loves performing arts and being creative in her free time.

Erin's favourite music is reggae and her favourite food is homemade pie which she eats whilst watching trashy TV.

Amy St. Louis, youth worker

Business, Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Amy supports the Youth Media team with skills and development.  Amy also supports the Medway Youth Council for the Medway Youth Awards.

She loves travelling, board games, cooking and cycling. Her favourite food is dill pickles and favourite film is the Wizard of Oz.

Allan Harris, youth worker

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Allan works in Area 3, Strood and the Peninsula.

Allan’s specialities are music, video games and adventurous activities.

He runs a music studio and music based events, as well as The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Allan is a great listener and motivator of young people. He loves it when young people realise their own potential, overcome challenges and achieve.

When not at work, Allan enjoys cooking, film, TV and gaming. He is also a Scout Leader in Medway, so can be found out on some sort of adventure most of the time.

Allan does not have favourites. He will famously eat anything, watch anything, play anything. He strongly believes that Ben and Jerry’s is the only ice cream worth buying.

Angela Cox

Senior Youth Worker

Angela is a Senior Youth Worker for the Luton and Rainham area which includes Lordswood (Area 2).  She manages projects across this area with her team. When she is not out and about she is based at the Parkwood Youth Centre. 

She is a good listener, calm, understanding and she likes to help people wherever she can.

Angela loves to socialise with friends and family, she enjoys travelling, listening to music, anything arty and walking her dog in the countryside or on the beach. You don't often see Angela out of her flip flops.

Angela Taylor

Senior Youth Development Worker

I work out of the Gillingham and Twydall hub. I also manage the Duke of Edinburgh for Medway Youth service and have trained to deliver Child Protection Training.

I love working with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I am scout leader and love reading.

Dave Elstone

Youth Development Worker

I am a Youth Development Worker for the Gillingham and Twydall area. 

I specialise in sports, in particular football and boxing. I am qualified in first aid and a Duke of Edinburgh trainee assessor.

In my spare time I enjoy all sports.

David Leece

Assistant Youth Development Worker

I cover Luton and Rainham and i'm based at Parkwood Youth Centre.

I specialise in Sport, particularly football and graphic design.

My interests and hobbies are playing football, running, travelling, adventurous activities and arranging charity events.

My favourite food is curry and my favourite film is Shawshank Redemption.

Erin Scott

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Erin works in Area 4 which is Walderslade, Rochester East and Chatham. She is regularly at the WREC Room which is a unit we run for young people in the Pentagon Centre, Chatham. She is a great listener and is always willing to offer a helping hand.

She loves taking part in adrenaline racing activities and always up for a laugh. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family, having movie nights with snacks and having a good pamper session to unwind!

Erin cannot pick one film as her favourite, but her favourite snack to have on a movie night is sweet and salted popcorn and Nachos!

Helen Elstone

Senior Youth Worker

I am the Senior Youth Worker for Strood and The Peninsula area, managing youth provisions in Strood, Hoo and other areas on the Peninsula.

Within the youth team I specialise in accreditations, offering young people the opportunity to gain non-academic qualifications to enhance their CV.

Away from youth work my passion is football.  In my spare time you will find me, along with family members attending Tottenham’s home games. If not there, I will be sitting on the banks of the river fishing or cooking at home.

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Youth Participation Worker

Karen supports the Medway Youth Council who are a voice for young people in Medway.

She is also working on a project called the Recruitment Squad where she works with young people that form part of interview panels for those applying for jobs within children services.

Karen has worked with children and young people for around 25 years in different capacities. She started a youth club in Grain that is still running 20 years on. Karen is young person centred and a good project planner and has a lot of ideas. She is very patient and understanding.

She loves spending time with her daughters and friends. She is interested in history and loves visiting historical places.

She also loves nothing more than a good box set to sit and watch and going out for meals.

Lindsay hartney

Youth Development Worker

Lindsay works for the Strood, Peninsula and Rochester West Team as a Youth Development Worker.

Having lived on the Peninsula with her two children while they were at secondary school and working as a youth worker in the area for over 15 years, Lindsay has a good understanding of what it is like for young people living on the Peninsula and how isolating it can be.

Lindsay enjoys doing many things with young people including cooking, jewellery making and one to one support in school. She likes watching football, she's a Chelsea supporter and used to be a football coach.

She loves spending time with her family and has a keen interest in aromatherapy and loves holidaying in Devon and Cornwall. Her favourite band is UB40, favourite film is 27 dresses and favourite food is a roast dinner.

Paulvir Khaira

Assistant Youth Worker

Paul works in Area 4 which includes Chatham, Walderslade and Rochester East. He has recently joined the team and you can catch him down the WREC room most days.

Apart from being a cool and collective guy, Paul is a great person to talk to and very understanding. He loves football and his favourite team is Tottenham.

In his spare time, Paul likes to go for long walks in the countryside, hang out with friends and listen to his favourite music which is Hip Hop.

Pieter Barry

Senior Youth Worker

Pieter is a Senior Youth Worker for the Chatham, Rochester East and Walderslade, managing the youth projects in these areas.

His team run the WREC Room, a youth provision based at the Pentagon, with programming including music and cooking workshops.

He loves music and has been playing the guitar for over 20 years. Pieter also enjoys sports including football and table tennis.

Robb Wilson

Youth Development Worker

Robb is a Youth Worker for the Luton and Rainham area which includes Lordswood (Area 2).  Robb supports projects across this area with his team. When he is not out and about he is based at Parkwood Youth Centre. 

Robb likes working with young people to come up with new and different ideas for activities.

Robb is into gaming, everything from table-top board games, online gaming, Dungeons and Dragon, game design and running Nerf activities. He also likes playing the drums, filmmaking, camping and completing survival training.

Stella Williams

Assistant Youth Development Worker

Stella is based at the Gillingham and Twydall Family Hub in Woodlands Road, Gillingham.

She loves sewing, making different outfits, sports, cooking and travelling.

Information, Advice and Guidance Team

Tarnya Cregeen

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Lead

Tarnya leads the IAG team, who work with 16 to 17 year old young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). She manages Medway’s data collection tasks for young people in work, education or training. 

Tarnya also oversees the social media content to support all young people in Medway achieve their goals. She works closely with key stakeholders both at Medway Council and externally to seek opportunities for work and learning for young people.

Tarnya enjoys eating out with friends, the theatre and country music.

Priya Pai

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

I support clients aged 16 to 18 with careers information, advice and guidance and i'm involved in destination tracking of young people in Medway. 

I closely work with the Youth Offending Team (YOT) to support their vulnerable clients with IAG, job and apprenticeship search and explore training opportunities and work experience.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching Bollywood movies and trying out different cuisines.

Louise Phipps

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

The IAG team supports young people aged 16 to 18 with careers information, advice and guidance.

Our aim is to support young people into work, education, apprenticeships or training.

We are on social media where we advertise jobs and you can contact us. Louise likes travelling and reading.

Amy Heeney, youth worker

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

I support young people in Medway aged 16 to 18 and provide careers guidance. I help them with education, training and employment.

Part of my role requires me to track young people living in Medway. I need to find out what they are currently up to. This helps us to find the young people that may need support from our service.

I often work from the WREC room where we can offer drop in services for our young people.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my family. I enjoy shopping and I am also a bit of a car enthusiast!

Emma Inch

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

IAG Team Supports clients 16 to 18 year olds with careers information, advice and guidance and involved in destination tracking of young people in Medway.  I am currently working towards a level 6 qualification in IAG.  In my spare time I enjoy travelling, nature and socialising.

Sam Rowley West

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Specialist

The IAG Team supports clients 16 to18 with careers information , advice and guidance and involved in destination tracking of young people in Medway.

I enjoy to scuba dive in my spare time as well as exploring the underwater world. I love wild life and appreciate the world round us.

Helen Cook

Young Persons Tracking Officer

Helen is usually based at Gun Wharf, Chatham. She contacts 16 to 18 year olds within Medway to confirm if they are in work or education. If not Helen will offer to refer for one to one support with an IAG Specialist or suggest they join IAG’s Facebook group for support if they prefer. Helen signposts them to other support available in the area with regards to work and training as applicable.

Helen enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, reading, films, cooking, long walks and travelling.

Her favourite film is Lost In Translation, closely followed by The Holiday, Fast and The Furious, Harry Potter, Bridget Jones. She enjoy most films to be fair, but really not a fan of Sci Fi.