Vanda Kewley, CEO
Since arriving in Sheffield in 2000 I have mostly worked in retail and charity admin and finance. I trained as an image consultant in 2003/4 as I wanted to do something more creative and share my passion for clothes and design whilst helping people to feel more confident. It wasn’t until I was made redundant and then volunteered at Suited and Booted in London for a few weeks that I found the perfect business model which brought all my previous experience and skills together, hence The Suit Works was launched originally just for men in January 2016.
Faye Mellors, Project Lead
Faye joined The Suit Works in May 2019 as Project Lead to launch the ladies service and to provide ongoing support to the men’s service.
With a background in the NHS and the Charity sector within governance, community engagement and event planning, this was the perfect role for her that enabled her to put all of her skills together to help The Suit Works grow.
Faye is hugely passionate about supporting the most vulnerable in society and believes everyone has their own story. One of her favourite parts of the role is meeting clients and getting to know them.
“Like most small charities, our role as a staff member changes from day to day. It’s easy to get caught up in background charity admin. Whilst this is vital to keeping the service going, there is nothing like a day with clients to make us realise why we do this. What you wear has the potential to be extremely powerful; it can affect your mindset and it can influence the first impressions of others. This is still so important when attending an interview or your first day at work. Clients can often arrive with little confidence and can be nervous about their appointment with us. But after an hour of chatting, styling and a little confidence boost, they are good to go! It’s great to hear the excitement in their voices when they see themselves in their new outfits. To know we have played a small part in helping them reach their potential is the ultimate in job satisfaction!”