Sharon Fudge, Trustee
I have 30 years experience in financial services, working closely with customers to help them grow and expand their business vision. I am an avid networker and love connecting with people. I became a trustee at The Suit Works as I believe the support they provide plays a huge part in helping individuals reach their full potential.
Mick Nott, Chair
Vanda and I used to cycle together on Sheffield FridayNightRide and knew her when she was setting up The Suit Works. Having spent 40 years in education and training I know how valuable the service is, so I jumped at the chance to work join the board. I felt my experience of financial and logistical management of projects and programmes would be a good fit and helpful. It’s great to be a part of a service that has supported so many people back into work.
Jan Harwood, Governance Trustee
Having had a career in the public services in a variety of roles and across many departments, I have always been aware of the difficulties people face when unemployed and looking for work. I joined The Suit Works to support the growth and ambition of the charity and its been a joy to see it flourish and to see the team help so many people on their journey to employment.
Alexis Foster, Trustee
I am a researcher at the University of Sheffield, specialising in evaluating third sector organisations, including supporting them to develop their skills and systems to be able to demonstrate their impact. As part of my work, I have evaluated national services for people experiencing loneliness, supported organisations to develop service-user questionnaires and written funding grants. Before becoming a researcher, I worked in and with third sector organisations, developing and delivering support services including to carers and people facing socioeconomic barriers. I was interested in becoming a trustee as enjoy supporting smaller organisations with their development.
Ben Wright, Trustee
My background is in financial services, across a wide variety of roles. Recently I’ve become more aware of the growing unemployment issue facing society and I wanted to use my experience to try and make a positive difference. What drew me to The Suit Works was its ethos of giving people a “leg up” rather than a “hand out”. Clients leave with not only a great outfit for interviews but more self confidence to help them in whatever they choose to do.
“My background has been working the non-for-profit and employability sector here in Sheffield for the last 10 years – trying to support people to find meaningful and sustainable employment, after working in the recruitment industry for a few years. Through this, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges and difficulties that many people face when searching for employment, and the incredible impact that the work of The Suit Works has on people who they help.