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MEET THE TEAM

The 2econd Chance team.

Charlotte 

Responsible for sourcing technological equipment and creating long-lasting partnerships. Prior to joining the team, Charlotte gained nearly 20 years of experience in sales and marketing focusing on the luxury retail sector. Having taken time out to raise her children she is now passionate about giving back to others and creating opportunities for those less fortunate. Charlotte said, “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of such a great initiative, supporting an incredibly worthy cause and to be working with such lovely people at 2econd Chance”.  

Adam 

I have been involved with 2econd Chance from the very beginning and it has been really exciting to see how quickly it has grown. Since I was young, I have always been interested in computers and thanks to 2econd Chance I completed the 5E training programme where I learnt about how machines worked, computer hardware and PC maintenance. As my first ever job the opportunity to be involved with 2econd Chance has opened many doors for me including meeting new people, giving me a regular routine and being part of a team. Since I started I can feel how much my life has changed and am much more confident in my everyday life. 

Mark 

With over 13 years of experience in primary and secondary teaching, I take the lead on the development and delivery of the training programme. Using my skills and knowledge from teaching children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities activities are tailored for every learner based on their areas of interest and ability. In a varied career in IT, Sales and Marketing I enjoy working creatively to solve problems, am adept at thinking on my feet and am able to adapt to quickly changing situations. I love that every day is different, working with different students, adjusting what I do to cater for their needs and requirements. The 2econd chance team is friendly, helpful, supportive and find creative solutions to problems. 

 

Avney 

I have worked in the IT industry for over 25 years addressing the needs of many large International companies. This has given me experience of the many varied requirements of different corporations. I have worked at all levels from desktop to data centres & cloud computing and been responsible for designing numerous IT solutions for global companies. I was introduced to 2econd Chance by the trustees and was brought on board to run all the technical aspects required and put an infrastructure and environment in place to enable the company to operate & develop. 2econd Chance has given me a great opportunity to work with a company from the ground up whilst at the same time work with people with a range of disabilities and see them thrive as they are given the ability to work in an environment and on technology that would otherwise not be available to them. This is very satisfying to be involved with. 

Simon
After 15 years in retail buying, I changed careers with a focus on helping people who find it hardest to help themselves. This led down many volunteering routes which ultimately led to working with people who have specific and complex needs and this is where I have stayed for the past 12 years. Within this time I have worked in both educational and social care environments developing and managing specific creative projects and tailoring these projects to the abilities and skills of each individual through a person-centred approach. It has been key in all my roles, to support and advise the students or service users to enable them to show progression and achieve the maximum they can. Working in these environments is highly rewarding and I look forward to coming to work each day.

Isobel 

Having worked in a range of small and large cultural organisations over 20 years I support 2econd Chance with grant writing and developing meaningful relationships allowing it to grow to its full potential. Most recently I was part of the team at Alexandra Palace who secured £26 million from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to restore and open the historically significant East Court and Victorian Theatre which included a state-of-the-art dedicated learning space.  What appealed to me most about being part of the 2econd Chance Team was the opportunity of providing meaningful work experience to people living with disabilities whilst simultaneously reducing the huge amount of computer waste produced. 

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