Making a Difference

Charity No. 1171202

Charity No. 1171202

Charity No. 1171202Charity No. 1171202

Hannah moeini - Project Manager | community youth worker


 Hannah has 15 years experience in Community and Youth Work. She started as a Community Artist and went on to gain an MA in Community & Youth Work from Durham University. Her special interests lie in Healthy Relationships and the role of Sex-Education in Youth Work. She has managed Alnwick Community Centre's Community provision for the last 10 years and in the last 3 years she has also acted as the Project Manager of Community@NE66. When not at work Hannah enjoys cooking.

Jacqueline brewster - Project Development Worker


 Jacqueline graduated and worked in London as a Brand and Product Manager for a wide range of international corporations. Since 2002 she has been a  freelance business and marketing professional and joined Community @NE66 to help with administration, finance and project development. In her spare time Jacqueline enjoys cycling,  travelling, gardening and walking in the hills and coastlands of  Northumberland. 

youth workers

Dan herberson - Youth Worker


 Dan has lived in Northumberland all his life and used to frequent youth clubs when he was younger. He started his career in youth work nearly 4 years ago as a Volunteer before gaining his NVQ level 3 Youth Work qualifications. His current role at @NE66 involves delivering a sexual health drop-in service and 1-2-1 support services at the Duchess's Community High School and he also works within a number of youth clubs.  

lydia allen - Senior Youth Worker


 Lydia is a qualified Primary Teacher specialising in P.E. and is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology. She has worked at Community @NE66 for almost 5 years as a Youth Worker and Play Worker. Lydia has worked in schools as a Teaching Assistant for children with SEN and as an English teacher in Spain. When not working Lydia enjoys travelling, sewing and fashion design. 

dan straughan - assistant youth worker


 Dan graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Sport Development. He has strong experience organising,  running and delivering a variety of successful sports projects in schools across North Northumberland and at our local Sports & Leisure Centre. Dan is extremely passionate about making sports more inclusive for everyone.  When not working Dan enjoys skateboarding, ice hockey, hikes and going to concerts and festivals. 

Jo allen - youth worker


Jo has been a qualified Youth Worker for 15 years and has been based at Alnwick Community Centre since 2008. Some of the young people Jo has worked with are now bringing their own children to the Centre  and she is passionate about seeing Community @NE66 serve many more generations to come.  In her spare time Jo volunteers with HM Coastguard as a member of the Howick team.  She also enjoys sewing, photography and reading. 

hANNAH gregory - Assistant youth worker


Hannah works full-time at the Duchess's Community High School and is a part-time Youth Worker at Community @NE66. 

lISA muir - Assistant youth worker


Lisa works full-time at the Duchess's Community High School  in IT and is a part-time Youth Worker at Community @NE66. 

therapists & Counsellors

Mikala richards


 Mikala is psychotherapist accredited with UKCP and is trained in child and adolescent psychotherapy as well as in work with adults and couples. Before qualifying as a psychotherapist she worked as a counsellor and with young people in youth work, education, homelessness, prison, foster and adoptive placements and residential care. When not working,  Mikala likes reading by the fire or walking out in Northumberland. 

Graham ord


 Graham has recently gained his PGDip in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling at the Northern Guild having previously enjoyed a successful career in Finance. A former school Governor and Premier Division Ice Hockey player, when not practicing counselling Graham enjoys volleyball, cricket, home cooking and classical music. 

 We have a number of trainee counsellors and psychotherapists working on placement with us offering time to talk for children, young people and their parents/carers. 

If you are a trainee counsellor looking for a placement please email Mikala at

We are also able to offer bespoke training for organisations in listening and communicating, understanding behaviour, approaches to parenting or other aspects of life and work with young people. 

For more information contact Mikala.




carol jagger


  Carol graduated in mathematics at Leeds and then taught maths in secondary schools before acquiring an MSc in Science and a PhD in Statistics. After almost 30 years at the University of Leicester she moved to Newcastle University as a Professor leading a research group on healthy ageing, and how we can live longer healthier. When not working she is a bereavement volunteer for Hospice Northumberland and she helps at the Mighty Oaks Coffee Van in Alnwick. Carol enjoys reading, sudoku, hill and coastal walks in Northumberland. 

anthea moutnney


 Anthea has a BA in History from Durham University and has taught history for many years before becoming a nurse then a midwife specialising in neonatal care. Before retiring she returned to Rock Hall School teaching 9 to 13 year olds and is now a Trustee at Community @NE66. When relaxing Anthea enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and basketmaking.  

chris friend


  Chris has lived in Alnwick almost all his life having previously worked as a Funeral Director and Community Worker. In September 2019 he became the Co-Minister (along with his wife Caroline) at Alnwick Baptist Church. During his spare time, he enjoys jogging with Alnwick Harriers and watching live sport. Occasionally he gets to see Ipswich Town play football.  

Kelly nichol


 Kelly has been a Magistrate for over 21 years on both the adult and youth courts. She is a Company Director for a retirement home business and is also a partner in a small property business. She was formerly a School Governor and PA to the Chairman of Tyne Tees TV before leaving to have 2 children. When not working Kelly helps with Riding for the Disabled and looking after her grandson. She also enjoys swimming, walking, cooking, cinema and theatre trips and travelling when she can. 

Lalage bosanquet - CHAIR

Lalage has spent all her working life in education. She taught for 10 years in a variety of different Primary settings and then set up and ran Rock Hall school (for 3 to 13 year olds) from 1984 until 2013. She then became Chair of the governing Body at the Duchess’s Community

High School and helped to oversee great changes as the school moved to two tier education,  into new buildings and doubled in size. She continues to hold the position of Chair and is also  Chair of the @NE66 Charitable trust.

Lalage enjoys gardening, reading, opera and coping with six grandchildren all aged 6 or under.


gemma bates

Gemma has been a loyal volunteer at Community @NE66 for a number of years and regularly helps with our Tots Stay & Play sessions and assists with administration. 

marilyn iley


 Marilyn retired from her job at County Hall 8 years ago and has been volunteering at @NE66 for about 2 years.  She helps with Tots Stay & Play sessions on a Wednesday morning and loves singing songs with the toddlers. She is a mother, grandmother and a former foster carer.  In her spare time Marilyn also enjoys helping out on her son's sheep farm and training sheepdogs for fun. 

Michael Armstrong

Michael is the caretaker at Community @NE66 and plays a vital role in keeping the Community Centre operational.