To LinkAble, thanks for having me, I miss you all. You will see me again soon, I have had lots of fun thank you.

LinkAble team

LinkAble Team - Staff

LinkAble team
The team at LinkAble

Ben Harman – Managing Director

Ben joined LinkAble in 2014 having worked in many different roles in both the charitable and public sectors, including setting up a new volunteering service for a children and young adults hospice and latterly as Director of Youth Work at The Eikon Charity. He is a qualified youth worker and has a degree in Business Economics. Ben is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the charity as well as promoting it in the local area and working closely with the Board of Trustees to set LinkAble’s vision and implement its strategies. He joined LinkAble because he believes in the clear need for the work the charity does and is passionate about ensuring that LinkAble delivers an excellent service that enriches the lives of our service users, their family, carers and friends. Outside of work, Ben loves spending time with his family and camping.

Jessica Faure – Project Coordinator

Jess joined LinkAble in 2013 to head up our lottery-funded Linkafé project, managing the day to day running of the café, the staff as well as its groups and work experience and volunteering opportunities. If you’re interested in, or have any questions about, Linkafé, Jess is the person to speak to. She has a high level of experience working with people with a wide range of difficulties and needs from addictions, housing issues, mental health problems and learning disabilities. Jess also has youth work experience as well as holding a diploma in counselling. She enjoys working with a friendly and committed team and loves working alongside café members and seeing them develop their potential and living socially inclusive fulfilled lives. Jess loves her cats, the Lake District and being vegetarian!

Shirley Formby

Shirley Formby – HR Manager (Part-Time)

Shirley is an HR professional with 12 years generalist experience. She has worked in a number of roles in one of the UK's largest companies. She also has wide ranging experience in Learning and Development. In recent years she has volunteered at two local charities in the Woking area and been involved in a national fundraising campaign.

Lesley Spong

Lesley Melling – Adult Services Manager

Lesley joined LinkAble on a full-time basis in July 2007 following many years as a sessional staff member throughout school, college and subsequent full-time employment. Lesley's experience ranges across work in residential care, direct marketing and event coordination. Since joining LinkAble, Lesley has successfully completed an NVQ Level 4 in Health & Social Care and has become a trainer of MAPA. If you are over 18 and want any information on our groups and activities or care for someone who is, or if you already attend any of our adult services, then Andrea is the person to speak to.

Eva Misteli – Project Worker (Part-Time)

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Kathryn Richards

Kathryn Richards – Community and Events Coordinator

Kathryn worked in the City for a number of years before initially volunteering at LinkAble in 2010 and then joining part-time as the Managing Director’s PA in 2012. She’s an excellent person to speak with if you need to book some of the boss’ time, as well as helping out generally with office admin and running several key events to mention just a few of her skills. Kathryn loves her family and animals as well as having a soft spot for Guernsey but runs a mile from spiders! LinkAble is by far her favourite local charity and she loves “everything we do.”

Gill Tigwell – Project Worker

Gill joined LinkAble in 2014 having worked in a variety of roles and settings, from care to education to support, gaining a wide skills-set. She holds a post-graduate certificate in adult education with a specialism for those with learning disabilities. You can find her in Linkafé most days where she works with café members seeking to develop their work skills, helping them improve their job prospects and encouraging them to strive to achieve their goals. She also helps run our ActAbles drama group and assists with the NoteAbles on Sundays. Gill feels privileged to be able to use her experience to help out adult service users, many of whom she has known and worked with before her time here at LinkAble, seeing them regularly and witnessing them progress in their self-confidence and approach. In her spare time, Gill loves walks with her dog and the great outdoors but just can’t stand shopping! 

Jo Beven – Under 18 Services Manager

Jo has been involved with LinkAble since 2002 in a variety of roles, running groups and activities from 2005 and eventually joining the office team in 2009. Outside of LinkAble, she has also worked in a specialist disabilities team working within a mainstream school for 4 years, helping children to access the education curriculum and advocating on their behalf. She loves reading, drawing, painting, the seaside and cream teas as well as being mildly addicted to Pepsi Max! Jo loves working with service users in groups, activities and schemes and her passion is to see them enjoy themselves, having fun and progressing. Contact her if you have any questions regarding our work with Under 18s. Jo loves working somewhere she can make a difference while enjoying herself and feeling fulfilled.