Meet the Team

Phil Pusey
Chief Executive Officer
07429  759641
Debbie Mason
Operations Manager
01785 240378


Nic Edmonds
Impact, Data & Evaluation Manager
01785 240378

Claire John
Development Team Leader

Stafford, Newcastle & Moorlands
07429 734172

Jane Reynolds
Development Worker

Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire and Tamworth
07429 782625

Cheryl Rice
Development Worker

Burton & Countywide
07460 781420

Rhiannon Heming
Development Worker 

Lichfield   07460 020382

Natalie McGrath
PSHE Co-ordinator

07429  745901
Sean Turner
Youth Engagement
07429 748227
Kurt Turner
Youth Engagement
07429 714242

Meet the Trustees

Jeremy Cotton 


Chair of trustees at SCVYS, Jeremy recently retired from a career in Supply Chain Management in the Food industry.  He has held a number of roles in Scouting culminating in serving as County Commissioner for 9 years.

Currently Jeremy is the Chairman of Beaudesert Trust, volunteers at his local Community Library coffee shop as a Barista, and was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire in 2014.

Jeremy is a member of the Management & Finance Sub Group and the Remuneration Sub Group.

Caroline Simmons 


Caroline is SCVYS Treasurer and has been working in Human Resources for over 20 years. She has worked in the private sector, public sector and voluntary sector during this time.  The previous 15 years has been working supporting services who work with vulnerable young people and this aligns with her values.

In her spare time she can be found chauffeuring her son to various football related activities across the county.

Caroline is a member of the Management & Finance Sub Group and the Governance Review & Policy Sub Group. 

Alana Wheat

Alana is the Sustainability Engagement Officer at Keele University, and has completed a Masters looking into young people, communities and the climate crisis. 

She has volunteered with Tean Youth Club since 2015, and Girlguiding since the age of 5. She also volunteers with Gaming Potion, Moorlands Climate Action and sits on the Youth Environmental Service Youth Advisory Board. She’s also a trustee for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
In her spare time, she loves to be outside immersed in nature or playing board games and video games

TeeJay Dowe

TeeJay has a passion for working with young people and for developing them through coaching and training.

She works as a Youth Worker for Werrington Young People’s Support Group and is a Director of Spark to Your Success.

She has been coaching and delivering training to  young people since 2008

Steve Hopkins

Steve retired from Staffordshire County Council some nine years ago, after a career in local government working in Barnsley, Croydon and Norfolk.  Since then, he has been involved with a number of voluntary organisations in the County, and is currently Chair of the Newcastle Voluntary Sector Forum.

He is married with two grown-up children and three grandsons.  He is an Honorary Steward at RFU Twickenham, and a Vice-President at Newport (Salop) RFC.

Julie Tanner

Julie retired 2 years ago as an NHS Director of Workforce & Development after 25 years’ service.   She has over 40 years’ experience within the HR & Training profession, across a range of sectors, all within Staffordshire.

Julie has been an active volunteer Leader with Girlguiding Staffordshire for over 40 years with the last 7 years spent as Assistant County Commissioner.  She is also trustee with two other charities which support children and young people.  Any spare time is spent exploring arts and crafts.

Julie is a member of the Remuneration Sub Group and the Governance Review and Policy Sub Group.

Lisa Bone

Vice Chair

Lisa has been Head of Fundraising and Development at the national charity Re-Solv since 2012. She has a successful background in fundraising and grant-writing, supporting both local and national charities. Lisa has a particular interest in championing the work of small charities. She is also a trustee of The Yapp Charitable Trust which makes grants for running costs to small charities in England and Wales.

Away from work, Lisa is an avid reader of all genres of books – especially crime, and Japanese literature.

Lisa is a member of the Remuneration Sub Group

Alexander Wood

Alexander graduated from the University of Derby in 2022 with a Masters in Legal Practice with distinction and now works full-time at the university teaching students skills through games and activities.  
Alexander also volunteers at independent SCVYS member groups as the Secretary at Tean Youth Club, Chairperson of Gaming Potion, in addition to sitting on the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Woodland Trust youth boards.


In his spare time, Alexander plays board games, spends time in nature, and enjoys creating new ideas and concepts. 

Alexander is a member of the Governance Review & Policy Sub Group

Public benefit statement 

The trustees confirm they have paid due regard to the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit when reviewing the Charity’s aims and objectives and in planning future activities and setting the grant making policy.
The Charity furthers its charitable purposes for the public benefit through its grant making policy and the provision of activities, facilities and information to children, young people and families

Conflict of Interest

Each year SCVYS Trustees are required to declare their conflicts of interest

Equalities Statement 

Like many other organisations SCVYS has made a commitment to increase diversity and representation within our charity at a Staff and Trustee level.  Our aim is to be able to better serve and represent our member groups and organisations engaging with us and those who we yet need to reach.

Read our full statement here SCVYS Equalities Statement April 2023

If you’d like you join SCVYS as a trustee, or you want to find out more please contact:

Debbie Mason on (01785) 240378

Trustee Recruitment Form