Lesley is one of the original trustees and has taken a keen and hands-on interest in the development of Steps2Recovery. Before working with Steps2Recovery, Lesley had a long and varied career in the civil service, working in a number of departments on strategy, planning and change programmes. Her work with the charity has made her passionate about the plight of many people with addiction problems, caught up in the Criminal Justice System, and released from prison homeless and with very few resources to help them. Along with her fellow trustees, her aim is for Steps2Recovery to provide a model for a better way to treat those with addiction problems on release. Her experience with Steps2Recovery has enabled her to support the development of other, recovery-based charities. She is a CIMA qualified accountant and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Tom Bolt, Watch Guru, has been dealing in watches for over 20 years, starting off his business working between London and Florence. His passion for watches was soon recognised by others which led him to both write articles for newspapers and magazines, and have articles written about him. He has also starred in Four Rooms on Channel 4, where members of the public attempt to sell their valuable and collectible items in exchange for a cash offer from one of the four dealers.
Steps2Recovery is the brainchild of Tom and of Linda Smith, our pioneering CEO who now lives in Australia. Tom brings his founding passion and boundless enthusiasm to the programme, providing opportunities for fundraising and helping to keep the original vision alive.
Charles has worked in the Criminal Justice System for 25 years, and regularly represents clients caught up in police stations, courts and prisons due to criminal activity fuelled by drug and alcohol misuse. He has long recognised that there needs to be a different way of dealing with those individuals who are ready to make the changes necessary to get into recovery. On a daily basis, Charles sees the break-up of families, personal distress to the public and waste of public funds caused by the lack of a solution to move substance misusers away from crime.
Charles is one of the original trustees of Steps2Recovery and was very hands on in the practical aspects of setting up the recovery house. He still has a strong interest in the practical aspects in the day-to-day running of the house. Charles is an active fundraiser for Steps2Recovery, through organising our successful and popular annual quiz night and by introducing new supporters.
Sophie is an award winning London based artist, filmmaker, activist and teacher. She was senior lecturer in Photography at Roehampton University until 2009 and is now the Arts co-coordinator at Artist Project Earth.
She provides creative input to the Steps2Recovery programme and sits on our fundraising committee with Harriet Stevens.
Gwen has 26 years’ experience in the charity sector with a strong understanding and track record in fundraising and charity promotion. She brings significant experience of budget management, financial control, charity administration and governance.
Gwen spent much of her career working for the Genesis Research Trust, and is currently the Charity Secretary and Treasurer for Tiny Tickers, a charity with the aim of improving screening for congenital heart defects before birth.
Gwen is using her significant charity experience to take the lead on governance matters for Steps2Recovery.
Harriet is a professional Coach and Mentor. She has had a successful finance career in the City and now lives and works between London and the Isle of Wight. Harriet brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance and financial management. Harriet is the Chair of the Steps2Recovery fundraising committee.