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Our Team

Kate Nation

Managing Director


Kate has been involved in children and youth work since she was 18 both at a local and an international level where she has worked with at risk young people and children in a variety of settings. On returning to Cambridge she worked with a charity called Romsey Mill where, as a Young Women’s Worker, she saw first-hand the unique challenges that affect this demographic.

With one of the most obvious problems being a lack of confidence, Kate piloted a one-off event: a “Cambridge meets Brazil” family fun day involving young women through the youth support programme she was running. The event’s success and its positive affect on the young women gave birth to the idea of Turtle Dove.

Kate feels most alive when riding a motorbike, horse riding, dancing or in the favelas of Brazil.

Tracey Self

Emotional Support Worker


Tracey has spent 12 years working with young people within the health, statutory, voluntary and medical sectors delivering innovative and responsive solutions on a one-to-one and group work basis. Tracey has specialised in working with young people around their emotional wellbeing to increase their participation in social, educational and vocational opportunities.

Tracey is a qualified run leader for a local women only running group, which comes in handy as she is frequently running around after her young daughter!

Event Staff and Volunteers

Event Staff

These are youth workers who often also have hospitality experience. By working alongside the young women at the events and workshops they provide invaluable support and encouragement that helps us get the job done!


From ironing our uniform to helping with administrative tasks we have an amazing team of volunteers! If you would like to know more about how you might be able to get involved do contact us here.

Directors & Advisors

Sarah Hewett



Sarah is a finance professional by training and a social entrepreneur at heart. She has worked for Innocent Drinks and Abcam in financial business planning roles, but also founded her own social enterprise Monthlies, a subscription service for environmentally friendly menstrual products, with a strong campaigning ethos, working to improve access to menstrual products for women globally. She is highly passionate about gender equality and environmental issues. Before becoming a Director, Sarah volunteered with Turtle Dove for two years and continues to do so.

Vikki Barcroft



Vikki has over 10 years experience working in international event management predominantly within the tech sector. Her business, Events for Impact, works with clients to improve events through strategic and creative planning. Most recently she’s worked with ARM leading their global internal event team and the University of Cambridge transforming face-to-face events into the virtual space. Her main motivation is to help – to make things better – whether an event, a strategy, a process or team culture. At this point in her career Vikki is determined to use her skills to deliver not just good events but events for good and is extremely passionate about empowering young women. As someone who (a while ago now!) was incredibly shy with little self-confidence but has now established a successful career in an industry she loves, she genuinely believes in the huge difference Turtle Dove can make.

Em Plowman



Em is a People Director with 20 years’ experience working within People Functions across a number of industries including publishing, technology, pharmaceuticals and utilities. Her experience ranges from fast growth within ARM where she spent 12 years of her career as the organisation grew from 500 to 7,000 people. Her focus within ARM included mergers and acquisition, development of leadership teams and business units and leading the people services team and becoming the global leader for business partnering. Most recently Em worked as Head of Culture for Anglian Water where she developed their purpose, culture, values and behaviours ready for the next AMP. Em is known for her no-nonsense approach to HR and her focus on driving business success through exceptional people services and outcomes.

Em’s focus now is on her consultancy practice, where she supports a number of small to medium sized organisations and is an Associate at the East of England Local Government Association supporting member organisations with projects and programmes focussed on the future of work.

Outside of work Em’s focus is on her family and friends as well as volunteering as a Brownie Leader and other volunteering work. Alongside this Em is an advocate for a better working environment for all but particularly women in the workplace and supporting the movement of creating a working world that is accessible for everyone. Em doesn’t believe you have to sacrifice your home life to achieve great things at work and she works actively to role model that within her own life and support others around her.

Sneh Zaveri



Sneh is an experienced brand professional and has been working in the field of brand, design and marketing for the last 14 years. She has had a broad range of work experience that includes working in India and the UK for start-ups and larger more established organisations.

Sneh works as a Brand Manager for a not for profit organisation that is part of the University of Cambridge where she champions the importance of the brand and is also a Stakeholder Manager for the Women in Leadership group. The aim of this network is to support and inspire women to pursue their ambitions and achieve their leadership goals. Her role focuses on working with and building relationships with other organisations and charities to help create more of an impact internally and externally which helps support and empower women.

When Sneh isn’t working or running behind her young son you will find her painting in a solitary corner or cooking elaborate meals for her family and friends.

Claire Durrant



Claire is a freelance social media and marketing consultant based in Cambridge with over 5 years of experience working within a range of industries including not-for-profit and corporate entities. Claire has previously worked at local in-house marketing agencies and HTB Church London as Head of Social Media and also has experience in event management. Claire is a cheerleader for others, with a passion to see young women achieving their potential.

Claire is also a fitness enthusiast and qualified spinning instructor!

Maria Peyman



Maria is a solicitor with 16 years’ experience working with clients from a range of sectors.  She works at Birketts, an East Anglian law firm, based in their office in the heart of Cambridge.

Maria believes that all young people should have access to opportunities which can offer real change to their lives.  It is this belief that motivated her to join Turtle Dove and put her skills to use in an organisation offering opportunity to young women in the local area.

In her spare time Maria enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and using them as guinea pigs for trying out new recipes.

Paul Churchill



Paul is an experienced business leader working with one of the country’s leading financial organisations. He has led significant change programmes covering customer service, marketing, risk and people and culture. He holds an MBA from the Open University and has acted as a business mentor for the School for Social Entrepreneurs for the last five years.

Ali Rice



Ali has held various senior positions throughout her career including 12 years as Managing Director in the Childcare & Leisure sectors leading a company which is now the UK’s largest and most successful operator of activity day camps.  Since 2016 Ali has run her own consultancy business working with a variety of small business owners to help them grow their business with a range of services aimed at increasing brand awareness, attracting new customers, transforming customer experiences and revising systems.  Over the past 15 years Ali has contributed to a number of boards and committees and in her spare time she enjoys a very happy (& busy!) family life with her husband and 3 children.

Helen Stenhouse



Helen has spent the last nine years working with her business partner to build People Puzzles, an HR Consulting business that works with organisations to help them be better places to work and more successful businesses. Helen specialises in helping organisations to scale and enable founders to achieve their ambitions. Helen has a Masters degree in HR Management. She is married and has a family of two teenage children, a dog and two naughty cats.

Yannick Auckland



Yannick has supported voluntary organisations, cross sector partnerships and asset sharing as a corporate fundraiser, youth and community worker, trainer, facilitator and network lead.  She has promoted children’s rights and potential as an advocate, youth worker and supported housing manager. Turtle Dove were one of the first partners in the Time Credit Network she manages (with 150 community, council and business partners).  She is a freelance participation specialist and in her spare time loves countryside walks, choreographed step and singing badly but loudly in the car.

Rachel Leslie

Safeguarding Support


Rachel has over 15 years experience working in children’s social care, shaping, managing and delivering a range of services. She is currently leading a DfE Innovation project supporting young people leaving care into adulthood across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Peterborough. Rachel is passionate about changing the pathways for young people by building confidence, opening up new experiences and being aspirational. Rachel works for Break Charity, a leading regional children’s charity and sits as part of their leadership team. In her spare time Rachel loves spending time with her 3 boys, enjoying all that Cambridge has to offer and a good bit of yoga.

Miriam Craddock



Miriam is an Educational Psychologist who supports Turtle Dove Cambridge. Miriam helps us refine our processes and ensure we reflect on every available opportunity to make sure we are providing the best service for young women.