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.
Team and Event Coordinator
Liz has been working in Hospitality and Event Management for over 13 years – specialising in Festivals, Food & Wine Events, Live Music and Comedy and has even started her own events company.
As she is a lover of live music, Liz volunteers for Strawberry Fair Festival and is currently Chair of Programming for the Committee of Cambridge Band Competition.
Liz is also passionate about working with children and young people. She volunteers with the NSPCC’s School’s Service, works in Glastonbury Kids Field every year, and was a former children’s entertainer.
Liz welcomes any opportunity to use her skills and experience that support and empower young women and is delighted and grateful to be part of championing Turtle Dove’s ambitions in doing so.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys cuddling with Fudge & Batman (her dog and cat), slacklining, cooking and going to wine tastings.
Event Staff and Volunteers
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
Edwina started her first events business in 1997, with an aim to provide a platform to promote her school friends’ bands. With a degree in Hospitality Business Management, she has worked in events and marketing for a range of companies and currently leads a marketing team within a Cambridge technology company.
Edwina brings her marketing and events experience to Turtle Dove as well as knowledge of the local Cambridge business landscape for corporate partnerships and fundraising opportunities.
At the weekends, she plays taxi to her kids and has a passion for food so is usually found cooking up something in her kitchen.
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.
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 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 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 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.
We work closely with Safeguarding consultants and experts to support the work of Turtle Dove Cambridge. If you would like to know more or are interested in supporting us in this way, please do get in touch with us via email@example.com. We are currently working with Kim Mabbutt.
Kim is an experienced practitioner, leader, and manager who has dedicated her career to children and families within the NHS and Local Authorities.
Kim has a particular interest in supporting organisations within the third sector who have an interest in supporting children, families, and the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society.
Kim offers safeguarding and operational consultancy support to Turtle Dove Cambridge.