Meet the team
Our staff and trustees are an amazing bunch.
Co-Founder and Director
Robin – Robin is Co-Founder and Director of Rise:61. It is his passion, expertise and commitment that drives the charity forward and ensures we provide the very best for young people. Robin has lived and worked on the estate for over 10 years and has been working with young people since 2005.
“I love helping young people grow and develop, as well as just hanging out with them and having fun. I am passionate about following Jesus and the difference he makes in people’s lives and I love being part of a local church. When I’m not working I enjoy going for walks, runs, swims and bike rides with my beautiful wife Emma and dog Alfie. I believe there is so much potential in this community to see positive life-giving clubs, activities and even businesses grow and I feel so lucky to be a part of that.”
Bike Hub ManagerSimon – Simon is our Bemerton Heath Bike Hub Manager. He’s a qualified bike mechanic, trained teacher and an incredible musician. His role involves overseeing our Bike Hub project, running bike mechanic sessions with local young people, and restoring and selling second hand bikes.
“During my time living in Bemerton Heath I have met some amazingly creative and energetic young people, and it’s been great seeing young people thrive through their involvement in the Bike Hub. When I’m not fixing bikes I love listening to and playing music, sharing meals with friends, trail running, and playing board games.”
Chair of Trustees and Co-Founder
Mike – Mike is the Chair of Trustees and Co-Founder of the Charity. With a Business degree, Social Work masters and experience in fundraising and youth work he brings his many skills together to lead the charity forward.
“In 2014, I left my job to set up Rise:61. It was an exciting but scary journey as my wife and I started with just £300 and a belief in the amazing potential of young people in this community. God has been so faithful and as we’ve pursued the vision we’ve seen people generously give of their time, money and skills to help see young people do amazing things in Bemerton Heath. I now live and work in Cornwall with my wife Ayelet. We love the outdoors so you’ll often see us surfing, kayaking, cycling or walking whenever we have the chance.”
Bike Hub and Enterprise TrusteeMinke – Minke is the Bike Hub and Enterprise Trustee for RISE:61. She has a wealth of experience in social enterprises, and has recently ran and developed a hub that supports social entrepreneurs to start meaningful businesses. Minke is Dutch and grew up in Africa, she loves cycling, gardening and meeting new people.
“I believe businesses can have a powerful impact in transforming communities, and solving social and environmental issues. The RISE:61 bike hub is a great example, as it brings trade to Bemerton Heath, recycles waste, provides affordable goods to people on low incomes and offers young people a place to learn skills in an uplifting and positive environment. I believe the young people who engage in these kinds of projects have the potential the change the world in which they live for the better, which is why I am passionate about creating more positive and sustainable environments for young people.”
Lisa – Lisa is our safeguarding trustee and also mentors a couple of young people for Rise:61. She is an incredibly warm and generous person and comes to the charity with a huge amount of experience of working with young people.
“I’m married, have 5 children, have lived in Salisbury all my life and my husband grew up in Bemerton Heath. I have always worked in care and support since I was 15 due to being a teenage mum twice and having worked to support my children. I have worked with young people as a youth worker and since 2013 have worked as a project worker at a supported housing project. I love to encourage, give hope and come along side young people in their lives. I know God hears our prayers and sees our heart to want each young person to discover Jesus for themselves though the work we do and love we show.”
Frank – Frank is our treasurer. Frank has done accounts in a wide variety of settings for the past 30 years and brings invaluable skills and experience to the team.
“I’ve lived in the parish of Bemerton since 1983 and for five years I lived on Gainsborough Close. All of that time I’ve worshiped at St Michael’s Church in Bemerton Heath. God has led me to be involved in the community in various ways. I’ve been a school governor for all the schools within the parish at one time or another and helped on the management team of St Michael’s Community Centre. I became part of Rise:61 from its conception and found being a trustee a really exciting journey. However, it’s Rise’s ability to change young peoples’ lives that keeps me wanting to remain part of this locally inspired venture.”