Youth Work Staff

Emma Banks

Emma has been a professional youth worker for around 20 years. She has worked in urban and rural communities, delivering a wide range of open provision youth clubs, targeted work, working in schools and within the community. Most of her experience is in the Cumbria area, although she has also worked in Lancashire and Devon.

Lesley Leadbitter

Lesley has worked in the local education sector for the last  ten years and also volunteers for the Cumbria Youth Offending Team. She has lived in South Lakes for over 30 years and has two children who are now at college and university.


Linda Baverstock

Linda has lived and worked in Milnthorpe for over 40 years and is a member of St Thomas’ Church.  She is also a trustee of Sight Advice South Lakes.

Peter Clarke (Chair)

Peter has lived in Heversham since 2001. He recently retired as a senior manager in the NHS and worked previously as a manager in the voluntary sector.

Mary Salter

Mary has lived in Milnthorpe for 20 years. She currently works, part-time, at Levens Hall as a House Steward. Previously she was a Team Leader for Barnardos South Lakeland Children’s Centres, supporting families with young children across the south lakes area.

Wilf Gill (Treasurer)

Wilf is a committed Catholic attending Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church in Arnside and has lived in the village for 15 years.  He has spent his life in the Printing Industry.  These days he works an allotment as well as carrying out duties on various church committees and is a Trustee and the Treasurer of KEY.

Irene McKay

Irene has lived in Levens for eight years and previously held different church and community roles including the developing of various youth initiatives.

Gregory Tagney (Safeguarding)

Greg is a retired civil engineer who lives in Storth. He joined the trustees in 2017. His previous experience with youth work is limited to coaching junior rugby players and fell runners, but he is also an active volunteer when needed at our youth club/cafe.

Previous Trustees

David Stretton

David is a Methodist minister working in Levens, Milnthorpe, Storth and Arnside.  He has lived in the area for three years, having moved from Macclesfield.  Previously, he worked for 20 years in the voluntary sector.