Our people are extremely important to Justlife and key to making the biggest impact with the resources we have. We recruit the most talented and well suited people into Justlife. We aim to develop those people during the time they work for us; always ensuring our staff are effective and efficient. It is important to us that our staff are happy, motivated, cared for and developed and in return we trust that every individual involved with Justlife will embody the positive culture and values which we aspire to.

Meet our Brighton Team:

Nathan Milenkovic Health Engagement Worker


Emma Mukerjee Health Engagement Worker


Sara Emerson  Health Engagement Worker


Jenny Bliss Engagement Worker


Lucy Trott Operations Co-ordinator

Kate Standing  Project Development Worker


Ella Woodhull Engagement Worker



Meet our Manchester Team:

Ruth Cox       Operations Manager


Sarah Todd  Specialist Support Lead


Hannah Radcliffe Project Worker



Joe Hughes Specialist Support Worker


Colette Bayes Specialist Support Worker


Eleanor Foulkes Development Worker




National members of the Team:


Christa Maciver Strategic Lead Research & Policy


Rachel Yates Network Development Officer


Lucie Turner Finance Officer



Esther Sweeney Supporter Engagement


Andy Morris General Manager


Ellie Radcliffe Network Development Officer


Jacob Curtis Principle Researcher GM UTA












Justlife is managed by a board of trustees with diverse experience in voluntary, public and private sectors. The board has a strong track record of creating innovative, sustainable community projects.

Simon Gale

Chief Executive Officer of Justlife

Simon has been working for Justlife as Regional Operations & Hub Manager in Brighton since 2012 and took over as CEO in January 2020 Prior to working at Justlife he was Operations & Finance Director for a London based youth project and has worked extensively in the voluntary sector and with vulnerable people over the past 18 years.

Steve Coles

Chair of the Board for Justlife Foundation


Steve is the Chief Executive at Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), an addictions recovery and homelessness charity in east London. Prior to that, he founded and ran Intentionality CIC, a social impact measurement consultancy. Intentionality CIC worked with 600 social enterprises over 6 years. Steve formerly had a role developing social enterprises for one of the UK’s largest charities, The Salvation Army. He has experience in consultancy, leadership development and procurement management roles, working intentionally across both the private and third sectors. Steve has an MBA from Imperial College, London with a dissertation on social entrepreneurship and well-being.

Gretta Starks

Company Secretary for Justlife Foundation


Gretta has worked extensively in project management, most recently working on major regeneration and construction projects across the North West and in Northern Ireland. When she first moved to Manchester, she initially worked in the third sector for a community organisation based in East Manchester where Justlife Manchester is now based. Gretta was one of the founding directors of Justlife. She volunteers with charities and local organisations in a number of roles, including having served as a governor at two primary schools in east Manchester.

Helen Waterhouse

Director of Justlife Foundation


Helen was the Head of NW Region for the Big Lottery Fund, the largest UK lottery distributor, for 8 years, having previously managed a grant assessment and management team. She was one of 9 regional Heads across England that led a small regional team gathering regional intelligence through research and stakeholder engagement in order to feed into investment design and decision making. She was also responsible for all of the communications and public affairs work in the region. During her time at Big Lottery Fund, Helen worked on a range of projects including the outcome based funding approach, designing and delivering training, organisational restructure and the development of a new funding management system. I’m currently a Director of my own company, providing a range of customer service based auditing services to businesses, which I’ve been doing since 2015. In between leaving Big Lottery Fund and setting up my own company I also worked as an Operations Manager for Ombudsman Services, which   is a national private sector ombudsman scheme that independently resolves complaints between consumers and companies.

Previously Helen worked for North & Mid Cheshire Training and Enterprise Council where she was responsible for Open Learning, Service Development and Economic Research. During this time she was also a Board member for the British Association for Open Learning and a consultant for the then Department for Education and Employment.

Alex Fleming

Director of Justlife Foundation

Alex has a breadth of experience within the private, public and voluntary sectors that includes a proven track record in strategic communications, project development & management and funding. She has frequently held pioneering responsibilities, notably establishing, managing and embedding successful projects and partnerships in the voluntary sector for both RETAS and Justlife. Alex initiated and led Justlife’s research programme with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North. Alex left Justlife in September 2016, after which she became a director of the Justlife Foundation. She recently completed an MBA from the University of Leeds, focusing her dissertation on design thinking in the public sector. She is currently working as a consultant. Alex loves running, led the Justlife running Club and has raised money for Justlife by running 3 marathons.

Hannah Clark

Director of Justlife Foundation


Hannah has worked in the housing sector since 2005 and is currently Regional Manager for Great Places Housing Group, Manchester Region – involved in developing and managing affordable housing and community support projects across the North West. As well as a First class degree in Business (Liverpool, 2003) she has a Distinction PGDip in Housing Practice (Salford, 2007) and is a fully qualified corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Kirsty Rawlinson

Director, Justlife Foundation




Tracey Read

Director, Justlife Foundation


Tracey has worked in local authority accountancy for 18 years for both The Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Manchester City Council and passed her final Cipfa exam in June 2017. During this experience, she has worked in a number of departments where understanding the various elements of, and services provided by, the organisation and creating a better experience for customers through sound financial management has been key to her role. This includes the provision of financial advice and support to the various charities supported by Manchester City Council most notably The Lord Mayor's charity. Tracey joined the Justlife team as Trustee and Director in April 2018.