Meet our volunteers

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 50,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help raise children’s aspirations by showing them exciting future possibilities.

Read some of their stories here and sign up at the top of the page to start inviting volunteers to inspire your class.

Mandy Catchpole, Head of Nursing and Quality

13th January 2020

13th January 2020

Mandy Catchpole is Head of Nursing and Quality at Hastings and Rother CCG. Starting her NHS life wanted to be a Midwife, Mandy didn’t end up where she thought she would be.  When asked about her career, she told us how she became Head of Nursing and Quality and why others should think about a […]

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Emma Richardson, Midwife

30th December 2019

30th December 2019

Emma Richardson is a Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Emma’s career in nursing didn’t start the moment she left school.  Instead, she travelled and had other careers before going for her current role.  After studying hard, she was able to reach her goal and became a Midwife.  How?  She details this below. Can […]

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Tracey Norris, Divisional Head of Nursing

16th December 2019

16th December 2019

Tracey Norris works as the Divisional Head of Nursing at North Middlesex University Hospital. Entering into nursing at the age of 19, Tracey has had plenty of experience working with patients.  From begin an adult and children’s Nurse and gaining her Master’s degree, she has done so much in our hospitals. Can you give some […]

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Martin Griffiths, Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon

2nd December 2019

2nd December 2019

Martin Griffiths is a Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust. “Never be defeated by bad outcomes,” Martin advises young people interested in a career in healthcare.  He has taken the time to given young people some fantastic advice on how to follow his career path and what he has done to […]

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Jahnavi Daru, SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Clinical Lecturer

18th November 2019

18th November 2019

Jahnavi Daru is an SpR in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a Clinical Lecturer. Despite the time away from home, Jahnavi enjoys his career and helping women with complex needs throughout their pregnancies.  He took the time to answer some questions about his work and the advice he would give to young people to […]

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Katherine Barratt, Midwife

4th November 2019

4th November 2019

Katherine Barratt is a Midwife at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Many individuals start off in one line of work and then change into another when something changes in their lives.  That was the way with Katherine, who was doing something completely different to what she does now when she started working. Can you give […]

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Ozma Ashiq, Senior Sister Cardiology

21st October 2019

21st October 2019

Ozma Ashiq works as a Senior Sister of Cardiology at Frimley Health NHS Trust. After starting a degree in something that had nothing to do with healthcare, Ozma decided to change her career path when she got a job as a Healthcare Assistant.  Since then, she has been doing some amazing work in cardiology departments […]

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Marsha Jones, Countywide Community Services Manager

7th October 2019

7th October 2019

Marsha Jones is a Countywide Community Services Manager for Specialist Teams at the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust. After being discouraged to become an actress, Marsha was told that nursing would be a good career path.  After taking up a role, she hasn’t looked back and she’s taken the time to tell us why. Can […]

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Adam Stewart, Engagement Officer

23rd September 2019

23rd September 2019

Adam Steward is an Engagement Officer for the NHS Leeds CCG. “Going with the flow” is the advice Adam would give to young people interested in his career.  This is especially poignant as Adam wasn’t aware that this was a career option for him. Can you give some example of what you do in a […]

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Ian Hall, Macmillan Social Worker

9th September 2019

9th September 2019

Ian Hall is a Macmillan Social Worker for the Northumbria Health Care Trust. Starting off his career in the Royal Navy, Ian proves that you do not have to continue in the same line of work that you started in.  Changing careers for a few reasons, he now works as a Macmillan Social Worker. Can […]

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