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About Team

Catching Lives Staff Team

Meet the Team

Emma McCrudden

Interim Manager

My role at Catching Lives is as an outreach worker, supporting homeless individuals in the Canterbury area. This can involve building a rapport with people who, for various reasons, choose not to access our centre with the goal being to work towards them accessing our services.

Graeme Solly

Project Leader

My role is to primarily work with the clients who access our centre and to support the General Manager with the day-to-day running of services. I also take the lead on supporting the students who join us on placements.

Simon Rice

Volunteer Co-ordinator

As the Centre’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, it is my responsibility to manage and support all aspects of the Volunteering experience, both inside and outside of our Open Centre.

As a relatively new role, the introduction of my position demonstrates how the Charity is always evolving to improve its approach to caring for its local community and client base, a fact I’m very proud of.

Mick James


I’ve 25 years-experience working in the charity sector, initially in Disabled Children’s Services and then eight years supporting Kent charities to access and apply for funding, helping raise over £1million during that time. Has been Fundraiser at Catching Lives since 2019.

Miriam Ellis

Arts & Activities Co-ordinator

I joined Catching Lives in 2017 after completing a degree in Fine and Applied Art at CCU. Prior to that I worked as a theatre technician and then a Production Arts teacher at Canterbury College.

Sarah Prior

Marketing Support Officer

I joined Catching Lives in 2021 as the part-time Marketing Officer and have received so much support from the team regarding their ideas for moving the charity forward in terms of raising awareness of everything Catching Lives do for rough sleeprs in Kent and for the wider homeless community in terms of the campaign work we do.

Denis Tweedie

Mental Health Specialist

I have worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 35 years in many different settings. A large part of my career has been working with people with drug and alcohol problems. I have worked for various charities and have specialised in rehabilitation services.

Karen Baxter

Mental Health Specialist

I trained and qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1987 from the Lawson School of Nursing, St Augustine’s Hospital, Chartham. Since that time I have worked in a range of statutory mental health settings including in-patient, residential adolescent unit and the community.

Luana Ali

Client Data Co-ordinator

Originally I’m from Canterbury, but I have always travelled around. I’ve held a variety of posts in retail management; a wide range of admin posts – from scheduling engineer workloads, to supporting Scenes of Crime. I also worked in Brussels for a number of years as a Recruitment Consultant in a Secretarial Recruitment Agency. Whilst having a career break to raise my children, I launched a successful dressmaking business.

Stephanie Hagen

Mentoring Co-ordinator

I came to live in Canterbury with my three children in 2016 from Germany via Hong Kong – my previous homes. My current role is Mentoring Coordinator with the goal (through the help of a great group of volunteer Mentors to guide) of supporting our clients who have moved into accommodation to settle successfully back into a self-sufficient life.