Meet the Team

The staff at Pershore Riverside Centre prides itself on running an exemplary service – safe, professional, friendly, forward looking, accessible and affordable for all. In order to do this, all staff, youth workers and visiting healthcare professionals are DBS checked and work within safeguarding protocols, industry-standard policies & procedures, National Youth Agency guidance and good practice, and Covid-19 regulations 

Centre Manager Abi handles venue hire, room bookings, finances, facilities and publicity. Abi has a wide portfolio of management and a Masters degree in psychology – Abi started her management career in the US before returning to the UK in 2018 and joining Riverside to manage day-to-day running’s of the Centre.

Youth Manager Brad – Bradley brings a wealth of Youth work experience, knowledge and is a JNC Level 6 qualified Youth and community worker. He joined us in September 2015 during his Youth and community degree and has stuck with us ever since!

Brad heads a dedicated team of 7 sessional youth workers, including SEND specialists; a professional Counsellor, plus volunteers and student placements when available.

Jane, Bob and local tradespeople keep the building shipshape.

If you would like to contact the Youth Work Team or to find out more about our activities please email .

Volunteers are also an invaluable part of Pershore Riverside Centre. We are very grateful to Martha (Counsellor), Graham (Web Manager) and Bob (Cleaner) for their contributions.

Pershore Riverside Centre CIO (1156413) is run by 12 experienced and committed Trustees, with bi-monthly full meetings and regular sub-groups. The Trustees represent a cross-section of the local community, including County (1), District (1) and Town Councils (1), Pershore High School (1) and Churches Together in Pershore (1), alongside others who volunteer their business skills and other relevant experience to help to achieve the charity’s objectives. The CIO is dependent on fundraising events, grant applications, donations and small council grants to support the young people. The current board of trustees is:

  • Angela Dakin – (Chair, Operations Group & HR) Experienced grants, funding and legislation liaison.
  • David Greer (Company Secretary & Operations Group) Retired Solicitor
  • Carol Draper (Treasurer & Operations Group) Accountant
  • Liz Tucker (Event, Community support)
  • Rev Canon Claire Lording (Safeguarding Champion & HR) Priest in Charge at Pershore Abbey, Churches Together in Pershore appointee
  • Zoe Budding Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) Welfare and Personal Development Pershore High School appointee
  • Dan Boatright (HR) Teacher, Pershore Town Councillor, Worcestershire County Council appointee
  • Liz Turier Wychavon District Council
  • Andy Thornton (Property) Engineering Manager & member of Pershore Round Table
  • Carol Christmas (Projects) Project Manager & Life Coach
  • Simon Cosson Finance Director & member of Wychavon Kayak & Canoe Club
  • Michael Chapman-Pincher Pershore Town Council appointee
Pershore Riverside Trustees in 2020

We are also supported by the following contractors: Mark Dennehy Get it done Worcester, Hughes Printing, ClickClick Collective, Crimestop Security & Fire, CTS Fire, First Response Training, Karl Lawson Decorating, Smart Cuts, Vale Heating, Young Solutions.