Maggie Lyons has worked in the charity sector in North Somerset for over 20 years. She is able to relate to people in all walks of life and has a great deal of local knowledge.
Maggie joined KeySteps in 1999 and worked as an Administrator until 2011 when Manager, Gary Twinn, sadly died. Maggie quickly stepped up and took on his role and she has managed KeySteps effectively ever since.
Maggie's passions include horses, dogs and Kettle Crisps.
Julia Williams joined KeySteps in 2013 after a varied working life including primary teaching and running a busy church office. As KeySteps Administrator Julia has developed a record-keeping system, using an online software package, to help us track the progress and needs of our clients, which demonstrates the difference we are making to individual lives.
Julia spends her free time working on her allotment, learning to ballroom dance or playing tenor saxophone in the Bristol Community Big Band.
Lord Brian Cotter became our Patron in January 2017.
Brian was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Weston-super-Mare. He was re-elected in 2001. He is a patron of several local charities and his interests include health care, disabled people, small businesses and education.
Brian is married to Eyleen. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Chair of Trustees
Martin Knight has looked after the IT and finances of KeySteps for many years. He is very involved in the activities of his local church and is passionate about making a difference in the community.
Martin's favourite activities include encouraging people, taking pictures and enjoying steam trains.
Nicola Oakley was appointed a Trustee in 2015. Nicola has worked in both the housing and care sectors in Weston-super-Mare since 2002. Nicola has experience of working in finance and human resources (CIMA and CIPD memberships) and care (Supported Living, Residential Care, Nursing Care and Learning Disabilities/Mental Health Care). She lives and works locally as a Finance Director and is passionate about helping to house the homeless in the town.
In her spare time she enjoys hill walking, digital photography and skiing.
Wendy Griggs' career has been in education, she worked as a Deputy Head in a secondary school before she retired. She is currently a governor of her local school and a parish councillor. Wendy has experience of working with young people and young adults, some of whom have severe educational and social needs, and feels strongly that these vulnerable groups need the support of organisations like KeySteps to help them have a roof over their heads. Wendy works to support the charity in any way she can.
Moya Pearson (Wilson) worked as a GP in North Somerset from 1984 until her retirement in 2013. She has always had an interest in social and mental health problems, and in homelessness.
Moya volunteers at a local youth group, and enjoys walking and gardening. She and her husband have three adult children and four young grandsons, who keep them busy.