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Safer Communities CIC


Kate Staples, Head of Safer Communities CIC


Kate Staples joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009 as a Home Fire Risk Technician. This role introduced her to working closely with the community and helping people become more safer in their own homes. She was then appointed to the role of Community Safety Officer in South Staffordshire where she worked with partners to help achieve local priorities and in particular the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people. In 2013 Kate became the Head of Safer Communities Community Interest Company.

She is currently studying Charity and Social Enterprise Management, part time at Anglia Ruskin University and also has a BA Hons (Ed) in Performance and Visual Art which she gained the University of Birmingham.

In her spare time she enjoys gardening, keeping chickens, cooking and baking (with the eggs the chickens lay), crocheting baby blankets and spending time with her lovely husband and beautiful children.

James Hettihewa-Young, Princes Trust Programme Manager


James graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) Degree that led him into roles with record labels in London and as a national broadcaster. Despite enjoying these roles he realised that he wanted to support the community with more of a front facing role.

James joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2009 as a Retained Firefighter at Lichfield. He then went on to be a Community Safety Officer in Lichfield District where he oversaw activities for Children and Young People in the Eastern Service Delivery Group (Lichfield, East Staffs and Tamworth).

In 2013, Safer Communities CIC started on its journey with the Prince’s Trust where James has overseen the development of this partnership. Safer Communities CIC is now a Delivery Partner for Team, xl and Get Started programmes.

James is a devoted father and husband and adores vinyl records and obscure films and has a continued aim in life to encourage young people to be interested about politics and making a positive difference in their local community.

Joyce Underwood, Princes Trust Team Leader


Joyce Underwood has worked with the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service since 2007 delivering a wide range of Apprenticeship programmes throughout Staffordshire. In 2014 Joyce was appointed to the role of Princes Trust Programme Leader at Stafford, where she now works delivering the Princes Trust 12 week Team Programme to 16 to 25 year olds.

Joyce has worked in training and teaching all of her life and is passionate in her role in supporting young people to be inspired to achieve their goals. Joyce has gained a number of qualifications throughout her journey which include Level 4 Certificate in Teaching, Level 3 in Assessments, Level 4 in Quality Assurance and Level 5 Management qualification which she gained during her role as Training Manager for DHL a number of years ago.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Denise Rowe, Business Support for Safer Communities CIC


Denise Rowe joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in January, 2017. This position creates a wide and varied role that she enjoys thoroughly as this includes promoting Safer Communities through events; in turn helping people become happier and safer in within Staffordshire.

Her background brings a wealth of experience following a career within a corporate background that included customer account and office management mainly within the organic farming and food sector.

She is passionate about food and travel, and has a sweet tooth which results in a lot of baking. Her commitment to improving others lives is paramount, with a stream of fundraising projects on the go that can be anything from comedy to cakes. Her husband, children, family and friends are a big part of Denise’s time, but mostly she adores her grandchildren.


Sharron Finch, Princes Trust Learning Support

Hello! My name is Sharron Finch and I am a mother of two wonderful teenage children. I am originally from Lichfield but travelled around over the years due to my husband being in the Forces, we eventually settled back into Lichfield in 1995 to start a family.
I have had varied jobs over the years but my main passion was to become a Firefighter, in 2001 my dream was fulfilled when I became a retained firefighter at Lichfield Fire Station. Being retained allowed me to work in other roles within the fire service.
I became a Student Fire Fighting instructor in 2002 this saw me working with young people to fulfil their potential.

I am currently supporting the Princes Trust as a Support Learner Assistant and have been there for the last 15 months.

I have completed a number of challenges for the firefighters charity over the years but my main achievement (apart from having my children of course) is completing the London Marathon.

I also ran a half marathon in full firefighting kit with breathing apparatus for the firefighters charity and threw myself out of a perfectly working plane all in aid of charity.
I was immensely proud raising £30,000 for the firefighters charity and in 2013 I was given the honour of opening the new Debenhams store in Lichfield for my fundraising achievements.

Robert Turner, Princes Trust Team Assistant



Robert starting working as an apprentice in the fire service after completing the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, this is where he discovered a passion for helping young people. In his time working with the Prince’s Trust, Robert has had a massive variety of fantastic experiences and has learnt more over the last year than in the last 6 years combined.

As a whole, the Prince’s Trust has transformed Robert’s life, and can be attributed to most of the successes he currently enjoys, such as; passing his driving test, buying his first car, meeting inspirational people, helping others to achieve success, gaining a second job and gaining many new qualifications.

Working under the CIC has inspired in Robert a lifelong mission to help others improve their lives.

In his spare time, Robert enjoys exploring Staffordshire with his husband, collecting and reading dusty old books, listening to music, watching films, binge watching Netflix, and gaming.











Samantha Green, Fairbridge Instructor


Samantha joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in August 2017 to deliver the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme. She had worked in various accounts administration jobs throughout her 20s and despite enjoying them, felt that she wanted a more fulfilling career and so returned to university as a mature student to study ‘Childhood, Culture and Education’. This is her first graduate role and she loves being able put her degree and life experience to good use and make a difference to young people’s lives.

Samantha loves travelling and has previously worked on a cruise ship, travelling Europe, the Baltics and beyond. She also completed a working holiday in New Zealand and spent 5 weeks volunteering in Sri Lanka. Being mum to a toddler has somewhat thwarted her more exotic travel plans, but she hopes to resume them in the future!

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dabbling in amateur theatre and, given half a chance, reading one of the many books she ‘accidently’ bought and has yet had chance to read.