Meet the Team


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.

Charlotte Seymour,
Joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in July, 2017

Charlotte position is the role of Prince’s Trust Programme Leader at Cannock, where she will be based to deliver the Prince’s Trust 12 week Team Programme for 16 to 25 year olds.

Having disliked school herself, Charlotte found herself working in schools only to discover she really enjoyed it and was quite good at it! Since finding her vocation she has worked in Mainstream schools, SEBD schools and Pupil Referral Units. Underpinning her career has been her passion and focused belief that the emotional well being and building of resilience is key to ensuring aspirations, access and achievements in our most vulnerable and troubled young people. Charlotte has also previously worked with Mind, a mental health charity and Jersey Dyslexia Association. She is a fully qualified librarian and believes that despite differing backgrounds, cultures, experiences, perceptions and values; education alongside training is the gateway to a brighter future for all.

Having previously lived and worked in Jersey and France, Charlotte now lives in the UK with her family. In the past 12 months Charlotte has started and subsequently sold her own business. Charlotte enjoys spending time with her sons, baking and is currently experiencing varying degrees of success growing her own organic veg. Often Charlotte will be heard laughing loudly with friends and family.

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
Assistant Team Leader

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.

Andrew Boyle
Team Leader

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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.