Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead and manage the organization
  • Work with the board to define strategies to implement and further develop the business plan
  • Develop operational policies to ensure services and activities are implemented effectively
  • Develop strong partnerships across the local community to achieve improved outcomes and better services for local people
  • Define the resources needed to operate effectively and develop relationships with statutory grant makers and high value supporters
  • Oversee i budgets and financial performance management, risk management, people management and change management within the charity
  • Provide leadership for all First Steps  colleagues ensuring all staff understand and adhere to the strategic aims of the organization
  • Represent First Steps and acts as the “public face” of the charity when required

Cathy set up First Steps Derbyshire in January 2004 and volunteered for the charity for six years whilst holding down a regular job and bringing up her two daughters.

Cathy has worked in many different areas during her life including being self employed for many years and then later taking a career change to work for Derby City drug and alcohol team  and the National Probation Trust. She now works for First Steps full time. Her passions are her grandchildren, her dogs, chickens and horses, the countryside, and hard work!