Meet the Team

Victoria Burnip, CEO

Awarded UK Charity and Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in November 2019, Victoria Burnip is a qualified senior leader in health and social care, who has over ten year's experience inspiring and leading teams within the voluntary and community sector. Previous Interim CEO and Chief Operations Officer of an Age UK who has lived experience as a carer for her Grandmother who was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Victoria has campaigned and represented the views of thousands of older people and their loved ones in her previous roles. As a result she is extremely passionate about making a difference to the lives of those living in the North East and beyond by disrupting and transforming adult social care by offering alternative respite models of care to help them to create memories with their loved ones and live longer, more fulfilling, independent lives as they grow old.

Emma Bryan

Participant Engagement and Impact Coordinator

Graduated from Teesside University back in 2016 with a BA Hons Dance Degree. Since then, she has completed fitness industry qualifications and developed teaching skills within pre school, dementia clients and pre and postnatal women. Dementia Champion trained and delivered several dementia training sessions over the years. Emma has been with the company less than a year. Prior to that she spent 5 years project managing several projects for a community interest company.  In her spare time, Emma enjoys Dance classes, spending time with her family and friends. Emma is inspired to give her clients the best experience to help support their everyday life.

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Emma Hamlett

Project Manager

Emma joins the team from the museum sector, bringing more than 15 years of experience working as a curator and leader of teams working in collections access, collections management, and exhibitions. Her time in museums included working in universities, charitable trusts, and local governments across the north of England, developing and managing projects successfully to deliver outstanding interpretation, displays, and exhibitions, and curating and caring for collections. Throughout her career, Emma has been driven by a strong belief in the power of heritage, art, and culture to connect people and has – in her work – always placed a high value on the importance of collaboration to create new and imaginative ways through which people can engage, learn, and develop. Emma is, therefore, massively excited to be working with the team to use technology to support older people in coming together to share in the things that they love. 

Leslie Smith

I.T. Trainer

Leslie joins the team bringing to the table decades of experience in the field of information technology. In the past, Leslie has worked with several notable institutions' in the capacity of an IT expert. Some of Leslie's previous roles include ICT Support Teacher for the Darlington County Council, Group Co-ordinator for the Darligton Baptist Church, IT Tutor for Age UK, and many more. Leslie has a strong passion for working with, and for the socially isolated elderly population and aspires to support them extensively with the use of IT.