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Meet The Team

" Our team cares about young people. 

We all have a lot of experience and qualifications, work hard and try to have fun.

We always listen to young people and care about keeping young people safe.

We want to help young people to make healthy choices and reach their full potential. "

Niki Powers


Niki Powers

Managing Director

Honest and up front ◦ Excellent mentor ◦ Creative problem solver ◦ Caring and Inspiring ◦ Kind and compassionate ◦ Warmth ◦ Desire to inform and empower the team ◦ Make staff feel valued ◦ Good leader and communicator I am a good Managing Director because:
  • I care about people (young people and the team),
  • I have good communication skills,
  • I am assertive,
  • I can reflect on my own behaviour honestly and make changes when I want or need to improve,
  • I am open minded,
  • I have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude,
  • I have lots of good ideas,
  • I always try to do the right thing even when it’s difficult.
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Caroline Fraser

Deputy Manager


Communicator ◦ Good listener ◦ Empathic ◦ Supportive ◦ Determined ◦ Helpful I am a good Deputy Manager because:
  • I believe in young people and in HOT’s work,
  • I support and help the team to work with young people,
  • I listen to people so that they feel heard, respected and understood,
  • I support the team to reflect on their practice, problem solve and develop their ideas,
  • I am assertive and honest,
  • I pay attention to detail and see the bigger picture,
  • I am organised and processed.
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Nike Oruh

Senior Project Worker

Focused ◦ Calm ◦ Positive ◦ Creative I am a good Senior Project Worker because:
  • I listen,
  • I care about people,
  • I am warm and reflective.
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Zoe Clarke

Project Worker

Thoughtful ◦ Positive ◦ Passionate ◦ Reflective ◦ Funny ◦ Hardworking ◦ Kind ◦ Proactive I am a good Project Worker because:
  • I am good at listening,
  • I am very organised,
  • I am calm and relaxed,
  • I am motivated,
  • I care about young people,
  • I am creative and crafty,
  • I am dedicated to my work.
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Zoe Clarke

Avesha DeWolfe

Project Worker

Supportive ◦ Understanding ◦ Thoughtful ◦ Calm ◦ Warm ◦ Reflective ◦ Friendly ◦ Knowledgable ◦ Observant ◦ Creative ◦ Energetic ◦ Compassionate ◦ Grounded ◦ Considerate I am a good project worker because:
  • I am interested and enjoy working with young people.
  • I like to learn from the people I work with.
  • I try my hardest.
  • I can be flexible and adaptable.
  • I know some stuff.
  • I can think on my feet.
  • I am a creative problem solver.
  • I am so happy to be at HOT 
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Eilidh MacIver

Project Worker

Hard working ◦ Calm ◦ Wise ◦ Supportive ◦ Focused ◦ Patient ◦ Thoughtful ◦ Knowledgable Approachable – Easy going – Calm – Honest – Imaginative – Good sense of humour - Thoughtful – Empathetic I am a good project worker because I am:
  • Gentle,
  • Warm,
  • Friendly,
  • Relaxed
  • Willing to get involved in what’s going on
  • Smart and brave,
  • Calm,
  • I have a warm and calm personality,
  • Reflective and thoughtful in my contribution and feedback.
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Meet the team Andy

Andy Porteous

Project Worker

Energetic - Hardworking – Creative – Kind – Helpful – Friendly – Enthusiastic – Cheerful – Approachable – Fun – Great Energy – Warm – Good Ideas I am a good Project Worker because:
  • I care about young people
  • I am hardworking
  • I never give up
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Roxan Nazifishirayi

Project Worker

Compassionate - Reflective -  Determined - Curious - Loving - Honest - Playful - Proactive I am a good Project Worker because:
  • I value young people
  • I am open-minded and supportive
  • I am understanding of different struggles
  • I believe in positive change
  • I am good at seeing the bigger picture
  • I try to be the best version of me I can be
  • I am responsible and thorough
  • I love learning
  • I want to help
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Lisa Balfe

Lisa Balfe

Senior Project Worker 

(currently on maternity leave) Organised ◦ Team Player ◦ Commitment ◦ Resourceful ◦ Listens ◦ Warm ◦ Bring out the best in people   I am a good Senior Project Worker because:
  • I think of others,
  • I see the bigger picture,
  • I am open minded,
  • I am understanding,
  • I am a good problem solver,
  • I am hardworking,
  • I am supportive,
  • I am self-aware.
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Karen Sutherland

Office Manager

Hard working ◦ Calm ◦ Wise ◦ Supportive ◦ Focused ◦ Patient ◦ Thoughtful ◦ Knowledgable I am a good Office Manager because:
  • I am good at problem solving,
  • I am organised,
  • I keep calm under pressure,
  • I pay attention to detail,
  • I am logical,
  • I don’t give up easily.
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Karen Sutherland