Meet The Team

We are an independent community-based project committed to improving the social, emotional and sexual well-being of young people.

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Niki Powers

Managing Director

Key Strengths

  • Excellent mentor
  • Creative problem solver
  • Caring and inspiring
  • Kind and compassionate
  • The desire to inform and empower the team
  • Make staff feel valued
  • Good leader and communicator
    Honest and upfront

I’m a good Managing Director because:

  • 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 on
  • I am open minded with a positive “can do” attitude
  • I have lots of good ideas
  • I always try to do the right thing even when it’s difficult
  • I care about people (young people and the team).

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Abigail Jackson

Deputy Manager

Key Strengths

  • Strong, direct and driven
  • Knowledgeable and supportive
  • Assertive and action focused
  • Energy and warmth
  • Determined and capable
  • Caring and supportive
  • Passionate and hardworking

I am a good Deputy Manager because:

  • I’m passionate about working with young people
  • I believe everyone has the right and the ability to achieve their goals
  • I listen to feedback and make changes when needed
  • I’m friendly and approachable
  • I’m super organised
  • I care about and am dedicated to supporting my team members
  • I take action and make things happen!
  • I believe in the vision and mission of HOT

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Karen Sutherland

Office Manager

Key Strengths

  • Hard working
  • Calm
  • Wise
  • Supportive
  • Focused
  • Patient
  • Thoughtful
  • Knowledgeable

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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Nike Senior Project Worker

Nike Oruh

Therapeutic Lead Worker

Key Strengths

  • Focused
  • Calm
  • Positive
  • Creative

I’m a good Senior Project Worker because...

  • I listen
  • I care about people
  • I am warm and reflective

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Paula Ferguson

Project worker

Key Strengths

  • Warm
  • Kind
  • Funny
  • Hardworking
  • Reflective
  • Down to earth
  • Approachable

I am a good project worker because:

  • I care greatly about young people and their wellbeing
  • I am a strong communicator
  • I have a good sense of humour
  • I am very conscientious
  • I am a hard worker
  • I love being part of a team
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Andy Project Worker

Andy Porteous

Project Worker

Key Strengths

  • 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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Amy Macnamara

Project Worker

Key Strengths

  • Kind and caring
  • Energetic
  • Knowledgeable
  • Warm and approachable
  • Passionate
  • Creative
  • Funny

I’m a good Project Worker because...

  • I'm a good listener
  • I'm passionate about working with young people
  • I'm caring and kind
  • I'm fun and adventurous
  • I'm creative
  • I'm hardworking

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Gemma Project Worker

Gemma Burns

Project Worker

Key Strengths

  • Kind, caring and gentle
  • Good to talk to and a fantastic listener
  • Willing to share knowledge
  • Reassuring and complimentary
  • Fantastic with young people
  • Warm and friendly
  • Caring and smart
  • A great team member
  • A fun person
  • Kind, warm, cheerful, calm, & enthusiastic
  • A calm energy that puts young people at ease
  • Approachable and easy to talk to
  • Super experienced, kind and thoughtful
  • An open and caring individual who brings a wealth of substance use + youth work knowledge to the team
  • Thoughtful, warm and take an interest in others.
  • A skilled worker with young people

I’m a good project worker because:

  • I am passionate about the rights of all young people and care about their well being
  • I am knowledgeable and want to keep learning
  • I love interacting with people and learning their stories
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Mel Aitken

Project Worker

Key Strengths

  • Kind and friendly
  • Helpful and warm
  • Open, friendly and bubbly
  • Enthusiastic
  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Positive

I am a good Project Worker because:

  • I am empathetic and a good listener
  • I'm enthusiastic and love what I do
  • I believe strongly in equality and young people's rights
  • I am reliable and organised
  • I am reflective and give everything 100%.
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