Meet The Team

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

Nike Powers Managing Director

Niki Powers - Managing Director

I contributed to developing policy and new resources to support professionals and to encourage parents and carers to talk to their children about sex and relationships.

Gemma burns

Gemma Burns - Project Worker

My background is in youth work and informal education. At school, I was lucky enough to receive sexual health education from the Health Opportunities Team.


Lorina Gilroy - Project Worker

My curiosity surrounding the “hows” and “whys” of human behaviour led me to studying a BSc in Psychology at University. My degree set the foundation for my career and encouraged me to try and understand the lived experiences of others.

Sam Termer - Worker Substance Use

Sam Termer - Project Worker - Substance Use

My background is in Psychology. I studied Psychology at university for 5 years and really loved it! I love learning about human behaviour and how the brain works!

Jude Sevestre

Jude Sevestre - Counselling Team

Working with HOT enables me to do the work I love, and I’m really grateful to be in a position where I can put so much energy and care into providing support and/or guidance to young people.

Jen Ward Project Worker

Jen Ward – Project Worker

I am excited to start a new career in the mental health field where I can combine my love of science with a passion for supporting people. For me, science is about discovery and learning, and I think there is nothing more exciting than learning about the way we think, act, and feel.