Our team understand eating disorders and are here to provide hope, opportunities and choices through recovery.

Founded in 2004, it is the unwavering hard work, dedication and passion of our trustees, volunteers, partners, funders and incredible staff which enables us to continue our award-winning and quality-assured support to those struggling with eating disorders, as well as parents and carers and a network of professionals. It is to our team and our stakeholders that we express the greatest and sincerest gratitude that we can grow and continue to be the eating disorder charity in the Midlands.

Our team understand eating disorders. With extensive knowledge and experience, our staff provide the necessary experience to be able to operate effectively whilst relying on the help and support provided by our wonderful volunteers.

Catherine Cleary MBE
Catherine Cleary MBE

First Steps ED Founder and Director

Kevin Parkinson
Kevin Parkinson

First Steps ED Chief Executive Officer

Rosie Hibberd
Rosie Hibberd

First Steps ED Operations Lead

Amy Stringer
Amy Stringer

First Steps ED Business Development Director

Lucy Robinson
Lucy Robinson

Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Manager

Danny Morley
Danny Morley

Specialist Support Officer for EDISS

Polly Strangwick 
Polly Strangwick 

First Steps ED Services Coordinator

Holly Whitehead
Holly Whitehead

Children and Young Persons Service Coordinator

Sharon McCabe
Sharon McCabe

Integrated Community Support Coordinator

Logan Strouther
Logan Strouther

Specialist Support Officer for EDISS

Manaal Mulla
Manaal Mulla

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Karen Collins
Karen Collins

Parent and Carer Lead

Kasmira Spence
Kasmira Spence

First Steps ED Counselling Coordinator

Zoe Burnett
Zoe Burnett

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Aashna Grewal
Aashna Grewal

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Janet Randazzo
Janet Randazzo

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Abbie Fuller
Abbie Fuller

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Lauren Donaghy
Lauren Donaghy

Befriending Service Coordinator

Rachel Dawes
Rachel Dawes

Office and Training Coordinator

Lisa Wilson
Lisa Wilson

Parent and Carer Workshop Facilitator

Sydney Wheeler
Sydney Wheeler

ICS Specialist Support Officer

Laura Evans
Laura Evans

Senior Specialist Support Officer for EDISS

Naomi Crowson
Naomi Crowson

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Becky Hall
Becky Hall

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Megan Rowe-Jones
Megan Rowe-Jones

First Steps ED Volunteer Coordinator

Cleo Reeves
Cleo Reeves

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Kay Walker
Kay Walker

Children and Young Persons Specialist Support Officer

Sarah Legg
Sarah Legg

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Grace Taylor
Grace Taylor

Private Nutrition Consultant

Anna Monaghan
Anna Monaghan

Private Master Reiki Practitioner

Volunteers continue to play a fundamental role in what we do, supporting both the charity and our service users. The opportunities available to volunteers comes in many forms throughout the year from service delivery to communications and content support. Our volunteers, befrienders and student counsellors remain one of our most valuable assets and play a huge role in ensuring our services and support channels remain open and available to those who need us. To learn more about how you can get involved or support us, visit our ‘Get Involved‘ page!

Patient Public Involvement and Engagement Committee

The involvement of service users and carers is vitally important in making sure our activities are relevant to our key stakeholder groups and all the people our organisation impacts. Our PPIE committee was created to ensure that our patients and the wider public are involved in the activities we undertake. Patients and the public bring a wealth of experience and provide valuable perspectives on the way that our services are designed and delivered.

Emily Elson
Emily Elson

PPIE Chair and Adult Lead

Georgie Lazzari
Georgie Lazzari

PPIE Marketing and Communications Lead

Logan Strouther
Logan Strouther

PPIE Boys and Men Lead

Daniel Green
Daniel Green

PPIE Parent and Carer Lead

Tasha
Tasha

PPIE BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Lead

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