Our amazing Staff & Volunteers / /

April Allman – CEO

April has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young people. She spent more than 20 years working at Derby College, latterly as deputy principal. She has tremendous vision, excellent communication skills and a little black book of unrivalled contacts within the city’s business community. An inspirational CEO, April has set ambitious targets for Enthusiasm and is committed to supporting the city’s hardest to reach young people. She is also a hands-on grandparent and keen dog owner with her own little pack of dachshunds. 

Haydn Brady – Finance & Funding Manager

Haydn has been involved with Enthusiasm for almost half his life and is a walking advertisement for the power it has to change lives. Aged just 14-years-old, and by his own admission ‘challenging’, Haydn started his journey with Enthusiasm by attending youth club. He responded well to responsibility and became a hands-on volunteer before being offered an apprenticeship in business admin. He has worked hard and shown an appetite to continually improve, gaining the position of finance and funding manger last year. Haydn is living proof that given the right opportunity young people will excel.

Heather Dent – Youth & Community Service Manager

Heather was among the founding members of Enthusiasm and has worked for the charity since it launched in 1992. Over the last 30 years Heather has supported around 10,000 young people to choose a better life and her dedication to the charity and the young people of Derby cannot be underestimated. Heather represented Enthusiasm when it was presented with the Queen’s Award – the highest accolade given to charities in the UK.

Nikita Biggs – Youth Team Coordinator

No one understands the needs of our young people more than Nikita who, by her own admission, went off the rails as a teenager, getting excluded from school and joining a gang. Her own story means Nikita can relate to all the young people she works with, supporting pupils in school on a one-to-one basis. She describes Enthusiasm as a family unit, where everyone looks after one another, “like a loving family”.

Karlie Ross – Youth Mentor

Karlie has been part of our team for 7 years including teaching dance on a Wednesday and volunteering on trips and activities. In 2023 Karlie was given the role of Youth Mentor. Karlie has a real caring and nurturing nature towards the young people we work with. We know she will help us immensely on our mission to change lives. Karlie adds a real creative flair to the team and can inspire positive & lasting change through a variety of workshops especially dance &  the arts, Karlie is a qualified dance teacher.

Julia Lyczek – Social Media Promoter

Julia is one of our real success stories! She first engaged with us at the age of 16. Her confidence has blossomed during her time with us, such as her devotion to the charity Julie has spent  6 years volunteering her time to the Trust. We see beaming potential in Julia and have given her a role as a Social Media Promoter, where she can get creative and give new life to our social platforms

Kathryn Parritt  -Administration 

Kathryn has worked in admin and customer service roles in the banking industry and other businesses for over 25 years. She has been a PA to company directors at 3 different companies in the financial and property development/construction industries. She is currently an Accounts Administrator dealing mainly with the purchase ledger. Her organisational, interpersonal and finance skills are invaluable to the organisation

Rachel Hawkins – Data Consulting & Social Media

Rachel has a wealth of experience in building continuous improvement tools to drive results in all sectors. She is also a qualified teacher and social media guru offering extensive support that leads to improvements in the services offered to our young people . Her extensive experience of teaching means she can not only create and design bespoke learning packages for staff and young people but she can also deliver them too. 

Aaron Payne – Lead Volunteer Youth Voice Trustee

For three years Aaron was mentored by Enthusiasm after being identified as being at risk of exclusion, antisocial behaviour, or offending. Today, Aaron gives up at least three evenings every week to work with our young people, running football training sessions alongside Derby County Community Trust and helping at youth club. He also helps to run school holiday activity clubs and is now training other volunteers in how they too can help Enthusiasm provide a safe place for young people. Aaron is also on the city’s Youth Voice Board, representing the young people who attend Enthusiasm and the community they live in. He also represents the young people on Enthusiasm’s board and requests funding for projects, flags up safeguarding issues, suggests activities and rolls up his sleeves to help run them. When not at college studying construction and bricklaying or volunteering at Enthusiasm, Aaron plays an active role in supporting his single mum and 14 siblings.

Honour Taylor – Lead Volunteer Youth Voice Trustee

Honour first came to Enthusiasm in the summer of 2021 when she attended the youth club. She soon realised that she could give back to the community by volunteering her time to support events that she had enjoyed herself. Although still only a teenager herself, Honour works with young people who are at risk of sexual and criminal exploitation and offending and social exclusion, running sessions in the evening and during school holidays. A dedicated member of the team, Honour is a natural leader and has shown maturity beyond her years which has commanded respect from trustees, staff and her peers. She has capably managed challenging behaviour and busy activities and is an essential cog in the Enthusiasm machine.

Helen Lenton – Volunteer/Community Voice Trustee/Community Poverty Commissioner

Helen’s journey with Enthusiasm started when she attended the Friday night youth club herself. Both her children have been supported by Enthusiasm and Helen has given back to the organisation in every way that she can. From running weekly coffee mornings for mums to planning day trips during school holidays, volunteering at youth clubs and supporting fundraising events such as summer fairs, Helen is always willing to get stuck in. She is also an advocate for Enthusiasm in the community, spreading the word about the good work it does and guiding those who need support to attend. She has helped to build a bridge of trust between the community and Enthusiasm, championing everything the organisation does in order that more young people will access the help and support it offers. In turn, she gathers information from the community about the challenges they face and how Enthusiasm can tailor its approach to best support them. Helen has two children, Darby and Demi-May and her long-term ambition is to become an SEN teaching assistant.

Rosie Willis – Volunteer

Rosie started attending Enthusiasm dance sessions when she was 13 and was an active member of the ‘dance crew’. Today she helps run the sessions, teaching hip hop and street dance to anyone who wants to join in every Wednesday evening. Rosie says the staff, volunteers and young people who use Enthusiasm make her smile and her association with the charity has given her confidence.