Meet the team
It takes a great team to make a great organisation. Find out more about us below.
Phil Watts OBE MRICS Chair of Trustees
Phil has been a member of the Board of Trustees since November 2016, initially as Acting Chair, and as Chair of Trustees since May 2017. Phil is a retired Civil Servant, and a chartered Land Surveyor by training. In a long and diverse career, he gained experience of Corporate Planning, Project Management, Product Development & Publishing, and Sales & Marketing. Prior to retiring in 2014, Phil was Ordnance Survey’s Head of Corporate Affairs, involved in the Department’s engagement with Government Ministers, Stakeholders and Customers, and serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors.
Phil has been Church Warden and currently Treasurer of his local Parish Church. An active Church Bell Ringer, Phil serves on the Winchester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches as Diocesan Bells Advisor. He is also a season ticket holder at his home-town club Swindon Town. Phil is married to Liz, and they have two sons, one married.
Liz Watts FMAAT Treasurer and Founding Trustee
A founder member of Fledge’s Board of Trustees, Liz serves as Fledge’s Treasurer. She has almost 30 years’ experience in the Charitable Sector and with charity management and finance, having worked in pre-school education, and then with Winchester Area Community Action from 1989 until 2012. Latterly she served as Deputy Chief Officer, responsible for the all of WACA’s finance and personnel functions. Subsequently, Liz was finance manager of Blue Apple Theatre, a Winchester-based performing arts company providing a range of opportunities for people with learning difficulties.
Away from work, Liz has been a Churchwarden of her local church on the outskirts of Chandler’s Ford, having served her Church in many different roles since it was founded in 1987. She is married with two adult sons.
Lauren Cheshire Trustee and Founder
Lauren, together with her husband Mark, started with the initial vision for Fledge in 2009. Since that time, Lauren has played an integral role in sharing the vision of Fledge to build support and develop the framework from which Fledge was grown. Lauren currently serves as a trustee.
Outside of Fledge, Lauren has extensive experience in youth work having worked as a youth minister within the Church of England for 8 years. Lauren has also run a training consultancy that specialises in safeguarding. She is currently training for ordination in the Church of England.
Penny Thatcher Trustee and HR Lead
Penny joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, having provided some HR support and advice to the charity over the previous couple of years. Her professional background and training is in the HR field, particularly in relation to employment policies and practices, and she currently works as the Employment Adviser for Southampton Methodist District and Wessex Synod of the United Reformed Church. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Penny is a member of her local Parish Church and believes passionately in seeking ways to serve her local community. She has a heart for enabling people to move forward on their journey, for empowering and equipping them for what is ahead, and has been inspired by the potential of the Fledge vision to do just that. She is also training for ordination in the Church of England.
Margaret Doores Trustee
Margaret joined the trustees in July 2017. She has a background in social work having worked in various roles within local authorities, working with young people and their families both in the residential setting of children’s homes and schools, as well as being superintendent of a girls hostel in London. She has also worked with young families advising on homemaking and debt issues.
Margaret has also been a youth worker in her local church. She has been a church warden, a pastoral visitor and a foundation governor at a local church school.
Currently she supports work with children’s activities in her local church and is a volunteer at Winchester Cathedral working with schools.
Margaret is married to Peter, a retired vicar. They have 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Margaret’s hobbies include local and family history, going to the theatre and photography.
Jo Cole Trustee
Jo joined the Board of Trustees in March 2020. She has a background in education.
Mark Cheshire Founder and Company Secretary
Mark, together with his wife Lauren, started with the initial vision for Fledge in 2009. Since that time, Mark has played a central role in shaping what Fledge looks like as an organisation and building the foundation that secured charity status.
Outside of Fledge, Mark works as a deputy learning support manager and teacher in sixth form education, with a specialism in specific learning difficulties.
After several years as a Trustee, Mark now serves as our Company Secretary.
Nerissa Dean Business Operations Manager
Nerissa came on board as the Project Manager for Fledge in June 2015 and has been instrumental in making the Fledge vision a reality including the set up and development of the Fledge House. She has overall responsibility for the operational running of the charity, turning her hand to everything from funding to liaising with Eastleigh Borough Council to removing rogue insects from behind the kitchen appliances!
Natasha Baker Lead Support Worker
Natasha joined Fledge in May 2016, shortly before the first residents moved into the Fledge House. Natasha is responsible for developing the support provision and working with the residents to meet their support needs. She organises group sessions for the residents as well as supporting them 1 to 1 including occasional trips to the ice cream parlour!
Ali Williams Support Worker
Ali joined the Fledge team in Jan 2017. She works alongside Natasha to provide support and mentoring for the residents. Ali works part time for Fledge and part time as the assistant youth leader at KCC, in Hedge End. Away from work Ali loves spending time with her family & friends, socialising and cooking.
Philip Morgan Support Worker
Phil joined Fledge in 2018 and has a wealth of experience in supporting people from previous job roles, including working with ex-offenders. Phil works full time for Fledge as a support worker which involves supporting residents 1:1, running one of the weekly drop-ins and managing our largest house. Outside of work Phil loves cycling and all things Cargo Bike, and has also recently taken up running.
Sian January Support Worker
Sian joined Fledge in December 2018, making a career change after 15 years of working in Software. Sian works 1:1 with residents and also keeps the website up to date and likes to get involved with any practical tasks. Outside of Fledge Sian enjoys hiking, holidays and spending time with family and friends.
Emma Chafe Support Worker
Emma joined Fledge in August 2019 as we expanded from two to four houses. Emma works 1:1 with residents and manages one of the houses. Before working at Fledge Emma helped to support and run a youth group which involved putting on productions, residential trips and work within the community. Away from work Emma like to spend time with her family and friends, and also is a big rugby fan!
Kathryn Chambers Support Worker
Kathryn joined the Fledge staff team in March 2020.