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Meet the Team

Charlie Bethel
Chief Officer

I have worked in the third sector for over twenty years and joined UK Men’s Sheds Association in the summer of 2018.  

I studied Industrial Design at University and joining UK Men's Sheds Association is a meeting of three of my passions; organisational growth, increasing wellbeing and my love of craft and design.

My role is to ensure the staff team and projects are focused and delivering on the organisation's Mission of Healthy and Happy Men.

Much of my time is spent on the acquisition and development of resources for the organisation with an aim to grow, sustain and support Men’s Sheds across the UK.

David Meli
Partnerships and Community Development Manager

Hi, I’m David and I live in a small village called Riccall near York…

I’ve managed relationships and partnerships for almost my whole career with a range of organisations from clubs, voluntary bodies, national and international federations as well as commercial businesses.

I love the opportunity of meeting new people, identifying ways to bring them together to develop beneficial partnerships and helping organisations to grow their reach and sustainability. In my spare time, I enjoy most sports and, whilst I can’t maintain some of them to the same level as I used to, I now have the fun of watching my son and daughter compete in the activities they enjoy.

Rachel Meadows
Volunteer and Community Development Manager

I live on the Wirral and enjoy taking full advantage of being surrounded by water. I love paddle-boarding, beach walks or a dip in the sea! I love travelling, I look forward to flying again soon… hopefully!

The best part of my job is the passion and skills that our volunteers bring to Men’s Sheds. Hearing real stories, relating to people. Sharing a laugh goes a long way in building relationships. 

I’d love to see our volunteers continue to be involved in all we do; from interviewing new volunteers to sharing skills and creating content. I’d like us to feel like one team, working together to grow and promote the Shed movement.

Laura Winkley
Membership and Support Officer

I’m Laura, Membership and Support Officer I joined the team in October 2017 after spending 15+ years working in the youth and community and social care sectors. It is surprising sometimes the amount of useful information from that period of time that comes in handy for Sheds! I am so grateful for Shedders who generously share their own learning, which helps me support more Sheds to grow and develop. What I love most is hearing from Sheds how they’ve transformed many people’s lives for the better.

When I’m not working behind my desk, I’m a mum of two toddlers who I love getting outside adventuring with my husband and crazy dog, or running or trying my hand at various crafts.

Leo Pswarayi
Digital Communications Officer

Hi I’m Leo. I love stand-up comedy and sunny holidays, good food and good music.

I love visual mediums, photography, videography, illustration, design the lot! In my past life I’ve been a Journalist, a Media Manager and of course a Digital Creative. Working for Men’s Sheds is such a great fit for me, it allows me to do what I love whilst amplifying such a worthy cause. Helping to support Men in the mental health and wellbeing space is something I’m passionate about. I hope to get guys talking more about their health and to promote Men’s Sheds so that as many men as possible can benefit from them.

Karen Coates
Finance Manager

Over the years I've worked in a range of finance roles, and I'm now very pleased to be working for a charity that improves people's mental health by engaging them in meaningful and enjoyable activity.  

My aim is to support the robust financial management of UKMSA as the Shed movement grows. 
I have a busy family life and love spending time with my three grown-up children, my lovely husband and my quirky cat.  

I'm a strong believer in the physical and mental health benefits of walking, and really enjoy getting out and exploring new routes locally with my husband.

Bernadette McElhatton
Membership Services Administrator

I am married to a fab guy from the North East and have a wonderful 29-year-old son.

I started my working life in travel and ended up a PA to a Chief Exec before joining UKMSA in January ’21. I love working with the team who have been so welcoming and supportive.

The Shed Movement is incredible. The work Sheds do in their own communities to support men (and women) is invaluable.  What’s better in life than meeting new people over a cuppa, having a laugh and making new things and mending old.

Over the years I have participated in lots of charity events and volunteered for a few years for Refuge, the Charity for women and children, against domestic violence.

My friends nickname me “Monica” from Friends!JI am a bit of a neat freak and am the organised planner in my friendship groups and a bit of a “social butterfly”