Our team

Holly Hennell


Holly is responsible for our members, new business and    programme development.

‘Having previously worked on a number of volunteering programmes at the University of York, I joined York Cares in 2009. I have 15 years experience of volunteer management in York and am responsible for overseeing the running of the charity, working with key city stakeholders to ensure our programmes address local community needs, whilst enabling employers to make a strategic investment in the city. I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I love, working alongside a team who are all as passionate as I am about making a difference.

I am a mum to two boys and two cats who keep me very busy! In my limited spare time, I enjoy exercising (yoga, walking, running and cycling), baking, reading and singing in a local community gospel choir.’

Zoe Coupland

Apprentice Project Officer

Zoe supports our Starting Blocks programme.


‘I am an Apprentice Project Officer for City of York Council which includes working with the York Cares team, I will be mainly focusing on Starting Blocks. I have always wanted to work and support young people and children, especially those who are in foster care, to be able to support, empower and achieve anything they want. I am very excited to get started and work with this lovely team! 

I have lived in York all my life and I love this city, I enjoy going on long walks and spending time with friends and family.’

Ronan Crawford- Ellin

Volunteering Project Officer

Ronan co-ordinates the Social Connections programme and is responsible for overseeing our Ambassador contacts and our CRM system.

‘I recently joined York Cares in September 2020 from the John Lewis Partnership where I had nine years of retail experience. I have experience working with businesses and charities across York and have lived in and around the city over the last six years.

I have an interest in History, learning German and have recently become a parent.’

Katy Elliott

Volunteering Support Officer

Katy co-ordinates the Inspiring Minds programme.


‘After completing a Placement Year with York Cares last year, I am currently in the final year of my Politics and International Relations degree at the University of York. After graduating, the dream is to work within the not-for-profit sector, so it is such a privilege to be working within the team.

I was brought up in a fishing town on the East Kent coast, so one of my favourite things to do is settle on the (might I say very stoney) beach with a book or a beverage.’

Georgia Gibbons

Volunteering Project Officer

Georgia co-ordinates the Aspirations and Starting Blocks programme and is responsible for events, social media, the website and the newsletter.

‘I have been part of the York Cares team for 5 years now. I love York and I am passionate about facilitating employers to support children and young people to realise and achieve their potential.

I enjoy spending my spare time in the great outdoors with my family.’

Ethan Moss

Volunteering Support Officer

Ethan co-ordinates the Team Challenge and Skills Share programmes.

‘I am taking a year out of my Economics degree from the University of York to work with York Cares. Covid-19 has shown us the value of green spaces within our community, so I am delighted to be able to help maintain them through management of the team challenges program.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, playing and watching football, and trying new types of tea.’

Laura Pulleyn

Employee-volunteer boxxe

‘I currently work as Community Partner at boxxe managing our wider community partnerships and volunteer and pro bono service initiative. At boxxe we have committed 5% of our time to giving back which means I am lucky enough to get the benefit of 11.5 days a year to use with a charity of my choice. As York Cares Ambassador and employer member I am excited to use this time to support the charity with their Social Connections programme and develop our partnership. Creating a positive impact in our communities has always been a focus of mine and I feel incredibly fortunate to have found a role and a company that aligns so closely with my values. I’m excited to join the York Cares team over the next few months to gain a greater understanding of all the work the goes on behind the scenes to facilitate volunteering and see how we can improve the way we support as employers.

Alongside my professional role I have always taken on personal charity and fundraising challenges in my free time including the Yorkshire Marathon and the great North Swim. I am a mum of twins and home to three cats so there is never a dull moment in life. In my free time I love the gym, swimming, cooking and reading a good book with a cup of Yorkshire tea.’


Megan Wilkinson

Volunteering Project Officer

Megan is currently on maternity leave and is due to return in summer 2022.

‘I have been working in the Charity sector for over five years with a particular focus on reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people. I have a background in sports and community development following my degree at the University of Central Lancashire.

I enjoy baking and spending time exploring the Yorkshire countryside with my rescue dog Marley.’

Photo credit for team photo – Paul Oscar Photography http://pauloscarphotography.uk/
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