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.’

Ronan Crawford- Ellin

Volunteering Project Officer

Ronan co-ordinates the Inspiring Minds, Aspirations, and Social Connections programmes 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 Team Challenge and Skills Share programmes.


‘I am currently with York Cares on my placement year, so I am taking a year out 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 looking after the Team Challenges program 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 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 4 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 love travel, my favourite destination so far were the Gili Islands in Indonesia. I also love reading rom-com books with a huge cup of tea and a piece of cake.’

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.’

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