Ashleigh graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in English Literature in 2007. After a year of travelling, she started her career in the charity sector in Northern Ireland, working for a Reconciliation and Peace Project. For five years, Ashleigh worked closely with marginalised groups (i.e. young offenders, loyalist/republican communities, minority ethnic communities) on issues around identity, racism and sectarianism through training, research and practical outreach initiatives. Through this work, Ashleigh gained valuable training in facilitation, mediation and conflict management, which has benefited her throughout her career.
Ashleigh’s most recent role was in a homeless charity, primarily focusing on developing the business side of the organisation, particularly its’ fundraising and volunteering functions. For the past six years, in her spare time, she has been working as an Events Manager for a charity focusing on developing the arts in local communities for children and young people. She manages teams of volunteers at a range of events and festivals, to ensure art is more accessible.
Ashleigh has a passion for volunteering herself. Over the past 10 years, she has volunteered for various charities, including a humanitarian charity and two arts charities. She gains a lot personally from volunteering and it has meant she has a unique perspective into the true value of volunteers for charities such as Sported.
Ashleigh was attracted to the work of Sported due to her interest in building and developing groups to reach their full potential. She is especially looking forward to working with our Member groups to see how she can best support them to become more sustainable.
In her spare time, Ashleigh is a self-confessed Spin addict. When she isn’t on the saddle, she enjoys nothing more than sitting in a coffee shop with a good book, or simply watching the world go by.
Contact Ashleigh on firstname.lastname@example.org