Meet the Team!

The Talent Match Staffordshire team are keen to introduce themselves to you and show you just how committed they are to making each and every young person’s goal a success. Below you will find a brief profile of each staff member and their role within Talent Match Staffordshire.

Amanda Newbold (Project Manager)


Amanda’s role is to manage the delivery of the Talent Match project in Staffordshire. This includes management of the team and the service provided, as well as developing strategies to engage well with young people, employers and partner organisations.
Often found: In meetings with exciting new delivery partners
Favourite phrase: “This is definitely a curlywurly© moment”

Louise Cotton (Team Leader)



Louise‘s role is to support and manage the 4 hardworking, innovative and slightly mad Talent Coaches.  This includes developing safe and good working practice, encouraging new ideas and promoting excellent ways to work with young people, partner organisations and employers.
Often found: Tinging the bell of success and writing copious amounts of notes to remember everything !!!!
Favourite Phrase: “Good things come to those who wait, but better things happen to those who go out and get them”

Richard Williams (Employer Engagement officer)


Richard is responsible for contacting employers to find suitable places for work experience and paid employment.
He also works on the website, is involved with planning future projects and organises events from time to time.
Often found: surrounded by paperwork
Favourite phrase: “Awesome Sauce”

Joanne Hirons (Administrator)


Joanne’s role is to provide administrative support to the Project Manager and to complete a
wide range of administrative tasks for the Talent Match Project.
Often found: Using her ‘x-ray vision’ to proof read and amend documents
Favourite phrase: “Treat others as you would want them to treat you”

Amy Preece (Employment Coach)


Role: Like Emily, Amy also recruits Youth Action Team volunteers and Peer Mentors. Amy provides young people with the support they need to access the Talent Match services and matches them with a like-minded Peer Mentor. Amy promotes the project through events and meetings with referral agencies.
Often found: Removing circus equipment from her car and filling it with Talent Match goodies
Favourite phrase: “Just keeping swimming”

Jess Rice (Employment Coach)


Role: Jess supports young people to be part of Talent Match by helping them understand their needs and then pairing them with a dedicated Peer Mentor. Jess recruits volunteers for the Youth Action Team and volunteer Peer Mentors. Jess works together with the local agencies to support young people into employment through Talent Match.
Often found: Geeking out by writing colour co-ordinated lists
Favourite phrase: “But first, we are going to need more coffee”

Helen Scheven (Employment Coach)

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Role: As an Employment Coach with Talent Match Helen spends time supporting our young people and helping them to reach their goals. Every day is different at Talent Match and Helen’s role includes jumping in, thinking creatively and helping with any aspect of the project that’s happening that day!
Often found:Writing reminders on brightly coloured post it notes!
Favourite phrase:“Give me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Rebecca Main (Apprentice)


Rebecca Is our Business Administration Apprentice and she helps in anyway she can, as well as bringing a Young Perspective to the office.

Rebecca Roles up to work and will creatively contribute to any given task whether it be designing booklets, posting on social media or inputting into databases.

Often found: Googling the best possible outcome for pretty much everything!

Favourite phrase: “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice