Catherine Hine

Chief Executive Officer 

Catherine joined Fastn in June 2018 as Chief Executive

Having developed, advised and led programmes and campaigns tackling poverty and inequality at international and European levels for fifteen years, Catherine was inspired to make a difference (very much) closer to home following the birth of her daughters.

Catherine is a Non-Executive Director of Smallwood Charitable Trust and recently completed her MBA which looked at how employers can support the sustainability of families.

Catherine grew up in a single-parent family with an amazing mother and grandmother. She is passionate about the importance of healthy, dependable and nurturing families, whatever their shape and form. 

Additional passions include karaoke, Russian language and adventures with global cookery.


Hannah Partis

Education Programme Development Co-ordinator

Hannah joined Fastn in August 2021 as our Education Programme Development Coordinator. Hannah has extensive experience in programme and project delivery within the voluntary and educational travel sectors. Prior to joining Fastn, Hannah worked on a student-led programme promoting life skills and global citizenship, where she gained experience collaborating with partners, supporting educators and students whilst creating valuable opportunities for young people to learn and develop outside the classroom.

Recognising the importance that relationships and family have had in her own life, as well as a desire to create change that enables all young people to thrive, led Hannah to Fastn.

Outside of work Hannah loves going on outdoor adventures with her young daughter, paddle boarding, zumba classes, volunteering, as well as travelling to explore new places and see family and friends.


Deborah Sinclair

Administration and Finance Co-ordinator


Deborah became the Administration and Finance Co-ordinator at Fastn in January 2019. Prior to this, she spent 12 years in administration and then events management roles at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Students’ Union where she gained experience in supporting young people, educators and creatives in bringing their wildest event-based ideas to reality, within reason! 

Deborah joined Fastn following a desire for change after becoming a parent. The focus on family and being part of an organisation that can really make a positive difference to people’s experience of relationships and family struck a chord and offered the opportunity to improve her own family life and that of others. 

Away from work, Deborah spends her time baking, practising yoga, learning to tap dance, dog walking and facilitating her 4-year old’s social life.  A perk of the job is being able to work with a cat on her lap.


Lauren Hemmings

Programme and Networks Officer

Lauren joined Fastn in September 2021 as Programme and Networks Officer

Before joining Fastn, Lauren worked in digital project management and customer relations in the IT sector. It was here that she learned she enjoyed developing working relationships and sought a role to have influence alongside this. Her role as a Family Worker at St. Christopher’s Church prior to this is what inspired her to pursue the family relationship aspect, making Fastn the perfect fit!

Lauren is an apprentice here at Fastn, studying a degree in Business Management (Social Change) at Queen Mary University of London.

When not working or studying, Lauren enjoys cinema trips, live music and spending time with her parents and three younger siblings.