About Us Meet the team Meet the Staff Meet the staff Abi Froud Education Programme Coordinator Abi took on the role of Education Programme Coordinator in June 2020. She joined Fastn as the Projects and Networks Officer in October 2019 through the Charityworks graduate programme. Abi coordinates Fastn’s delivery with relationship education partners and youth-led organisations. Abi recently graduated from a psychology with international studies degree where she also spent time volunteering for various mental health causes. The connection between relationships, psychology and wellbeing is something Abi is very enthusiastic about. She is now putting her theoretical knowledge into practical work at Fastn. 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. Chris Flack Online Communities Engagement Co-ordinator Chris joined Fastn in November 2019 as our Online Communities Engagement Co-ordinator. Chris has worked in the third sector since 2002 with organisations like Victim Support, The Co-op and Youthnet in Northern Ireland. His work focused on project development, networking, community support, change and policy projects with faith-based groups, arts and community organisations. Chris has been volunteering since 2002, taking on diverse roles; from chairing city Council committees to starting music festivals, he rarely says no to daft ideas. Or coffee. Chris works at events across the UK and Ireland; he is a writer, editor, photographer and filmmaker with an interest in obscure 90s bands, hard to find Irish tea and late 70s Ontario Licence plates. His social media journey started when Myspace and Bebo were a thing. He is married with two children who test his patience and broadband connection on a regular basis. 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. Jana Gardner Projects and Networks Officer Jana recently joined the team at Fastn in October 2020 and follows Abi’s footsteps as Projects and Networks Officer as part of the graduate programme. Prior to joining Fastn, Jana graduated from the University of Sheffield with a master’s in international social change and policy, after previously graduating with a degree in childhood and family studies and sociology. This and her time working and volunteering with various youth organisations have proven to her just what young people are able to achieve when they have the opportunity to speak on issues that concern them, and the importance that nurturing relationships have in this. She now hopes to put her experience into practice at Fastn. Outside of work, Jana enjoys all things music, baking and enjoying the outdoors - preferably while listening to music. Paul Corry PR and Media Manager Paul joined Fastn in May 2020, after six years of working in communications for a Member of Parliament. He has spent over 30 years working as a journalist, charity campaigner and public affairs consultant. Paul was one of the instigators behind the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. He believes that supporting the people most directly affected by an issue to become activists can make a real difference to public attitudes and behaviour. Paul volunteers as a shared reading group leader with The Reader where he has seen how reflecting on great writing and poetry can bring people together, forge new relationships and help people thrive. He now wants to apply these experiences to the innovative work Fastn is rolling out across the country.