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.

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.

Dionne Walton

Youth Activism Co-ordinator

Dionne joined FASTN in November 2019 as our Youth Activism Co-ordinatorDionne has a background in youth work spending a decade teaching social sciences and as a school leader. Dionne has since spent the last few years in the Charity sector, leading projects which support, engage and empower young people to be changemakers.

Dionne is active in her community taking on roles as a school Governor, Chaperone for a local amateur dramatics society, supporting the rugby club and volunteering on youth projects. Dionne has a passion for personal development in herself and others and hopes one day to do a TED talk. Dionne juggles her career with the demands of a big family, with her partner and their 5 children aged 4-17.

Abi Froud

Projects and Networks Officer

Abi joined FASTN as the Projects and Networks Officer in October 2019. She joined the organisation through the Charityworks graduate programme and has recently graduated from a Psychology with International Studies degree. While at University Abi, spent her free time volunteering for a mental health charity, sex education charity and a mental health research project. She also somehow found time for mentoring international students whilst abroad and writing for a magazine and poetry competitions.

The connection between relationships, mental health and psychology is something Abi is very enthusiastic about. Having selected classes to understand relationships from an academic standpoint, she is now enthusiastically putting this understanding into the practical work of FASTN.

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.

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.