Shop for less, reduce food waste, get advice & support, build connections…

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Meet the Team

Key began as a grassroots organisation born out of its local community. Most of our team still belong to, and care passionately about, South Tyneside.

Our Leaders

Ross Allen

Chief Executive Officer Email

Jo Benham Brown

Business Development and Communities Manager Email

Sharon Leask

Accommodation and Allocations Manager Email

Dave Culley

Compliance Manager Email

Kevin Hall

Resettlement and Retainment Team Leader Email

Marie Burnett

Poverty Prevention Team Leader Email

Lisa Coates

Flavia and Strickland Team Leader Email

Join the team

View our current vacancies

Our Board

Penny Hayton

Chair of Trustees

Steve Hamilton


David Traynor


Gill Cunningham


Iain Ogden



Our volunteers make a valued and crucial contribution to our work and are as empowered and trusted as the rest of the team, whether acting as mentors for our young people, motivating, guiding and supporting them to achieve their potential, or playing a role in the vast operation of our Key to Life Foodbank.

Key fact

The efforts of Key to Life volunteers annually are equal to 3 full-time workers or in monetary terms they contribute £60,000 worth of their time volunteering.