The Team


My name is Sarah Stapleton and I am the Service Lead . I have a background in Family Support with Suffolk County Council and experience of working with volunteers. Before taking on my current role I had been supporting Family First as a family volunteer.






My name is Michelle Jones. I am a Family Coordinator and the Deputy Service Lead . I have a background in health visiting, SEN teaching and leading a Pregnancy Advice charity. I am a Domestic Abuse Champion.





My name is Karen McNeil and I am a Family Coordinator. I have a background in tutoring and experience of fostering, adoption and children with special needs.





My name is Audrey Catto and I am a Family Coordinator. I have a background in special school nursing. I am a Domestic Abuse Champion.






Dot Cordle is Chair of Trustees. She has a clinical background in Nursing and Health Visiting , with extensive experience in clinical, operational and management of Children and Family Services within the NHS.  Her career culminated in Head of these services across Suffolk. Following her retirement Dot has been involved with several charities including           Family First.





Jan Baker is a Trustee and has been part of the Organisation since it began in 2013 . She has a professional background in nursing with over 35 years experience working both in the community and until retirement , as a Diabetes Specialist Nurse in North East Essex.





David Samson is both trustee and safeguarding lead for Family First. Having worked for over 20 years in the private and public sector for Connexions and Children’s Services he brings a wealth of experience supporting teenagers and families and ensuring safe practice.





Mark Crawley recently retired from Suffolk County Council where he led a team responsible for commissioning a variety of services for adults. Previously Mark was Director of Commissioning in an NHS Trust. He has over 30 years experience working in the public and charitable sector, much of it a senior level and brings a wealth of experience of developing and improving services for people with a wide range of health and care needs.




Steve Jones has been a teacher for over 10 years and works as a Head of Maths in a local secondary school. Steve brings knowledge of financial systems to Family First as he was Treasurer of a local church for several years. He is involved in volunteer youth work and was previously a Trustee of Perspectives Pregnancy Advice.





Daniel Somers runs an established marketing company but also has a passion for helping people to find a way out of addictions, money or mental health issues. Daniel is an avid campaigner of improving people’s mental health by working with charities, businesses and individuals.