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Lesley Pattison - Admin Worker
Lesley has been The Den's admin worker for six years. Lesley cut her teeth at Stanley Youth Centre, providing admin and youth work support. During which time she acquired her Level 3 Business Administration and Level 3 Customer Service qualifications. Lesley's main role involves financial management, payroll and Den bookings. 

Kat Rudd - Development coordinator                                                                                                                                                       Kat has a first-class honours degree in Business Management from Teesside University and a Professional graduate certificate in Education. She has previous experience of working with small businesses and sole traders and four years’ experience working within further education. In the previous few years she held the role of Student Union President where she was a member of the board of governors and involved in strategic decision making on the development and direction of the organisation as well as holding main responsibility for advocating for students across all hierarchical levels internally and externally. She is excited to drive our mission of improving the lives of children and young people. When she's not at The Den, she's usually attending racing events with her family who are all motorsport mad. 

Beth Tannahill - Youth Project Lead 

Beth is our newest staff member here at The Den. She has a huge background in Hospitality and Catering, a  Foundation Degree in Events Management, First class honours degree in Business Management from The Open University as well as recently graduating with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education. Beth has 2 years experience working with students with additional needs and has been an active supporting presence for students  in further education for 5+ years alongside her studies. In previous years Beth has worked part time in the hospitality sector whilst studying multiple degrees at New College Durham, whilst also raising her own family. She is brand new to The Den and is excited to work with our team providing a safe, enriching and fun environment for all of our members. When she's not at the Den she spends her time socialising with family and visiting museums and landmarks near and far. 

Laura Eland - Den Assistant
Laura joined our team in December 2021 through the government's kickstart scheme. Laura's role at The Den is helping run the youth clubs, cleaning and creating digital posters for any events and groups. She also volunteers at Wood Craft Folk group nights. When she's not at the Den she enjoys spending time with her dog, watching stop motion movies and spending time with her friends.