Meet the Team
Gareth joined the team in March 2019 having worked for many years in education, training and sports development.
Since 2015, he project managed a charity improving the health and well being of people with disabilities/long-term medical conditions and brings empathy and reassurance to our parents from his previous experiences as a widower, single parent and step-parent to 3 sons and 2 daughters.
A keen runner, he is a Trustee and Chair of Moray Road Runners (SCIO SC049049) and still competes regularly at various events across Scotland.
Family Worker (Maternity Leave Feb 2020 - Feb 2021)
Emma joined the team in June 2018. Her working background lies in mental health. However, she later decided to return to college to study Childcare, enabling her to support both the younger and older age groups. Emma has worked in nurseries, primary schools and more recently in residential childcare. Emma finds support work extremely rewarding and enjoys making a difference in the lives of those she supports.
Margaret has worked at Step by Step since the early days. She has established the ethos of being ‘alongside parents, providing light touch’ guidance and support.
She supports our Family Workers and valued volunteers and inspires us all by her attentiveness and commitment to our families.
Nikki first attended our groups with her son, she then became a volunteer and finally a member of the staff team in March 2020.
She brings her knowledge of how Step by Step works to the team and her insight to this will help develop relationships with our families.
Tracy runs our groups in St Leonard’s Church Hall in Forres on Wednesdays, with locally based volunteers, and a group in Elgin on a Tuesday Morning.
Parents value her Step by Step groups and individual support. Tracy is a gymnastics coach who runs her own club, she enjoys teaching children.
Vicky has been part of the Step by Step ‘family’ since 2012. First attending groups with her son, then joining us as a staff member.
She provides administrative support to all our staff and trustees. She keeps track of our finances, record-keeping and administers our popular closed Facebook group.
Gillian runs family support groups at Winchester House with children from birth to 3 years old, when they graduate to nursery. She works with volunteers to support parents to manage relationships and behaviour, by establishing routines and consistency for their toddlers.
Gillian is a keen cyclist and keeps herself fit and healthy by biking to work every day.
Ann became a member of the staff team in April 2018. She had been a regular volunteer and enjoyed it so much that when the chance came along, she joined us as staff. Ann loves seeing parents and children joining in the creative play sessions and seeing how happy and proud they feel with the keepsakes they’ve made together.