Our Team, Trustees & Patrons

Our Team

Meet the team who make Holt Youth Project what it is!

Julie Alford BEM

Co-founder and Manager

Julie established the youth group 35 years ago in her own home in Holt with passion and dedication. After the opening of the Project’s purpose-built building in 2004 Julie has managed and supported the team to create and deliver the vital service it provides today. Julie is very proud of all the Project has achieved and puts this down to the amazing young people and their energy, to her they will always come first.

“The greatest reward is empowering young people to achieve their dreams and aspirations whatever their background or need”

Jamie Merritt

Senior Youth Practitioner

Joined the team in 2006. Jamie is a highly experienced member of the team who is qualified in Gym Instruction, Youth Work, Mentoring and Teacher Training. Jamie heads up the Health Hut, Men’s group and supports Young Carers. He plans and delivers youth sessions to all age groups providing support and leadership within the programmes.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from helping young people grow and flourish, being able to watch them gain power over their lives and achieve their potential is a privilege to watch.”

Lisa Pittingale

Senior Youth Practitioner

Lisa joined the team in 2009. Lisa is a highly experienced member of the team who is qualified in Children and Youth Work, Mentoring, Teacher Training and trained in Beauty Therapy. Lisa currently heads up the delivery and management of our OCR qualifications and delivers youth work.

“I love being able to open doors and create long-lasting memories for young people, I find their way of looking at life infectious. My job is certainly never boring!”

Vicki Alford

Senior Youth Practitioner

Joined the team in 2019 with a background in IT Service Management and experience running a small photography business. Vicki feels her years as a Mum to five is really what has equipped her with the experience and skills needed to support young people. She holds a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling skills and is currently studying to be a qualified Counsellor.

“Young people are amazing! I love their energy and am always in awe of the potential I see in them every day.”

Lucy Hastings

Assistant Youth Practitioner

Lucy joined the team in 2015, after being a valuable volunteer. Lucy felt drawn to the Project from having been a young carer herself. As an empathetic and caring person she strives to help young people wherever she can. Lucy supports both children and the young people within the varied programmes at the Project.

“For me, seeing young people overcome their difficulties and achieve positive outcomes in their lives is what Holt Youth Project is all about.”

Karen Burton

Office Manager

I joined the team in early 2019 as Office Manager. I am passionate about the work that is carried out across the organization and I provide support to all projects and HR support to the team. I enjoy being around people and I am always happy to help!

“I love seeing the smiles from young people enjoying themselves, their energy brings out your inner child and reminds you what it is to be young again.”

Our Trustees

Meet the Holt Youth Project Trustees!

Kevin Abbs


Taking the reins in late 2018 after supporting the Project for many years. Kevin leads with passion and commitment, his expertise in business has put the Project on a sound footing.

Nigel Flower BA


Nigel brings with him a wealth of knowledge and support after retiring from his job as Pastoral Head and Interim Head at Gresham’s School. His sound advice and support is vital to the smooth running of the Project.

Sue Roberts MA

Sue is a valuable asset to the Project. She has a passion for young people especially those who need additional support. The energy Sue brings to the Project reflects positively on the young people helping them to achieve their goals. Sue also helps with fundraising.

Colin Scoles MBE

Colin has been with the Project since its conception. He brings to the Project hard work, dedication and commitment. Colin is an all-rounder helping where ever he can. His larger than life character means there is always energy and a feeling of” get up and go” whenever he is around.

Stuart Ross

Stuart has served as a dedicated volunteer since 2006. His commitment to the evening youth hubs have been priceless, always offering to support the young people wherever he can. Stuart has singlehandedly raised money for the Project. Stuart is very much respected by the young people and a real asset to the Project.

Jeff Woods

Jeff joined the team in 2020 after fundraising for the Project. Jeff is passionate in seeing young people achieve their full potential. Jeff brings to the Project expertise in publicity, getting the work of the Project and the voice of young people heard.

Rodney Smith

Rodney became a trustee late 2019. Rodney is Chairman of the Holt Town Council and Mayor. He is active across the community as a member of the Holt Lights Committee, Holt 1940s Weekend Committee, and a Member of the ‘Love Holt’ team. Rodney provides a direct and valuable link with the Holt Town Council, local groups, residents, and business.

Our Patrons

Meet the Holt Youth Project Patrons!

Charlie & Caroline Barratt

Robert & Charlotte Carter

Lady Dannatt

Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk

Ian & Trish Doughty

Lady Anwen Hurt

Sir Norman Lamb & Lady Mary Lamb

Adel MacNicol

Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk

Nigel & Sandra Worthington

Former Norwich City Manager

Duncan Baker MP

Our Activity Groups

See what activity groups we offer in the list below!

Senior Youth


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North Norfolk Young Carers


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Holiday Programme


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