Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Clare Warwick

Clare Warwick, Chief Executive Officer

Before working for Carlisle Key she worked as a Student Mentor at Lakes College, previously she worked at the University of Cumbria where she gave young people from a low socio-economic backgrounds advice about going and getting into University. During that time Clare undertook her PGDip in Business Administration and is now working towards her MBA.

Clare also has her PGCE in Life Long Learning and a BA in Media Production. She trained as a Media 6th form Teacher but she was drawn to the pastoral aspect of the role.

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Iain McNee

Iain McNee, Operations Manager

Iain previously volunteered for Carlisle Key before being offered the Project and Outreach Worker position. On April 1st, 2019 Iain became the Operations Manager for Carlisle Key and is responsible for Key Housing on Compton Street in Carlisle city center as well as the Key Drop In Service on Fisher Street also in Carlisle city center   

Previously Iain worked for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York City,  working in welfare hotels and shelters in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Originally from Carlisle, Iain lived in New York for 29 years and is also a United States citizen.  He has a lot of experience working with inner city youth through various Hip Hop companies he owned while living in Brooklyn. 

Nicola Hope

Nicola Hope, P/T Project Worker

Nicola has volunteered for Carlisle Key for almost two year when she was offered the P/T Project Worker position. Nicola loves working with the young people and strives to ensure that every young person has the same opportunities within our community. 

Previously Nicola volunteered for CADAS where she was a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and delivered Black Box Therapy, she has a lot of experience working with people who have drug and alcohol misuse problems.


Maria Holmes

Maria Holmes, Administrative Assistant

Maria used to work in Adult and Children's Services where she was a Learning and Development Officer. Since then Maria has been doing a lot of work in the local community. She started volunteering for Carlisle Key in 2015 and decided she would really like to work for us.


Christine Wilson

Christine Wilson, Counsellor MBACP

Christine has a background in Office Management, Business & Finance and more recently Mentoring young people.

Christine joined Carlisle Key in 2015 and she has experienced the benefits of counselling on a personal level.  This has inspired her to complete a Dip HE in Counselling.

Ste Harkins

Ste Harkins, Project & Outreach Worker

Ste became our Project and Outreach worker after previously volunteering with Carlisle Key. Ste also runs our drop in service in Penrith every Wednesday 12:30 - 3:30pm at the Citizens Advice Bureau offices on Sandgate, Penrith


  • Sheila March
  • Fiona Powley (Vice Chair)
  • Graeme Ridgewell (Chair)
  • Peter Ryan
  • Philip Burley (Treasurer)
  • Julie Taylor
  • Pauline Colla