Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Clare Warwick

Clare Warwick, Chief Executive Officer

Clare has worked for Carlisle Key since 2015. When Clare started working for the charity she was the only staff member and the drop-in service had been closed. Clare has built the charities previous services back up and has established new services. Clare has raised enough money for Carlisle Key to buy and renovate a house so that the charity can provide 11 young people with safe and secure accommodation. Carlisle Key now works with hundreds of young people every year and Carlisle Key is now more sustainable. Clare's role as CEO is to focus on the charities development and to diversify the charities funding. 

Clare prior to working at Carlisle key worked as a Student Mentor at Lakes College, previous to that she worked at the University of Cumbria where she advised young people from low socio-economic backgrounds on getting in and going to University.

Clare has a PgDip in Business Administration and a MBA.  She also has a PGCE in Life Long Learning.

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.

Maria Holmes

Maria Holmes, Drop In Supervisor

Maria has a background in Health and Social Care and has worked in both Adults and Children's Services as a Learning Development Officer. 

Maria began volunteering at Carlisle Key in 2015 and decided she would really like to work for us. She has worked as an administrator at Carlisle Key since 2016 and began her new role as Drop In Supervisor in April 2019.

Maria works for the local church in the community and organizes social events.


Ste Harkins

Ste Harkins, Project & Outreach Worker

Ste volunteered with Carlisle Key in 2018 and became our Project and Outreach worker in April 2019.  Ste has coached Rugby in Carlisle for many years and has a great rapport with young people.

Ste also runs our drop in service in Penrith every Wednesday 12:30 - 3:30pm at the Citizens Advice Bureau offices on Sandgate, Penrith

Nicola Hope

Nicola Hope, P/T Project Worker

Nicola started by volunteering for Carlisle Key in 2015, she loves working with young people. She has been a Bank Project Worker since 2016 and a Project Worker since 2017.


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


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.


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