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.

Hannah Hewitt

Hannah Hewitt, Housing Support Officer

Hannah began volunteering for Carlisle Key in 2017 after looking for opportunities to work with young people in the community. Hannah enjoys helping young people create CVs, find courses and employment. Hannah decided she would really like to work for the charity and became a Housing Support Officer in September 2019. This role will involve supporting 11 young people move toward independent living within the housing project. Hannah has a BA Hons in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

Margaret Mackay

Margaret Mackay, Housing Support Officer

Previously on placement at Carlisle Key. Margaret started her current role as housing support officer at Carlisle Key in November 2019..

Margaret is also a student at the University of Cumbria studying Youth Work and Community Development and has a previous background studying social services. 

Diana Vlad

Diana Vlad, Housing Support Officer

My overall goal in life is to make a change for the better, mentor someone, teach someone, help someone. I was raised in Romania, In a small town. I left my country because I always wanted to study abroad and meet people from different cultures. I have finished my undergrad in Psychology and my Masters in Sociology which helped me better understand what we are facing as a society. A few of my accomplishments are. studying in a second language that I taught myself, having the opportunity the volunteer in France and working/ volunteer in the best places with great people. In my free time, I love playing sports when I have a chance, watch TV and play with my kitten Luna.


  • Graeme Lewis Ridgewell- Chair
  • Dr Fiona Powley- Vice Chair
  • Philip Nigel Burley- Treasurer
  • Peter Ryan
  • Sheila March
  • Pauline May Colla
  • Jenna Sutherland