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Our friendly, fun and skilled staff is our greatest asset at Moor Time. They bring training, experience and enthusiasm to holiday club from their studies and their other roles in special education, preschools, playwork, social care, healthcare and more. 

Many of them also have hobbies and interests that they share with the young people in sessions - from drumming to gymnastics! To get to know them better, please scroll through the staff profiles below.

We are always on the lookout for new talent. If you would like more information about joining the team, please email To view and apply for our current vacancies, visit our jobs page


Jane Connop

Project Manager/ Sessional Manager/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jane does the background planning and HR for Moor Time, runs many of the sessions and is one of our trustees. She is the former Communication Manager at a local special school, where she helped children find ways to communicate. She now divides her time between working for us and freelance Makaton and Intensive Interaction work. Her favourite thing about Moor Time is seeing the young people arriving with smiley faces!


Nicola Doherty

Sessional Manager/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Alongside Jane C and Aishah, Nicola runs Moor Time sessions. When she's not working for us, she is the SENCO and assistant head at a large mainstream secondary school in Bradford. Her favourite memories of working for Moor Time are water fights with families during our lockdown sessions at Curly Hill, and the trip to Jam on Top recording studio, when the young people signed along to the song Roar.


Aishah Mahmood

Sessional Manager/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Aishah was a supervisor for us from our launch in 2018, and now manages sessions along with Jane C and Nicola.

After a period of working in the Individual Needs Team at a local special school, she is now training to qualify as a Speech and Language Therapist. Her favourite trip with holiday club was to Stockeld Park with the secondary age young people. So much to do and lots of laughs that day


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Faye Courtney

Supervisor/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

When she's not at Moor Time, Faye is a higher level teaching assistant working across specialist resourced provisions in Bradford. She loved meeting all the families during our lockdown sessions at Curly Hill, and also really enjoys the music times at our regular sessions. 


Tanya Young

Finance Officer

Tanya holds the purse strings at Moor Time and has a professional background in book keeping and accounting. She was involved in our launch, and is a trustee of Moor Time and the mum of a young man with additional needs. The best experience she's had with us was helping out at the holiday club's Wharfestock summer festival. It was such a fun day!


Alice Bailey



Alice is an experienced childcare practitioner who has worked with children with and without additional needs in preschools and after school clubs. She loves getting involved with sensory play and group games at Moor Time!


Savannah Edwards


Savannah has recently trained as a teacher with a specialism in SEND. She has worked with students with a range of different needs during her studies. She had placements in classes for non-verbal communicators where she gained skills in Makaton and symbol use, and with SEMH groups where she got lots of practice in setting up fun and creative activities to engage the learners.


Martin Henderson


When not working for Moor Time, Martin is a drummer and drumming teacher. His favourite trip with us was the first trip to Jam on Top recording studio. Games, music and dancing! Everyone had a great time.


Bethanie Inman


Bethanie studied Health and Social Care and now works as a teaching assistant in a local mainstream school. When she's not working, she enjoys sport, especially netball. 


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Bryony has just completed a degree in Psychology, during which she took a particular interest in modules relating to developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities. She has volunteered during her studies in schools, holiday clubs and at a dance school. 

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Ella Shouler-Harris


Ella has coached primary school athletics and has done a period of care work experience in a residential home. She is now studying for a degree and spends some of her spare time volunteering with homeless and vulnerable people. 

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Sam Williamson


Sam has an interest in physical therapy and is keen to gain experience of working with young people with additional needs. He currently works as a teaching assistant in a special school. In his spare time Sam is a football coach, and he is also a Mental Health First Aider who has mentored young people as part of a school wellbeing programme.  


Gail Rushton



Gail is a key stage 3 class teacher at a local secondary generic special school. She organises the summer scheme at the school, so knows lots about providing holiday fun for young people with additional needs! Gail is a Team Teach tutor and a first aider. She a keen drummer in her spare time.


Jane Elliott

Fundraising and Marketing

With a background in copywriting, Jane looks after marketing and fundraising for Moor Time. She is a trustee of Moor Time and was involved in the launch of holiday club. She is mum to secondary-age twins with additional needs. Her favourite memory from holiday club is visiting the fire station with the primary group and everyone sitting in the fire engine.


Fiona Boulton



Fiona is currently studying for a primary education degree with a focus on SEND teaching. Her favourite memory from Moor Time sessions is going to Nell Bank, because every child is so involved and loves taking part. 


Max Halifax


Max is an A-Level student who has had an interest in social care with children for some years, having volunteered at Ilkley Youth and Community Centre before working at Moor Time. He loves working with us because the children are so much fun to interact with, and every day feels like its own adventure. He says it feels great to be able to bring enjoyment to the young people whiles also giving some free time to the parents as well. 

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Emma Holden


Emma has a wealth of experience of working with young people with additional needs in nursery, school and care settings. She currently works in a local primary special school in Bradford and has recently qualified as a teacher. 


Jan Minnis

Kitchen Assistant

Jan is the grandma of two young men who attend holiday club and has been persuaded to come out of retirement to help in the kitchen! She is an ex-professional cook who managed her own cafe for many years. When she's not helping to support her grandsons, she enjoys playing Bridge and growing fruit and veg on her allotment. 

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George Peters

Kitchen Assistant

George has a keen interest in food preparation and worked creating meal kits with Ilkley's free school meal scheme during lockdown. He is an active community volunteer in local theatres, at Nell Bank, at the Ilkley Half Marathon and with the Friends of Ilkley Riverside Gardens.  

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Ethan Thompson


Ethan has worked at Ilkley adult additional needs organisation Outside the Box, and currently works as a teaching assistant with young people with SEN in a mainstream secondary school. He has lived experience of additional needs having grown up alongside a close relation with disabilities. In his spare time he enjoys sports, particularly Ultimate Frisbee. 


Daniel Woodthorpe


Daniel recently completed a gap year where he worked with adults with learning disabilities and volunteered at a local café. He is currently studying for a dentistry degree. His favourite thing about Moor Time is playing outside with the children and seeing them enjoying themselves.


Didem Gawtry


When she's not working for Moor Time Dee is a senior office administrator for a primary school. She also helps out with the admin for Moor Time, so you might hear from her when you make a booking! Her favourite trip with the club was to Stockeld Park. Massive grounds to walk around and explore!


Laibah Amin


Laibah is currently an A-level student studying Chemistry, Biology and Psychology, hoping to pursue a career as a paediatrician. She works at Moor Time during the weekend sessions and holidays. She has enjoyed attending our Nell Bank sessions with the outdoor activities and arts and crafts.


Gillian Brooks


As well as working at Moor Time, Gillian is a play worker. She enjoyed working at our Curly Hill individual family sessions during the lockdown in 2020. Her favourite memory of holiday club though was going to Nell Bank, and all it had to offer the young people. 


Dave Hardman


Dave was previously the autism lead and form tutor in the SEND provision of a mainstream school, where he helped many young people with disabilities achieve in their studies. He has now retrained and is a site/premises manager for schools. Dave loves nature and being in the outdoors.


Charlie Houlders


Charlie has an interest in sports coaching and has volunteered with the Leeds Rhinos Community Foundation. At school he supported younger pupils with sports and literacy and he has recently completed a period of conservation work overseas. He is currently doing a degree and is looking forward to the amazing experience of working at Moor Time! 

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Madeleine Morris


Madeleine has worked as an exam tutor, Brownie leader, Nell Bank volunteer, and has done childcare work for young people with additional needs. She is now studying for a BSc in Biological Sciences. She enjoys helping young people have fun in the holidays in a safe and loving environment.


Kim Samociuk-Barnes


Kim has been a teaching assistant in a local special school for the last five years, working with early years children with a wide range of needs including PMLD, sensory impairments and autism. She is experienced in using total communication and providing personal care to young people with medical needs. Kim loves being outdoors with children, where they have the space and freedom to regulate.  

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Liz Waddington


Liz is a one to one PA and a yoga teacher specialising in kids and teens, and yoga for autism. She loves running yoga sessions at Moor Time and some young people can be heard snoring during the relaxation!

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