Meet Our Team

We have an experienced and passionate Core Team working in Edinburgh. Feel free to get in touch!

Ellie Hutchinson

C.E.O

I've been the manager here at CY since late 2017 and my job is to make sure everything runs smoothly, from getting money through the door, to organising training, to supporting staff, to thinking about where we want to go next.
My favourite thing about my job is how varied it is, getting to gatecrash the clubs and meet Santa, and seeing the dedication, care and commitment the team have towards the children and young people they work with. It's fantastic to be able to support that work, and see just how much children and young people flourish because of it.

Contact Ellie on ellie@canongateyouth.org.uk

Claire White

Administrator

I began working at Canongate Youth in September 2018. My role is to ensure all administration tasks are dealt with to allow our amazing team to focus on working with our children & young people.
My favourite thing about my role is that every day presents a new challenge.

Contact Claire on claire.white@canongateyouth.org.uk

Susie McIntyre

Employability & Wellbeing Support Manager

I have worked at Canongate Youth since June 2007 within the employability team working with young people aged 15 – 24 years, providing a range of 1 – 1 and group support. My role involves managing our employability programme, developing partnerships with employers, colleges and training providers and managing and supporting the staff team. I love being part of the team here at Canongate Youth and being able to support young people to realise their full potential.

Contact Susie on susie@canongateyouth.org.uk

Sima Carrasco

Wellbeing Worker

'I started working at Canongate Youth in September 2018. My role involves developing and delivering support sessions for young people in order to foster wellbeing. My favourite thing about the job so far is exploring approaches to supporting the young people and seeing them becoming more confident and positive. I enjoy being part of such an amazing team!'

Contact Sima on sima@canongateyouth.org.uk

Catherine McMillan

Youth Development Worker (Employability & Wellbeing)

I have worked at Canongate Youth since May 2014. The best part of this job is seeing the change in young people from the start of working with them, to the point of them moving on to other things...and the relationships built with them in the meantime. I also have a great team that I work with and there is never a dull moment in the CY office!

Contact Catherine on catherine@canongateyouth.org.uk

Suzanne Quinan

Senior Youth Development Worker (Edinburgh Together)

I have worked at Canongate for too many years to mention- let's just say I've been here the longest and I can't go onto the front street without meeting a stream of young people or family members past and present. Over the years my role has been that of a generic youth worker working both in our open community provision and providing services to local schools through group work and one to one support. Over the past year, my role has changed slightly to having more of a focus on the work that we do within schools whilst still maintaining some contact through our open provision. I love having the opportunity to work in such a positive way with young people and hope to continue to do so for many more years!

Contact Suzanne on suzanne@canongateyouth.org.uk

Clare Jamieson

Children and Young People's Programme Manager

I have worked at CY since September 2007. My role involves coordinating and managing our programme of events/activities/clubs, managing sessional staff and looking after volunteers. My favourite thing about working at CY is that no day is the same and you never quite know what you will be involved with next.

Contact Clare on clare@canongateyouth.org.uk

Dan Styles

Old School Cafe Manager

I have been at CY for almost 2 years, I work in the Old School Cafe alongside young people and volunteers while providing them with support, guidance and average banter. Together we produce all the food for the Cafe and the young people ensure my job is always challenging, and fun.

Contact Dan on dan@canongateyouth.org.uk

Lewis Adams

Cafe Assistant

It’s been nearly 2 years since I started my Apprenticeship in the Old School Café and for the last year I have been kept on as a paid member of staff after completing my SVQ3 in Hospitality Leadership and Supervision. I work alongside Dan and Ryan helping young people get ready for work, supporting them as they gain skills. These can be just basic customer service, food prep, using the till and handling cash payments or even just to build the young person’s confidence.

Contact Lewis on lewis@canongateyouth.org.uk

Monica Sutcliffe

Fundraising & Development Officer

My role is to raise money to ensure all the work Canongate Youth does stays on track. I admire the energy and dedication of everyone in the team and of the young people who we help. I look forward to seeing how CY grows and develops with the support of more trusts and foundations, and the surrounding business community.

Contact Monica on monica@canongateyouth.org.uk

Matthew Parsons

Employability Support Worker

I have worked at CY since 2015; initially as a sessional youth worker at the Senior Club and also at Open All Hours. I am now Youth Work Organiser at the Senior Club, and have very recently joined the Employability Team as an Employability Support Worker. I love working at CY, both the young people and staff team here are great, and it is incredibly satisfying knowing that what we do as an organisation makes such a positive impact on the young people we work with.

Contact Matthew on matthew.parsons@canongateyouth.org.uk

Andy Porteous

Wellbeing Worker (8-12 year olds)

I started working for Canongate Youth in May 2019 as a Well-Being worker for children and young people aged between 8 and 12 years. The best bit of my role is watching young people grow and develop new skills to help improve their mental health and well-being. I feel really fortunate to be part of such an exceptional team all doing amazing work to help make vulnerable individuals life’s better.

Contact Andy on andrew@canongateyouth.org.uk

Hannah Moore

Lead Children's Worker

Hello!! I have been involved with Canongate Youth since 2013, starting as a volunteer in Banana Club and also at Thursday Club (which was the old name and day for Space@6!) and then becoming a member of staff in the Under 12’s team in 2014. I work in the Banana Club and at Space@6 where we have loads of fun playing games, baking, painting and chatting. I also do Play Rangers using loose parts such as crates, tyres, ropes and other fun stuff for children to play with.
I feel so proud of the children and young people who I work with and love seeing them grow in confidence and develop new skills. I also love my job because I get to play and have lots of fun at the same time.

Contact Hannah on hannah@canongateyouth.org.uk

Ruby McKinnell

Children's Worker

I have worked at CY since January 2016, after starting as a volunteer prior to this at Open All Hours and Music Café in 2015. You will now find me in the majority of both the Under and Over 12’s clubs that run throughout the week here at CY. I thoroughly enjoy working as part of this team; meeting and building positive relationships with the children and young people; and I love the fact that no two days in the clubs are the same!

Contact Ruby on ruby@canongateyouth.org.uk

Julia Izquierdo-Mantecon

Children's Worker

I first joined the team at Canongate Youth in December 2017, when I began volunteering at Banana Club, and have now moved onto joining the team as a Children’s Worker. I work as part of the Under 12’s team (Banana Club, Space@6 and Play Rangers) where we do loads of different activities indoors, from arts and crafts, cooking and games to playing outdoors. I love this job because I get to see children and young people have fun while at the same time learning and growing as individuals, but also because I get to channel my inner child, have fun with them and learn from what they have to say.

Contact Julia on Julia@canongateyouth.org.uk

Sessional Team

Open All Hours Team
Ruby McKinnell
Hayley McKenzie
Matthew Parsons
Kerry Riddell
Emma Wilcox
Music Cafe Team
Stevie Palmer
Emma Coleman
Conal McIntosh
Willie Fyfe
Kadie Tarawally
Sandi Pentland
Banana Club Team
Hannah Moore
Ruby McKinnell
Julia Izquierdo-Mantecon
Space at 6 Team
Hannah Moore
Ruby McKinnell
Julia Izquierdo-Mantecon
Senior Club Team
Matthew Parsons
Ruby McKinnell
Play Ranger Team
Hannah Moore
Ruby McKinnell
Ruth Kinghorn
Julia Izquierdo-Mantecon