Our Team

Our Staff Team:

Marney Connor, Senior Co-ordinator


Marney worked for the Ministry of Defence, in a variety of roles, for 20 years before deciding to have a complete change in her career.  She has been a Volunteer, Trustee, Scheme Administrator and Scheme Co-ordinator for Home-Start Cambridgeshire since 2009. Marney is married with 2 grown up sons.  In her spare time she also works as a Hypnotherapist.

Emma Sadler, Co-ordinator

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Emma started work at Home Start Cambridgeshire in November 2017 as a Co-ordinator following a career break of 3 years to look after her 2 young children. Before this Emma worked in the Criminal Justice System for 16 years in a variety of agencies and roles, within prison and community settings. The majority of these years was spent working in the Probation Service and specifically within the field of Domestic Abuse. Emma enjoys working alongside people to help them reach their full potential and is passionate about the value of early intervention and preventative work. Emma’s spare time is mostly spent running around after her children but when she can she also enjoys long walks in the fresh air, preferably by the sea, spending time with family and friends.

Emma Smith, Co-ordinator

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Emma joined Home-Start Cambridgeshire in January 2018 and was thrilled to be offered an opportunity to support families in the community. Emma has a son Alfie and 20 years’ experience working within the Early Years with children 0-5 and for the last 14 years has managed Day Nurseries in Cambridgeshire working with young children and their families. Emma has a passion for ensuring children have a good start in life and enjoys working with and supporting families to achieve this. In her spare time Emma enjoys playing Netball competitively in a Cambridgeshire League, spending time with her family and taking long walks with her dog, usually along the seafront.

Shelly O’Farrell, Co-ordinator (Fenland project, funded by Children in Need)


Shelly was very pleased to be given the opportunity of working for Home-Start Cambridgeshire as a Co-ordinator in April 2017 mainly covering the Fenland region.  She previously worked for the NHS Trust Ipswich Hospital in the pharmacy department for 16 years, working closely with a variety of patients.  As a manager she learnt a variety of skills and was acutely aware of the demands this role entailed.  Shelly left the hospital to be at home with her children and relocated to Cambridgeshire.  She thoroughly enjoys the challenges of being a mum and the huge sense of achievement this brings as well as enjoying fitness, running and spending time with family.

Julia Bailey, Administrator


Julia joined Home-Start Cambridgeshire in April 2012.  She is responsible for a wide range of administrative duties and enjoys the variety of work that Home-Start brings; dealing with families, volunteers, staff and trustees. Prior to joining Home-Start she worked for 10 years for Cambridge Assessment, working within the Customer Services Department of the Cambridge International Examinations Board. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, attends a dance exercise class and is kept busy looking after her three children.

Linda Gipp, Administrator


Linda has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector having commenced working as an administrator for a children’s charity in 1993 and then with Home-Start Cambridgeshire in 2004.  She enjoys the diversity of the role which includes contact with families, volunteers, trustees and staff through to helping to organise events and fundraising.  Prior to this Linda worked in a bank for 14 years.  She has two grown up sons and is treasurer for a local sports club.

Georgie Standen, Finance Administrator

GeorgieGeorgie Joined Home-Start Cambridgeshire in October 2018 as Finance Administrator.  Before working for Home-Start Georgie worked for the market leader in reptile nutrition, reptiles and reptile related products as their Office Manager for 15 years before taking a break to have a family and on her return to work went back to her roots of finance/accounts from her background as a Farm Secretary.  Georgie has two children, James and Felicity, and is treasurer for the PTA at James’ School. When not at work Georgie spends time helping out on the family farm, running around after her children and spending time with family and friends.

Helen Meredith, Group Leader


Helen is Group Leader of the Home-Start Family Group in Chesterton.  Prior to this she worked as an occupational therapist in mental health services, specialising in dementia care.   Her passion has always been to enable individuals to reach their potential, be as independent as possible and maintain a sense of well-being. When not at work Helen spend most of her time being a mum and looking after her three children.  If there is time for any relaxation she enjoys pilates and playing the piano/singing!  Helen also helps at her local church with the children’s work.

Maria Quinn, Group Worker


Maria has been involved with Home-Start Cambridgeshire since January 2012, first as a volunteer and then as Group Leader. She loves supporting the mums and their children at our Family Group, a job which she finds very rewarding and enjoyable. Maria, who comes from Finland, has a background in social and health care.  She has three children and also teaches medical students, provides activities for the elderly and teaches Finnish.

Julie Robinson, Play Worker

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Julie began volunteering for Home- Start Cambridgeshire in the spring of 2008 when her youngest child started school. She continued as a volunteer for five years during which time she gave support to several families. This was a hugely rewarding experience as Julie feels passionately that all children should have a positive start in life. Due to work commitments, Julie is no longer able to volunteer but she enjoys being a Playworker and part of the team which is able to offer valuable support to families within the weekly Home- Start Family Group. In addition to this, she works as a teaching assistant in a Cambridge primary school.

Sian Williams, Play Worker


Sian is a mum of two who has lived and worked in Cambridge for the last 20 years.  She has always worked in childcare both in schools, playgroups and childminding.  Sian has been a Home-start volunteer for more than six years and is a Playworker at the Home-Start Group on a Thursday.  In her spare time Sian works as a children’s entertainer – dressing up as a fairy.  It keeps her out of mischief!