Staff

Photo of merlin, close up, resting on top-tube

Name and Job Title                      
Merlin Matthews - Trustee and CEO      

Joined Re-Cycle              
Merlin founded Re~Cycle in 1997 and remains as enthusiastic as ever about its many benefits both in Africa and in the UK.                                

Role                     
Responsible for strategic direction and coordinating the expanding Re-Cycle team.         

Background/Previous experience                          
Started Re-Cycle when still a student the London School of Economics and later attended the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Continues to look to learn how to improve the charity.  Has visited most of our African Partners and has a lot of respect for them.  

Hobbies & Interests                      
Is passionately interested in green and environmental issues. Rides a 'stretch bike' by Xtracycle – great for load carrying and taking his son to school. Is there something out there that he can’t carry on the back?         


 



 

Abbi Roberts

Name and Job Title                       
Abbi Roberts – Corporate Partnerships Manager             

Joined Re-Cycle              
February 2016

Role                      
Abbi manages the relationship with existing corporate supporters, including Halfords, and is working to develop new corporate contacts with businesses across sectors.

Background/Previous experience                          
Abbi has several years’ experience in Fundraising and Business Development within the charity sector and has previously worked for The Prince’s Trust and Shelter Box.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Sailing from a young age and competing in windsurfing at a national level. Enjoys travelling and has travelled extensively across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Abbi took up road cycling in 2015 and in September completed a 1,000 mile cycle to Barcelona.          

 


 

Lucy Holmes

Name and Job Title                       
Lucy Holmes – Community & Events Manager   

Joined Re-Cycle              
February 2016

Role                      
Lucy will be working with community groups and individuals to raise funds and awareness through a number of activities and events.

Background/Previous experience                          
She has 10 years experience in the charity sector working in events and fundraising.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Lucy loves travelling and exploring new places and enjoys going to the gym. Lucy enjoys photography and crafting but in reality spends most of her free time chasing after her very active toddler.              

 


 

Name and Job Title                       
Jason Finch – African Programmes Manager       

Joined Re-Cycle              
November 2015

Role                      
Responsible for Re~Cycle’s in-country programming, Jason works closely with our operations and fundraising teams to implement projects tailored to the needs of each of our partners’ targeted beneficiaries. He also delivers training to the bicycle mechanics employed by our partners and is working to upgrade existing and build new bicycle repair workshops in Africa.

Background/Previous experience                          
Jason had previously worked as Country Director for our partner, the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. He’s worked in Africa for the last 6 years and whilst there visited many bicycle and development projects across the continent.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Jason is a keen photographer and enjoys getting off the beaten track on his mountain bike followed by a cold beer.                              



Claire Kettle

Name and Job Title                       
Claire Kettle - Acting Operations and Office Manager

Joined Re-Cycle              
Claire joined Re~Cycle in October 2014.

Role                      
Claire ensures that the office runs smoothly, looks after our premises and our team of dedicated volunteers and keeps a careful check that our health and safety policies are maintained and adhered to.

Background/Previous experience                          
She started working in the charity sector in 2003 initially as Office Manager for the NSPCC, before moving on to become Manager for a local Colchester-based charity.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Claire enjoys travelling and going to live music and sporting events. She follows Formula One racing and recently visited France to see stage 1 and 2 of the Tour de France cycling race.

 


 

Charlotte Ward

Name and Job Title                       
Charlotte Ward - Shipping and Office Administrator

Joined Re-Cycle              
August 2014

Role                      
Charlotte assists in the day to day administration of the charity with cheerful efficiency and closely supports our Operations and Office Managers.

Background/Previous experience                          
She has extensive experience in training support, recruitment, administration and HR background previously working in local government.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Charlotte is a mum of two boys who love playing football. She coaches her three boys – two small, 1 big - on how to beat the offside trap and other subtle arts. When not running up and down the sideline for a rest she enjoys taking them for walks with their dog.

 


 

Name and Job Title                       
Leon Halsey, Distribution Supervisor       

Joined Re-Cycle              
July 2013

Role                      
Assists the Warehouse Supervisor having particular responsibility for supervising the loading of container shipments out to Africa. Also looks after the sorting and packing of spare parts and all goods as requested by our partners.

Background/Previous experience                          
Leon first worked at Re~Cycle for 6 months on an extended Work Experience scheme funded by local The Job Centre. When this finished he continued to help as an unpaid volunteer. We were very pleased to subsequently offer him his first permanent job.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Even after working all day with bikes Leon enjoys getting on his own bike for some off road cycling. He also enjoys being taken for a walk by his boundlessly energetic dog.

 


Name and Job Title                       
Chris Smith – Workshop Mechanic       

Joined Re-Cycle              
September 2012

Role                      
Chris is a Cytech 3 technical qualified bicycle mechanic who looks after the servicing and restoration of bikes for sale.

Background/Previous experience                          
Did 27 years’ service in the British army as a musician (saxophonist)

Hobbies & Interests                      
Chris is an army reservist and still plays in an army band in this country and abroad on special occasions. On Sundays he will cycle 50 miles to relax and wind down.

 


 

Name and Job Title                       
Martin Lawson – Warehouse Supervisor       

Joined Re-Cycle              
November 2013

Role                      
Martin is responsible for running our warehouse in Colchester; working with Leon to receive donated bikes and preparing them for shipping to our partners in Africa. He also has a lead role in co-ordinating the vital contribution made to the success of our charity by the hard working and dedicated team of volunteers. He is sadly leaving us now to be replaced soon by Mark Pamment.

Background/Previous experience                          
Previously worked as a Housing Officer and Claims Loss Adjuster. He joined Re~Cycle as a volunteer during a “middle aged” gap year and enjoyed himself so much that he has been tempted to re-join the working world!

Hobbies & Interests                      
For light reading Martin studies Existentialism and he enjoys music and a wide range of visual and performance art. Favorite film: Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” – possibly.

 


 

Name and Job Title                       
Debbie Beckett – Bookkeeper      

Joined Re-Cycle              
November 2015

Role                      
Debbie is responsible for the day to day book keeping and financial management of the charity, as well as reporting on financial performance to management and our accountants.

Background/Previous experience                          
A qualified AAT accounts technician, with a wide range of bookkeeping, secretarial and administration skills.

Hobbies & Interests                      
Enjoys keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle.