Meet the Team

Friends and Families employ 10 members of permanent staff who between them have a wealth of experience and knowledge of Disability and the carer service.


Tim Tod


Originally from London, I have lived in Devon for over 30 years. My wife and I live on Dartmoor with our foster children, we also have 3 grown up children and 5 grandchildren.

I have worked mostly in the Charitable Sector, developing and delivering projects that benefit vulnerable and marginalised children and young people and their families. More recently I have worked for University of Exeter, supporting the design and delivery of mental health services in the southwest with the Department of Health. I love collaborating with others to explore and test out new ways of working that could make a lasting difference for people.

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Information and Advice Team

Nicky Harris

Information and Advice Team Leader

I was born and have lived in Plymouth all my life.  I live with my partner Rob and our 2 dogs Hattie and Enzo.  I have a grown-up son, daughter and a beautiful grand-daughter.

I have worked in various family support roles and through fostering have cared for children of all ages with varying additional needs. I joined Friends and Families in December 2017 and during this time have established and developed the Parent Support Service including starting the Parent Drop In Support Group.  

In my role I am always looking for ways to develop and evolve the Family Disability Information and Advice Service, working together with parents/carers to offer meaningful and targeted training opportunities.

Hazel Bowyer

Family Support Worker

I was born in Plymouth and after moving a couple of times, came back to Plymouth and love living by the sea.  I have a background in youth charities; community engagement, events and programme coordination.

I joined Friends and Families in June 2019 and enjoy being involved with all of the amazing services and meeting families and also promoting the charity to different services.

Holly Gomori

Family Information and Advice Support Worker

I was born in Plymouth and have lived here all my life. I love living so close to the sea and finding places to explore in Devon with my dog Cassie.

I graduated University of Plymouth in Health and Social Care in 2019. I’m really excited to part of Friends and Families and their amazing services.

Activity Team

Abby Williams

Project and Activities Team Leader

I have lived in Plymouth since 2014, when I came here to go to University. I started working for Friends and Families in 2015 as a Sessional Worker and have attended lots of exciting events and activities with lots of different families. I have enjoyed the work so much that I applied for, and was lucky enough to be appointed as, the Project and Activity Team Leader. I’m really looking forward to developing a programme of activities and events for all of the different projects, and meeting lots more young people and their families.

I am a qualified Special Needs Teacher. During my Spare time I run my own Guide group and I’m also an Emergency Ambulance Crew for St John Ambulance, which can take me to different places all over the South West.


Jess Butland

Making Sense Project Co-ordinator

I was brought up in Wembury near Plymouth and have recently moved back there with my partner Sean, daughter Grace and lurcher Talen. My daughter Grace has Polymicrogyria, a brain malformation resulting in Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay and Epilepsy.

I worked in the Civil Service for 12 years prior to working for Friends and Families.  I enjoy sourcing new equipment and toys for the Lending Library as well as planning new exciting activities for the Making Sense group.

Communication and Marketing Team

Dan Carter

Communications and Marketing Lead

I’m originally from Derbyshire, I studied at Plymouth University and I’ve recently moved back down to the area with my wife and daughter, we think it’s such a fantastic place to live! 

I’ve spent a decade supporting children and young people with and without disability and additional needs including working with young players in the impairment-specific national football teams for The Football Association, such as the England Deaf, Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy squads.

I’m passionate about sharing the story of the work we do and the people we help here at Friends and Families, and supporting the organisation as we continue to develop!

Admin and Office Support

Administrative Coordinator

Currently being recruited

We are seeking an experienced Administrative Coordinator to join our team. You’ll be responsible for keeping our office running smoothly, and ensuring our team are happy, productive and have the tools in place to do their jobs well.

You will have a track record of providing effective coordination and administrative support as well as proven experience of developing the systems and processes that underpin such tasks.

Closing Date: 6th June 2021.

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Sessional Activity Workers

Pete Abraham

I am a primary school teacher in Plymouth with a passion for rugby.  I enjoy working with and supporting young people.  I have recently become a father to a beautiful baby girl.

Carol Evans

My full-time job is working with children with additional needs in an educational setting.  I enjoy supporting both children and young carers on all our different activities.

Jacob Goode

I began working for Friends & Families in April 2019 and since then have been working regularly with the Fun & Freedom Club.  I really enjoy all outdoor activities, particularly mountain biking and skiing.  I often babysit for two energetic boys aged 7 and 9 who keep me busy with their lego and story reading requests!  I attend 6th Form and am studying A-levels in maths, physics and product design. 

Josh Harris

I am a Primary School teacher with a wealth of experience working with children with additional needs. I love all sports including football and going to the gym.

Rebecca Hocking

I am currently studying journalism at MARJONs and have recently been employed to report on Raider’s Matches for the Evening Herald.  I have lots of charity experience and enjoy interacting with young people and helping to enable them.

Brett Tindle

I’ve been involved with Friends and Families for many years, and really enjoy the activities, especially water-sports! I think the charity is fantastic because it covers all disabilities and supports every member of the family. I discovered the charity because my two younger brothers were supported through the Fun and Freedom Club and I got involved because I wanted to give back.

I’ve worked in youth work in the past and lived in Plymouth for nearly 20 years, currently with my cat, Shady and my tortoise, Hercules.

Dani Venters

I have cared for children and young adults for 10 years now and have been aware of Friends and Families and the amazing support network they are for families of special needs children. I’ve started my degree in Social Work this year and look forward to continuing my Sessional work for years to come.