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Our Team

Ruth Fox – Chair of Trustees

Ruth is the founder and CEO of Footprints in the Community, a local charity helping to reduce poverty and isolation in Redcar & East Cleveland.  She has 18 years experience working in the voluntary sector and is passionate about helping people achieve and improve their lives.  Ruth is mum to three grown up sons and nanna to 5 grandchildren.  She is a member of her local church.


Alison Vaughan – Trustee (Treasurer)

Alison has been an office manager with a local company for the past 11 years. She has a talent for administration and finance and has previous experience of working with local charities. She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren and is an active member of her local church. Alison is the Treasurer for Rubies.


Jade Wadrop – Trustee

Our newest trustee Jade started out as a volunteer for Rubies. She has lived in Middlesbrough all her life and really understands the struggles that girls can face. She is passionate about offering support that can change lives. Jade has a customer service and admin background and now works as a medical secretary. She also loves all things Disney.


Liz Edwards – Co-Founder & C.E.O.

Liz has 20 years experience of working in the voluntary sector with women’s, youth and housing organisations. As well as working for Rubies, she has almost completed training to be a psychotherapeutic counsellor working with trauma and domestic abuse. She has lived in Middlesbrough since 2013 and is a leader in her local church. Liz is also a huge animal lover and has 2 rescue greyhounds.


Krista Coulson – Co-Founder & Project Co-ordinator

Krista has lived in Middlesbrough all her life and knows firsthand some of the challenges that girls in the area face. She has 6 children, 5 of whom are girls, and she is passionate about seeing young people reach their potential. Krista is a leader in her local church and has recently taken up the post of Project Co-ordinator with Rubies.


Dawn Palmer – Project Assistant

Dawn joined Rubies on a placement in January 2020 after taking time out of work to raise her twin boys. Dawn is passionate about girls knowing their worth and about raising awareness of issues around body image and social media. Dawn also volunteers for other community organisations in Middlesbrough. She is super-organised and a great baker.


Jan Turner – Safeguarding Lead

Jan has worked for over 20 years in both statutory and voluntary sectors, providing direct support to children, young people and families. She has held specific safeguarding roles and continues to deliver regional safeguarding training on behalf of a church organisation. Jan is married with 2 adult daughters and loves to travel. She provides advice and support for Rubies on a voluntary basis.


Our Volunteer Team

Rubies wouldn’t be able to do anything without our team of amazing volunteers! Emily, Rachel, Hannah, Kate, Faye, Alice, Jessie, Dawn & Jade are all committed to supporting girls to recognise their strengths and know their true worth.

We also have new volunteers ready to join the team as soon as we can start face to face work again…