Our Team

Tim Evans


Tim Evans has been CEO of Worth Unlimited since 2003.  He trained as a youth worker, primarily driven by his passion for seeing justice for young people who are marginalised.  Tim is also a trustee for several charities and uses his skill and experience to help organisations with strategic development.  He lives in Birmingham with his family.

Matt Perry

Operations Manager

Matt has worked for Worth Unlimited since 2000. Having helped establish our branch in Waltham Forest, Matt became Branch Leader in 2006, and then Operations Manager in 2011. Having trained in youth ministry with Oasis, Matt remains passionate about serving our teams in order that they can help young people flourish.  Matt lives in London with his wife, Helen, and their two daughters.

Debbie Garden

Donor Development Manager

Debbie joined the staff of Worth Unlimited in 2018. Her background is in youth work and mission. Previously she worked for Frontier Youth Trust and Kingston Youth for Christ, training and mentoring youth workers.

Gbemi Alabi

Finance Officer/Administrator

Gbemi is our Finance Officer.

Lee-Ann Jacobson

Finance & Admin Assistant

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Lee-Ann moved to the UK in 1999. Trained in travel and tourism, Lee-Ann gained a degree in Sociology and Psychology as an adult learner and is an accomplished artist. Lee-Ann lives in London with her husband and two children.   

Jane Barrett

Branch Leader (EBNS)

Jane has been working for Worth Unlimited since 2006 and has been leading the EBNS branch with Dan since 2016. She is passionate about work with young women and creating entrepreneurial experiences and social enterprise with them. When she is not at Worth Unlimited she loves being with her family and running.

Stef Boyle

Branch Leader (Ellesmere Port)

Stef joined Worth Unlimited in 2007. With a background in housing and a degree in archaeology it wasn’t an obvious move, but she loved youth work and passed her PGDip in Youth Work in 2009. Since discovering a literacy programme called That Reading Thing, Stef’s one goal in life is to help people realise they can read, either by coaching directly or by training tutors.

Julie Ellis

Branch Leader (Out4Good)

Julie joined Worth Unlimited in 2016 when Out4Good transferred to Worth Unlimited.  She has been with Out4Good in Colchester since 2013. Julie is passionate about supporting young people who have complex needs. Julie has a degree in Youth Work and Youth Ministry and she enjoys doing sports.

Ken Foden

Branch Leader (Doncaster)

Having retired from a career in education, Ken founded Worth Unlimited for Doncaster in 2012. He enjoys helping young people learn to believe in themselves. Ken relaxes playing badminton and playing bass guitar in a worship group.

Alison Merryman

Branch Leader (Lincolnshire)

Alison joined Worth Unlimited in 2013, founding and leading our Lincolnshire branch. Alison was a social worker, mostly with dependant drug users in prison and the community, before ending her paid career as a manager in the Youth Offending Service. She is fervently impassioned to bring about social justice and healing to young people who have negative life experiences.

Helen Perry

Branch Leader (Waltham Forest)

Helen joined Worth Unlimited in 2011 from the Waltham Forest council's youth service. Having worked for Care for the Family and Oasis Trust, Helen graduated with a First in Youth Work & Informal Education from YMCA George Williams College. Now the Leader of our Waltham Forest branch, Helen enjoys working one to one with young people and supporting other youth workers to learn and grow.

Adele Rogers

Branch Leader (Spark)

Adele co-founded Spark in 2009 as a result of seeing a need to support young people in the area. She believes that there is a huge amount to be done to meet the emotional and mental health needs of our young people and is passionate about making a difference by providing a service that is accessible to everyone.  Adele is married with one child.

Dan Sandford-Smith

Branch Leader (EBNS)

Dan has worked for Worth Unlimited since 2009. Previously leading the development of youth work across Yardley, Dan became co-Branch leader in 2017 alongside Jane. He is passionate about seeing young people utilise their gifts, skills and talents - becoming real “change makers” within their communities.  He is married to Steph, has one daughter and loves coffee, cycling, rugby and photography.