The Team

Find out how you can volunteer for Smile For Life and be involved in something life changing!.

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Deborah Coulson

Deborah, our Fundraising and Events Co-ordinator, is always available to help you organise your fundraising activity and can give you the support and advice you require to make your activity or event a successful one.


Frankie Rusby - PR Manager

Frankie joined our team in January 2014 as a volunteer and soon became a firm fixture! Now our PR Manager, Frankie brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in media and journalism. As an ex journalist herself, Frankie has established and ...


Steve Padden

We have proudly welcomed Steve Padden to our team as Trusts and Foundations Officer. Steve's role is crucial to the success of our charity and Cafe Beam projects. Having worked across the charity sector at a senior level for many years, Steve brings ...


Paula Gascoigne - Chief Executive

Paula began her career in the financial sector, spending many years working her way up the ranks at Barclays Bank to reach the position of Business Manger across the Newcastle City group of branches.After having her two sons, Paula embarked upon a ne...


Lauren Patterson

We are delighted to welcome Lauren Patterson to our successful team here at Smile For Life. Lauren has taken up the post of Cafe Beam Business Co-ordinator which is instrumental in developing our Cafe Beam brand and supporting the young people who ga...


Iain Jamieson

We are delighted to welcome our new Treks and Outdoor Events Manager, Iain Jamieson. Iain joins us with a wealth of experience having worked with young people with a range of disablitlities and special needs for many years. A keen and experienced spo...


Cole Forster

We are delighted to welcome Cole Forster as a Young Ambassador to our organisation. Cole is 21 years old, has autism and complex learning difficulties. Since May 2014 Cole has been a valued and dedicated volunteer, striving to raise awareness of our ...