The charity is run by CEO, Kate Stephens and a senior leadership team. They are supported by  focused, energetic and ambitious staff who bring their different experiences to ensure we can do the best for our clients.

Kate Stephens, Chief Executive Officer

Kate Stephens is CEO of Smart Works, leading our mission to roll out nationwide and allow any woman in need to find her way to Smart Works. Based in London, Kate runs our Group operations and oversees our long-established London service, ensuring that we maintain our standards whilst growing our reach across the UK. Kate combines senior private sector experience with a passion for the entrepreneurial, dynamic and inspirational charity sector, learnt first as Trustee, Vice Chair and then Chair of a leading family charity and now as CEO of Smart Works.  She is also a trustee of WIG, a charity that fosters learning between the public, private and third sector.

“Smart Works is a brilliantly simple and practical concept that works. After their visit, well over half of the women we contact go on to get the job. Seeing the service in action every day is a great privilege and an inspiration to all of us who work here. We are passionate about improving the lives of women, and want to take the Smart Works service to as many women as we can across the UK.”

Rosemary Ashworth, Director of Service Delivery & Group Operations

Rosie leads the Service Delivery team who are the stewards of UK service delivery. The team is responsible for preparing and empowering clients for interviews and ensuring London is a centre of excellence & innovation, with excellent day to day relationships between HQ and regional centres. Rosie is also responsible for operations across the Smart Works Group.

I love Smart Works because our service is focused, tangible, and impactful. Every day, clients walk through our doors and in a few short hours, our dedicated volunteers help a woman to look and feel confident, so she feels ready to take on the world. It’s a privilege to witness this transformation first-hand and a real joy to be part of such an incredible community.

Charlotte Jackson, Director of Partnerships

Charlie oversees the team responsible for nurturing relationships with a small selection of influential brands, businesses and individuals to source quality, stylish clothes and raise funds to allow us to deliver our service for our clients.

Charlie is currently on maternity leave and will return in 2022.

Mehala Manimohan, Head of Finance

Mehala has overall responsibility for the financial control and management of the charity.

”I joined Smart Works as the Head of Finance, to apply my finance and accounting skills in support of its mission. I am passionate about its goal of enhancing economic independence among women. My high light so far is the dedication and commitment of the team in working together towards achieving our objectives.”

The team set the highest standards and thrive on rolling up their sleeves, working together and above all, seeing every day the tangible impact of the Smart Works service on the women who come to our centres.

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Meet the team

Curating the rails

Curating the rails

Our wardrobe assistant, Tyesha, curating our dressing room.

Raising funds

Raising funds

Rolling up our sleeves at the Smart Works pop-up in Bicester village.

Spreading the word

Spreading the word

A great time at the BBC spreading the word about our service.

Getting those miles in

Getting those miles in

Spending some quality time on the bike during our Cycle for Smart Works fundraiser

A moment to celebrate

A moment to celebrate

The evening we closed the doors to our pop-up shop in Bicester

Ringing off the hook

Ringing off the hook

Sandy busy answering phones and taking referrals for new clients

Packing up sale purchases

Packing up sale purchases

Victoria packing up sale purchases from our eBay shop

Piled high for clients

Piled high for clients

Sandy and Kate showing how many care packages we sent out to clients in one day

Sending a gift

Sending a gift

Sophie, our Outreach Manager, channelling the Christmas spirit for one of our clients

We love our logo

We love our logo

Our Director of Service Delivery, Rosie, showing her love for Smart Works.

Happy times in a lift

Happy times in a lift

The ultimate team selfie after our Smart Works Fashion Sale.

Fun at team events

Fun at team events

The team getting sweaty at our Cycle for Smart Works closing party.