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CatZero is driven by a motivated, friendly and committed team that supports the values and philosophies of the organisation.

We are often looking for new staff, particularly land based delivery staff. You don't need to be qualified to work with young people, just have the right personality. If you are enthusiatic, hard working and enjoy working with young people, please send us your CV along with a sheet of A4 saying why you would like to work for CatZero. You can post your CV to our address on Humber Dock Street, or email it to

We are also always looking for additional sailing crew and often need relief skippers and first mates to crew the yacht, as well as volunteers. All voyages give you the chance to increase your knowledge, skills and experience and all trips count towards your sailing qualifications. There's more information available for volunteers on our volunteer page. Please call Danny on 07920 553976 if you think you can help us out.

Danny Watson, Director of Sailing and Skipper:


Danny's Role

Danny manages all aspects of the sailing for CatZero, with particular focus on the development of the voyages for the young people. He also heads up CatZero's sailing fundraising programme, which includes the Corporate Partnership packages, corporate hospitality and team building sails, as well as fundraising voyages. Danny skippers many of the voyages and oversees the sailing apprentice, sea staff and volunteers. He also manages all boat maintenance.

About Danny

After reading Business and Economics at the University of Edinburgh, Danny worked as a Money Broker in the City of London before setting up a Sports Management agency with Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, Duncan Goodhew.

After 4 years Danny decided that it was time for a career change and left the city for the open water. After gaining his RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and his MCA Class 4 sailing qualifications, he witnessed first hand the benefit sailing could bring to young people when he worked for the Ocean Youth Trust North West for 2 years.

But it was on his second circumnavigation of the globe when the idea of CatZero was first discussed. As the skipper of the Hull & Humber yacht in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Danny worked with 10 young people from Hull who each took part in the race. It was during leg 2 that Danny had a discussion with Jim Dick about how they could offer the life changing experience of sail training to a wider audience ... and one year on, CatZero was born!

Danny now has two young children but still finds the time to raise additonal funds for CatZero through a number of personal challenges, including his 2016 'triathlon' where he sawm the Humber, Cycled from Albert Dock Liverpool to Albert Docik Hull and ran the London Marathon (albeit not all in one day!).

Dave Bertholini, Director of Operations:


Dave's Role

Dave deals with all operational aspects of the Business including the development of new programmes, liaising with partners, managing funding applications and setting up partnership working arrangements. He oversees the delivery of the programmes and manages the shore based and office staff.

About Dave

Dave always wanted to be a farmer but his career went from being a welder, TV engineer, then working for a diving company leading to a job at Hull City Council working in Children's Services developing youth development programmes. The success of this work lead to Dave becoming an adviser for the Government on the integration of Children and Young People's Services nationally.

Dave worked with Jim and Danny to establish CatZero and still manages the shore based teams and the development of new programmes. He helped establish and is a former Director of Hull Centre for Restorative Practice, Hull Collaborative Teaching School and Hull Collaborative Academy Trust.

He loves his dog and likes, bikes, boats, caves and mountains. In his spare time he sleeps and dreams about when he can start his farming career or become a lighthouse keeper alongside with his whippet.

Pete Tighe, North Bank Programme Manager:


Pete's Role

Pete manages the shore based element of the north bank programmes and oversees the recruitment of shore based volunteers. He also plans and delivers shore-based corproate team building events and the First Aid and VHF radio qualifications. Pete gets involved in the delivery of all programmes, in particular Schools and Self-Employment programmes and works with local partners to develop future programmes.

About Pete

Pete has worked in Youth Development for the past 19 years, using outdoor education at a tool to engage young people. He has worked on many ground breaking projects and led youth expeditions around the world. Pete was instrumental in developing the initial CatZero programme alongside Dave, and since 2009 has been leading the shore based team at CatZero and delivering corporate events; all with fantastic results. Pete is a qualified instructor in many outdoor education disciplines and one of the coxswains for the inshore lifeboat at Humber Rescue.

Sean Cahill, South Bank Programme Manager:


Sean's Role

Sean manages the shore based element of south bank programmes and is the key contact for partnership development on the South Bank. Sean is currently busy setting up programmes across Grimsby, Cleethorpe, Immingham, Barton, Scunthorpe and surrounding areas and continues to work with a range of partners and key agencies to ensure programme sustainability south of the river.

About Sean

In 2009, having spent over 20 years in the world of power transmission, Sean felt that it was the ideal time for a career change and started with CatZero. Initially spending the first year and a half as a delivery officer, he has since organised CatZero's fundraising through selling places on board the yacht for the Fastnet race and the North Atlantic Challenge. More recently, he is the Programme Manager for the South Bank, developing and running programmes in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Immingham.

Clare Bradley-Taylor, Business Admin Manager:


Clare's Role

Clare manages all aspects of the business, including all financial planning and processing, setting and monitoring all budgets and programme planning. She ensures that all relevant financial, operational and performance information is co-ordinated and presented each month to Trustees and Directors. Clare is also responsible for Health and Safety along with all HR and operational policies and procedures and manages the building and office staff. She also supports the delivery team working with the young people.

About Clare

Clare initially joined Hull City Council as YTS on a gap year, where she stayed for 24 years (but did progress from being the YTS). Eventually, lured by thoughts of adventure and cowboy hats, she took a two year career break in Texas, U.S.A., before returning to Hull (for the weather) and joining CatZero, initially as a volunteer then as the Business Manager in April 2011. She enjoys lists and tidying up, is a warrented cub leader and the secretary of the local swimming club on top of looking after two very active children and changing her hair colour on a regular basis.

Gail Howson, Progressions Manager:


Gail's Role

Gail manages the move on side of the programme working with the young people on their interview techniques, providing them with a CV and supporting them into education, employment or training.  Gail currently works on both the north and south banks, networking with local business representatives and developing opportunities for young people.

About Gail

Gail started at CatZero as a volunteer after over 27 years working as an Employment and Training Officer with the Careers Service and Connexions.  As soon as the opportuity arose, Gail jumped at the chance to join the team.  Gail started as a Move On officer but also took a hand on role supporting the delivery team when needed and has done intro events in the Peak District and Welton Waters.  Following the retirement of Sandra at the end of 2013, Gail increased her responsibilities and took on the role of progressions manager.  In her spare time Gail dreams of having a smaller dog then her Rottweiler ‘Ramsay’ and loves shopping for stationery.

Fiona Daggett – Business Admin Officer:


Fiona's Role

Fiona joined CatZero in June 2013 and is responsibile for corporate development and adminitrative support for all sailing, both for the youth development programmes and corporate activity.  She also completes all the monthly returns, keeping managers, Trustees and commissioners informed of progress and produces the KPIs.

About Fiona

Fiona joined CatZero from a local primary school where she was an SEN assistant and general TA for just over four years.  Prior to that, Fiona worked for KC for 19 years.  A full time mum to two lovely girls, Fiona also supports her husband's painting and decorating business and in her spare time, what there is of it, she enjoys relaxing with the family and walking the dog.

Paul Wise – Progression / Move-On Officer:

Paul's Role

Paul works alongside Gail supporting the young people to move on into employment, education or training. They regularly network with local business people and work intensively with the young people on their interview techniques, providing them with a CV.  Paul also volunteers with the Princes Trust and through this works with young people to support them to apply for funding for their CSCS card.

About Paul

Paul started at CatZero as a volunteer, supporting the Move On Team with Mock Interviews, and helping the Young People prepare for the real thing.  At the start of 2014 an opportunity arose and Paul was offered the opportunity and formally joined the team.

Sarah Coulson – Progression / Move-On Officer:


Sarah's Role

Along with Paul, Sarah works alongside Gail supporting the young people to move on into employment, education or training, working intensively with the young people on their interview techniques, providing them with a CV.  Sarah also provides support to the Delivery Team, primarily on the south bank.

About Sarah

Sarah has extensive experience working with young people having previously worked for Eagle House, Hull Training and CityWorks Training before joining CatZero in January 2015.

In her spare time she is a passionate supporter of Hull Kingston Rovers and her Monday morning mood is entirely dependent on the results over the weekend.  Sarah also loves watching Formula 1 and would love a trip to Monaco to meet Lewis Hamilton and watch it live.  Sarah dreams of moving to the Lake District with her two kittens Clint and Kevin (named after KR players not Eastwood and Costner).

Sharon Belcher – Delivery Officer:


Sharon's Role

Sharon is a member of our delivery team and works with young people in the Hull and East Riding area.

About Sharon

Born in Hull, Sharon’s life as a hotel owner and licensee took her across the UK before eventually moving back to Hull to study Psychology, Sociology, Law and IT.  Starting at CatZero as a volunteer, Sharon was employed to imparts her business wisdom working with the 18-28 year olds, particularly those on the Blue Sky entrepreneurs group, leading from the front with her own business making children’s clothes.  Sharon is also a local Hull City Council Elected Member, representing the Greatfield Ward.

Steve Chatfield - Delivery Officer:


Steve's Role

Steve is another delivery officer, primarily working on the south of the Humber, managing programems in Grimsby, Immingham, Barton and Scunthorpe for people of all ages and their families.

About Steve

Having set up and managed his own garage business, and worked at various motor dealerships in the town for many years, Steve felt it was time for a new challenge. Working with young people on training programs in the motor trade he realised this was the career direction that he wanted to take.

Steve started with the CatZero team by volunteering on the outdoor events, and when a job vacancy became available he jumped at the chance. He has been part of the team working on the south bank and also in Hull.  He finds it refreshing the fact no two days are ever the same.

Sean Bobczuk - Delivery Officer:

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Sean's Role

Sean is one of the longest serving delivery staff members with experience of delivering a wide range of programmes on both banks of the Humber.  He is responsible for leading the CatZero introduction events where we select participants and they choose to come to us.

About Sean

Born and bred in Hull, Sean has worked for CatZero since the organisation started in 2009, sharing his vast outdoor and working experience with young people.  Sean is an avid fan of the great outdoors, enjoying walking, climbing, kayaking and camping which includes two trips to Nepal, with the second including a treck to Everest base camp.

Tim Cahill - Delivery Officer:


Tim's Role

Tim is another of our delivery staff more often than not found on the South Bank delivering programmes to both young people and long term unemployed older people.

About Tim

After studying graphic design at Hull College, Tim started volunteering at CatZero and was then given the chance to apply for an apprenticeship.  During the 6 months, Tim thoroughly enjoyed the experience which drove him to gain qualifications in youth work.  A short while later a job vacancy opened up at CatZero.  Feeling he couldn't miss such a great opportunity, Tim applied and is now part of the team working in Grimsby and says he couldn’t be happier.  In his spare time, Tim enjoys going to gigs and long walks on the beach.

Neil Davison - Delivery Officer:

Neil's Role

Neil joined CatZero in January 2015.  He is a delivery officer primarily works in the Hull and East Riding area and specialises in runing special projects within schools.

About Neil

Neil is very shy(!!) and has not yet provided us with biography about himself.  So we shall make one up!  An amazing man with a varied background in nursing and education, Neil spends a lot of his spare time voluntering and working with children with disabilities including running a local diability triathlon club and volunteering with HERIB.  One day we will make him find time to tell us more about himself.

Maria Brennan - Delivery Officer:

Maria's Role

Maria initially joined us in 2015 as a delivery officer and returnin in 2016 to help support some ex-CatZero raleigh participants to prepare themselves for an expedition with Raleigh International.  She continues to support young people returning from expdition as well as preparing participants for International Citizen Service.  Maria is also responsible for delivering programmes on the north bank.

About Maria

Maria has a varied study history with qualifications in biology, outdoor recreation and education. She has been a bit of nomad and lived all over the UK and Ireland, working in a wide variety of paid and voluntary roles over the years including as a lifeguard, outdoor instructor, red cross first aider,  assistant manager and teacher. She spent 6 months volunteering as a project manager in Borneo with Raleigh International and then travelling around Southeast Asia before deciding to make Hull her new home. In her spare time Maria loves to swim outdoors, camp, spend time traveling and visiting family and friends.