COVID 19 update

Following a recent government press conference on 29 March 2021 and moving along Stage 1a of the roadmap, we wanted to let you know we are still here for you. We continue to follow Government and National Youth Agency Guidance and are still able to provide services with additional measures in place to do this in a controlled and safe way. For our updates on COVID and how to get help and support please click here.


We would not be able to support the young people and their families without the dedication and commitment of the Motiv8 staff.

Our Management Team

Clare Ansell
Motiv8 CEO

Clare initially joined Motiv8 in June 2008 as the Service Manager overseeing the day to day management of the community based projects and establishment of a new youth inclusion programme in Havant. Prior to this Clare worked for 8 years in the local authority as a play and youth worker in a variety of settings across Portsmouth and helped to lead the development of a new community facility in Paulsgrove as the play development manager, working closely with local residents, children and young people. Clare has an interest in Youth Crime Prevention which began after completing a BSc Psychology at Portsmouth University and a subsequent role working as a project worker for the Preventing youth offending project in Portsmouth. Clare has also been a Governor for a local college and Chaired the Resources Sub Group. Clare moved to the role of Director of Operations for Motiv8 in 2011 with overall strategic and operational management of the Motiv8 Service delivery and the resources that support them, including to contributing to income generation. In January 2019 Clare took over the role of Motiv8 CEO.

Marina Tuck
Resources Manager

She Joined Motiv8 in 1999 she has developed her skills and professional experience through a Post Grad Diploma in Human Resources and is now MCIPD qualified. Marina is responsible for all recruitment, training and resources at Motiv8.

Rebecca Stotesbury
Fundraising Manager

Joined Motiv8 in September 2018 she has over 15 years fundraising experience for a range of organisations including the RNLI, Sixth Form Colleges, London Olympic Games and Dementia Support. She has a Communications BA(Hons) Degree, Diploma in Youth Work and Informal Education, Post Grad Certificate in Education and Management Level 3 qualification.

Kirsty Robertson
Gosport & Fareham Services Manager

Kirsty has been involved in Youth Work for over 17 years, Kirsty joined the team after managing an inclusion unit in a school she joined Gosport as a Senior Support Worker in 2009. Kirsty is a member of many cross partnership groups supporting young people across Gosport and Fareham and is the current Local Children’s Partnership chair for Gosport. Kirsty is trained in Attachment and Trauma practice and has lead responsibilities within Motiv8 in developing and quality assuring our Educational provision. Outside of Motiv8 Kirsty is a trustee for Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust.

Sam Cofe
Havant & Portsmouth Services Manager

Sam has worked for Motiv8 for 20 years in a range of roles. Initially joined as a support worker after relocating from London having previously worked for the local authority supporting elderly and disabled service users. During Sam’s time at Motiv8 he has developed service provision and led on key contracts such as the Wessex Appropriate Adult Service. Sam is currently the Service Manager for Portsmouth and Havant with operational oversight of these areas, and takes a lead role for Health and Safety including premises and vehicles. Sam has an NVQ Level 5 management and leadership qualification

Sarah Goodwin
Family Support Services Manager

Sarah has worked with children, young people and families for over 10 years, she joined Motiv8 in 2009 as a senior Support Worker in the Gosport Team and then worked in Portsmouth and Havant as the Coordinator. She has Outdoor qualifications, NVQ Level 3 in Leadership and Management and has completed the Supporting Children and Families with Complex Needs training.

Our Board of Trustees

Valerie Hopkins
Chair of Trustees

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES from November 2017. Valerie has had a varied and rich career which she believes could make a real contribution. Qualifying as a chartered accountant with a forerunner of Ernst and Young, Valerie moved onto the stock market as an investment analyst. Valerie says: When family came along she changed directions and spent some 9 years with the old ILEA, lecturing in accounting, audit and investment at a college which is now part of South Bank University and latterly taking up the pastoral role of Group Tutor. Valerie joined Penna, the outplacement consultancy as a career counsellor, whilst at the same time studying for a post grad diploma in counselling at Roehampton. The training on the course underpinned the importance of communication skills in any role and so Valerie took on the challenge of setting up her own consultancy, Humanitas, to provide support and training to City firms and Valerie is still coaching and mentoring senior executives. Valerie also continued with counselling roles on a voluntary basis and has worked in a number of charities with a richly diverse group of clients, including trafficked girls from Bosnia, enforced marriage victims from India, young drug addicts and many more. Further studying followed Valerie’s first general counselling qualification, and she has since completed courses in group work, brief therapy, systemic family therapy and finally a post grad diploma from Birmingham University in solution focused therapy which to this day, underpins the majority of Valerie’s one to one work.”

Mark Mitchell

Mark worked for the University of Portsmouth until his retirement in 2011, where his last post involved overseeing the training of probation officers in England and Wales. Mark has extensive experience of local school governance, particularly in special needs education. He chairs our Service Delivery & Development sub-group.

Steve Dimon
Trustee, BRS Director

BSc in Computer Science; passionate about sport, especially cycling. Steve runs a local IT support company specialising in security & business continuity. Steve brings a wealth of experience in IT and in business development, brand building and promotion. He is a member of the Resources sub-group and also is director and chair of Bicycle Recycling.

Julian Titmuss

Julian is currently employed as the Strategic Assurance manager for NATS a global leader in national air traffic control and airport performance. He also has 22 years’ service in the Royal Navy which has given Julian a wide and unique range of experiences. As a Logistics Officer his expertise lies in HR, finance and logistics. Julian is also a qualified management accountant (ACMA). Julian is chair of the resources subgroup.

Steve MIller

Steve has spent the past 27 years working in engineering and program/change management within the technology sector, leading teams of up to 250+ people as part of large scale deployment projects across the world. Steve recently left the corporate world to set up his own business management consultancy company.

Portia Charles

Previously practising as a barrister specialising in personal injury law, Portia has also volunteered in roles including Homestart (supporting families with young children), parish safeguarding, and PTA treasurer.  

Professor Mark Button

Professor Mark Button is Reader and Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud at the University of Portsmouth. Mark teaches on various courses within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and has written several publications based on this area. Mark was Chair of the Motiv8 Trustee board from May 2002 to November 2017.

Tim Caley

Tim has had a career in youth work and services to young people for over 40 years, beginning in a Sheffield youth club, a youth officer in Reading, Portsmouth, head of the local authority youth services in Hampshire and West Sussex, an Ofsted inspector and, finally, consultant and adviser.

In 2012, Tim worked as a temporary project officer for Motiv8 and this was where he first experienced the high quality of the organisation’s work. Subsequently, Tim joined the Board of Trustees (in 2013) and served for three years, resigning to concentrate on writing a book. This was published in February 2019 and entitled “Keeping Them off the Streets – a youth work story.”

Returning as a Trustee in 2020, Tim is particularly interested in fostering the ‘links’ between field work staff and the Board and advising on youth work quality, evaluation and impact