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Our Squad

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Mike

Founder & CEO

Mike was an Army Officer for 8 years, where he saw the impact that positive leadership and mentoring had on the lives of young men. He served two tours of Afghanistan and took part in dozens of exercises around the UK and abroad. Mike has a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MRes in Strategy & Security from Exeter University. 

​Inspired to found the project after volunteering in Feltham Young Offenders Institution, Mike was convinced of the need to combine team sport, mentorship, and role modelling for young men. As the project's Founder & CEO, Mike has seen the project grow from a pilot in HMP Wandsworth, to delivering ongoing projects in the community, Prisons and YOIs in both London and the Midlands.

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Jen

Chief Operating Officer 

Jen joined 3Pillars to develop future programme capabilities and opportunities through partnerships for the charity. With a strong set of values derived from playing and coaching rugby herself, she now uses her experience to help others thrive in society. From studying an MSc in the Sociology of Sport, working in Sport Development within Higher Education, and at Dallaglio RugbyWorks, Jen saw first-hand the power of sport to mobilise communities. "I love working with people, whether that be participants, colleagues, partners, or stakeholders. Together we are stronger." Also a Mental Health in Sport trainer and RFU Coach Educator, Jen is always keen to develop herself and embrace life-long learning. 

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Adi

Head Of Delivery

Adi has joined 3Pillars as our Head of Delivery. Adi has wide ranging experience within the sport sector from development and performance coaching to working in senior leadership.  She has multi-sport experience working in both the UK and Australia. Most recently Adi has worked in the disability sport sector with National Disability Sport Organisations. Adi believes anyone and everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of sport no matter who they are, what their background is or where they come from.

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Sarah

Midlands Coordinator

Sarah joins 3Pillars Project as our Midlands Coordinator and brings with her 15 years of youth work experience. Sarah’s previous role was a Senior Youth Violence Intervention Practitioner for a charity based in hospital A&E departments, supporting young people who were affected by serious youth violence, abuse, and exploitation. Sarah has also delivered health-based programmes in schools, universities, and youth clubs around Nottinghamshire. 

 

Sarah has a passion for sports and in particular, Netball which she plays competitively and is a firm believer in the positive outcomes that sports-based mentoring can provide.

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Pickle

Coach

Pickle is a Semi-Pro Rugby player for Nottingham Rugby Club, playing in the Championship. He continues to work closely with us in aiding our delivery in the midlands. 

"I have enjoyed my experience with 3Pillars so far and working closely with Sarah to help coach and facilitate rugby sessions for vulnerable children in the school system. I’ve had the privilege of leading an 8 week rugby programme at Notts Academy in Sneinton alongside Sarah which became the highlight of my week. I hope that I can make a positive impact with the children I get the opportunity to coach and hopefully I can become more of a role model for them and someone to look up to. I am looking forward to making a difference in the Nottinghamshire community while working closely with the 3Pillars family. "

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Josh

Coach

Josh Poullet is a professional rugby player and coach with over 12 years of experience in the sport. With a background in Sports Science and a Masters in Exercise Physiology, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his coaching style. 

In addition to his sports career, Josh is dedicated to making a positive change in the community through the power of sports. He has a passion for working with men who are in prison and looking to make positive changes in their lives. Through sports, Josh helps these individuals understand the value of teamwork, hard work, and determination in overcoming obstacles. His 7 year coaching experience spans from community work for Nottingham Rugby to coaching Nottingham Trent’s 2nd and now 1st team!

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Sonny

Coach

Sonny is an experienced boxing coach  and personal trainer working with a range of organisations. He currently supports the coaching on our Community Gym in Vauxhall.


Sonny is always popular with our training groups whether they are children or adults, his high standards and commitment make him a much sought after coach.

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Milka

Mentor consultant

Bringing a breadth of experience to the team including working in multiple prisons as well as working with victims of all crime. Milka has a background in Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and uses psychological approaches in mentoring which underpin her ability to engage with mentees. Milka initially worked in a number of gyms, qualifying at the age of 16 as a Fitness Instructor, then later a Personal Trainer, and now a Consultant Mentor for 3Pillars Project. Milka says "sport has taught me resilience; the ability to learn that even if you’re knocked down, you can pick yourself up and bounce back even stronger."

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Steve

Multi-Sports Coach 

An experienced boxing coach and former semi-pro footballer. Steve first volunteered as an Assistant Coach in Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute, alongside the 3Pillars delivery team. Working with Young Offenders in prison and forming positive mentoring relationships has been Steve's most rewarding work with 3Pillars to date. 

A former professional boxer, National Amateur Champion and Level 3 Personal Trainer, Steve joins 3Pillars as a Coach. He is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider and Choice Theory Mentor. Steve believes in the sense of team that 3Pillars brings. 

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