Gary LovattManaging Director
Gary is a serial entrepreneur with a relentless passion for building products that create significant and measurable social impacts, particularly within the youth sector. As Managing Director of Social Sense, Gary has co-created multi-award winning programmes in the areas of Social Norms, Social Action and Social Marketing.
Striking the balance between disruptive innovation and evidence based approaches, Gary’s work has seen Local Authorities, CCGs and Police Forces realise significant Social Returns on Investment (SROI) in the areas of Alcohol, Smoking, Violent Crime, Domestic Abuse, CSE, Cyber Abuse, Self-Harm, Anxiety and Stress.
It is the increasing movement in focus to Emotional Health and Wellbeing that led Gary into co-producing Mindful Me in 2014.
Since, he has worked tirelessly to develop the programme’s evidence base to promote greater acceptance, understanding, awareness and motivation to embed various self-help techniques in schools, workplaces and homes.
Currently Gary is developing a sustainable mobile based solution that can ensure greater sustainability and longitudinal impact assessments amongst young people. He is also co-developing a more advanced, licensed training model that guarantees a more consistent level of delivery across a full range of settings.
Reece HobsonProgrammes Manager
Reece graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Marketing with Advertising. After several years, working in client relationship management roles, Reece moved to Social Sense as our Programmes Support Executive. Reece has worked in various aspects of the business and in 2016 managed the local partnerships for the CTZN programme.
This role involved presenting CTZN to prospective partner organisations, liaising with decision makers in local authorities and managing CTZN’s social media.
At the end of 2016, Reece also became a trained Bid Writer and now leads on bid writing for public and private sector funding. This involves scoping, co-ordinating, preparing / submitting bids, and business growth proposals in line with business growth strategy.
In 2017, Social Sense won a competitive tender to deliver Mindfulness Training across 9 districts in Kent over 4 years. Reece wrote the tender and designed the project with the support of Gary and Julie Stones.
Reece has now undertaken the new role of the Programmes Manager for the HeadStart Kent project. Reece also now manages our Mindful Me and Change Up programme, securing new funding to take these programmes into new areas of the UK.
In his free time, Reece is an eager traveller, enjoys socialising with his partner and friends, and loves to get involved in global news and politics.
Julie StonesSenior Programmes Manager
Graduating from University of York with a degree in Linguistics and Education, Julie first worked at The Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham where her pool of languages increased to 5. She then moved to Hong Kong for a number of years where she got involved in charity work and found that working with children and young people in particular was rewarding and inspiring.
A change of career on her return to the UK took Julie into Kent County Council, one of the largest local authorities in the country. After 13 years in senior management, Julie took the opportunity to move into the charitable sector as a consultant working with multiple charities and bidding and leading on some large commissioned services including an emotional well-being service for all young people in Kent, parenting programmes, NEET, youth provision, breastfeeding campaign, maternal mental health campaign, community budgeting and Talent Match.
Julie has been brought in to lead the development of Mindfulness for the children’s workforce in Kent, working with schools, voluntary and community sector, HeadStart Kent and the local authority. Julie has contributed to the successful bidding on 3 projects in Kent.
Julie enjoys spending time with her four grown-up children, friends, two dogs and travelling abroad at every opportunity.
Adam McCooeyBusiness Development Manager
Adam graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2003 with degree in Psychology and Criminology. Following several years managing teams in substance misuse and various mental health settings. Adam then moved in to business management for Children’s services, before moving to Social Sense in January 2018.
Adam became aware of Social Sense from a previous job and when a job role came up with Social Sense, he jumped at the chance to join the team.
Adam joined Social Sense as the Business Development Manager and will be working to grow the business through funding opportunities, bids, tenders and partnership networks.
In his spare time, Adam likes to play football with his local team and go the gym. Adam is also an avid listener to music and often goes to gigs to see new, up and coming music.
Jayne has over 20 years’ experience delivering Administration and Office Management support to various industries and started her career working within Brewing. Working in local breweries including ‘The Cream of Manchester’ Boddingtons Brewery, Whitbread PLC & Robinsons Brewery. Following the sad closure of Boddingtons Brewery, Jayne spent 10 years working between the Third Sector and NHS.
In 2009, Jayne took up the role of Office Manager with Our Life, a non-for profit social enterprise based in Manchester, which focused on engaging with communities and empowering them to improve their Health & Wellbeing in a wide range of ways.
Later becoming Business & Finance Manager, Jayne was involved in all areas of the business from Board support, Finance Facilities & Office Management.
Jayne joined Social Sense in October 2017 in the role of Administrator. As part of the role, Jayne will be responsible for general admin, providing programme support to Reece & Julie and overseeing finance and HR. Another big responsibility of the role is managing Gary’s diary.
In her spare time, Jayne is enjoying being a mum to a young boy, spending time with her family and friends. Jayne also attends lots of funk and soul gigs, locally, nationally and internationally after spending the last twenty years organising them.