Reach started life as Southwell Care Project in 1999.

We have grown from a very small, local group to a charity that reaches across the county and supports 200 people with learning disabilities each week. We now also reach over 230 clients a year through our outreach delivery. Our roots are firmly planted in the communities in which we work. Many of our trustees, staff and volunteers live locally to our services and many have caring responsibilities.

We know how important it is to get the right support at the right time.


Portrait of Steve Shatwell

Steve Shatwell

Chief Executive

I became Chief Executive of  Reach in 2007 (Southwell Care Project as was). Prior to this, I ran my own financial services business for 20 years. I am prime carer for Richard, my brother who has Down’s syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. I am passionate about supporting people to have choice in their lives. I truly believe that with our fantastic staff, volunteer and trustee team we can reach new standards of delivery and support for adults with learning disabilities.



Portrait of David Thompson
David Thompson FCA

Founding member of Southwell Care Project Board of Trustees. David has a son with learning disabilities. Board level financial and project management experience for blue-chip companies. Former Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director of The Boots Co plc and Non-executive Director of Cadbury Schweppes plc. Former Chairman of Nottingham Building Society. Formerly Chairman of the Nottingham Healthy Living Centre.

Portrait of Daphne Hughes
Bob Gardner

“Bob is a chartered accountant. Now retired, he spent most of his career with three U.K. public companies in senior roles in finance, business development and general management. He is the father of a daughter who had profound and multiple disabilities.”

Portrait of Nick Turner
Nick Turner
Deputy Chair of Trustees.

Retired local businessman. Member of Southwell Lions. Verger at Southwell Minster.

Portrait of Anne Best
Rachel Lannon

Independent corporate business consultant and trainer with over 10 years’ experience of supporting multi-national companies and statutory bodies to improve capabilities and capacity.

Portrait of Madeline Oliver
Madeline Oliver

Former Radiographer. Mother of a son with learning disabilities

Portrait of Keith Harding
Keith Harding

Former Operations and Marketing Executive of the Boots Co plc. Father of a daughter with learning disabilities

Portrait of Michael Davidson
Michael Davidson

Former Head of Humanities and Religious Education Teacher at the Magnus School.

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Julie Payne

Founder member of the Westgate Group. 20 year foster carer, former chair roles at local school and Family Care adoption panel. Parent of three sons, one with a physical disability, adoptive parent to two disabled daughters and “mum” to Selma, who also has disabilities.

Portrait of Michael Davidson
Adrian Hartley

Member of the Nottinghamshire’s Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board, Expert by Experience working with CQC inspectors. Former Health and Social Care Assessor with Tempest Management Training. Father of a son with complex needs.

Portrait of Pati Colman
Pati Colman

Formerly Complaints Manager, Training Officer and Social Worker for Nottinghamshire County Council. Currently Chair of the Westgate group  for people with disabilities and their families.

Centre Staff

Please see under our ‘Services’ tab for information about our Reach Southwell, Reach Newark, Reach Mansfield and Flower Pod centres.


Volunteers are very important to us. They come from all walks of life and make a real difference to our clients’ lives. Click here to find out about volunteering at Reach.

Find out about a volunteer’s experience here.