Meet The Team
Development Manager and Founder
Emma grew up in London and relocated after University to Suffolk. She has held numerous leadership roles, at 16 she was invited to join the Global Young Leadership Conference in New York City working with the UN. Emma also took a GAP year aged 18 to spend 6 months travelling across South Africa and teaching in Swaziland. This was a dream of Emma’s aged 7 years old when she saw Nelson Mandela being released from Robben Island on the news.
Since then Emma completed a Masters degree at University in Creative Producing and was fast tracked through various roles in the Arts to Senior Management managing a fundraising development campaign in east London both before and after the 2012 Olympics.
Emma became a Networking Supremo in London on the Canary Wharf and City scene securing major connections and managing multiple levels of engagement with contacts to secure working partnerships which benefited all parties. During this time she and her husband, Leigh, looking after their growing family became the priority and so she took the leap into self-employment.
Since doing so Emma has launched an Empowerment Network and founded Steel Bones.
Emma loves spending time with her family, dog walking adventures with her children and hot chocolate with Disney films always a special treat.
Emma is very passionate about providing amputee families with reliable support.
Founder, Amputee Experience Volunteer
Leigh was born in Lewisham 1981 with severe club feet. He underwent numerous operations and hospital stays at Great Ormond Street. He spent most of his childhood with his legs in cast. Leigh’s family were determined to ensure this didn’t impact his life, he played football under coaching of his passionate Dad and refused to use his lift pass at school. He experienced many tricky situations which with the support of his amazing family he overcame and became the strong, fair, kind man he is today.
Leigh has extensive experience as a Painter/Decorator and Printer in the family firm MBA Group along with holding a number of retail roles. Leigh has managed social media, websites for various businesses and loves computers.
Unfortunately, Leigh lost his leg in 2008 after an operation went quite wrong. It was a massive shock to Leigh and his family. He has had various operations, procedures and prosthetic problems since.
Leigh is passionate about providing amputee families with the support they need to accomplish their goals. He never wants an amputee family to feel alone as his family felt after his amputation. Leigh says ” We must unite as a community as we are the only ones who truly know the daily challenges we endure through this life changing experience.
Leigh lives by his late Father’s motto: “It matters where you come from, but what matters most is where you are going”
Hello! My name is Alice Mason & I am on the development squad for the Paralympics for team GB rowing, I am also part of Peterborough city rowing club. After loosing my left leg below the knee, I had to change the sport I loved from netball, I choose rowing. I have only been an amputee since August 2017. I am married to a wonderful supportive woman & have a gorgeous daughter aged 9. I am honoured to say I am an ambassador or Steel Bones & fully support this charity. I am lucky enough to say I have a full sponsorship from Fesa which is amazing. I love all things sport related & totally live my life to the full.
Steel Bones Champions
We have a team of volunteers who have completed our Induction programme and help with all aspects of Steel Bones life. They include:
Diane Gaskin, Maxine Osbourne, Gary Pizzey, Billie Lawler, Pam Harris, Emma Downes
We also have Young Volunteers who are a fantastic help:
Maria-Louiza, Holly, Charlie, Erin,
Honey, Daisy, Teddy, Sally, Kyla
Chairman & Family Mentor Volunteer
Colin, born and bred in Kent, became an amputee at birth and has overcome many difficulties in his life.
Colin has held various roles in the car industry during his working life always hard working and enjoys workign as part of a team. Colin also plays an active role in his community. Colin has sat on various community committees and is now very proud to be able to lead Steel Bones in its exciting growth.
Colin loves fundraising and recently swam 101 lengths to raise funds for Steel Bones alongwith organising hugely successful raffles. His family play an active role in Steel Bones’ life helping other families and organising events like Bingo nights.
Colin recently became Grandad to Baby Neo who he adores spending time with and he is thrilled Liverpool won the Title !!
Family Mentor Volunteer
Favourite colour: Blue
Favourite place: Canada
Favourite job: Nursing
Favourite memory: Cruising the World I have done it twice
Strange likes or dislikes: I like anything to do with water ie Swimming, sailing, fishing. Dislike Spiders
Best way to spend a Saturday night?: hosting a dinner party
Born & bred in the Suffolk Countryside, Adam works with his parents in the family Landscape, Garden Centre & Restaurant business. Adam is a member of the RAF Mildenhall British American Community Relationship Team, the BAC work to build and strengthen the relationship and integration between the two communities through public events such as Easter Egg Hunts, Thanksgiving Lunches and assisting at local events.
Having met Emma & Leigh at business networking events, Adam was approached to see if the BAC would be able to assist in any way with a celebration day for Steel Bones, to get amputees and their families together. RAF Mildenhall responded with offering to host the day and provide lunch, refreshments and demonstrations from Military dogs as well as the opportunity to look around and sit in aircraft from the Base.
Adam is married to Claire and they have 2 Daughters who enjoy family days out visiting zoos & farms or anything else outdoors.
Family Mentor Volunteer
Favourite colour: Purple.
Favourite place: Walking along the beach at Snettisham right up to the estuary.
Favourite job: working at the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Favourite memory: Buying my first Citroen 2CV6 car.
Strange likes: Tuna mayonnaise, red onion and black olive sandwich (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, it’s delicious)!
Strange dislike: Kids party balloons! Proper full on phobia!
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Babysitting my grandsons.
Caroline has been a Registered Nurse for almost 40 years. Before moving to Norfolk, she has worked in London for 35 years including working as a Ward Sister on a Neurosurgical ward, and as a Ward Manager of an Orthopaedic ward. Caroline has also worked as a Rehabilitation Case Manager for over 10 years assisting Clients who have been seriously injured both physically, and psychologically following road traffic collisions or accidents at work.
Caroline is passionate about exercise, sports, and Rehabilitation. Caroline has assisted those with complex trauma injuries, and amputees from the early stage of hospitalisation, to assisting with statutory and NHS services in the community, and with return to work programmes. Caroline is passionate to support amputees and their families.
As a Volunteer for Steel Bones, Caroline has supported the team to organise an inclusive tennis event at her tennis club in Norfolk, and assisted with a Steel Bones school workshop in her local village. Caroline has regularly attended the Steel Bones support group at Julian Hospital, Norfolk, and has referred several new amputees to the charity. She has been impressed by the support which Steel Bones not only provides to somebody with limb loss, but to the whole family which encouraged her to want to be more involved with Steel Bones.
Caroline also supports Headway Norfolk & Waveney whilst supporting Clients and their families dealing with the effects of brain injuries, and is an active member of Norfolk & Waveney Acquired Brain Injury Forum working closely with NHS Commissioners.
Caroline currently works as Client Liaison Manager for Ashtons Legal Solicitors. She works alongside all of the injury services teams ensuring that their injured Clients have access to appropriate services and rehabilitation prior to funding being available.
Caroline lives in Norfolk and enjoys tennis, Skiing, and loves walking along the Norfolk beaches. In Summer she can often be seen on her yellow tandem bike with her partner enjoying the countryside. Born as a twin, Caroline very much enjoys and values the importance of time with her family.
Mark and his wife live near Woodbridge, initially working in Local Government in Waste and Recycling Services for 20 years. Mark moved in to Health Care. He also had a 27 year volunteer career with a national medical charity, where he was the regional lead for Community First Responders.
Mark went into healthcare management with various organisations providing services to the NHS, being involved with Dermatology, Neurology and ENT Services. More recently he was a regional manager responsible for services that centered on Amputees, which was his introduction to Steel bones Mark now a manager in Primary Care in Suffolk.
Mark still does voluntary work with a local medical organisation. Which involves providing medical cover for outside events and festivals around the county. Mark knows Ed Sheeran’s set list very well after being the medical manager for the UK leg of Ed’s world tour. Mark had has had a love of motorsport. His particular favourite is touring cars and he is a fan of Ipswich Speedway Team. He also plays golf very badly.