Meet The Team

Kieran

Operations Manager, Dad Matters

I’m Kieran, I’m over 40, and have 2 daughters who are 20 and 14. I am also the Dad Matters Operations Manager, and I oversee the project for Home-Start HOST. I love the job, and feel very proud of the work we do, the support we offer and networks we have created. The team are a dedicated, caring bunch of fellas, and I’m honoured to be able to work with each of them. Being a dad is sometimes hard, and often we can find it difficult to identify the right information, access support and it can really affect our own wellbeing. This can really affect our families, and that’s why I am so committed to this project. I also love camping, music, box sets and Bolton Wanderers…

Nick and Ryan

Gloucestershire Coordinators, Dad Matters

Hi I’m Nick, As a dad of two I have lived experiences of what its like to be a dad and understand that becoming a dad is different for everyone. I’m Proud to be part of the Dad matters team and being able to support Dads in Gloucestershire. I feel passionate that all dads should be given the opportunity to have a successful relationship with their families.

Hi I’m Ryan, I’m a dad of three! I’m so happy to be part of Dad Matters and excited to provide support to Dads that want the best possible relationship with their children.

Matt

Calderdale Coordinator, Dad Matters

Hi, I’m Matt, the Dad Matters coordinator for Calderdale. I have a young daughter and have a baby boy on the way. Being a father can be tough and often, the journey to fatherhood isn’t straightforward. I am proud to be part of Dad Matters and to have the opportunity to support dads through their journey. I love music, movies and football, and going on family trips to parks, farms and the cinema.

Matthew

Manchester Coordinator, Dad Matters

Hi, I’m Matt, I’m 34 years old and a dad of three girls. I started working for Dad Matters in July 2023 after a long period of time supporting my partner as a stay-at-home dad. I am the coordinator for the City of Manchester, and I am immensely proud to be part of a team that has such an impact on fathers’ wellbeing. Outside of work I’m a big geeky kid at heart and I love nothing more than playing videogames or painting my Warhammer 40k..

Dan

Bolton Coordinator, Dad Matters

My names Dan I’m the Dad Matters Coordinator for Bolton. I’m married, have 3 children aged 2,4 and 9 and we live in Ramsbottom. After experiencing poor mental health after the birth of my 3rd child I really struggled to bounce back. After getting involved in some peer support groups which I found really helpful I started a football group with positive well-being at its core. It was around this time I heard about Dad Matters and there purpose really resonated with me. It’s great to be part of an organisation supporting Dads and I really look forward to having a positive impact in Bolton.

Luke

Merseyside Coordinator, Dad Matters

Hello everyone! I’m Luke, from St Helens in Merseyside. As both a parent and a stepparent, I’m no stranger to the difficulties of parenthood. I started my career working with children with Special Educational Needs, before moving over to working in a specialist school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. These young people were some of the most challenging, but also most hilarious people I’d ever met, and it was a pleasure to work with them. I then moved into residential care, working again with some very challenging young people. I’m also a personal assistant for a young man with cerebral palsy, which has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

My son was born at 25 weeks gestation, after my partner was assaulted while she was at work. What followed was three months in hospital, watching my son slowly develop and fight his numerous health conditions. While in the hospital, my partner received some mental health help, but I received nothing. At the time, I didn’t care, I just wanted my son to be ok, but when we left hospital and my mental health took a negative turn, I thought that Dads needed just as much help as Mums. My experience inspired me to do what I could to help dads in the same situation as me, and I started to volunteer for another parenting charity. An opportunity came up to work for Dads Matter, and I jumped at the chance. I will start work in January 2023, and I can’t wait. Dads DO matter, and if I can help just one dad, it will have all been worth it.

Mic

Tameside & Glossop/Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Coordinator, Dad Matters

Hi, I’m Mic and I have been working for Dad Matters since Oct 2019. I am married and a Dad to a daughter, who was born in March 2018. I enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks and playing golf in my spare time. My passion for being a good Dad and helping others to be the best they can be is what drives me every day.

Eric

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Coordinator, Dad Matters

I’m Eric and I am old enough to ignore my age. I have been a professional entertainer since I was 15, the youngest Redcoat Butlins ever had. I have a nursing background but have been involved with many different caring roles from Lifeboat crew to international deployment with the British Red Cross. My main role now is to work for Dad Matters, a role I took because of how important I feel the work done by this great organisation is. I have 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren, most of them now taller than me. My hobbies include woodturning, music, and watching football.

Wez

Coordinator, Dad Matters (Perinatal Trauma & Loss Service – PETALS)

My name is Wez, I am 45 years old, married with three children, 15 year old son, 13 and 9 year old daughters. We moved to Littleborough in 2017. I first became a Dad Matters volunteer and just as I was finding my feet, Covid hit and we couldn’t go anywhere. I stayed on the books as a volunteer and at the end of 2021 a job was advertised for a Coordinator position, supporting dads who had experienced loss of a baby or a traumatic birth. I have now supported many dads that have experienced this awful situation, that no one can ever prepare themselves for, and although it can be incredibly sad and often difficult to listen to, I now believe I can provide the safe space that most dads, and more-so, dads that have experienced loss, rarely have the opportunity to explore. I love the way the project and the work Dad Matters does continues to grow, with more dads asked how they are, and given the space and education to explore early fatherhood and be the best dads they can possibly be.

Mike

Health Inequalities Coordinator

My name is Mike, and I’m the Health Inequalities Co-ordinator for Dad Matters. My role is to work with Dads who are not often seen in perinatal services such as dads who are from ethnic minorities, SEND dads, dads who are GBT+, and young dads. In addition, part of my role is to connect with and support organisations and communities that may work with these dads and their families.

I am a dad with autism to a little boy who I call my Lil’ Legend; my journey into fatherhood wasn’t easy and I had to reach out for help. That is when Dad Matters came into my life; the support I received as a dad under the project was amazing. After receiving all this support from Dad Matters in 2020, I then became a volunteer, and since June 2023, I am now one of the full time co-ordinators.

I’m probably one of, if not, the nerdiest of the co-ordinators, I’m a big fan of D&D, Magic the Gathering, and sci-fi films like Back to the Future and Star Wars. When I’m not being a dad, a Dad Matters Co-ordinator or a nerd, you may find me playing snooker at my local clubs in Bolton.

Alex

Coordinator for Central Manchester, Stockport and Trafford.

Hi, I’m Alex and I’m the Dad Matters coordinator for Central Manchester, Stockport, and Trafford. I live in Glossop with my partner and young daughter. I feel very proud to be working on a project that provides support for dads at such a challenging and life changing time in their lives. I love being a dad and it brings a lot of joy to my life, and at times, it is really challenging. Being able to provide support, community, and connection to dads when they most need it feels like a gift

Graham

C0-0rdinator for Stockport

 

Hi I’m Graham, I am married and a dad of two (4 & 5) and a step dad to one (22) and I joined Dad Matters in January 24. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, watching football and playing Football Manager PC whenever I get any free time. I am constantly working on being a better dad and I’ve spent several years supporting families in the community and one of my passions is to support other dads on their journey

Abi – Co-ordinator for South Warwickshire

I’m Abi and I am the Dad Matters coordinator for South Warwickshire.  I’m here to support dads local to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.  I am proud to be in my second year in the role and feel strongly about making sure dads have support and know how vital they are to their babies and families.

I’m married with 2 children age 5 and 7, who keep me pretty busy!