Becci Blues

I joined Move the Masses as CEO in July 2023 having many years of leadership experience with regional and national charities as well as a number of years working as a strategy consultant. 

I have responsibility for the overall day to day management of the organization as well as delivering our strategy and supporting our project managers.


My role is very varied with no two weeks looking the same which is always a good challenge.  It is really exciting to be working at a charity which has grown so rapidly already, helping to shape the future strategy and see how many more people we can help to get active.  We have such a fantastic team from our employees to our board of trustees and our amazing volunteers which makes working here a real honour. 


I have always loved walking and last year I undertook a year long nature based coaching programme which really reaffirmed to me how important it is to spend time outdoors. When I am not walking around my local village or on the beach near my parents house I like to swim (preferably outside!) and do yoga.


Outside of work and being active I love reading golden age crime fiction and experimenting with lots of different types of arts and crafts. 

Libby Crofts
York Project Manger (also currently overseeing Pocklington)

Libby Crofts - Move Mates Project Manager York

I began working for Move the Masses in September 2021. As the Project Manager for York I oversee the Move Mates Project and Wellbeing Walks in the city and surrounding villages. As Move Mates has grown to cover new areas my role has expanded to include training new staff.


My past experience is varied, including working for care and support services, local authority and museums, as well as being self-employed as a proofreader. I have always had a keen interest in volunteering and have had several volunteering positions and now that includes being a Move Mate!


My role is multifaceted and what I love about it most is the wide-range of people I have the joy of working with. From volunteers and beneficiaries, to partner organisations and my colleagues, I enjoy both assisting them and learning from them.

Outside of work I like moving in the fresh air, usually that involves walking, running or bootcamps. 

My favourite places to walk are in forests or woodland and by waterways. Other pastimes include reading, writing and taking short courses and I love animals. I’ve also discovered mindfulness and have joined a group which is led by one of our wonderful volunteers.

Elaine Barrow
Leeds Project Manager (also currently overseeing Selby)

Photo of Elaine with her dog on a walk

I came into post in May 2022 as Project Manager when Move Mates expanded into Leeds. 

My background is in partnership work with the voluntary and public sectors, community engagement, education, culture, regeneration and health & well-being as well as service delivery, safeguarding and commissioning, project management & team leadership. Other work has included stilt walking and being a living statue!

I am a team player and enjoy the supportive environment of Move Mates – the leadership and team are great. 

I enjoy the active and green focus of my role as it enables people to improve their health through being active outdoors and form new connections.

I walked up Scaffel Pike in The Lakes a year or so ago in dire weather, but really enjoyed the challenge, even if there wasn’t a view at the top! I also love to get out to the coast with my dog and friends and aim to do more of this. I also enjoy covering walks for Move Mates when volunteers are on holiday. 

I love any beach, woodland or mountain hikes and picnics! I also enjoy strolling around new cities and taking in some culture.

Hannah Lindsey
Durham Project Manager

I started working for Move the Masses at the very end of April 2022 and opened the new Durham Move Mates project the following month.

I used to work in retail management and worked in the sector in multiple places in the UK from the midlands to the south coast and the north west.

I moved to Durham about 8 years ago and really enjoyed volunteering and making connections within the communities.

I was very excited when I became part of the Move the Masses team, especially as volunteers are so integral to the work we do. It’s great to work closely with volunteers, to support them and to get to know them. It’s an aspect of the job I really enjoy.

I’ve always been an active person and enjoy spending lots of time outdoors.

I love walking, especially finding new routes and paths.

My favourite places to walk are in the hills and along the windy coast – it’s great to have a swim in the sea afterwards too, particularly in summer.


Sarah Sturdy
Communications Manager

I started with Move Mates in May 2023 as Selby Project Manager, and I have since changed roles to focus on communications within the charity.

I am responsible for our social media accounts, newsletters, distributing and sharing information and maintaining our brand and voice.

I previously worked for a short time in charity Communications, and prior to this I worked in events.

I get to read all the wonderful stories and logs across all project areas, plan ahead, organise information and get creative – all of which I really enjoy.

The team are  fantastic, dynamic and very supportive and I am very proud of the work we all do, and feel very lucky to be a part of that.

My favourite walking memory is Easedale Tarn in the Lake District. I would go there a lot with my dad when I was younger and once we met a very friendly ginger and grey cat on the bottom trail. I have always loved poetry and being in Grasmere was always very special – daydreaming about Wordsworth and his many adventures over the hills. Not to mention the gingerbread!

Move Mates in Numbers

Walks across all areas in 2023
Pairings across all areas in 2023
Hours spent walking in all areas in 2023

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