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Supporting Young People Since 1988

Our People

If you pop in to see us, one of our team will be on hand to say hello

Jennifer Fear


An embodiment of our ethos, Jennifer is a champion of equality, actively challenges discrimination, and is committed to ensuring every section of the community has access to support services that respond to their needs.

In 2017, Jennifer received a Civic Award for “improved quality of life for local people by providing services, beyond what they are paid to do”.

Sir Ian McKellen


“I’ve lived in Tower Hamlets for 40 years. When I came across Step Forward I was so impressed. It’s a lovely building to visit, it’s very friendly, it’s clearly very efficient, it’s very clean, it’s not bureaucratic. It’s about contacting people on their level, and I’m full of admiration – I feel I ought to be working here 12 hours a day. But I can’t do that, so instead, I give them my support.”

Staff Team

Lee-Xuan Robinson

Operations Manager

Noore Nazneen

Senior Counsellor

Annie Marin

Health and Wellbeing Practitioner. IAPT CBT Practitioner

Trish Talens

Counsellor & Wellbeing Worker

Samaria Fanus

Counsellor & Wellbeing Worker

Ruby Smith

Service Support and Personal Development Worker

Andrew Gardiner

Counsellor and Wellbeing Worker

Farzana Rahman

Wellbeing Practitioner and IAPT CBT Practitioner

Siobhan Stewart

Counsellor and Wellbeing Worker

Debbie Brown

Counsellor and Wellbeing Worker

Lu Wilson

Personal Development and Wellbeing Worker

Sarah Vidowsky

Counsellor and CBT-IAPT Trainee

Grace Teias

Counsellor, Wellbeing and CBT Worker


Honorary Counsellors

Jesus Santos
Melisa Maclean-Jones
Nasrin Khanom
Abdul Shohid
Sanjay Dasani
Thasnim Abdul- Karim
Lauren Hodge

Board of Tustees

Naomi Gaffney


Dennis Twomey


Hussein Ali


Bolade Alake


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