MEET THE TEAM
I'm Lu, co-founder and CEO of Be Me Project. With the journey of life’s ups and downs, my heart is burdened to walk with those who struggle. This is how the charity started in 2015, being open to listen to young people and encouraging them in their lives. I can’t believe how it has grown and we have worked with so many girls and women and been privileged to listen to their stories through our courses. My hope is that Be Me can shine a light into the darkness and give hope.
I am one of the hub leaders and am based in Cumbria near the Lake District. I am passionate about the wellbeing of young people and have loved walking alongside everyone who has been on the Be Me Project courses.
I love to support and listen to people and encourage them to aspire to be all they are called to be.
We have had some absolutely fantastic times on our courses and have met some amazing young people and I feel privileged to have played a small part in encouraging them and helping them discover the beauty and truth of who they are.
I have spent my whole life listening and talking to people, either as a researcher or a charity volunteer. I have a passion to see people reach their full potential. I joined Be Me as a volunteer course assistant a few years ago as I could see the wonderful support our courses were giving to students in schools and the positive change it was making to young people’s lives. Since then the scope of Be Me has expanded and my involvement has increased.It is my hope that the number of courses we run and the types of people we support will continue to grow.
I am mum to three amazing teenagers and wife to a very tall, wonderful hubby. I am South African born and bred, but very proudly British too. I am the hub leader in Kent.
We all have a story to tell, but with Be Me it's those stories that have shaped us, that enable us to really listen and empathise with the people that come on these courses. Listening in a loving, non judgemental way is key to building the trust of our attendees and the rewards are enormous. Seeing children visibly relax in our presence, seeing their confidence grow, seeing the truth sink in that they are worthy is priceless and a privilege to be a part of.
I’m the hub leader for our Surrey team. I joined the Be Me team back in 2017 as a volunteer and am now leading the courses. As a teen I struggled with low self esteem and depression and found life really hard so I can empathise with the girls and women we have worked with. From my own experience, getting the right support when you need it most is life-changing. My life turned around and I hope to help others now do the same; to enable them to see themselves in a more positive light and learn their worth; to show them that they are loved, build their confidence and provide the keys to handling their emotions in a healthy way.
I’m working on helping to build and support the vital work of Be Me by increasing funding and local support. I have over 20 years’ experience in working with a wide variety of organisations providing strategic business, marketing and fundraising support. I am married and have two teenage daughters. My wife and I have been privileged to run the youth work at our local church for over 25 years and it has been a joy to see families involved in these groups over the years. We so love just being there to support the young people through their teenage journey of life. As a family, we love to be living outside as much as possible and in particular playing any kind of sports!
I am delighted to be the Operational Development Manager at Be Me. Having had a long career in business - working in marketing, strategy and consumer research - it is a privilege to bring the skills I have gained into an area close to my heart. My role is to support the growth of Be Me by ensuring it has strong foundations and can continue to safely and successfully expand its great work.