Our people

Two National Star physiotherapists work with a student

National Star has a wide variety of roles and employs people with different skills and backgrounds. Meet some of our team working in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Wales and discover more about what they do and the skills needed to do their jobs. You can also take a look at the benefits of working for us and our current jobs.

Zee, Facilitator

For Zee, working at National Star has become something of a family affair – like him, both his mum and his wife are facilitators at the charity. It wasn’t a scenario Zee could have predicted when he moved from South Africa to England in 2005 and began his career working in the care field, supporting the elderly in residential accommodation and in their homes. Six years later he was encouraged by his mum to follow in her footsteps and apply to be a facilitator at National Star. Find out more about how to become a facilitator at National Star.

Hannah, Trainee Tutor and Facilitator

​Drama and theatre graduate Hannah, a key member of staff at National Star in Wales, was an original member of the team at Mahmilad when it first opened its doors. After graduating she worked as a personal assistant to a young man and knew almost immediately that her future career lay in health and social care. Find out more about how to become a facilitator at National Star in Wales.

Catherine, Lead Nurse

Catherine has worked at National Star for 13 years, and originally joined us as a Nurse Practitioner. Day to day she liaises with parents, carers, therapists, colleagues and learners in order to deliver a high standard of holistic and individualised medical care. She works at our college campus in Ullenwood. Find out more about how Catherine makes a difference in her role at National Star.

Adam, Residential Manager

Adam joined National Star in 2012 as a Residential Manager. He has responsibility for 22 learners and 70 staff. His overall aim is to ensure that a learner’s experience of National Star College is as good as it can possibly be, and when it’s time for them to leave, they have learned as many new skills as possible and been exposed to lots of different opportunities. Find out more about the key skills involved to become a residential manager.

John, Senior Driver

John has worked at National Star since 2014. As a Senior Driver he works within the organisation’s Transport team and supports the day to day activities of the college’s learners. Find out more about what attracted John to work at National Star.

Kinga, Facilitator

When Kinga joined National Star more than five years ago little did she know that her role as a Facilitator would result in her becoming an adult apprentice. Find out more about what training support was given to Kinga at National Star.

Paul, Senior Facilitator at National Star at Hereford

National Star at Hereford was launched in September 2014, when Paul joined us on a secondment basis from a local school. Following this, Paul applied to join National Star full-time. Find out more about how Paul’s role makes a difference at National Star.

Zoe, Head of Registered Care

Zoe has been part of National Star’s residential services for more than 15 years and in 2019 she became Head of Registered Care. She is responsible for evaluating and implementing systems and practices to improve the services we deliver, providing support to Residential Managers and leading on recruitment and pre-entry assessments for potential learners. Find out more about what a typical day is like for Zoe at National Star.

Gemma, LiftTraining Programme Co-ordinator

Gemma joined National Star in 2012 as LiftTraining’s Programme Co-ordinator. She looks after a small team of Travel Trainers who support and develop learner’s abilities and confidence in the use of public or other forms of transport. Gemma also delivers travel training. In her role she is required to co-ordinate meetings with potential learners and meetings with contacts across the various schools and colleges we work with. In addition, she evaluates each month how the scheme is progressing. Gemma is based in Derbyshire. Find out more about Gemma’s role at National Star.

Roxanne, Hereford Facilitator

Roxanne turned her back on a successful career in retail to work in social care. Now supporting students at National Star in Hereford she loves the variety of her new role and the fact that she can bring her own individual skills to the job. Find out more about what attracted Roxanne to the role of facilitator at National Star in Hereford.

Charlie, CPD Operations Manager

Charlie has been part of the National Star family since 2002. Discover what motivates her at work and how she inspires her colleagues to develop in their jobs. Find out more about Charlie’s role at National Star.

Elaine, Facilitator

Elaine has worked at National Star for seven years, initially in one of our on-campus residences and now in our Day Team within our Residential Services. In her role Elaine supports learners to ensure they are as independent as possible during their learning and social activities – including delivering a high standard of personal care. Find out more about what training Elaine has received in her role as facilitator at National Star.

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