Meet the Directors


Sharon Rowe - Chairperson

Sharon Rowe, Chairperson

Sharon works for the Methodist Church as a Learning & Development Officer in the South West region, supporting, developing & training children’s, youth & community work. Sharon is a JNC qualified Youth & Community worker, with 16 years experience in a variety of children’s, youth and community work contexts.




Rev.d Lythan Nevard - Vice Chairperson

Lythan Nevard - Vice Chairperson

I'm Lythan Nevard, a United Reformed Church Minister working for three denominations as Minister for Cranbrook. Cranbrook is a new town that is still being built on the edge of Exeter and the church there has no building - we are trying to build community instead, which means my working life is varied, challenging and exciting. As Youth Genesis now works in Cranbrook I am one of the volunteers there every Tuesday night. I'm married to Phil, another Minister and we are just heading into empty nest territory which leaves more time for hobbies like scrapbooking, crochet and running (but not all at the same time!)

Dr Chris Roots

Chris Roots

Chris volunteered as a church children's and youth worker whilst studying Biology and working as an Information Scientist. After working on a Salvation Army summer camp as "Nature Director" and teaching Biology in Ghana for VSO, Chris studied at Marjon (The College of St Mark and St John) in Plymouth and qualified as a Youth Worker in 1998. He became involved with Youth Genesis whilst employed as a Youth Worker for Torbay Council and has been a Director since 2013. He currently runs a tutoring business called Roots 2 Success

Ann Haley

Ann Haley

I'm a qualified Play Worker, and have worked in a primary school as a class room assistant and play groups. Church activities is another commitment that involves my time during the week be it in the church or visiting those that no longer can get to services for various reasons. I do enjoy being with the young people and joining in with their activities, especially cooking as this is one of my favourite hobbies.



Hazel Smith


I am a retired orthodontist and decided to move to Devon to retire. I have worked with young people since I was a teenager and really enjoy working as a volunteer with Youth Genesis. Being part of the board helps me to get more involved and have more understanding on how things work and also the work Youth Genesis leads. I am excited about the future and love working alongside such a great group of people.




Meet the Staff

Jonathan Oliverio

Jonathan Oliverio Youth Worker

A JNC qualified Youth & Community worker. Before joining the the project in October 2007, Jonathan had worked for the local authority in Devon.

Jonathan's experience involves setting up and managing Detached Youth Work teams, running youth centres, programmes and activities and delivering information, advice and guidance to NEET young people.

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Michelle Taylor

Michelle Youth Worker

Michelle has been involved in Youth Genesis since 2012. Michelle's main focus was to develop work in Brixham and piloted a Youth Volunteer Project which is still going strong. Since 2016 when Michelle became Youth Innovation and Operations Manager, she line manages all Youth Genesis Provision and recruits volunteers. Michelle also delivers the volunteer training.

She feels that early intervention is so important for young people as they grow and develop, as is informal learning. Michelle is also a Restorative Practitioner and has been involved in the Youth Justice Board, working with youth offenders.

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