Staff Team

Keith Stevenson - Founder and CEO

Keith has worked in drug and alcohol services for many years, during this time he became upset with the amount of relapse he was seeing. He wanted to set up a project that gave people support post detox/rehab for as long as they need it. The idea for Mulberry changed and evolved and 5 years ago the process of opening Mulberry began. 4 years ago Mulberry opened its doors to it's first residents. 

Keith has owned and ran his own businesses in the past and worked in the Civil Service for a number of years. Keith has had a wide range of life experiences that do really help when residents have troubles and just want to talk.  Keith is always on hand for resident's and staff,  helping and guiding people daily. Keith has a real passion for recovery and cares about every single person that comes through Mulberry's doors and this can be felt throughout the project.

Emma Bottomley - Office Manager
Emma started working in drug services 12 years ago as a housing administrator, then moving into the role of housing support worker. Emma has skills in administration, housing and benefits having supported people with housing needs for 6 years. Emma has been with Mulberry since July 2014 as the office manager.  Emma takes responsibility for all the administration and ensuring the office runs smoothly, booking in referrals and all the work surrounding that process.  Emma would normally be the first point of call that people have when getting in touch with Mulberry.

Maria Blanshard - Support Worker

Maria joined Mulberry as a volunteer 3 years ago whilst on a placement during her criminology degree. She is now a support worker and she is a well respected and valued member of the team. Maria is heavily involved with the running of the groups, the support plans with the residents, carrying out assessments with potential residents as well as house meetings and the million other things that are part of the day at Mulberry.

2 Volunteers

We have 2 volunteers with us now who are ex-residents and they are turning their experience and skills into helping our residents. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience which we will enhance with training as they become valuable members of staff.


Teresa Cornwell - Support Worker

Teresa joined Mulberry last year as part of her health and social care college placement and has stayed with us. Since joining us she has been involved in group work and now leads group regularly. She also supports residents through 1-1 support. Teresa has thrown herself into the Mulberry family and takes on board anything that comes her way.

We have other volunteers who bring their own gifts and skills to the team including people with complex housing knowledge, people with their own experience of addiction etc etc.  Altogether we have a team that has a wide range of knowledge and skills that they contribute towards the recovery of the residents in Mulberry.