Meet the Team!
Our team have a wide range of skills to meet the womens needs to ensure they are supported in a holistic way.
Founder and Director
Michelle Nicholson is the founder and Director of Key Changes-Unlocking Women’s Potential. Michelle is responsible for the strategic planning and development of the organisation.
Her own experience of the criminal justice system led to an understanding of social injustices for women; this has shaped the charity’s vision and its aims and objectives. She holds a BSc in Social Science with psychology and crime, order and social control (Open University).
To tackle social inequalities, Michelle gives educational presentations to a range of audiences to enable them to better understand women’s needs and issues such as resettlement into the community.
Michelle has also had a number of articles published in this area and her very own story will be published in 2017.
Michelle won the High Sherriff Award 2015 for her leadership skills to promote change for women.
It was her leadership and the work of her team that led to Key Changes being the winners of the Social Impact Awards in 2013.
Patron of Key Changes
Women's Centre Coordinator
Finishing at the University of Leeds with a BA in Social Policy and Crime in year 2013, her education has always veered towards engaging with the community. Her copious amounts of experience from helping young individuals with learning difficulties to woking with a young people's housing charity, has meant her knowledge is well cultivated.
Shortly after she worked as an Offender Supervisor, being a key mentor in helping individuals though their sentencing.
After wanting to engage more in the community she moved back to Sheffield where she now works with Key Changes. She is a pragmatic member of our team, and her role inspires change and growth amongst the individuals she works with.
Lucy has undergone specialised training to complete her role at Key Changes. She offers a sensitive approach alongside an individual support package for those affected by the criminal justice system. Her empathetic understanding allows her to ensure a possible transition from prison to the community and encourages greater informed choices.
Lucy has a passion to develop individuals and support them to reach their true potential.
The research aims to add to limited literature concerning the multiple complex needs of women released from prison. If you are interested in outcomes of the research stay connected with us.
Internal Quality Assurer
Melanie also works freelance as a ADCreativ team member and Beauty editor for an independent journal 'Lash Inc' and has had her work published in many magazines such as Inside Soap, TV Choice, Vitality, Lash Inc, Best and Heat magazine along with her first makeup artistry book 'MelVicMakeup Artistry' about to be published and also featuring in another makeup artistry book soon to be released her wealth of knowledge and understanding of the industry will go a long way to helping you be a success.
Melanie also believes in having training from specialist leaders in the makeup industry and already she is working on some course programmes with highly acclaimed working makeup artists and hair stylists to bring you the best educational experience that you deserve to set you off on the right path within your chosen career.
Head of Business Development
At Nacro, Jackie developed extensive expertise in the field of prisoner resettlement and reducing reoffending. This expertise derives from roles that included: managing and developing resettlement services nationally; acting as Nacro’s National Policy Lead on Women; and leading Nacro’s National Policy Team which delivered work programmes commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly Government. The team also delivered a number of independent policy and research projects that contributed to delivering Nacro’s aim of reducing crime. Jackie was Nacro’s lead media spokesperson on reducing reoffending and supported the Board of Directors with external communications and public affairs work, developing key strategic relationships with Ministers and officials within the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and Department of Health.
Jackie has a long-standing commitment to supporting women in the criminal justice system. She started her career with Nacro running the Women Prisoners’ Resource Centre, a support service for women returning to London following a prison sentence, and is currently working to support Key Changes to maintain and develop its range of support for women in Sheffield with experience of the justice system. Jackie has written many articles on women and criminal justice and contributed a chapter to the book Women and Punishment: the struggle for justice, editor Pat Carlen published by Willan in 2002.
She was for several years a Trustee of the Griffins Society, which offers research fellowships with the aim of bringing about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system. She was also a Trustee of the campaigning organisation Women In Prison. Jackie remains dedicated to bringing about change for marginalised women and reducing the use of imprisonment.