Who we are

Our vision is to be a valued, sustainable and effective organisation serving the city of Lancaster and its region, by providing ongoing support, friendship, advice and training for those who find themselves on the margins of our communities; whether through mental health challenges, addiction, relationship trauma, loneliness or imprisonment. Adullam will provide a second chance for individuals to develop a full and positive life and to fulfil their potential and purpose within the context of a safe community.

Our People

Adullam is run, organised, managed and maintained by staff and volunteers. Each have their own unique skills, areas of expertise and experiences which they bring to the many courses, programmes and events that we run at Adullam. Here’s a little bit more information about each of our team members.  

Sarah Bainbridge

Programme Manager

Sarah lives on the outskirts of Lancaster and is married with two teenage children. Sarah worked in Banking for 13 years before leaving the world of finance to raise her family. Whilst her family were young, Sarah started and built up a home furnishings internet business which she later sold. Now, Sarah & Kath oversee the management of the Adullam Programme together.

Sarah is one of the founding members of the Adullam Programme and has been involved since its beginning. Sarah has a passion to see people thrive and succeed in life.

Kath Leigh

Programme Manager

Kath lives in Lancaster and has two adult sons, one daughter in law and two grandchildren, who she loves spending time with. Kath worked as a manager in a higher education context for 18 years before leaving to join the Adullam Programme in 2017. Kath and Sarah oversee the management of the Adullam Programme together.

Kath has a real passion to see people overcome life’s hurts, hang-ups and habits and counts it a privilege to lead the Celebrate Recovery groups and journey with people through the range of Adullam courses.

Francis Dawson

Men’s Programme Coordinator

Francis has lived in Lancaster for over thirty years and is married with two grown-up daughters. Previous to working with Adullam, Francis worked for many years with young people in supported accommodation. During the Covid pandemic he worked in a community liaison role.

Francis is ‘Men’s Programme Coordinator’ at Adullam. His role involves developing Adullam’s tailored offer of support to men and working with other organisations in the city to build partnerships and mutual support. Francis loves getting alongside people to grow a community where everybody feels safe and valued.

Sandie Barker

Volunteer & Course Lead (Job Prep)

Sandie joined the Adullam Programme team in 2018 in a supportive role on the Living Life to the Full and Celebrate Recovery courses. Over the last couple of years, she’s been busy creating a new Job Preparation course, which she now leads. Having been fortunate to have had a long, enjoyable and fulfilling career path teaching music, Sandie is committed to equipping Job Preparation course participants to discover and gain employment which they will enjoy and from which they will derive job satisfaction and a sense of purpose

Maria Akister

Volunteer & Course Lead (Cooking on a Budget)

Maria lives in Lancaster and has raised her family here. She came to Adullam as a participant after having to give up her job due to injury, and finding herself feeling lost and isolated.
It quickly became clear that Maria is a woman of many talents, and in particular cooking and teaching others to cook, and is a master at making a delicious meal from very little.

Maria now heads up the Cooking on a Budget course at Adullam and is a valuable asset to the team.
Maria said “Coming to Adullam has helped me become a stronger person. I now feel confident and valued, and am pleased to be able to support others who are in a similar place to where I was”.

Rich Farrow

Chair of Trustees

Rich joined Adullam shortly after it became a registered charity with a deep desire to help support people in need throughout our communities. Coming from a background of managing large government science programmes he brings both professionalism and challenge to Adullam as well as a natural curiosity.

Rich enjoys being outdoors and can regularly be found cycling in Cumbria or running up Clougha Pike which overlooks Lancaster, his home city since marrying Rainy in 2018.

Dr Nick Johnstone


Nick is a retired GP, and was a partner at Queen Square Medical Practice, Lancaster, for 25 years. Professionally he has always been interested in Mental Health in primary care, and in helping people struggling to recover from Drug and Alcohol problems, or adverse life experiences.

He is a Life Group Leader at St Thomas’ Church, and also owns a small boat which he sails on the River Lune when the wind and tide permit. “I joined the Adullam Trustees as I was attracted by its aims, and also content of the programmes.”

Leanne Percival


Leanne has lived in Lancaster for nearly 10 years and is mum to a toddler she adopted as a single parent. Leanne is an administrator in Higher Education which she now juggles alongside raising her daughter. From her own experience Leanne believes it’s possible to turn a chaotic lifestyle around and thrive!

Dr Sally Pidd


Sally is a retired NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and worked for 30 years in Mental Health services in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Sally has always valued partnership working with third sector organisations and the key aims of Adullam resonate with her.

“Everyone deserves to have a second chance and to acquire the tools for living life to the full. I was pleased to be invited to join the trustee board where I hope my experience will be of value. I am married with two grown up daughters, and my Christian faith is the bedrock of my life.”

Paul Henderson


Paul Henderson lives in Lancaster with his wife and 2 children. He works for the NHS and is also part of the Leadership team at Hope Church where the Adullam Programme was born and has flourished into the independent charity that we see today.

“It has been great to serve on the Trustees from the start, but most of all to experience and hear about peoples’ lives being transformed and changed, which is the core of what we do.”

David Ramm


David is married with 2 children and lives in Lancaster.  His hobbies include walking, sport, live music and travelling..  After 31 years working in the banking and retail sectors, he is now works as a self employed business consultant.

Part of David’s role as a trustee is working with local churches and organisations to promote Adullam more widely in our local area and beyond.  He says “I love hearing the Adullam stories of lives being changed for good! The main motivation for joining the trustees at Adullam was to play a part in such a fantastic charity which reaches out to people at their point of need.

Lev Cribb


Lev is married with two children. He is half English half Dutch and was born and raised in Germany. Lev has worked in a variety of cities around the world before settling in Lancaster in 2014.

Lev’s background covers over 25 years in commercial marketing and communications, and he runs a live digital communications company in Lancaster. Lev and his wife have supported Adullam for several years and he now aims to also put his personal and professional experience to good use for Adullam as a Trustee. “I feel passionately about Adullam’s purpose and want to help further increase its positive impact”.

Our Partners

In line with our vision of helping people to develop a full and positive life and to fulfil their potential and purpose, we recognise the importance of working in partnership with others within our community. We believe that together we can help more people.

We are grateful for the privilege of working with each of our partners, including the following organisations: