Who are we?

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Nick Ellis

CEO - from June 2021

Nick moved to Dorset in 2017 from South London and is married to Louise and has two children. Nick runs a Training Company which provides Mental Health First Aid, Suicide First Aid and Mental Health Awareness training. The company is also an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh which runs expeditions for young people, in particular those with special education needs. Nick is really excited to joining the MARS Trust and is passionate about providing young people with life skills that will allow them to lead fulfilling lives. He has spent many years working and volunteering within youth work, including the Scout Association, the Prince’s Trust, Police Cadets and Church youth clubs. Nick is also a volunteer with Dorset Search and Rescue. His extensive work with young people has reinforced for him the fundamental importance of enabling good conversations about healthy relationships.


Sue Waters

Lead Presenter/Liaison Officer

Sue, lives in Wimborne and is married to Chris. She attended Lancaster University and gained a history degree, and worked in a finance company for 12 years, during which she volunteered for Young Enterprise (YE). When Sue was made redundant she joined the YE Dorset team, helping young people gain the employability skills they need to make a successful transition from school to work. Sue is now Lead Presenter/Liaison Officer for MARS.  "I am absolutely delighted to be working for MARS, and continue to support our young people with the important life skills they need".

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Denise Horton

Presenter/Liaison Officer

Denise studied a Business & Management Studies Certificate of FE/HE Education at Wolverhampton University, she went on to work at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire for 14 years - during which she achieved her Master of Education Degree.  Working as a Training and Development consultant  and volunteering as a Governor and Youth Leader, Denise has used her skills, knowledge and experience to support and motivate young people to achieve their desires, ambitions and goals. Joining the MARS team in June 2019 as Presenter/Liaison Officer, she has used the opportunity to equip our young people with the communication skills they require to thrive and maintain effective relationships.