Who are we?


Ian Shears

Operations Manager

Ian has lived in Wimborne his whole life and is married to Lyn.  They have two sons, Jamie and Paul. Together with his brother Peter, he ran the family’s transport and warehousing company serving as its Managing Director, until the business was sold in 2016. Ian caught the vision of MARS having volunteered as a Small Group Leader, and after few months joined the staff team as the Operations Manager in September 2017. He has a passion for young people and a desire to make a positive impact on their lives, which is achieved through the MARS workshops. In his spare time Ian leads worship at The Lantern Church and enjoys a good walk around a golf course … occasionally swinging the clubs!      


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 has also has been a volunteer for The MARS Trust and is now Lead Presenter/Liaison Officer.  "I am absolutely delighted to join the MARS team and continue to support our young people with the important life skills they need".

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Denise Horton

Presenter/Liaison Officer

Denise lives in Lytchett Matravers with her daughter Grace.  Having 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 is looking forward to using the opportunity she has to equip our young people with the communication skills they require to thrive and maintain effective relationships.