© 2018 The Kings Arms Registered Charity No. 1087176, Company No. 04107491

#Living life to the full!


The Kings Arms works because we have a committed combination of staff, dedicated volunteers,

junior leaders and outside partnerships.

Who are the team at The King’s Arms?

Caroline Aeschliman

Operations Manager

I love the buzz of working around young people and enjoy every moment at King's Arms. I live just outside of Petersfield in a barn with my husband, one of my daughters, one foster son and one black Labrador, sometimes ducklings, oh yes and also with my mum and dad. I have worked in a sixth form college, in training and development in two different high street banks, and for a leadership development company. The team at KA are great, they are committed, energetic, passionate and giving and I love being a part of it. I also love to hear young people come and tell me their ideas and dreams or just share what's going on in their lives, so please come and talk to me.

Here are 3 things you always wanted to know about me:

1. I had a very good green pepper crop this year (but planted red ones!)

2. My highest score on blockpuzzle is 2325.

3. I went to America last year and didn't get eaten by a bear (please ask why!)

Email: caroline@thekingsarms.org.uk

Mandy May

Services Manager

“Young at heart, older in other places.” This quote about sums me up. I love my sharpies and have one for every occasion, if you asked my colleagues they would probably tell you I’m messy, if you asked my partner and my kids they would also tell you I’m messy, but there is method in my mess, I just have a creative soul.  I’ve worked with young people since 1995 and not had enough yet, I will help you if I can or else I will find someone who can.

Here are 3 things you always wanted to know about me:

1. I have a smart bike, some say electric!

2. I have a Camper Van called Elvis

3. I never run with scissors (Those last two words were unnecessary)

Email: mandy@thekingsarms.org.uk

Annemarie Woods

Services Manager

I joined Kings Arms back in 2012 as a volunteer as I thought teenagers were quirky and entertaining. I was not wrong about that but I did discover that young people are just people but young.

I live locally and have four children of my own. They’re all a bit older now so I am enjoying not having to do the school run – 17 years of it was enough.

Here are 3 things you always wanted to know about me:

1. I like giving out carrots

2. I have a campervan and happily use it to move furniture – it’s like a very physical game of Tetris

3. I will hardly ever say no to a cup of tea.

Email: annemarie@thekingsarms.org.uk

Lisa Hillan

Services Manager

I still haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up.  So far, I’ve been a high school English teacher, Uni textbook editor, attorney, tutor, clinical course director and fundraiser (those are the highlights).  Following our family move from California to Hampshire in 2007, I’ve been a school governor, charity trustee, and full-time volunteer in the Alton area, including support for Young Carers through the King’s Arms for the last few years.  I joined the staff team in August 2018, with the goal of helping to bring a King’s Arms to Alton. I’m an off-the-charts extrovert (even for an American), known for getting things done.  I believe passionately in the promise and potential of every young person.

Here are 3 things you always wanted to know about me:

1. I was married on a shuffleboard court along Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.  

2. My first job (other than babysitting) involved detasseling corn one summer in Illinois; this helped me appreciate the value of education.

3. I can’t whistle.  Wish I could.

Email: lisa@thekingsarms.org.uk

Ben Stickler

Youth Worker

I started working for The King's Arms in the task force for the hub programmes. I moved to Petersfield to do my DNA placement and now have joined the staff team. I am energetic and always full of games. I love to play Guitar Hero on the Xbox and play pool at KA. I spend most of my money on the tuck shop. So far my highlights of Youth work here have included cutting up sofas, leading games of bibbidy bobbidy boo and just being there to help young people!

Here are 3 things you always wanted to know about me:

1. My favourite foods are pizza and Yorkshire puddings. Not together obviously…well actually I haven’t tried it so one day maybe…

2. I play the drums.

3. I love playing board games about trains and building Lego.

Email: ben@thekingsarms.org.uk

Larisa Mendresse-Elder

Youth Worker

 I have been involved with The Kings Arms as a Mentor volunteer for a year before I began working here as a Youth Worker.

I’m a born and bred Brummy. I grew up in the heart of the inner-city in a massive family so moving to Petersfield was a huge but welcomed change, I love that when I walk into town I always bump into someone I know, that NEVER use to happen in Birmingham.

My favourite hobbies involve music (particularly Hip hop and R & B), festivals, kebabs, cheese, dancing and watching Musicals.

Here are 3 things you have always wanted to know about me:

1. I spent a long Summer in Havanna, Cuba where I learnt to Salsa, make Mojitos and unintentionally swim with sharks.

2. I am in the Guinness book of records for being part of the longest ‘Conga’.

3. One of the best times in my life was when I spent time with the Masai Mara in Kenya on a safari. I got up close to a pride of Lions, elephants and Rhinos in the wild it was AWESOME!!!

Email: larisa@thekingsarms.org.uk

Nawaf Ameir

Youth Worker

My name is Nawaf, many know me as Noah & yes I did build the Ark, so please come into The King's Arms 'Two by Two.'

I am a true blue, born and bred Pompy lad and have lived in Petersfield since 2008. I love watching a game of football to the point I enjoy coaching young children. I have worked in childcare since about 2005 and I was lucky enough to win a national award for nursery work in London. Which was the best moment ever having my Mum and Dad witness it.

Traveling is a hug passion of mine, going to many major Cities in the UK, Africa and Far East. I plan to go trekking in the future to see other parts of the world.

Here are 3 things you have always wanted to know about me:

1. I played semi-Pro football.

2. I love running half marathons.

3. I speak Swahili and Arabic.

Email: nawaf@thekingsarms.org.uk