Meet the Team

Sam Valentine
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sam joined Sport for Confidence as an Occupational Therapist Assistant in August 2021, and is excited to continue his journey in sport and exercise. Starting out in football, Sam played and coached with players of all abilities, from toddler sessions to Development Centres. Most recently he has completed a MSc in Psychology of Sport and Exercise and researched inclusive football clubs. He has a vision to help people realise their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. In his leisure time, Sam enjoys to wind down with a good book and recharges through wild swimming.
James Adams
Occupational Therapy Assistant
James joined the team in August 2021 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Previously, James was a gymnastics coach for almost 10 years which he enjoyed but when he heard about the opening of a role as an OTA at Sport for Confidence it was an opportunity he couldn’t miss as he has such a love of sport and a passion for helping others to achieve their goals.
Nikki West
Occupational Therapist
Nikki joined the team in May 2021 and was inspired to become an Occupational Therapist after working as a resident support worker for a healthcare trust in Hampshire. Nikki has spent almost 25 years working in Adult Social Care and also loves reading, her garden and giving lots of love to the rescue dogs she fosters.
Natasha Di Carlo
HR Manager
Natasha joined the team in April 2021 as our HR Manager. She is an HR generalist with a wealth of experience working in the HR field. During her time working as a former HR consultant, Natasha became a specialist in talent and performance management. Natasha has a deep rooted enthusiasm for workplace diversity and inclusion, well-being at work and learning and development. Natasha strives to ensure that the SfC team are happy, continuously growing and feel fully supported on each of their unique career journeys. Natasha is a keen linguistic and loves travel and exploring new cultures.
Taylor O'Neil
Taylor joined the team as a Coach in April 2021,  and always hoped a job in sport & exercise would become her forever career in some capacity. She is passionate about Dance in particular and completed her BA Hons in Dance Studies in 2016. Her aim is to make a positive impact and help others with the work she does at Sport for Confidence. Taylor is a bit of foodie and loves to travel, and jumps at the chance to visit different places and enjoy delicious food as she goes.
Siobhan Fuller
Occupational Therapist
Siobhan joined the team at the end of 2020 and heads up the model in Southend. Siobhan has worked as an OT for over 10 years and having successfully used physical activity as a tool for some of her clients as part of their neurological rehabilitation programme, Siobhan recognized the value of OT in sport and became interested in the role of an OT based in a leisure centre.
Cara McCarthy
Occupational Therapist
Before earning her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Essex, Cara lived in New York City and worked in television production and marketing for a major cosmetic’s company.  Prior to joining Sport for Confidence,  Cara worked for the NHS as a community Paediatric Occupational Therapist.  A keen runner and yoga teacher, when Cara isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing and watching her twin boys play rugby.  
Vera Loughnane
Occupational Therapist
Vera has always been involved with physical activity and gained her first degree (Sport & Physical Activity), in Ireland. Vera worked in a gym for a year, developing skills as a personal trainer, swim teacher, group fitness instructor and lifeguard. During her time working within a leisure centre, Vera decided to expand her skills and chose to complete a MSc in Occupational therapy in the University of Essex. Joining SFC allows Vera to combine her two passion of physical activity and helping others, and she'll be leading the model in Westminster and Hornchurch.