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Our hard working Board:


Dodie Piddock

Chief Executive

Dodie has worked within the private, public and third sector.  The last 13 years has seen her focussing on the third sector as she is driven by the need to make a difference and be the voice for those not heard, both 2 and 4 legged.


She brings her experience as a qualified teacher, financial advisor and business mentor and now an advocate of all things breathing to the enterprise.


Tamara Piddock


Ron Tasker


With over 45 years in hospitality Ron has managed to build an impressive portfolio.  He has experience of many forms of hospitality from high end fine dining, small intimate dinners and large functions to catering for the demands of a prestigious private school and all their discerning and often fussy diners.

He is well versed in a multitude of training methods and is looking forward to establishing a training kitchen with a reputation for innovation and excellence.


Danielle Gaffney Du Plooy


Tamara brings over 15 years’ experience of working within the private sector in both customer facing and behind the scenes.  Her attention to detail and ability to multi task is invaluable.

Manager, founder and director at Uppertunity. Uppertunity is a community interest company providing a personal development service for adults with additional needs and learning disabilities.


Ross Clark

As an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in a variety of sectors, we are thrilled to have him join us.  He is skilled in Financial Crime Risk, Fund Accounting and Higher Education. Ross is a strong programme and project management professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Politics from The University of Stirling.

As a social business Starting Step has no private shareholders and all profits are reinvested into providing further training, support and tackling re-offending.
We want to be proactive in supporting those with multiple barriers and in helping to reduce crime.