Meet The Team

Amanda Phelps

Trustee & Managing Director

Amanda founded the Forever Savvy concept in 2011. She is a parent of a young man with Downs Syndrome and was looking for something meaningful and purposeful for him to do when he left full time education at the age of 19. Disappointment in the services available to motivate, coach and mentor her son in his adult life, brought life to the first Savvy project, Horse Savvy.

In her previous careers, she was a qualified computer programmer developing Quality Control Systems for JCB and Rolls Royce and Time Management systems for Local authorities. She became a freelance Web Designer working from home after the birth of her first of three sons.

Amanda is a black belt in the martial art of Jujitsu and is a coach and business partner of Leicester Jujitsu.  She also passionate about horses and their ability to bring emotional balance to humans through the Parelli system.  Through her own horses and Parelli journey and education the concept which is now Forever Savvy has been developed.

Amanda’s belief is that given the time and space to develop and grow everyone can find a purpose to life.


Angie Stokes

Client Liaison Manager

Angie came to the team in 2015 to start our K9 Savvy Project.  She is a parent of one of Savvy's trainees and was looking to do something similar when she gave up work to care for her daughter Rebecca. 

In her previous lives she has been a theatre and community nurse which serves her well in understanding our trainees. Angie was also an IT consultant and Business Link adviser for a spell before working for herself as a web developer. She is also a qualified teacher and taught in Gartree Prison for a number of years. She says that the wood crafting they do at K9 is similar to working in an operating theatre. Angie is a karate 2nd Dan and teaches in her spare time. She competes in tournaments where a few pieces of bling find their way home

Angie became the Family Liaison Office (F.L.O. for short) in 2019 following a successful grant application to the Shires Community Grant. In her new role Angie, builds relationships between parents, social workers, employment agencies and schools. F.L.O. is also responsible for coordinating the PA Savvy service which started last year. Angie will play an active role in looking for work placements for our trainees who are starting to look for work.


Agnes Stradczuk

Cafe Savvy Manager

Agnes has had over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry before joining Cafe Savvy in February 2022 as the Manager.

From her long service in the hospitality, Agnes moved her career to the care sector in 2018.

She is a big believer that equal opportunities promote independence and has a passion for helping others reach their full potential.  Agnes thrives off other peoples successes, which highly motivates her in her chosen career.

You can usually find Agnes Front of House at Cafe Savvy supporting the team with service, otherwise she is in the kitchen, quality testing all the delicious home made cakes. :)


 

Stacey Bedford

Creative Savvy Manager

Stacey started as a Job Coach back in October 2017 working at both Café Savvy and K9 Savvy (which has now become Creative Savvy). Her hard work and creativity were noted, and she has progressed within the Forever Savvy team to become the Creative Savvy Team Leader in 2019.

Stacey started out training to be a hairdresser, which just like Creative Savvy has no two days the same and gave her a chance to create new ideas on a daily basis. She is a Mum of three boys who keep her very busy but constantly provide her with suggestions on what to make or grow at Creative Savvy next. As a family they spend most weekends walking the dog or going to the Seaside.


 

Alice Featherstone

Horse Savvy Manager

Alice joined Forever Savvy in 2018, initially as a farm hand during the holidays but started as a Job Coach at Horse Savvy and Café Savvy in 2019.  After a year of hard work as a Job Coach, she progressed to Team Leader of Horse Savvy in 2020.

Her love for the animals stems from her farming background and growing up on a small farm. She would ride her sister’s horse when she was much younger (although she admits it was just sitting on the horse while her mother walked the horse around) as well as helping take care of all the animals on her parents farm.

Alice first met the Phelps family when she started training in Ju Jitsu with Amanda’s husband Rob. She said “Since then I have been amazed by their positive and “anything is possible” attitude which I have used to push myself forward, not only completing my Assistant Coach at Ju Jitsu and driving me towards my Black Belt, but they have also helped me work through the Parelli levels and even working towards a qualification in dog training.”


 

Morgan Phelps

Trustee & Company Secretary

Morgan has worked across a number of centres starting out in 2013 at Horse Savvy as additional summer help before moving on to help Angie set up K9 Savvy in Bagworth. He has taken up the role of Company Secretary and Admin assistant at the company. Morgan enjoys working for Savvy as he finds watching the progress the trainees make (especially his older brother) extremely rewarding.

After being away for a number of years pursuing a career in teaching English as a foreign language, Morgan has returned to Leicestershire to study for a MA Course in this field. Morgan likes to play, watch and talk about Rugby as much as possible and travelling to new and exciting places.