Welcome, we’re CPO!

We offer a range of support in order to give individuals, who are often deemed as the ‘hardest to reach’, the opportunity to reengage with learning and/or work. We currently work with excluded pupils, unemployed adult community members, and young people who are classed as NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).
Established Since


CPO was established in 2002, and became a company limited by guarantee in 2005, making us a long-standing, well-respected organisation within the community. Although we’re no longer solely a media company, we haven’t completely strayed from our roots and still offer design, print, media and publishing services, including our own lifestyle magazine, VOXX.

Meet some of our people…

Stephen Ryder - CPO

Stephen Ryder

Managing Director

Stephen Ryder has a background in both education and journalism and became the Managing Director of CPO in April 2006. Stephen’s daily responsibilities include managing the organisation, running projects such as Building Better Opportunities and Talent Match, and business development.

Maureen Favill - CPO

Maureen Favill

Operations Manager

Maureen Favill is the Operations Manager at CPO. Her key role is to find ways of making the company more productive in its business operations. Maureen’s other responsibilities include supervising all employees and volunteers that come to CPO, and tutoring on our Health Buddies and Building Better Opportunities projects.

Joanne Steel - CPO

Joanne Steel

Senior Administrator

Joanne Steel is the Senior Administrator at CPO. Her duties include maintaining company documents, assisting with project delivery on programmes such as Building Better Opportunities and UKOnline, financial administration, and arranging meetings.

Michael Burke - CPO

Michael Burke

Support Worker

Michael joined in 2016 as a Support Worker for young people who attend our Alternative Education. He’s responsible for looking after the students and helping them with their work. Other duties include assisting with project delivery and training.

Paul Hardy - CPO

Paul Hardy

Business Administrator

Paul Hardy is a Business Administrator and his duties include creating invoices and preparing publication orders, maintaining and updating company documents, and assisting with media and IT training. Paul started CPO as a regular volunteer.

Sally O'Kane - CPO

Sally O'Kane

Project Coordinator

Sally O’Kane is an English graduate who now works as our Project Coordinator. She is the project-lead for our Talent Match and Building Better Opportunities programmes, which means that she works with all our clients aged 18+, supporting them with getting into employment or education.

Vicky Hydes - CPO

Victoria Hydes

Magazine Editor

Victoria is a Journalism graduate and the current editor of VOXX magazine. Her main responsibilities are managing her team of volunteer writers, and putting together the magazines for publication. She also works on additional design projects and company marketing materials.

CPO Team January 2017

We welcome volunteers

Help out the community...

Although we do not often recruit for full time positions, we welcome volunteer applications. Our volunteers play a huge part in the work that we do for the local community. If you wish to apply for voluntary work within our team, please contact info@mycpo.co.uk or call us on 01472 240440.

Board Of Directors

Hugh Callaway – Chair of Board

Hugh is the Executive Director of Marketing for the Grimsby Institute Group, a further and higher education College based in North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough and Skegness.

Sarah-Jane Walster

Sarah has a background in drama, film and events management. She is currently delivering a lottery-funded project aimed at combating dementia through drama.

Maureen Favill

Maureen Favill is CPO’s Operations Manager and began working for the company in 2010.

Michelle Lalor

Michelle sits on the board of directors as she is the Editor of the Grimsby Telegraph.

Moira Mann

Moira has many years experience working with children and young people who are at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.

Stephen Ryder

Stephen Ryder joined Community Press Office in September 2004. Stephen became Managing Director in 2006 and oversaw the company’s re-branding in 2008.

Cara Oakley

Cara has many years of experience in enterprise and business, including working as the Early Enterprise Manager at e-factor.

Thelma Slavin

Thelma Slavin is the Department for Work and Pensions ‘Skills Adviser’ for Grimsby and Immingham Job Centres.

Paul May

Paul started at CPO on work experience through the Job Centre. He proved to be such a capable, valued member of our team that he stayed on to volunteer for us, helping out with all our projects.


When I came to CPO, I had no confidence and felt worthless. Through coming in and meeting other people, learning how to use computers and talking about my problems, I started to believe in myself and now I am a Kitchen Assistant at The Grove Care Home. All my friends have noticed the difference, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without CPO.- Ann Robinson
The Talent Match programme at CPO has helped me a lot as I used to be really shy. Being able to write about what I’m interested in for VOXX Magazine has helped me a lot with my confidence and has set my mind on a potential career path. CPO is a place that gives people hope for their dreams and goals and, because of this, deserves more recognition. The people there are doing a brilliant job at helping.- Aaron Hancock
Due to the Health Buddies programme, I now understand how to combat health issues such as COPD. This programme has also made me aware of what different lifestyle choices make on my health, especially long-term. - Charlotte Winter
I think the Talent Match programme at CPO is great for people who don’t have many friends or family and it just gives people that bit of security knowing someone is there to talk to and help as much as they can.- Kirsty Hooton
CPO is a brilliant place to go to do work because it gives you the support you need if you’re interested in Media and ICT. You get to type up articles and they get published onto the website once you’ve finished the article. The staff are really friendly because they give you the best support you need for your career and they always find you some jobs to do, which is just great.- Jack McClean
The free access to the gym was very important in helping me to keep a routine when out of work and has given me an interest I will continue. The health advice and assessments made me more aware of aspects of my health I hadn’t considered before.- Thomas Watson


The Warehouse
155-159 Freeman Street
Grimsby, N. E. Lincs
DN32 7AR

Phone: 01472 240 440
E-Mail: info@mycpo.co.uk