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Michael is the chair of the board of trustees. He is Corporate Director – People at Milton Keynes Council, a role which incorporates the statutory roles of Director of Children’s Services (DCS) and Director of Adult Social Services (DASS). Michael has extensive local authority experience and has also worked within the voluntary sector, for NHS and Ofsted and spent time on secondment to government. Michael is a qualified youth worker.
Cllr Ken Meeson
Ken represents the Local Government Association and is the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services. Education and Skill at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and also Chairs its multi-agency Health & wellbeing Board. He is a Lay Mental Health Act Manager and has a special interest in emotional wellbeing and mental health issues for children and young people. He sits on a regional safeguarding body combatting child sexual exploitation and is a Safeguarding Coordinator for the Scout Association. Ken has a long history of leadership roles with youth organisations and is currently chair of our Audit committee.
Charles is managing director of Twofour Knowledge, a division of the leading international TV and interactive media company Twofour. His work involves running innovative communications channels for major commercial brands, government agencies and third sector bodies, and he is a recognised thought leader in the way that people and organisations consume media today. Charles was previously marketing director of the RHS and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Helen was a youth and community worker for 13 years, before moving into managing third sector organisations, at local, regional and national levels in the UK. For the last 10 years she has held senior management roles in economic regeneration projects, particularly in the north of England. Helen managed multi-million pound contracts, but remained focused on the impact on individuals, young people and their communities. More recently Helen has been working to help businesses reduce their energy costs.
Gabriel is a qualified banker with more than 33 years international banking experience. His work involves advising and executing cross border trade and infrastructure projects, mostly in the developing world, to governments and state-owned enterprises.
He regularly advises the government on international trade and how to make UK companies more successful overseas. He is chair of the British Bankers’ Association’s Export Finance Committee.
Carol Stone started out as a youth worker in Sheffield. She has since worked in youth and community work, and community/adult education in a number of local authorities, gaining many years’ experience in partnership working and management, as well as being a contributor to the national agenda in terms of young people’s issues. In her role as early intervention service manager for Calderdale Council she was responsible for the youth service where she has had a key role in the development of Connexions, and IYSS. Since August 2012 she has been an Early Intervention Service Manager for Calderdale Council, with responsibility for youth work and CYP voice including advocacy.
Mark is a qualified solicitor and a partner in the law firm Sullivan & Worcester. His practice covers English law, finance and commercial matters. He regularly advises on public and administrative law issues.
Mark was the first member of his family to attend University and studied at the London School of Economics (LSE). Since graduation, he has continued to support the LSE – in particular their Widening Participation Programme which encourages access to the LSE for students from non-traditional backgrounds. Mark has also previously been a school governor. Mark has lived and practised in the Czech Republic (Prague), England (London), Germany (Düsseldorf and Frankfurt) and Russia (Moscow).
Barbara joined our trustee board in October 2015. Barbara works for Serco and is currently on secondment to the Home Office.
Yasmin Greenaway is a masters student at University College London, currently working on her own start-up to teach young people business and finance skills, as part of her degree. She has many years experience in voluntary and youth work, having run projects and workshops with charities such as the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, alongside spending six months volunteering with young people in China. She was recently selected as a One Young World Ambassador, and was a young advisor for Race for Opportunity for just under two years, prior to this. She has experience in several financial firms such as JP Morgan Investment Bank, Barclays Investment Bank and Northern Trust Wealth Management Firm.
Natalie Smith has a background in Hospitality Business Management. She’s currently working within the third sector, gaining experience at a grassroots level in an area which suffers from high levels of deprivation.