Wendy Human is Operations Director for Youth United Foundation a Network of 11 uniformed youth organisations.
Wendy has a background in training and youth work, having worked in the Rail industry for a number of years before moving to the voluntary sector. Formerly Director Youth and Community at St John Ambulance, Wendy has always worked to improve the lives of young people.
Whilst at St John Ambulance Wendy developed and delivered an innovative approach to first aid training for young people from the most disadvantaged communities. This resulted in the award winning RISE project dealing with young people in danger of gun and knife crime. Wendy also launched the first on line first aid training session for young people in school, The Big First Aid Lesson which attracted an audience of over 190,000 young people.
Since moving to Youth United Foundation in 2018 Wendy has undertaken a variety of roles to support the growth of uniformed youth groups, before being appointed as Operations Director in December 2019.
Wendys volunteer work is equally important, Wendy is a senior volunteer with the Scouts as UK Commissioner Programme Assurance, with responsibility for the development of the programme across the UK. Wendy is also a Trustee of Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre
Sarah has been working with young people in formal and informal education for nearly 20 years, combined with a background in the events industry. This began at BIMM (The British and Irish Modern Music Institute) when it was first conceived in 2002. Sarah then went on to become the Youth Arts Officer for West Sussex County Council before joining the BBC. Sarah worked at the BBC for 4 years on BBC Blast – a BBC Learning project providing young people with creative motivation and inspiration to develop and showcase their talents. Staying with BBC Learning, Sarah then produced BBC Learning’s presence at The Edinburgh Festival – 24 days of events and 29,000 people engaged with BBC Learning. Before joining YUF, Sarah was the Event Manager for Girlguiding where she was responsible for the development and delivery of innovative youth events to members aged 4-25 across the UK.
That aside, Sarah loves dogs, running, reading, dogs, sport, dogs, and dogs. Sadly, Sarah does not own a dog.
Jennie has over 20 years’ experience as a chief executive in a career spanning the law, the environmental sector and sport. She joined the Trustee Board of the Foundation as its first independent Chair in 2015.
She was Chief Executive of Sport England from 2007 to 2018. Sport England is responsible for investing over £320m a year of Government and National Lottery funding into grassroots sport. Under Jennie’s leadership it pioneered an insight driven and inclusive approach to grassroots sport which has influenced sports policy around the world. She was awarded a CBE for services to sport in 2017.
Jennie also led the much-lauded and multi-award winning ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, and commissioned substantive research on young people’s concerns and preferences, including how they feel about affinity and belonging.
Before Sport England Jennie led WRAP – the Waste and Resources Action Programme, set up by Government – as its inaugural chief executive. She built the organisation from scratch to over 200 people, and grew WRAP’s annual income from £10m to £80m. It became an international leader in recycling and resource efficiency, and during her tenure WRAP oversaw an increase in the UK’s domestic recycling rate from 13% to over 30%.
Jennie has a passion for youth advancement and tackling disadvantage. As volunteering is essential to grassroots sport she also understands the benefits and constraints this brings to organisations. She has partnered with many organisations in the youth sector.
Jennie also chairs the Independent Supervisory Board for Integrity in Tennis. She is a Forestry Commissioner and a Trustee of the Canal and River Trust and acts as an international expert on sports policy with Portas Consulting. She is also a member of the Step Up To Serve Advisory Council, convened by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Andy is a trustee who is passionate about making a difference with uniformed youth organisations – this is born out of being a member of The Scouts Association while growing up and spending the majority of his working career in the military. He is currently working as a consulting Director at PwC where he supports central government departments in the delivery of major transformation programmes. Prior to working at PwC, Andy spent time in the Civil Service in the Cabinet Office after a successful 30 career in the Royal Navy as an Aircraft Engineer in the Fleet Air Arm. He now spends most of his spare time in his training shoes running along the banks of the Thames or in Richmond Park and he is an active fundraiser with two successful London Marathons, in 2017 and 2019, completed for charity.
Paul is Principal and Chief Executive at Newham College, a large further education college in East London, helping around 12,000 young people and adults each year get the skills, confidence and vocational qualifications to develop great careers. Before this, he was director of AI Partnerships, a real estate investment fund; a Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte, at the time the largest professional services firm in the UK; and Business Development Manager at the Audit Commission. He has over 25 years’ experience implementing public policy through transformation programmes and strategic partnerships with a combined contract value in excess of £10bn. He is the author of a number of practical guides for making partnerships work.
Martin is CEO of Marine Society & Sea Cadets*, a flourishing, nationally prominent charity which supports and encourages the development of young people in a maritime context through Sea Cadets and provides educational services for professional seafarers. He joined MSSC in November 2010 after a 30 year career in industrial and commercial property, bringing extensive business experience to the charity from his time leading major UK property consultancies.
Educated at Sheffield Hallam University, Martin is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Martin is also a Member of the Livery Company of Chartered Surveyors and a Trustee of Youth United Foundation, which works to support the members of the Youth United network of major youth organisations in the UK. Happily married with a 26-year-old daughter, his hobbies include assisting with a local youth group, gardening and sailing.
*MSSC is the UK’s largest maritime charity, offering educational opportunities and financial assistance to professional seafarers, as well as supporting young people as Sea Cadets through adventure activities with a naval theme.
Alex is a successful business woman who owns and runs multiple companies across various sectors, including the royal warranted, luxury sport brand Musto. Typically entering these businesses during their challenging periods, she has extensive experience of implementing and driving forward UK and International business strategies, change management and demonstrating a hands on and team orientated attitude to leadership. She has a BA (Hons) in Business Information Systems, an MA in Strategic Management and professional marketing qualifications.
Alex also dedicates a large part of her life to volunteering along two key strands – (i) ensuring young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, receive life changing opportunities and (ii) supporting women and their families who have suffered the loss of a baby. She volunteers as Chief Commissioner of England for the Scout Association and has volunteered for 13 years to present day as a leader locally in a Scout group in one of the top 10% disadvantaged areas of the UK. She was a recipient of Youth United funding in 2015 to set up an Explorer unit that continues to thrive in a disadvantaged community. Alex also sits on the Board of Trustees of The Inspire and Achieve Foundation, a Nottinghamshire based charity focussed on mentoring hardest to reach NEET young people back into education or employment. Alex Chairs the national charity The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and through this was asked to represent the patient voice on the Board of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units, the Patient Liaison Committee of The International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and advises bodies like political parties and the NHS on guidelines and treatment trials. She therefore has a sound understanding of third sector governance.
Through a combination of her work and volunteering, Alex is well networked. She is a confident and passionate communicator with a genuine talent for building successful relationships with colleagues and contacts at all levels and habitually draws people enthusiastically into a cause.
Julian Barrell is an extremely experienced charity fundraising leader, with nearly twenty years’ experience of leading non-profit making organisations to drive income growth and achieve financial success, particularly in the youth sector.
Since 2013, Julian has acted as consultant and senior adviser to a number of charities and at present his substantive role is leading fundraising at Access Sport, a fast-growing organisation investing in volunteer-led community sports clubs to enable them to transform the life chances of disadvantaged children. Other organisations Julian has recently advised include Age UK, The Aldridge Foundation, Save the Children and Young Enterprise as well as social media donation platform Givey.
Prior to starting his consultancy business, Julian spent fifteen years working for The Prince’s Trust, where he established and built the organisation’s pioneering ‘Leadership Groups’ initiative, before spending six years as Director of Fundraising, during which time income grew from £38m to £61m. This included a trebling of corporate partnership income to £18m and a doubling of regional income to £9m as well as the integration of Fairbridge’s fundraising activities when the two charities merged in 2011.
In 2005 Julian established Invest in Futures, an annual gala dinner which has become by far The Prince’s Trust’s most successful fundraising event, with over £17m raised to date, including £2.1m on February 4th 2016. Julian continues to sit on the The Prince’s Trust Invest in Futures Committee to advise on future events.
Julian entered the world of non-profit fundraising in 1997 with a role at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, where he ran a £5m Crew Training Appeal, as well as a short-term role at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Julian is passionate about growing high value relationships to ensure that more and more resources can be passed from those who have them to those who do not.
Shyama Perera is a writer and broadcaster. She has written three novels, a history of contraception, and numerous short stories and essays for anthologies. She still writes for newspapers and appears as a social commentator on radio. As a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, she has both tutored university students, and managed teams of writers. She is a governor of Central London’s largest FE college and Chair of a South Asian arts archive that is running history projects with community groups and schools in Berkshire in 2013, and hosting five public literary events. As a consultant, Shyama has managed a number of private sector comms projects and worked for third sector organisations including The Prince’s Trust. She mentors senior managers, offering saykhel – wise counsel. Away from work, her passion is theatre. She has been a member of the Olivier Awards panel, and runs a well received reviews website, Monkey Matters Theatre.