Our Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees includes: Angela Clarke, Fiona Clarridge, Ian Dawson (Treasurer), Bob Cook (Chair), Hannah Northern, Leonie James (Secretary), Bob Sleight, Alexandra Warren and Mick Williams.
The Board meets every eight weeks, together with the Personnel and Services Sub-Committee and the Finances and Development Sub-Committee. Combined, the Board and it's sub-committees provide strategic direction and oversight for CAYSH.
Bob Cook - Chair of Trustees
Bob trained as a social worker and brings to CAYSH his almost 40 years experience in safeguarding, child protection and adult mental health. Bob has held senior management positions in local authority children’s services departments and in the voluntary sector. For the last seven years Bob has run his own highly respected safeguarding consultancy specialising in serious case reviews and safeguarding audit. Bob is management qualified, has an honours degree in sociology, masters degree and certificate of qualification in social work, is accredited by the Tavistock Consultancy as a serious case reviewer and is a member of the British Association of Social Workers.
Angela Clarke - Board member
Angela brings a wealth of experience and understanding to her role as Trustee of CAYSH. Having managed hostels and staff teams in housing, her managerial understanding is a real asset to us. Her career spans many years working with vulnerable young people across the UK. Angela’s insightful and comprehensive approach to framing policies that govern our HR, the quality of our services, the ensuring of our safeguarding approach and delivering a stable and reliable organisation are grounded in her experiences working in housing, youth offending and governance. Angela currently works with the Probation Service.
Ian is a professionally qualified Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) and manager with long experience in both advising individual and SME corporate clients on their financial affairs including pensions and investments, as well as Pension Fund Trustees on their duties and obligations. Having worked for nationally known Banks, Financial Advisers and Consultants for over 40 years and managed both large teams and budgets for most of this time, he is naturally a member of our Finance Committee as well as a main Board member. Ian was born and educated in Croydon and now retired, lives in the neighbouring Borough of Bromley where he is also the current Chair of Trustees for Bromley Citizens Advice.
Fiona Clarridge - Board member
Fiona brings to CAYSH a wide range of experience in communications, stakeholder engagement and grant funding. Fiona currently manages stakeholder communications for the London Ambulance Service, working with a range of stakeholders across London, including the London Assembly and MP’s. Fiona previously spent over nine years in a range of roles at the Big Lottery Fund. During this time she worked with numerous voluntary organisations and other funders, including working on programmes providing funding to organisations working with young people. Prior to joining the Big Lottery Fund, Fiona worked as a legal advisor in Belize, drafting recommendations for amendments to the Domestic Violence Act. Fiona has a BA (Hons) in Law and Sociology.
Hannah Northern - Board member
Hannah is an experienced communications strategist who has advised a number of charities, as well as companies, trade organisations, and high-net-worth individuals. Her consultancy work has spanned many aspects of reputation management and she has experience of media relations and online communications strategy. Hannah also spent time in-house at global management consultancy, Bain & Company, where she advised on internal communications and change management. Before entering the world of communications, Hannah worked to raise cultural awareness among young people in Hiroshima, Japan. She graduated from University College London with a first class honours degree in History.
Leonie Rose - Secretary
Leonie brings strong financial management and accounting skills to the Board. Presently with the London Probation Service, her career spans private, public and voluntary sector roles. As a clear-headed pragmatist, she is able to apply her professional training and experience to the often “what works” approach require to innovate and improve services for vulnerable young people. Holding a BA in Business Studies and a Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management from London South Bank University, Leonie has put her professional development the test within the NHS and Media, Energy, Telecoms and Construction sectors before her current role.
Alexandra Warren - Board Member
Alexandra Warren is a partner in a City offshore law firm and specialises in corporate and finance law. She has been a lawyer since 1998 and has spent time in Jersey, as well as London. Given Alexandra’s experience of working in this sector and with FTSE 100 companies and investment banks as her clients, she sits on our Finance Committee as well as being a main Board member. Alexandra’s interest in CAYSH stems from the positive influence of her step-father whilst growing up, who had founded and run a charity in Birmingham that also looks after the interests of homeless young people. She was delighted to be introduced to CAYSH and to be given the opportunity to support.
Mick Williams - Board member
Mick brings a wealth of skills and experience to the CAYSH board in the related fields of corporate services, HR and governance. His career to date includes long service with the Royal Air Force, 'big four' management consulting and time as an Interim during which he served on the HR board in the Home Office. Mick has a Masters in Law & Employment Relations, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Administration and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Currently he works as a management consultant for a large professional services firm and his clients include public, private and third sector organisations.