Link to Change
Alan Smith - Chairman of the Board
Alan is retired after a 25 year career in town planning within a number of local authorities across the country. His final post was as Head of Planning Services in Peterborough. Alan has recently completed a Masters degree in Public Service Management. He has worked for charities as a volunteer at home and abroad and continues this work in the local community in a number of areas. He was elected Chairman in November 2005.
Andrew Harmer - Treasurer
Andrew was appointed Treasurer in 2016. He is currently working with an early stage asset manager and also with a venture capitalist, holding the senior finance role in both enterprises. Chartered accountant - BSc (Eng), MBA, FCA - with over 20 years experience in senior finance and operational roles in a range of organisations including John Laing plc, Man Investments (Man Group plc), and C. Hoare & Co.
Dr Clea Harmer - Director
Clea joined the Board in 2015. Clea is currently Chief Executive at Sands and is passionate about the importance of peer support and in enabling parents to make the decisions that are right for them. Clea’s background in Higher Education and medicine has shaped her belief in the importance of using research to create positive change.
Tony Holden - Director & Trustee
Tony joined the Board in 2015 from a background working in the voluntary sector. Tony was a director of Holden McAllister Ltd until his retirement. As an evaluator, Tony led the evaluation of the Middlesbrough Families Project and the Norwich Families Intervention Project. He also led the evaluations of the Hull Children's Fund, the North East Lincolnshire Children's Fund and the East Riding of Yorkshire Children's Fund. He has co-authored the Home Office publications on the role of education in enhancing life chances and preventing offending.
Beth Metcalf - Director & Trustee
Beth joined the Board in 2018. Beth is currently Head of Volunteering at the Open University Students Association, as the largest University in Europe they have 160000+ members who live all over the UK and further afield. Beth has worked for several charities and previously spent 7 years working in Children’s Services, supporting families through the child protection process in Central Bedfordshire.
Angela Hunt - Director & Trustee
Angela Joined the Board in 2018. Angela is the co-founder and Managing Director of To The Moon and Back Foster Care based in Cambridge. A recent former CEO of a fostering agency in the South East of England, she has held a variety of director and non-executive director roles in adult social care organisations across the UK.
She is passionate about improving outcomes for young people living in care and seeks to build relationships with different community stakeholders to support the creation of opportunities for young people to achieve their true potential in life.
In her spare time she likes cycling, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Dominika Karpowicz - Director & Trustee
Dominika joined the Board in 2018. Dominika has over six years' experience working in marketing communications roles across a range of not for profit organisations. She currently works in digital comms for the national mental health campaign Time to Change. Prior to this, Dominika worked on award-winning mental health campaigns for young people and adults at CPSL Mind. She is passionate about social change, professional development and improving young people's wellbeing and futures, as they are our future.