Meet our Trustees....
Chris Wood - Chair
Having graduated in Dentistry from Kings, London Chris practised as a GP in Leicester for 15 years. Seeking a career change he achieved an MSc in Information Technology at Leicester Polytechnic (later to become De Montfort University). He joined the School of Computing as a lecturer and retired 22 years later as a Principal lecturer having gained a teaching qualification along the way. Since retiring he has been active in local politics (Parish Council) and joined the Independent Monitoring Board at Gartree Prison. A lifelong interest has been motorcycling for pleasure.
Sue is Honorary Professor at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath. In an academic career spanning thirty years, her work has focused on research, policy development and evaluation in the fields of education, employment, skills and inequality. She has managed large-scale, longitudinal and multidisciplinary studies to evaluate policies and programmes designed to support youth transitions. Prior to moving into research, Sue was a careers adviser in schools, further and higher education.
Rob Wakefield - Treasurer (Founding member)
Rob is a retired former Leicestershire County Council Children’s Centre Manager, child protection social worker and also coordinator of a multi-agency locality partnership for children and families support in Harborough District. He has extensive experience and knowledge in mental health, learning disabilities, and safeguarding policy and practice. In addition, he has a Trustee role within another local charity – South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library (for children with disabilities). Rob is one of the HCYC founding Trustees, and acts as the Treasurer in the charity. Rob is a parent and grandparent.
Terry Cane trained as a youth worker in the 1960s and had a career in the Youth Service for over 40 years at a local and national level as a training officer, advisor and inspector. He was a magistrate, including youth court, in Market Harborough and Leicester. Currently he is Clerk to Arnesby Parish Council. Terry has had a life time interest in rock climbing and mountaineering.
Neil Sewell – Secretary
Neil is a Qualified Youth Worker with 30+ Years of experience working with young people in several settings, including local authorities and within the charity/voluntary sector. He has direct responsibilities as lead in child protection, Child Sexual Exploitation, DBS monitoring, staff recruitment and training.
Lena is a committed and driven Human Resources professional with over 20 years of varied specialist experience leading a human resources function through significant and complex organisational changes. In her current role, Lena is responsible for leading, developing and managing the people strategy specifically for the areas of talent acquisition, HR business partnering, talent management, wellbeing, reward & benefits and diversity & inclusion. Lena believes it is essential all children, regardless of background, are given opportunities to be able to be the best they can be and thrive. She has two children and really enjoys spending time on family walks and adventures! She also loves running and hiking.