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.
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.
Mira is currently a clinical mental health practitioner working in Nottingham City’s Targeted Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service. She has a number of years’ experience of working in CAMHS and in domestic violence services delivering evidence-based interventions, holistic assessments and offering consultations to frontline professionals and families.
Sian Ponting – (Founding member)
With over 10 years’ experience working with young people in a variety of settings, Sian brings a wealth of knowledge about youth work practice and youth participation to her role as Trustee. Sian was one of the HCYC founding Trustees, developing HCYC initially within a Big Lottery Funded 5 year project called "The Rural Youth Voice Project”. She had previously worked with the “V Inspired” project which operated across Leicestershire for a number of years to embrace young people’s social capital in volunteering projects and roles. She is currently the Course Director for the BA (Hons) Youth Work at Coventry University, and also teaches on the Childhood and Youth Studies degree, where she combines her practical experience in the voluntary sector with her learning in Transactional Analysis and Mentoring.
Eilidh has worked as a Fundraiser since 2011 and has experience of securing and managing community, corporate and grant fundraising programmes. In her day job, Eilidh currently leads the Fundraising and Communications activity for a local charity supporting people affected by homelessness in Leicestershire. Eilidh is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Clore Social Leadership Fellow. Eilidh is passionate about ensuring that all children and young people are able to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Also a Mum to two young boys, Eilidh loves spending time exploring the outdoors and reading.