The Trustees are formally accountable for ReachOut’s activities; in order to discharge this responsibility they meet as a body on a regular basis to supervise the affairs of the charity, and are further involved as needed according to their particular areas of interest and focus. Trustees are not paid for the time they dedicate to ReachOut’s governance. Trustee’s biographies can be found here.
Senior Management Team biographies can be found here.
ReachOut is privileged to be able to call on a diverse cohort of Advisers. From former mentees and volunteers to senior figures in business, the voluntary sector and education, each of the Advisers is passionate about ReachOut’s success and committed to volunteering their time in the most appropriate and useful way. While the Advisers do not hold formal decision making powers, they are none the less vital to ensuring that ReachOut can call on the right mix of skills and expertise. Biographies of the Advisers can be found here.
As mentoring is at the heart of what ReachOut does, we encourage mentoring relationships to develop between our Trustees, Advisers and staff wherever possible; in this way skills and expertise are shared on an ongoing basis, and the governors of ReachOut are able to maintain close ties with the day to day workings of the charity.
Edmund Lehmann, Chairman
Ed became a Trustee in 2009, having volunteered since university. He took on the role of Chairman in 2011, in which capacity he leads the board and has a particular focus on business planning and strategy. Ed is currently a Managing Director at Oak Capital, a fund in the City of London, where he heads up the Crude Oil Trading team. Prior to that, Ed worked mostly in the energy industry, holding a variety of commercial and leadership roles at Shell and BG Group. He also did short stints in consulting at Arthur D. Little and McKinsey. Ed holds a Masters in Business Administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manchester in Philosophy and Political Science.
A ReachOut volunteer since 2005, Shardaé joined the board in 2015 and continues to donate her time to ReachOut both as a mentor and a Trustee while qualifying as an actuary at a leading city insurance firm. On the board she has a particular focus on finance and took on the role of Treasurer in 2016. Shardaé won the Girls Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award at the London Schools and Black Childs Academic Awards in 2008, and was a key note speaker at that conference the following year, alongside Boris Johnson and Baroness Morgan. She holds a degree in Mathematics from Queen Mary, University of London.
Charmaine brings a deep expertise in corporate governance to ReachOut’s board, with a healthy dose of entrepreneurial pragmatism. She is currently the Company Secretary at Asta, a Lloyd’s insurance market managing agency and has held various chartered secretarial posts at both FTSE and AIM listed companies. She previously practised as a solicitor. Charmaine is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. As an alumni of the Lloyd’s leadership programme conducted at the London Business School, Charmaine remains an active member of the Lloyd’s community. Charmaine joined the board in 2015.
Sophia started with ReachOut as a volunteer in 2000, and was a member of staff running mentoring projects in 2005 and 2006; she became a Trustee in 2007. Outside ReachOut, Sophia is a qualified teacher and Head of the Geography Department at a school in Cambridge. She has also worked in the media industry and balances her career with raising three children. Sophia has a particular interest on the board in project evaluation, as well as HR, staff appraisal and safeguarding. As well as her PGCE, Sophia holds a degree in Geography from the University of Manchester.
As a consultant and coach Mark has worked with chairmen, CEOs and senior executives in companies as diverse as the National Portrait Gallery, the BBC, Swisscom, Vitec, and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. His 34-year career has spanned broadcast journalism and management consultancy and included a key strategy role advising the BBC’s Chairman and Trustees. Mark knows first-hand what it’s like to work under pressure at the top of organisations and in the glare of public scrutiny. At ReachOut, Mark has been an Advisor since 2013, becoming a Trustee in 2015.
Board of Advisers
Previously Senior Adviser, Community & Partnerships at The Learning Trust (now part of Hackney Council) and a former Head Teacher, Nicola provides invaluable advice and networking on the workings of schools and local authorities where ReachOut delivers projects. She was instrumental in bringing ReachOut to London in 2004, contributing to development activity and securing funding through the Children’s Fund and Local Area Agreement. Nicola sits on the board of several charitable organisations and is Independent Chair of Islington’s Youth Health Forum.
Formerly Director of Ohal Marketing Consultancy (a WPP company) providing statistical modelling and consultancy to major companies in the UK, Europe and USA. Her responsibilities included project delivery, recruitment, training and people development as well as sales and marketing. Currently she is a volunteer fundraiser for the NSPCC and a member of their senior volunteer committees and is a Trustee of Four Acre Trust which awards grants to charities who are improving children’s life chances. This Trust has supported ReachOut for several years and Marion has been involved with the London operation during this time.
Alex is the founder of Cavendish Communications, one of the leading independent communication agencies in the UK. With over two decades of experience at a senior level within government and media he is one of the foremost UK professionals in his industry. He appears in the UK’s top 100 lobbyists (Total Politics). Alex is a professional political campaigner having worked on several national party political campaigns, including Campaign Director for Steve Norris’s London Mayoral Campaign 2000 and as a former senior adviser to the Conservative Party. He is a former radio news journalist who has contributed to national and regional current affairs programmes such as the BBC’s “On The Record”. Alex is still actively involved with the Conservative Party as Deputy Chair of the Tory Reform Group.
Tom is Director of Creative and Digital at the Conservative Party, and has over a decade’s experience in the communications industry. Prior to joining the Conservatives, he won two Webby awards and helped start a new financial category at the peer-to-peer lending website, Zopa.com, and worked at leading agencies including Karmarama and Pentagram for global clients such as Google, YouTube, Ikea, John Lewis and CitiBank.
Jenny started her career as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman, working across a broad range of industries primarily in consumer businesses in the strategy and operations space. As part of her work there she had the chance to work with different non-profit organisations, including helping a social enterprise (Enabling Enterprise) develop a strategy for geographical expansion. Jenny now works for Enabling Enterprise and her role includes looking after the HR and Finance responsibilities, as well as further developing and supporting the long term strategy for growth.
A former ReachOut volunteer, Jon went on to become a teacher through Teach First and then worked for the Department for Education as head of unit for raising participation. He is currently the head of Sixth Form at Haggerston School in Hackney. Jon continues to offer ReachOut his time when he can and is an invaluable source of advice from the field of education.
Tarun Kapur, CBE
Tarun Kapur is the Chief Executive & Academy Principal of The Dean Trust, Multi-Academy group of schools based in the North-West. As a National Leader of Education Tarun has worked closely with Government Policy Advisors consulting and providing expert knowledge and experience in all aspects of education, in particular, providing support to schools that are experiencing difficulties. Tarun is also a Director with the Manchester United Foundation whose aim is to provide opportunities for children to engage in sport from all backgrounds as well as Chairman of the FA and Premier League Facilities Panel, the UK’s largest sports’ charity.
Currently leading the international sales group at Hess Corporation, Tom has held a variety of roles in the energy sector over the last 12 years prior to which he worked in equities at Credit Suisse and ABN Amro Bank. Tom holds an MBA in International Management and a BA in History from Columbia University in New York.
Andy Milne is a Teacher of Mathematics and Second in Department at Kings Leadership Academy, Liverpool. Having volunteered for ReachOut while studying at the University of Manchester, and working as a Project Manager for two years, Andy joined the teaching world through the Teach First programme. As a product of his time at ReachOut, Andy is committed to improving the life opportunities and raising the aspirations of all young people – especially those born into disadvantage.
Ken has been a CFO in the branded Consumer sector for 25 years at Signet Group, Liz Claiborne and Hunter Boot, in roles also responsible for HR, IT and distribution. A Chartered Accountant, he has considerable experience in developing and implementing growth strategies for UK and international businesses.
Nick Soar is Executive Principal of Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools in Tower Hamlets. Bishop Challoner is Nick’s 6th school and his third in Senior Leadership across both maintained sector and private sector schools. Nick has spoken at conference and written for The National Education Trust Counterblast series, and The Tablet newspaper on how Bishop Challoner has eliminated the gap in disadvantaged students’ attainment & progress. Nick is also Trustee of Techmums where his work to engage Pupil Premium families has been covered in The Guardian.