ReachOut Appoint New Members to the Board of Trustees

We’re excited to announce the appointment of Mona Vadher, Owen Standen, Steven Mcann, Deepa Mistry and Nigel Terrington to ReachOut’s Board of Trustees.

These appointments come after a recent recruitment drive aimed at widening the experience and skills present on our Board. 

They join existing Board members Marion Baker, Zeynab Yusuf, Tom Edmunds and James Browne, as well as new Chair of Trustees Professor Simon Hepburn. 

On their appointment, ReachOut’s Chair of Trustees, Professor Simon Hepburn said: “I’m excited to welcome our new trustees to ReachOut’s Board. The skills and experience they can offer will be incredibly valuable to ReachOut as we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a charity and embark on developing a new strategy that enables us to deepen our impact and reach the young people who need us the most.

Having a board with diverse experience and skills is essential for any organisation to thrive. I, along with our existing Board members and the ReachOut team, are looking forward to working with Mona, Steven, Owen, Deepa and Nigel as they start their new roles. I’d also like to thank outgoing Board members Nimesh Patel and Edmund Lehmann for their service and the support they’ve given to ReachOut during their terms.”

Meet our new trustees:

Deepa Mistry

Deepa is ReachOut’s Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.  Outside of ReachOut, Deepa is a Senior Finance professional, Trustee and NED in the Not For Profit sector, STEM Ambassador, mother of three and a leaseholder affected by dangerous cladding as found on Grenfell.

As CEO of Building Safety Crisis LTD Deepa is heavily involved in the Building Safety Remediation Scheme legislation with Government and winner of the Women in Fire Safety Awards 2022 for Education. She was Finalist for Brunel University’s Alumni of the Year 2023 and Highly Commended Fire Industry Woman of the Year 2023. Her aim is to make the residential environment safer for all; regardless of race, gender and social background.

Mentoring has always held a special place in Deepa’s heart and spends her free time delivering STEM sessions to children in disadvantaged areas of Leicester to encourage them to fulfill their dreams. By introducing children to Real Life Role models she believes children will be inspired to be what they can see. Joining ReachOut as Treasurer provides the opportunity to ensure support is continued into young adulthood and demonstrate why mentoring and coaching are instrumental to developing and bringing out the best of a mentee’s character.

Mona Vadher

Mona is a social mobility advocate, deeply committed to diversity, inclusion and social impact.  She has a track record of driving change and has created award-winning initiatives that have raised aspirations, driven employability prospects and increased outcomes for young people, from low, socio-economic backgrounds. 

She has set up complex, purpose-driven programmes for organisations such as the City of London Corporation, Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.  In 2020, Mona set up the Government-commissioned Socio-Economic Diversity taskforce and ran the secretariat.  She was Director at LMP Action CIC and sat on the Senior Executive Board for the LMP Group.  Mona is a Governor at the John Dewey Specialist College and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Mona is a Tottenham Hotspur fan, enjoys the theatre and in her spare time, directs plays.  She lives with her husband and her cat Luna

Nigel Terrington

Nigel is the Director of Strategy at the National Audit Office, with responsibility for organisational strategy development and implementation, corporate reporting, governance, policy and legal advice and support, and performance measurement and risk reporting.

Nigel studied at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics and has more than 20 years’ experience of project and programme evaluation in both the private and public sectors, including in financial services, as a consultant and within audit organisations with a focus on central and local government.

He has a long-standing commitment to volunteering, having mentored children and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to support them with educational and employment opportunities, lives with his family in South-East London and is often either supporting his children with dance and football or out on his bike.

Owen Standen

Owen is currently Managing Director, Head of Group Procurement for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Macquarie. Having graduated the University of Manchester with a 1st class honours degree, Owen has developed over 15 years’ professional experience working at industry-leading global companies and is a fellow and international award winner at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

A passionate developer and mentor of people throughout his career, Owen is excited about leveraging his skills and experience to support ReachOut’s continued success. He lives with his partner, 2 daughters and 3 dogs. If not playing with his girls, Owen can be found using his free time to tackle an overly ambitious DIY project, watching sport or exercising.

Steven Mcann

Since joining ReachOut as a mentor in 2020, Steven has also become part of the Network Development Group, raising funds and awareness for ReachOut, and introducing it to his network in the City of London. With 15 years’ experience in the legal industry, he is a Regional Director of EMEA for an international legal technology company.

Steven also sits on local committees, volunteers with a homeless charity, regularly features as a public speaker, and is a committee member of the Arsenal Independent Supporters Association.

We use cookies to improve your experience on our site and to show you the most relevant information. To find out more, read our updated Privacy Policy


“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.


“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London


“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London


“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London