Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of ReachOut. They meet regularly to review, discuss and agree on our strategies and receive reports and updates from senior managers. Our trustees work for ReachOut voluntarily to make sure we are doing all we can to help disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential.

Edmund Lehmann, Chairman

Ed set up and runs his own fund, investing in financial markets as well as start-up ventures where he has a particular interest and relevant experience to offer. He is also an active member of the London Business Angels network for angel investors. Ed spent most of his career in the energy industry, in commodities trading and business development at Shell and BG Group. He’s greatly enjoyed entrepreneurial roles he’s been lucky enough to hold, as well as being able to travel to and do business in many different countries, cultures and societies. 

Ed became a ReachOut Trustee in 2009. 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. Apart from ReachOut, Ed's work with young people has focused around outward bound activities: he has been a qualified mountain leader, climbing instructor and Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions assessor, and (a long time ago) was a youth worker for the London Borough of Camden.

Ed holds the bilingual MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manchester and Sciences-Po, Paris, in Philosophy and Political Science.

Marion Baker

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.

Shardaé Carr

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. She holds a degree in Mathematics from Queen Mary, University of London.

David Fass

David Fass is Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In addition to his CEO role, David is a member of the Management Committee and is a Board member of the Macquarie Group Foundation. David's financial services career spans over 30 years with expertise founded in capital markets and advisory. David has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. David is an accomplished endurance athlete, a keen ocean racer and active in several philanthropic endeavours that focus on education and opportunities for disadvantaged youth, and has a role on the Advisory Board for the Prince's Trust International. He lives in London and is married with three daughters.

Mark Wakefield

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. At ReachOut, Mark has been an Advisor since 2013, becoming a Trustee in 2015.

Nimesh Patel 

Nimesh is Chief Financial Officer of the De Beers Group, a global diamond company with 20,000+ employees across 30 countries and over $6bn in annual revenue. He has held this position since early 2016. An investment banker until 2012, Nimesh joined De Beers from Anglo American where he was Group Head of Corporate Finance, leading the restructuring of the Group. Previously, he spent 15 years as a Vice President at JPMorgan and Managing Director with UBS. Nimesh first supported ReachOut through the De Beers Group volunteering programme, particularly in relation to the launch of our Impact Report. Since then, he’s taken a keen interest in our work, joining the Trustees in 2019. Nimesh holds a BSc, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics and Economics, University of Warwick. He lives in the UK and is married with two daughters.

James Browne

James has held a variety of senior commercial and marketing roles globally across FTSE 100 companies covering consumer goods, durables and finance sectors. Most recently he was the UK Managing Director of Hiscox Insurance Direct & Partnership Division. 

He is an advocate of building businesses by committing to the success and well-being of people. Having acted as a mentor himself, and been mentored, he strongly believes in the value of mentoring and has seen it's lasting positive impact on people. This drew him to ReachOut and its purpose. He holds a first-class degree and Bilingual MBA. 

In his personal time, James is a keen sportsperson and former GB athlete who still enjoys competing, despite getting progressively slower.

Zeynab Yusuf

Zeynab first joined ReachOut as a volunteer in 2015, she continued her journey as a teacher on our summer program and then became a project leader in 2017. Whilst running one of our academy projects for two years, Zeynab carried out her undergraduate research project on the factors that influence young people’s educational and occupational aspirations. She was presented with the Kieran Dhaliwal Inspirational Student Award in 2018. Her passion to support young people led her to go into teaching and later join the board of trustees in 2019.