Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of ReachOut. They meet regularly to review, discuss and agree 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.

Sophia Corpas

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.

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.