ACTION4YOUTH

TRUSTEES

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Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher

Patron

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The Countess Howe, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire

President

Action4Youth Board of Trustees

Action4Youth benefits from the huge range of knowledge and experience brought by our trustees…
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David Teasdale

Having served in senior leadership roles across North America, Europe and Asia, I have spent my career leading diverse, high calibre teams in challenging times. Throughout those years of working and raising kids, my outside interests have always included a focus on the development of young people. Whether coaching sport, mentoring GCSE level students or recruiting new graduates from university, I have always taken tremendous satisfaction from helping young people to explore and discover their place in the world.

When the opportunity arose at Action4Youth, I recognised a team with very similar values and expectations. I am very proud to be a part of such a passionate group dedicated to the development of a new generation of young leaders.

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Alastair Douglas

Alastair is a board level executive with extensive financial, commercial, regulatory and operational experience gained from over 20 years of shaping and leading growth companies.

A Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) with significant experience across corporate finance, forecasting and planning, tax, compliance and regulatory management he is passionate about customer and employee satisfaction and looking forward to working with the Action4Youth team and the opportunity to make a difference to young people.

Andrew Peters Trustee at Action4Youth

Andrew Peters

Andrew has have over 40 years of business experience, starting in sales at the age of 18 and then moving on to leadership roles in communications and technology companies.

He has been privileged to work with young people in several charities, including being part of the Education Leadership team at Business in the Community. He was also a founding member of the London First Partnership in Policing mentoring scheme and was a mentor for a senior police officer in the Met Police for some years.

Married with five children, Andrew explains sport plays a massive part in his family’s life. He loves a bit of competition but tends to watch nowadays, rather than participate!

He has always felt it is vitally important for young people to be able to be aware of their potential and to realise it. He is excited to join the A4Y team and  and play a part in the journeys of young people in Buckinghamshire.

David Apperly Trustee at Action4youth

David Apperly

David is a Chartered Surveyor with long-standing experience in the commercial property industry. After studying Land Economy at Cambridge, he worked for Savills and two other major surveying firms. Thereafter, switching to the development side of the business, in recent years his focus has been on a family property company that invests in all main sectors of commercial property and undertakes refurbishment and development projects.

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David Knox

Having trained in medical and then actuarial science, my professional career has been in the world of financial services and amongst a small number of directorships I include an exciting venture capital fund that is trying to invest to make the world a better place.

I am passionate about the importance of education and the development of young people and am inspired by the incredible work that our fine charity does. I am also a school board governor and educational volunteer.

I have three grown up children of my own and we all love sport and the great outdoors.
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Graeme Shankland

Graeme joined A4Y as a Trustee in July, 2018 as he is committed to the charity’s outdoor education offering and the impact this can have in assisting children achieve their full potential in life. He has worked at Board level in financial services most of his working life and has led his own private equity business for the last 11 years.

He is married with two grown up children and likes to travel and take on adventure challenges.
Louise Eldred Trustee Action4Youth

Louise Eldred

Louise has held senior positions as an Actuary in organisations undergoing significant change.  She is experienced in managing finances and risks, with a focus on ensuring the fair treatment of customers.

With personal experience of the confidence and self-belief that young people can gain from succeeding in the face of challenges, Louise is pleased to work with Action4Youth to widen access to such opportunities.

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Milly Soames

Camilla Soames (Milly) has lived in Buckinghamshire since 1991. She has been a Patron of the Pace Centre since 2005 and Patron of Heart of Bucks Community Foundation and Milton Keynes Museum since 2017. After her year as High Sherriff ended in 2017 she undertook the role of Chair of BACO (Bucks Association for the Care of Offenders) and is a Trustee of Action 4 Youth. In January 2019 she joined the Council of Buckingham University and is immensely proud to be the current Honorary Colonel of Buckinghamshire’s Army Cadet Force.

She has three adult children and lives with her husband Rupert, on a small farm in the Vale of Aylesbury.
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Nick Peters

I have close to thirty years investment experience and am a Chartered Accountant. Having brought up three children, I have become very aware of the the many hurdles now facing young adults. I have been involved with two charities, Trust for London and Action Medical, who provide support for the young and I now look forward to helping Action4Youth where possible.

Simon Sharkey Woods Trustee Action4Youth

Simon Sharkey Woods

Simon is currently a Director in local government with 34 years experience in technology, digital services, and data. Simon has been involved in many large projects including the creation of Central Bedfordshire as a Unitary local authority in 2008/2009, the creation of the Connexions service for Northamptonshire, and has been working with Slough Borough Council since 2022 to help them recover from a challenging financial position.

Holding an MBA, primarily focused on leadership during change, Simon has significant experience in management and leadership and has also been responsible for Facilities Management and HR during his career. Simon is passionate about building positive cultures that enable organisations to serve their beneficiaries to the best of their ability.

Simon knew about Action4Youth before applying to become a Trustee as he had visited our team running the National Citizen Service programme when he was a senior leader at National Citizen Service Trust between 2017 and 2022.

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