Our trustees

Our Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds that help govern the charity.

Lady Anne Stoneham MBE has been our chair since 2014, and been on the board since 1988.

Anne Stoneham MBE: Chair of UK Youth

Anne has over 30 years non-executive experience in the voluntary and third sector as Chair, board member and school governor, with organisations that have reflected her long-standing passion for helping advance the lives of young people whether through programmes, activities and education in its broadest sense, as well as the provision of scholarships. She has served on the board of UK Youth since 1988 and has been Chair since March 2014. In 2012 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people. She has also since 2018 been appointed as a non-executive director of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Chair of their Assurance, Risk and Compliance Committee, and become a trustee of The Challenge Hub, an organisation championing life-long learning by helping people to transition from work into a meaningful retirement, through volunteering amongst other things. Formerly Anne was an experienced senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Portsmouth, specialising in Company Law and Corporate Governance. Previously, she had been in practice with Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance) as a corporate and commercial litigation solicitor.

Mark Wakefield: Vice Chair, Chair of the Organisational Development Committee

Mark Wakefield is the Corporate Citizenship Manager for IBM UK. Before joining IBM, he spent 12 years as a face-to-face youth worker and 10 years managing youth provision and community education delivery, working in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas. He has a longstanding interest in, and practical experience of using, IT to assist young people to develop digital skills. In 1996 he became Chief Executive of the London Union of Youth Clubs, later merging this 100+

year old organisation with the London Federation of Clubs for Young People to form ‘London Youth’. Mark maintains his youth work interests: in addition to his role as a Trustee of UK Youth he is also a Trustee of the Avenues Youth Project in Paddington

Graeme Swan: UK Youth Trustee

Graeme has over 25 years’ experience in consulting and is currently a Partner at Baringa. Previously, he was the Lead Partner in UK&I Advisory for Managed Services at EY. Prior to joining Ernst & Young in 2005, Graeme was with Accenture for 11 years, providing Consultancy Services mainly for large scale delivery programmes in Financial Services and Public Sector. He has spent time working in South Africa and the US.

Aaron D’Souza: UK Youth Trustee

Aaron is Business Manager at Global Markets Consultants (GMC), a management consulting firm in the City of London. Previously, Aaron worked for an MP in UK Parliament and has advised charities in policy, public affairs and finance roles. In 2012, he acted as a Deputy Field Organiser in Florida helping re-elect President Obama. He has subsequently run successful campaigns to get independent candidates elected to the City of London Corporation, including an Alderman. Aaron has raised funds for charity by completing the London Marathon and Three Peaks (three tallest mountains in UK). In 2018, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with a PwC team, raising over £5,000 for UK Youth. Aaron joined UK Youth as a Trustee in 2016.

Rebecca MacDonald: UK Youth Trustee

Rebecca is an Investment Director at Big Society Capital. She explores how social investment can help charities and social enterprises to improve lives in the UK, with a particular focus on supporting solutions in disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining Big Society Capital, Rebecca held a number of policy and commercial roles in the charity sector and across the UK government, including at the Departments for Work and Pensions, and Communities and Local Government.

Having benefited as a young person from similar programmes to those UK Youth supports, she is passionate about young people accessing opportunities to maximise their life chances irrespective of their background.

Matthew Price: Vice Chair

Matt has worked in financial services for over 20 years and specialises in leading large transformation programmes and managing significant-sized teams in multi-regional structures. Most recently, he was Managing Director at Holley Holland Consulting and has previously held senior positions at RBS, Deutsche Bank and PWC in a variety of change-related roles. Matt became involved in UK Youth in June 2014, when he attended the Gala Dinner as a guest of Graeme Swan. Following this, he joined the Annual Gala Dinner organising committee and subsequently became a Trustee in 2016. Matt continues to be involved in income generation activities. Matt has two sons, Charlie and Freddie, who have both been involved in supporting Matt with fundraising activities including karting with Nigel Mansell and cycling from London to Paris.

Iain McDougall: UK Youth Trustee

Iain has 20 years’ experience in the technology industry, with a particular focus on helping businesses and governments deliver better outcomes through the use of technology. He is currently the Country Manager for Stripe in the UK. He has previously held senior positions in firms including Google, IBM and Cisco. Iain is passionate about making a difference in the youth sector. He has been involved with numerous sector organisations in Australia and the UK including, The Smith Family, Youth off the Streets, The Sydney Children’s Hospital and Fitzrovia Youth in Action. Iain joined UK Youth in November 2016. He is a native Australian and resides in London with his wife and two daughters. Along with other trustees, he cycled to Paris from London in 2017 in support of UK Youth.

Wayne Bulpitt: UK Youth Trustee

Wayne founded Active Group Limited in 2002 after careers with NatWest and CIBC. Under his leadership, Active is an innovative provider of practical and professional support services such as compliance, corporate secretarial and management services to the finance sector. He is also a director of several investment management businesses and funds.

Wayne has over 35 years of experience of business leadership in banking and investment administration services. He also has 20 years’ experience of non-formal education, being at the centre of The Scout Association’s strategic leadership, coupled with his direct experience of more traditional youth work in the successful restructuring of Guernsey’s youth offer, founding The Youth Commission of Guernsey & Alderney. Wayne is presently Chair of The Diana Award. Wayne was awarded the CBE in 2017 for his services to the Scout Movement.

Kamara Bennett: UK Youth Trustee

Kamara is a Computer Science and English Language graduate from Aston University. She is currently working as a Graduate Developer at BBC Design & Engineering. She is a diligent, goal-oriented individual with a strong ability to think logically and laterally.

Ben Jessup: UK Youth Trustee

Ben works as part of Sport England’s External Affairs team to champion the organisation’s work in grassroots sport and physical activity across Westminster and Whitehall. Previously Policy Adviser for the Sport and Recreation Alliance, he led their policy, influencing and advocacy work around public health, mental health and helping more children and young people to be active, having started his career in sport within Higher Education, working to make university sport more inclusive for unengaged and inactive students. He is passionate about amplifying youth voice, empowering young people to drive change and championing the power of sport, and spends much of his spare time volunteering and playing lacrosse or netball.

Daniel Chan: UK Youth Trustee and Honorary Treasurer

Daniel is a Senior Manager at PwC, providing audit and specialist assurance services, with a particular focus on working with the central government and not for profit clients. He was appointed to the Charities SORP Committee in February 2020. Daniel is a Chartered Accountant and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. He is also a Chartered Manager and has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management.

Kira Wong O’Connor: UK Youth Trustee

Kira’s role at Instagram as Head of Public Policy Programs, EMEA and her previous role at Twitter involves working with organisations that work directly with young people across the UK. Specifically, a lot of her work is around well-being, online safety, and digital technology. Working with young people on these sometimes very challenging and interesting issues, Kira sees how passionate and capable they are and wants to help give a platform for young people to be thought leaders in their own right.

Nicholas Capstick: UK Youth Trustee

Nicholas is currently the CEO and founder of a Multi-Academy Trust which specialises in turning around schools which have failed to prosper, mainly in areas of social deprivation. Nicholas brings extensive political, educational and pragmatic experience to UK Youth and has a vision of enabling schools to use UK Youth’s work as effective professional teacher/curriculum development.

Obum Ekeke: UK Youth Trustee

Obum is currently Global Lead, University Relations & Educational Partnerships at DeepMind, the UK artificial intelligence (AI) start-up now owned by Alphabet, after joining from Google. He is leading global educational programs aimed towards increasing diversity in, and access to, AI. His intent is to build a technology community where people from all backgrounds can participate and contribute positively and, in so doing, make the world a better place.