Senior Leadership

Michael Mercieca – Chief Executive

Michael Mercieca was appointed Chief Executive of Young Enterprise in

April 2012. He has overseen a period of financial and operational growth including in September 2014, the merger of the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) into Young Enterprise. Michael is currently Chair of the European Chief Executives for not for profit organisation JA Worldwide.  He was previously Director of Finance & Operations at The Prince’s Trust which he joined in 2003, with responsibility for Finance, Corporate Support Services, Programme Design and operations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Michael began his career in manufacturing at GKN and Racal before switching to the media sector, joining BBC Worldwide followed by Sky and then various independent film and TV production companies including Mentorn. Through his own firm, Media Gap, Michael has advised companies such as Yellow Pages, NTL (now Virgin Media), Cable & Wireless and The Co-operative Bank.  He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Institute (FCMA).


Sharon Davies – Deputy CEO


Sharon is responsible for leading Young Enterprise’s operations including programme delivery and  support of staff, volunteers and centre leads. She oversaw the merger of pfeg (Personal Finance Education Group) into Young Enterprise in September 2014, supporting staff through the transition phase into YE.

Sharon is an MBA qualified director with a strong track record in the planning and implementation of successful organisational change within not for profit organisations.

She is a qualified youth worker and is highly experienced in the delivery of informal education in a range of settings, including detached youth work, across the North West. She led the Connexions service in North Cumbria immediately before joining Young Enterprise, managing a large multi functional team to provide information, advice, guidance, support and personal development opportunities to young people. Passionate about access to provision of opportunity for young people, Sharon has worked with youth organisations for 23 years.

Sharon is a graduate of Liverpool John Moore’s University and post graduate of Leicester University.  She is a keen scuba diver and lives in Lancashire.

Roy Howard – Operations Director

Q2Roy is responsible for leading the development and management of Young Enterprise’s relationships with schools, colleges and universities along with the recruitment, training and support of our adult volunteers.

Roy has worked for Young Enterprise in London since 2003, most lately as its Operations Director, where he has held line management responsibility for all field staff and their liaison with schools.

He has considerable experience and expertise in managing large numbers of staff in remote locations through former senior management responsibilities in Barclays Bank as head of UK International Operations, Head of Customer Services and Head of Service Management.

Roy grew up and was educated in London. He holds a commission in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, is the Treasurer of the London Wing of the Air Training Corps and the Chairman of the Civilian Committee of the Westminster & Chelsea Air Cadet Squadron. Roy lives in Essex.