UK Board

We're governed by our trustees on the Young Enterprise UK Board

Grey Denham – Chairman

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Grey is a long-term supporter of Young Enterprise, and became Chairman in January 2015. He was a member of the YE Business Leadership Council from 2003 to 2005.  He has been a Director and Trustee of YE since 2006 and a member of the Remuneration Committee from 2011 (which he chaired from 2011 until 2014).  He was also a member of its Audit Committee from 2009 until 2014.

Grey is a qualified barrister and his former appointments include Secretary and Group Director Legal and Compliance at GKN plc (where he was Chair of the GKN Charitable Appeals Committee for over 11 years between 1997 and 2009).  He is the former Senior Independent Director of Charter International plc, former Chair of the Primary Markets Group of the London Stock Exchange, and a former Chairman of the CBI in the West Midlands and Oxfordshire.  He was also a non-executive director of the Competition Commission from 2009 until 2014.

 

Judith Felton

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Judith Felton has been a Trustee and Director of Young Enterprise since July 2009, a member of the Audit Committee since 2011 and of the Remuneration Committee since 2015.  She retired as Group Secretary of GKN plc, a major contributor for many years to the Young Enterprise Company Programme, in June 2014 after 34 years’ service with the Company.  She is a law graduate (LLB (Hons) Birmingham University).

 

 

 

Elizabeth Kitcatt

Elizabeth graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a degree in Classics and English.  After qualifying as a teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London, she taught English in four inner London comprehensives as a classroom teacher,  head of English and Deputy Headteacher, gaining a MA degree in Language and Literature in Education from the Institute of Education and the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) during this time.  As a secondary leader Elizabeth specialised in teacher training, curriculum, school improvement and school self-evaluation before becoming Headteacher of Camden School for Girls in 2010.  Camden School for Girls is a very successful medium sized school for girls ages 11-16, with a large, mixed sixth form of 450 offering A level qualifications.

In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys theatre, reading and hiking.

 

Alicia Navarro

Alicia is CEO and Co-founder at Skimlinks, a content monetization platform helping publishers and retailers make money and gain insights from commerce-related content. With 85 employees across the UK and US, working with 1.5 million websites around the world, and driving almost a billion dollars of e-commerce revenue through its venture-backed platform, Skimlinks has become one of the UK’s most successful home-grown international startups.

 

Alicia comes to Young Enterprise as a successful alumni herself. She participated in the Australian equivalent – Young Achievers – at her Sydney high school, and as Managing Director of her company, lead it to be awarded Venture of the Year in 1993. She was also personally awarded a finalist in Young Achiever Business Person of the Year, and as a result was asked to join the committee for the YA National Convention, bringing together YA participants from all over the country. Her passion for startups, entrepreneurship, and innovation began as a result of her Young Achiever experience, and she is honoured to have an opportunity to shape a similar experience for young people in the UK now.

 

 

Helen Nixseaman

Helen joined the Young Enterprise Risk & Audit Committee in February 2016, and became a member of the Young Enterprise Board in November of the same year.

Helen recently retired from PwC, where she was a partner specialising in risk management and internal controls. She is on the board of James Allen’s Girls’ School, London and on the audit & risk committee for Coventry University.

Helen has an interest in National Hunt horseracing, has shares in some racehorses and supports the trainer in the commercial operation of his business through being a board member of Phillips Racing Ltd, Gloucestershire.

 

Jazz Rayet

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Jazz Rayet is the MD of Crossover-Associates Ltd, a specialist CIO Advisory and Navigation practice. Prior to that he was the lead Accenture Partner responsible for CIO Advisory consulting services for Products Industry Clients across UK, Europe and Latin America a role he held for 19 years. Jazz, a 1988 YE Company Programme Alumnus, has been involved with YE in the UK for more than 8 years and has operated at many levels.

Firstly, he has worked in a management capacity serving as a Trustee for YE in London and also as a member of the Chiltern YE Area Board. Secondly, he has worked as a supporter, setting up and providing funding and over 300 volunteers for both YE in the North East and London regions. Finally, Jazz has continued to operate at the ground level each year, working as a Business Advisor, directly coaching participants in YE programmes.

 

David Walter

 

David Walter - PhotoDavid was first involved with Young Enterprise at school when he took part in the Company Programme at the age of 17.  He was the MD of his team’s company, the Idea Factory.

After building his career at Johnson & Johnson, Nestle and British Gas in a variety of commercial roles, David came back to YE as a volunteer some years later and has supported the charity both at a local level as well through his role on the Trustee Board.

David now works for SSE plc as the Director of Home Services & Propositions and lives in Somerset with his wife, two children and the family dog.

 

Martin Warren

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Martin was born and works in Cardiff and is the current Chair of YE’s Audit and Risk Committee.  He has been involved in Young Enterprise since 1995, joining the Welsh Board in 2009 and becoming Chair in 2010.  He was responsible for the reorganisation and reinvigoration of the volunteer base within Wales, stabilising the financial position and guiding Wales into the newly merged Young Enterprise.

Martin is a graduate of Hull University and a chartered accountant who has worked in the both private and public sectors.  He is currently ICAEW Director for Wales. He is also a trustee of Newport Live, a sports & leisure trust in South Wales, and a past member of the Sport Wales Council, the body responsible for Sport in Wales.

 

Alan Williams

Alan works at HSBC as Global Head of Operational Risk Policy, Capital and Stress Testing.  This follows a career as a Chartered Accountant, negotiating and delivering IT Outsourcing contacts and IT and Operational Risk service delivery in Financial Services organisations.

His first involvement  with Young Enterprise was at school when he took part in the Company Programme.  He came back later in life to join the Young Enterprise Risk & Audit Committee in February 2016, and became a member of the Young Enterprise Board in September 2016.

Alan is married with two young children. Any remaining spare time is spent fettling with, driving and riding classic cars and motorbikes.