Senior Leadership

Sharon Davies – CEO

Sharon’s professional background is youthwork, latterly over the last 10 years in the charity sector. With strengths and skills covering negotiation, change management, culture and strategy. 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 experienced in the delivery of informal education in a range of settings, including detached and outdoor based youth work. Sharon is passionate about access of provision of opportunity for young people, having benefitted first hand from opportunities that have made a huge difference to her own life. The importance of making such opportunities available to all, regardless of their starting point is an area of work that has been of keen personal interest for over 25 years.

Sharon is a graduate of Liverpool John Moore’s University and a post graduate of Leicester University.

Senior Leadership Group

Anita O'Hara

Director of Corporate Partnerships

With a private sector background in finance and marketing, Anita now has nearly 15 years of experience leading high-performing development and fundraising teams in the charity sector. At Young Enterprise, Anita is responsible for developing relationships with key corporate partners to allow the charity to deliver high-quality services to young people.

Claire Dever

Operations Director

Claire has over 20 years of experience working in careers education and youth work projects, and currently oversees operations at Young Enterprise, leading a large team to deliver careers and enterprise programmes in schools across England and Wales. With expertise in community development, project management, and leading teams on nationwide projects, Claire is passionate about improving social mobility and preparing young people for the world of work.

Donna Wells

Director of Development

Donna started her career as an accountant, first in practice and then in a corporate setting. Following a career break for children, she moved into the third sector and has over 18 years of experience building strong partnerships with supporters across corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations and individual philanthropy.

Mike Jones

Head of Marketing and Communications

Mike leads Young Enterprise’s marketing and communications activities and oversees the charity’s public affairs and public relations work. He has worked in brand management, creative direction, and marketing communications for over ten years in the education and healthcare sectors. Before this, Mike was a creative, working with brands such as ITV, Channel 4, the FA and Carling.

Russell Winnard

Chief Operating Officer

Russell began his career as an accountant within the Lloyds insurance market before moving into education. His time teaching highlighted the need for all young people to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes beyond the traditional academic learning and prompted the decision to join the charitable sector supporting schools and other educational institutions to address this. Having previously been Young Enterprise’s Director of Programmes and Services, Russell now drives the organisational strategy internally. He has contributed to a range of reviews into financial education and skills development within the UK, including the Lords Select Committee Report on Financial Inclusion, London Assembly Economic Committee, and conducted a series of Inquiries with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People.

Steve Arscott

Head of Volunteer Support

Steve is an internationally experienced senior project and programme manager with a focus on delivery with interim project ownership track record. Steve was previously a professional management trainer with experience of putting theory into practice and has independent contractor/consultant experience in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Tim Stanbury

Director of Finance and IT

Tim joined Young Enterprise in October 2015, and as Finance and IT Director, has responsibility for the charity’s finance and IT functions. He is a qualified chartered accountant having trained with Ernst & Young and has spent 25 years working in senior finance roles in the commercial and charity sectors. Tim is a graduate of Manchester University.

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