Senior Leadership

Sharon Davies – CEO

Sharon’s professional background is youthwork, latterly over the last 13 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 equality of access to 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 postgraduate of Leicester University.

Russell Winnard – COO

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.

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.

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.

Liz Booth

Head of Programmes & Services

Liz has extensive experience leading and supporting the Programmes and Services team. She has developed and delivered both targeted intervention projects and large scale national programmes designed to improve the financial capability of children and young people across England and Wales. She is a PRINCE2 qualified project manager with responsibility for ensuring all of the Young Enterprise programmes and services are delivered on time and within budget.

Elsa Garey

Head of Marketing and Communications

Elsa joined Young Enterprise in 2023, having specialised in campaign and brand management in recent years in the third sector. Having started her career working internationally in banking, she has nearly two decades’ experience in financial services. She leads Young Enterprise’s marketing and communications activities and oversees the charity’s public relations work.

Andrew Berry

Head of Impact and Insights

Andrew joined Young Enterprise in June 2021 and he is responsible for research, evaluation, policy and public affairs at the charity. He brings over 15 years’ experience of senior roles in economic and social research in private, public and charity settings, and he is a proud alumnus of Young Enterprise Company Programme.

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.

Lee Palmer

Director Of Educational Partnerships

Lee started his career in Teaching. He originally trained to teach Primary and later re-trained to include Secondary.  He has over 17 years’ experience in education which has ranged from Teaching (KS2-KS5), Education consultancy, Examiner and Assessor, SEN specialist alongside volunteering. He has taught in the UK, US and the Netherlands, teaching varying curriculums, including the International Baccalaureate in both state and independent schools.  His passion for education and learning has extended to completing 3 masters (Education, Educational Psychology and Law). His current studies include a doctorate in educational psychology, specialising in SEN. He has been involved in numerous national working groups, and a Trustee for numerous charities.

Katherine Gale

Head of Volunteering

Katherine is based in the South West of England and joined Young Enterprise in April 2023 after more than a decade in the charity sector in roles spanning youth work, service delivery, change management and volunteer engagement. She is passionate about the transformative power of volunteering for young people, organisations and for our volunteers themselves.

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