UK Board of Trustees

Simon Lewis OBE - Chairman

Simon became Chair of Young Enterprise in January 2020, following his appointment to the Board in November 2019. He has a longstanding interest in education, having chaired the UK-US Fulbright Commission from 2009-13, for which he was awarded an OBE in 2014. Simon is also a founding member of the Speakers for Schools programme.

With a background both in finance (Simon is currently Global Head of Financial Services in Strategic Communications for FTI Consulting and was the founding CEO of the trade group the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)) and communications (he was the first Communications Secretary to The Queen and went on to work as Communications Director for 10 Downing Street) Simon is perfectly placed to steer Young Enterprise at an exciting time for the charity.

Andrew Baddeley

Andrew is the Group CFO at Tilney Smith & Williamson. He qualified as an accountant in 1987 and specialised in insurance company taxation at EY and PWC. He then held a number of roles in the insurance sector, later as CFO for a number of groups and then at TPICAP the interdealer broker.
Andrew joined Tilney in 2018 where he has reorganised the finance function, implemented new finance systems, coordinated a refinancing, a corporate reorganisation, and the successful acquisition of Smith & Williamson in 2020.
Andrew has served as a governor of a school and has been an independent member of our Risk & Audit Committee since 2018, joining the Board in May 2022.

Carl Reader

Carl Reader joined the Young Enterprise Board in March 2021.
Carl is an entrepreneur and small business champion with a background in accountancy. Carl serves as Chair of the Practitioner Panel at ACCA and is widely recognised as a thought leader in the accounting profession, speaking globally to accountancy audiences about a range of topics. He features regularly in the national press and on stage and regularly provides content through his social media channels. Carl is chairman of business advisory firm d&t and author of Boss It, The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook. Carl also hosts a podcast.

Chris Slater

Chris Slater joined the YE Board in February 2019.  A highly successful entrepreneur, Chris is the co-founder of Simply Business, an organisation he helped to grow from a tiny start-up to one of the UK’s largest online business insurance providers.  Having sold the business in 2017 Chris recently returned to the Simply Business board as an advisor, and begun to put the foundations together for a new profit and purpose led private equity fund.

He currently invests in start-ups across both the fintech and impact led sectors, as well as advising and supporting a number of charitable ventures.  Chris has a particular passion for reinventing the education system and addressing the social mobility issues that exist in the UK through empowering young people with the skills they need to be successful.

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.

During this time she gained a MA in Language and Literature in Education from the Institute of Education and the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Elizabeth specialises in teacher training, curriculum, school improvement and school self-evaluation. In 2010 she became Headteacher of Camden School for Girls, a very successful medium sized comprehensive school for age group 11-16, with a large, mixed sixth form of 450 offering A level qualifications. Elizabeth joined the YE board in 2017.

Graham Farhall

Graham has worked for Delta since 2008 and is responsible for providing financial expertise to the European, Middle East and Africa business including ensuring accounting control and compliance across 32 countries.

Prior to joining Delta, Graham spent 10 years in various finance roles with British Airways including some time spent working in the USA. He started his career with Balfour Beatty in Liverpool and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Operation and Control from the University of Salford.

Graham is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and joined the Board of Young Enterprise in February 2019 having served as an independent member of the Risk and Audit Committee since March 2018.

Helen Nixseaman

Helen joined Young Enterprise in 2016. She recently retired from PwC, where she was a partner specialising in risk management and internal controls.

Johaan Wiggins

Johaan Wiggins has been a Trustee of Young Enterprise since May 2017. Johaan is a Partner at Oliver Wyman based in London where he leads the Digital, Technology, Operations & Analytics practice across EMEA. His role is to advise Oliver Wyman’s clients in Financial Services, Technology, Media and Telco companies on a range of digital, operational, technology and business performance improvement initiatives. 

Prior to Oliver Wyman Johaan worked for leading Tech Advisory firm, Diamond Technology Partners in North America and the UK and prior to that was an M&A banker focused on the Technology Media and Telco (TMT) industry.

Mina Karshala

Mina joined the Young Enterprise Board in July 2021. She is a 2013 Young Enterprise alumna, and took part in the Start Up Programme whilst studying for her Leadership and Management degree. Her Young Enterprise experience and learning about what the organisation stands for set the foundations of her career path. Mina currently works at an education charity and runs her own business during evenings and weekends, designing home decor, gifts and wedding stationery, which she set up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having experienced first-hand the difference organisations like Young Enterprise make to young people, Mina is passionate about being part of a mission to ensure no child’s potential is limited by their socio-economic background.

Raj Sharma

Raj is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Wincanton Plc. Prior to this, he spent several years at Mitie Group Plc, latterly as Group Counsel. In both of these roles, he gained extensive experience in working with start-ups and high-growth businesses and thrives on the energy and buzz associated with these sorts of businesses.
Raj is a Young Enterprise alumnus, having been the Finance Director of a successful Young Enterprise company in 2001, reaching the National Finals. He was involved in re-establishing a Bristol Young Enterprise Board and subsequently was a member of the Greater Manchester Young Enterprise Board. He joined the Young Enterprise Board in January 2019.

Sabreen Ahsan

Sabreen joined the Young Enterprise Board in July 2021. She has combined her love of entrepreneurship and her interest in supporting young people throughout her career, having worked in several education charities before founding PIYA Media, a digital marketing agency for BAME Creatives and Entrepreneurs.

Since graduating from Worcester College, Oxford with a degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies, Sabreen has been a frequent speaker at careers events and conferences for school and university students, and is excited to join Young Enterprise to support young people in realising their potential.

Saj Jetha

Saj Jetha joined the Young Enterprise Board in January 2019. Saj is an economist, author and founder of the multi-award winning talent agency The Smarty Train. Saj started his career as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture and then moved to EY’s Strategy Advisory Practice. There, he focused on the transformation of central government and received a ‘Best of the Best’ Award. One of his career highlights was being involved in London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Saj is a school governor and a Trustee of The University of London Convocation Trust and in his spare time loves baking sourdough bread.

Wayne Bulpitt CBE

Wayne founded the Active Group Limited in 2002 and has over 35 years’ experience in creating, managing and developing investment products and regulatory services from a commercial perspective. Wayne has been a passionate supporter of philanthropy and volunteering, especially in the support and development of young people. He was at the centre of the strategic leadership of the Scout Movement in the UK from 2001, overseeing its significant transformation and growth

A highly regarded inspirational leader and philanthropist, Wayne’s significant contributions were recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours when he was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his voluntary services to young people.

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