The YES management committee, elected annually in September. comprises members from
Caroline JenkinsCaroline Jenkins is the Corporate Campaigns Manager for Vibrant Partnership, working in partnership with the Lee Valley Leisure Trust. Previously Caroline was the Director of Sales at the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel with 17 yrs hospitality experience, starting her career as a Food and Beverage associate and working her way to part of the Hotel leadership team. Caroline is very grateful of the support and guidance she has personally received throughout her career and is therefore very passionate to ensure that young people gain the same support.
Stephanie Hensman is a Community Engagement Manager for Willmott Dixon, a national construction company. In this role she works with multiple organisations across London and the East of England with a focus on improving outcomes for young people. Steph attended King Harold School and EFC and would have fallen into the target demographic for YES Partnership. This understanding, combined with knowledge gained from her career path from office junior to marketing management to finding her vocation in the Social Value field, drives her commitment to the YES Partnership aims. With a love of lifelong learning, Steph has a CIM Diploma in Marketing and has also studied CBT, Counselling of Adolescents and is currently learning British Sign Language.
John Price is the Chairman of the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce and a local business man. He was instrumental in forming the Epping Forest Youth Chamber of Commerce in 2012. He is a skilled photographer and video producer having run a studio in London for 30 years. He now works on local projects, particularly environmental and community projects which he does as an active member of A Vision of Britain CIC a health and well-being social enterprise based in the district. He is a board member of the Local Strategic Partnership and The West Essex Alliance. He is keen to support the work with the YES organisation and support young people. Has he has several grandchildren in local schools who can only benefit from the YES opportunities.
Clive Snell is retired, having worked for Lloyds Bank as a Regional Manager, looking after the Retail Insurance Business in the area covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, East and North London. He worked with a large number of young people in the Bank and was heavily involved in the recruitment process so he understands the requirements of prospective employers. His decision to join YES fits in well with the Bank's aim to help Britain to prosper and his own passion for helping local youth to attain their full potential'
Paul Violet My businesses are Finance Confidential (Private Investments) and Business Development Therapy (Solving Business Issues): I'm also the local leader of Link4Growth, which is a national but locally based organisation bringing together business and the community at large. Part of the L4G work includes absorbing young people into the workplace, thus my involvement with YES. My finance background fits in well with my position with YES as treasurer, and I bring a lifetime of business experience to the table.
Quentin Buller, with a background in marketing and communications, both commercially and with children’s charities, has most recently worked as Head of Partnership Services at Epping Forest College. His role included representing the college on the local strategic partnership, the West Essex Enterprise Group and the West Essex Alliance. Involved in the creation of a West Essex skills and training plan, Quentin is currently promoting Epping Forest district as a tourism venue and, within YES, is a vital contributor who is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to develop skills an enterprise culture.
Jaci Hammondworks with King Harold Academy and Debden Park High School as a qualified Careers Advisor. She has considerable experience of working with employers and Further Education providers and she, and the schools where she works, have well developed links with the communities that they serve. Jaci has been involved with the YES project from the start and has been a key player in developing the programme and ensuring students benefit fully from the opportunities the conferences offer.
Jill Nathan has a background in business training and further education and experience as a lecturer and educational manager. She is in charge of business development and the GAP project at Epping Forest College in a role that includes developing relationships with employers and the local community to create opportunities for students and businesses alike. She brings a wealth of experience in developing employability plus a working knowledge of the pathways open to young people including apprenticeships.
Paula Violet has recently retired from teaching a career having enjoyed it for many years. She taught in Secondary education with students from the age of 11 –18.years. During her career she also worked as an Advisory teacher visiting all Secondary schools in her Local Authority giving support, advice and training to their staff. As an Associate Head Teacher Paula had whole school responsibility for the training and development of Staff. This involved the training of both trainee teachers and those newly qualified
John Houston is currently leading the work of One Epping Forest, our local strategic partnership. This involves all the major public services locally, councils, fire and rescue, the regional park and the Corporation of London, together with local business groups and community organisations. Its job is to identify local problems and opportunities and make sure we work together to respond. In the past the partnership has delivered the Future Jobs scheme across west Essex securing a million pound grant to give 18 young people six months employment
Philip Wilson works for Essex County Council and has covered Epping Forest District in an economic growth capacity since April. He has a background in local government economic growth work that goes back to 2005. Epping Forest District Council has taken the lead in ensuring much has been done to ensure “joined up working” between different agencies in the district to reduce unemployment and promote economic recovery.
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Liz Hand is the DWP Relationship Manager for Harlow, Braintree and Witham where her responsibilities include building and managing effective relationships with training providers and employers to identify and address skills gaps and help local people into employment. Her experience and understanding of the world of work has been invaluable to the YES committee as its programme has grown across the district.
Norma Green, Chairman of YES, is a retired Deputy Head Teacher specializing in mathematics. She is a past EFDC councillor with experience of working in the community and with young people, as founder / chairman of the voluntary organisations, Youth 2000 and Waltham Abbey Young Persons Information Centre. All investment in our young people, today, particularly in decisions on a career, will bring the opportunity for greater prosperity for future generations.
Kate Towerzey is Site Editor of AboutMyArea website with strong local knowledge and connections in both business and community sectors. Former school secretary, project manager of a disability and diversity training company and events organiser, she brings administrative and project management skills plus marketing, graphic design, social media and publicity experience. As the mother of two teenage boys, Kate has a keen interest in youth projects and initiatives that support young people.
Youth Organisations Nick Robinson, Deputy Chairman of YES, with responsibility for "Youth and Youth Outreach" is the Manager of Loughton Youth Project (LYP); a charity set up to support the personal development of young people aged 13-19. He is also a career coach for those aged 16-24 who are unemployed, through a programme he has initiated with Job Centre Plus called 'YES Plus'. With a background in the Music and Radio industries, Nick has developed 'LYP Radio', a 24 hour internet radio station, run by young people and promoting their activities.