EY Foundation's Trustees make its strategic and policy decisions.
Patrick is the Chair of boards’ consultancy Boardelta and ESSA – Education Sub Saharan Africa – and founder of Warwick in Africa. Patrick spent 26 years working with international investor 3i Group plc, latterly as communications director and a member of its Operating Committee. He is an author, a patron and former Chair of Leap Confronting Conflict, and a former member of the General Council of the University of Warwick. Patrick is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, CMI trustee, and a member of the advisory board of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs fund.
Brenda Trenowden, Head of Financial Institutions for Europe for ANZ, has more than 25 years of experience in capital markets, investment and relationship banking and has been named by Financial News as one of the top 100 most influential women in finance for two years running. She is also Global Chair of the 30% Club, where she works closely with leading Chairs and CEOs around the world to increase the representation of women in senior roles and an advisor to UK Government’s Hampton-Alexander Review for increasing the representation of women in the executive level of the FTSE 350. Brenda has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative including the award of a CBE in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. Brenda is also a non-executive director on the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Nigel’s career at EY spanned 36 years, including 25 years as a partner, culminating in his last role as Managing Partner Markets for UK & Ireland. Since retiring from EY, he has pursued a second career as a Non-Executive Director with a portfolio covering the public, private and charitable sectors. As well as serving on two PLC boards, he is Deputy Chair of Visit England. He is proud to have been one of the Founding Trustees of the EY Foundation, playing a significant role in the early years establishing the charity. Nigel splits his time between Wiltshire and London. His hobbies are art, theatre, sport and travel.
Lyn is a leadership catalyst, coach and management consultant. She currently has a portfolio made up of non-executive posts, coaching and consultancy services. She provides customised services to unlock the passion and potential of individuals and organisations, to achieve overall business and personal success. In addition to her role at the EY Foundation, Lyn is Deputy Chair of the Appointments Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council and non-executive director with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.
Lyn worked for the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) for 18 years holding several roles including England Director until February 2017. At BLF, she led a directorate with a budget of £450m pa and 400 staff. She has an extensive track record of developing and delivering strategies, team building, collaboration, communication, operational and change management.
Debbie leads EY's National Markets practice, focused on building our regional business. Debbie is a senior audit partner with significant experience of FTSE 100/250 clients in the UK and internationally. She has 25 years’ experience in the profession, including 13 years as a Partner and two working in industry. Debbie has spent her career focusing on the regional market, having worked in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, and is now based in EY’s Reading office.
David is the Managing Partner of EY’s Advisory practice across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. The business has revenues of around $3bn and 25,000 people who help corporates and governments address the competitive, social, regulatory and disruptive forces impacting them. He has recently been leading the development of the digital, analytics and cyber capabilities in EMEIA for Advisory.
Prior to joining EY in 2004, David spent 15 years at Coopers & Lybrand, PwC and IBM focused on financial services consulting. He specialised in finance transformation, risk management and performance improvement. He ran the EMEIA FSO Advisory practice for six years from 2010 before taking his new role in July 2016.
Dan’s expertise lies across the Emerging Talent, resourcing and workforce planning, specialising in Professional and Financial Services.
He is an active leader in this space, with positions on the REC Advisory Panel, Enactus Board, London First Skills Group and a Trustee on the EY Foundation.
Dan has led the EY Talent team to ensure social mobility is at the core of recruitment practices. From outreach and attraction to assessment and selection processes, social mobility is a central pillar and EY remains an employer of choice as one of the leading organisations listed in the Employer’s index for socio-economic diversity which is surveyed annually by the Social Mobility Commission.
Peter has had a varied career with EY, working with clients across a number of sectors. He is currently based in Edinburgh, although spends a lot of time on the road in London, Manchester, Nottingham and India. Away from EY, Peter has found time to be a trustee of the Prince’s Teaching Institute for the past six years, and has also worked as an advisor to the Audit and Risk Committee of Big Society Capital.
Rebecca Robins is Global Director for Interbrand, based in London. She heads up the Global Luxury Practice, global business intelligence and runs the Interbrand Academy. Having worked in New York and across Europe, Rebecca has partnered with a diverse range of brands across a number of industries. Rebecca is a firm believer that brands have the power to change the world and is an active champion of change through speaking at conferences and lecturing at universities. She is a regular commentator on brands in the media, in publications such as Bloomberg, Business of Fashion, The Guardian, The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and is co-author of the book Meta-luxury: Brands and the Culture of Excellence.
Terri is a Smart Futures alumni and Chair of the EY Foundation’s Youth Panel. A second year student at the University of Salford studying Biochemistry, she was previously a youth representative on the Young Enterprise’s Greater Manchester board and has been part of a number of social action initiatives, including Uprising.
EY Foundation Team
Director of Communications
School to Work Lead
Head of Social Enterprise Services (Acting)
Deputy Chief Executive
Director of Technology and Transformation
Northern Hub Leader
Head of Young People and Employer Services
Head of Income and Supporter Development
Southern Hub Leader
Chief Financial Officer
Maryanne has worked in the public and private sectors, as well as with the voluntary sector and social enterprise for over 20 years. She started her career in education as a secondary school teacher and then worked extensively in local economic development, focusing in particular on the long term unemployed and marginalised communities. She joined KPMG’s public sector practice as a management consultant then moved to Atos Consulting, joining EY in 2007, whereby as a Director she worked within Business Development and Advisory as Lead for Education and Social Care until 2014.
In 2014, she then established EY Foundation as the Chief Executive in which the Foundation works across the UK with young people and giving them a great start in their working lives.
Prior to joining the EY Foundation Margaret was the Chief Executive of Women's Enterprise Scotland, a social enterprise working to engage more women into business.
Her work has seen her support young people for almost 30 years. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive of The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. She has also established several small businesses.
Margaret is passionate about giving back. She is a volunteer with Young Enterprise Scotland, a Governor with the University of the West of Scotland, and a Trustee of the charity The Lens, working with Public Sector and Third sector organisations to examine intrapreneurship and innovation in their processes. She is a founding trustee of award winning charity smartSTEMS, inspiring young women into STEM careers.
She was the first woman in Scotland to receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015 and was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours List. Margaret was recently presented with the Woman of Influence Award by Action for Children.
Jodie has worked predominantly in the third sector for the past 15 years, supporting young people from a broad range of backgrounds with their transition into employment. She is passionate about developing the employability skills of young people with a particular focus on employer led/supported initiatives. Jodie currently oversees delivery across all of our Northern locations.
Lynne joined the Foundation prior to its launch in July 2014 and is now Head of Income and Stakeholder Development. Lynne is responsible for diversifying and building upon our reliable income streams, raising funds via employee engagement, grants and partnership working. Lynne has worked across communications, programme delivery and fundraising during her time with Foundation – contributing to over £2m of independently raised funds. Prior to joining the Foundation Lynne worked in the field of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, implementing global strategies across a variety of businesses. Lynne is a firm believer in the positive impact that businesses can contribute towards social good and the potential they have to develop innovative solutions
Mark is a chartered accountant, secretary and director. He has over 25 years of experience in not-for-profits and charities and of leading organisational change. He has extensive experience of the education sector from his time as executive director at The Learning Trust in Hackney, as a Deputy Chief Executive of a Further Education College, and in setting up a multi-academy trust.
Mark is also a personal coach and consultant.
Nil has worked across the private, voluntary and social enterprise sectors for 16 years. She started her career at Air France Services Ltd at Heathrow Airport and then worked at EY where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009, and managed complex UK and cross border transactions across a variety of industries including shipping, consumer products and hospitality. Since 2012, Nil has worked closely with disadvantaged and disengaged young people, leading the design and implementation of the first Smart Futures and Accelerate programmes, and in the development and delivery of the pilot Our Future programme in 2015. Nil sits on the Foundation Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for delivery of all young people and employer programmes and is the lead designated safeguarding officer for the Foundation across the UK.
With over 13 years’ experience of working within the sphere of education-business links, Robert has a broad set of skills including programme management, team leadership and business development within the context of preparing young people for their transition into work. He has extensive experience of managing teams in relation to the delivery of employability and career related programmes with young people. His key achievements include implementing a careers programme for primary schools across 20 schools/10,000 students, establishing a corporate engagement/funding model and overseeing the delivery of employer led programmes which has enhanced the employability skills of thousands of young people. Robert joined the team in September 2017 and oversees our programme delivery across southern England.
Sian has over 20 years’ experience in business consultancy across a variety of industries. She was previously Head of Procurement for a large Local Authority. She has particular knowledge and expertise relating to Government Procurement and Commercial Strategy and procedures, both in the UK and internationally.
She was an Associate Partner with EY for over 10 years and spent 4 years from 2010 working for EY Sub Sahara Africa building their Supply Chain and Operations practice. She was part of the UK Local Public Services leadership team and led their Education Advisory work.
Sian left EY in June 2017 and spent a few months enjoying sailing and travelling.
She joined EY Foundation in January 2016 and is leading their school to work programme. She is also setting up and will be the Head of their Innovation team.
Dawid is a reformed barrister who subsequently spent sixteen years as an investment banker. In 2006, he left that industry to co-found investment consultancy Redington, where they are on a mission to help 100 million people become financially secure. Since 2006 the firm has disrupted the traditional pensions and savings industry helping secure the benefits of millions of members. Most recently, he founded Partnership for Change, a collaboration platform that combines fintech, healthcare technology, ed-tech and sustainability. Its purpose is to improve the lives of the elderly now and in the future. Dawid is a frequent blogger on innovation, pensions, savings and healthcare, and he is currently raising funding to build a specialist heart hospital in Ghana, where he grew up.
Nafisa Bakkar is CEO of amaliah.com, a media company which amplifies the voices of Muslim women. It is a tool for cultural change, and its work has been celebrated in Forbes, CNN, Wired, CNBC, Guardian and the BBC. Nafisa’s aspiration to make it easier to exist as a Muslim woman has seen her not only impact the grassroots Muslim community, but also push to create change at an industry level by working through Amaliah's insights agency with brands and agencies such as eBay, Pinterest, WGSN and Stylist.
Ewan’s career started in TV and online journalism, where he worked across a range of platforms and organisations, including IMG and the BBC. After joining the civil service he specialised in climate change communication, directing advising minsters and leading the government’s overall engagement strategy. He joined the EY Foundation in 2018 as Director of Communications, responsible for delivering a new strategic approach to engagement. This will support the Foundation’s ambition to transform the workplace by helping ensure all young people in the UK, whatever their background, can unlock their potential.
Nick has over 20 years’ experience in technology, and worked at Google and Sun Microsystems before moving into the charity sector 5 years ago. He has worked across digital transformation, software, product development and marketing, creating digital products for brands such as Panasonic, Frommers, KLM, Hilton, BA, Microsoft and Google. Nick is passionate about technology disruption, especially in the charity sector, and believes that digital isn't just a fundraising tool –technology can enable charities to completely rethink how they deliver social change.
Jenny joined the EY Foundation in 2015 having qualified in Assurance at EY, and is passionate about using the skills of EY professionals to help social entrepreneurs scale and grow. Jenny currently delivers all social enterprise activity across the UK, including the Accelerate programme in 5 locations.