The Team

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Ron Overton, CEO

Ron founded the charity and initially was Chair of Trustees. He stepped off the Board to manage the charity day to day and provides much of the vision and drive that has seen the charity develop substantially over the last four years.

Ron has previously run a Hospice and a small national charity as well as having been a Baptist Minister for 11 years. He has a wide of experience of charity and youth work and has a contagious passion for the work and vision of Transitions UK. If you are interested in getting involved he would be pleased to speak with you on 07939 510922 or email ron.overton@transitionsuk.org

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Vanessa Leroux, “Attain” Project Manager

Vanessa is our Project Manager for the Attain programme, which supports and change the lives of young people who are Leaving Care. The launch of the Attain Project in October 2018 has given Vanessa the opportunity to make new contacts in the Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire area.

Vanessa’s project is very new, and is just getting off the ground. Before Christmas, she hopes to be working with Young People in Buckinghamshire, and helping them to transition into adulthood and independence from leaving care. If you would like to be involved with the Attain Project, please e-mail vanessa.leroux@transitionsuk.org

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Michelle Sharpe, “Achieve” Project Manager

Michelle is our Project Manager for this exciting programme supporting young people with special needs before, during & after they leave school. The project helps them to face the transition challenges of moving from children’s to adult services and from school life to independence in the wider community.

Michelle has a background of working with young people with special needs, and is a credit to our team, with her knowledge & expertise that she has brought to the project. If you are interested in getting involved with the Achieve Project, please e-mail michelle.sharpe@transitionsuk.org

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Katie Hall, Administrator & Achieve Activities Coordinator

Katie works alongside Michelle on the Achieve Project, as well as taking on an administrative role in our main office. She helps Michelle to plan the activities in the Achieve sessions, and is able to implement different types of skills training for the young people into the framework.

The relationships Katie has built with the young people on the Achieve Project has helped her to put a framework into place to cater to each of the young people’s needs.

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Radhika Dattani, “Aspire” Project Manager

Radhika is our Project Manager for the Aspire programme, which helps to support and change the lives of young people who are at risk of offending or re-offending. The launch of the Aspire Project has already impacted the young people that Radhika is working with, and is looking to be a success.

The support that Radhika is bringing to these young people’s lives is crucial, and the work she is doing to get the Aspire Project moving from it’s launch has been fantastic. If you would like to be involved with the Aspire Project, please e-mail radhika.dattani@transitionsuk.org

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Charlotte Lawrence, Attain Project Assistant

Charlotte joined our team at the beginning of March 2019, supporting Vanessa and the young people on the Attain Project.

If you would like to be involved with Attain, you can contact Charlotte on charlotte.lawrence@transitionsuk.org, or 07719 956479.

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Cheena Boak, Community Fundraiser

Cheena has been part of the Transitions UK team since January 2019. Her role is to leverage partnerships with local businesses in the Central Bedfordshire area, and to organise events & challenges to raise money and awareness for the charity.

If you would like to take part in a fundraising event or challenge, please contact Cheena on cheena.boak@transitionsuk.org.

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Jess Welch, Achieve Project Coordinator

Jess has been on board with the team since the end of January 2019. Her role is to develop the Achieve Project in Bedford, make connections with schools and referrers, and support young people with Learning Disabilities.

Jess is just finishing her degree in Criminology, and has previously worked in schools, so she has experience with working with vulnerable groups.

As Well As…

Steve Hague, Aspire Project Supervised Mentor

Almarene Fredrick, Aspire Project Supervised Mentor

Lorraine Henshaw, Telephone Fundraiser

Matthew & Zoe Doherty at Consise Fundraising, Corporate Development & developing partnership opportunities.

Rachel Balchin at Bulldog Accounting, Management Accounts, Payroll & Pensions

Lena Robinson & Oliver Lapsley at FTSQ, Business Consultancy

As well as our fantastic volunteers, who give up their time to help the organisation and the young people.


Corporate Fundraising 

This is a shared role among CEO and Trustees, together with our staff and volunteers. As we expand we will be looking to have this sit with a nominated Corporate Fundraising Manager.

Volunteers

We recruit and deploy a wide range of peer and peer plus volunteers – on project, in the office and as fundraisers – and are always looking for new members of the team. Get in touch!


Trustees

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Andrew Sykes, Chairman of Trustees

Andrew Sykes is Chairman of the RHG Insurance group – a substantial insurance and investment company which he set up and developed himself over 20 years. He has a BA in insurance administrations and qualifications in business studies and IT. He has extensive contacts and a very strong reputation across the region for quality of the company’s staff and products. He is very committed to youth work and supports and volunteers for a community boating association with similar groups. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of Rotary, and a freeman of London.

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Want to join us?

We are still looking to add two or three other highly motivated and committed Trustees to the Board. Please get in touch if you believe that might be you.


Transitions UK is committed to ensure that young people are properly safeguarded and that their welfare and well-being is paramount. All staff, Volunteer and Trustee appointments are subject to a satisfactory DBS check at enhanced level and to rigorous referencing and scrutiny.

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Zee Razaq, Charity Treasurer

Zee is a qualified accountant, and runs Certax Accounting, a Harpenden based accounting business. He has been with us only for a few months and is making a fantastic contribution to the charity’s internal accounting and works closely with Ron Overton, our Chief Executive to ensure we have the right information to make good decisions about the Charity’s future development.

Zee is very keen to help support the vision of Transitions UK and is enthusiastic about helping young people in ways that change their lives – and loves the very diverse pool of volunteers as well as beneficiaries that we work with.

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Amanda Winder

Amanda is our most recent Trustee but has been a “founding supporter” of the charity. She runs a learning and development agency called Strive Development, and is passionate about helping young people to fulfil their potential, including through apprenticeship and volunteering.

Her HR background is a great asset to the charity as well as her experience of working with young people.

Having been a supporter of Transitions since it began, she has fundraised with us on a few occasions, including climbing Ben Nevis!