Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting and monitoring Chance UK’s strategic objectives, but also help set our objectives and share their knowledge and expertise with us. The trustees meet four times a year. Our board members are:

  • Hugh Thornbery (Chair) holds an MBA in Public Service Administration and has a career in social work with children spanning 40 years’. Hugh has previously been Chief Executive of Adoption UK where he was the Chair of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on adoption support. prior to this Hugh was the Strategic Director for Children’s Services in the South of England and Channel Islands, and Director of Business Development at Action for Children
  • Richard Gordon (Treasurer)
  • Ash Dey is a former mentor for Chance UK and is currently Director at Lyfe, supporting organisations to create diverse, inclusive and sustainable wellbeing programmes. Ash has previously held consultancy positions in I.T services
  • Mary Mulvey Oates is an associate Consultant at Contact an experienced healthcare commissioner who has previously worked in central and local government to transform service provision
  • Marvin Campbell – has 15 years’ experience, working across children’s social care. This has either been working directly with children and young people or supporting local authorities and their partners to improve services. Marvin joined as a Trustee because he believes in the charity’s vital role in supporting children and their families.
  • Helen Fletcher d’Arjuzon has over twenty years experience working in city law firms and investment banking. She is Head of Legal UK at BNP Paribas, overseeing a team of 160 lawyers across the UK and advising senior management on a variety of legal and regulatory issues.
  • Keisha Forteau has 10 years of experience working in health and social care services, including working within the voluntary sector. Keisha’s work with children and young people has included improving access to mental health services (CAMHS), working with young people to ensure they have a say in how health and social care services are designed and delivered works within NHS England and Improvement to improve population health and wellbeing.
  • Cristina Otelea is an experienced charity sector professional, who is particularly focussed on supporting organisations that work with children and young people. Having previously worked for Youth United Foundation and UK Youth, she is currently looking after the grant programmes at Berkeley Foundation.
  • Elisabeth Phillips is a former Chance UK Mentor and Fundraising Professional with over a decade of experience in growing income and driving impact in the non-profit sector. After leading War Child UK’s Partnerships team through a period of significant growth, relocated to the U.S. in 2017 to establish War Child’s partner, Children in Conflict.

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