Who's Who

Meet our Board of Trustees

Russ Dacre MBE


As a founding Trustee of the OPEN Youth Trust from 2004, Russ has a broad experience of working with young people, charities and automotive retail businesses.

Les Brown


One of the founding trustees of the OPEN Youth Trust since 2004. As a Chartered Town Planner Les has been involved with many significant developments in Norwich including OPEN and other youth orientated community projects.

Rachele Kelsall


Rachele Kelsall is currently a Director for insurance broker Hugh J Boswell.

Michael Ni'Man


Michael, first stepped through the doors of OPEN as a Year 9 pupil at Norwich School. Soon after joining OPEN, Michael quickly became involved in it’s Youth Forum.

Alex Marsden


Alex Marsden, grew up in Sprowston, comes with a wealth of experience at senior board level within the financial services sector and is currently working for HSBC Global Bank as Senior Call Centre Transformation Manager (EMEA).

Ed Savory


Ed became a Trustee in 2013 and as a qualified solicitor is responsible for providing legal support to the Board of the OPEN Youth Trust.

Donald Stuart


Associated with the OPEN Youth Trust since 2013 and came on board as a Trustee in January 2014. Worked in Banking for nearly 40 years through to 2009,

Karl Sandall


Karl spent 26 years at a senior level with a major clearing bank before joining TaxAssist on 1st January 2000 as Operations Director – taking on the role of Chief Executive in 2002 and Group Chief Executive in 2014 on the back of International expansion.

Meet our Senior Management Team

Claire Atkinson

Head of Finance

Claire joined OPEN’s finance team in May 2015 and was promoted to Finance Manager in May 2016. She is CIMA qualified and has over 10 years commercial accounting experience.

Hayley Gerrard

Head of Marketing

Hayley joined OPEN as Marketing Manager in 2014, having spent 12 years working as a Communications Officer in the Press Office at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and before that five years as Public Relations Officer at the University of East Anglia.

Charlene Ledgard

Head of Youth Services

Charlene joined open in as Performance Arts Instructor 2012 and was promoted to Youth Programme Manager in August 2015. Charlene has been working with children and young people for over 10 years, and she played a significant part in securing the recent lottery funding.

Meet our Management Team

Angela Brett

Development Manager

Angela joined OPEN in October 2018 as Development Manager.

Karl Dickerson

Activities Manager

Karl joined the Open Youth Trust in October 2016.

Tammy Graves

Operations Manager

Tammy joined the Trust in February 2018 as Duty Manager.

Izzie Porter

Outreach Manager

Izzie started at OPEN Youth Trust in August 2017 as a Youth Support Worker for the Outreach Team.

Kirstie Tifrani

Conference & Hospitality Manager

Kirstie joined the Trust as Events Administrator in January 2017 having previously worked for Marriott Hotels for 10 years.

Tamara Skoulding

HR Manager

Tamara joined OPEN in July 2019.