Who's Who

Meet our Senior Management Team

John Gordon-Saker

Chief Executive

As Chief Executive John is responsible for the development of the Trust and is keen to tell its compelling story to a wider audience. John joined OPEN in August 2015, returning to Norfolk after more than 30 years away.

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.

Andrew Baker

Head of Hospitality

Andrew starting working for OPEN in June 2017, however through his previous job he has been working in our kitchen and providing catering for our conference clients for over 12 months prior to joining the team.

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.

Alex Walters

Head of Operations

Alex started at OPEN in 2012 as a Duty Manager before being promoted to Operations Manager. He oversees the day to day running of the venue, maintaining the complex demands of a Grade II listed building that forms part of Norwich’s cultural and historic fabric

Meet our Board of Trustees

Russ Dacre MBE

Chair

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

Trustee

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.

Emily Groves

Trustee

Emily is the founder of Indigo Swan, an energy consultancy business, established in 2010.

Rachele Kelsall

Trustee

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

Michael Ni'Man

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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.