Trustee

Jan Stephens - Trustee

I worked for Kent Police between 1975-2012 and since being retired I am a Non-Executive Director of Medway NHS Foundation Trust. I first joined Kent Police as a police cadet before becoming a police officer in 1976. I worked as a Police Officer for 32 years across Kent including Gravesend, West Malling, Maidstone Police Headquarters and also several times in different ranks in Medway. My last posting (2006-2008) was as the Chief Superintendent in charge of policing the Medway towns. Throughout my career I have always been interested in supporting and developing activities which help young people. I also remember what it was like in 1975 to be given an opportunity as a police cadet - there are similarities with being an apprentice in 2011. I finally worked with a small team of people dealing with policy admin support for the Chief Constable and his team and reviewed reports before they were submitted to the then Kent Police Authority. I am really impressed that MYT really does what it says it will do..... all MYT staff are really passionate about young people, each person is an individual. MYT works with other organisations so that young people are supported and that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential. I am proud to be associated with Medway Youth Trust as one of its Trustees.

 

Mick Beckwith - Trustee

I have been an MYT trustee for some 5 years and have really enjoyed this experience. I had previously worked for Kent County Council's education department and latterly as an Assistant Director for Education in Medway, with responsibilities including services for young people and those with special educational needs.

MYT, through its dedicated and skilled staff, provides support and guidance for many young people, some of whom have complex needs. Today can be a challenging time for young people, and more than ever MYT is there to help them negotiate the transition to employment and adult life.

Peter Martin - Chairman

I run my own business consultancy, offering advice and support across a wide range of subjects and business's. I have some non-executive directorships, one with a major national retailer. For twenty six years prior to this I ran my own DIY regional Wholesaler business with a turnover of approximately £10m. I sold this to a competitor. Between 1972 to 1974 I worked with Eagle Star Insurance as an Inspector (Salesman) and obtained ACII the Insurance professional qualification. Between 1974 and 1980, I was territory salesman, Regional Assistant, Area Manager and finally Product manager at Kimberly Clark. I was appointed Chair of Governors at The Rochester Grammar School in 2004, having been a governor since 1998; my daughters were pupils in the school. In 2005, I helped start the Medway Governors Association, and was its first Chairman for three years. In 2006, I joined as Governor Representative the School Forum, and became Chairman in 2008. I joined the Governing body of Brompton Academy in 2009.

Helen Robinson - Trustee
Andrea Ashman - Trustee
Robert Marsh - Trustee
Rob spent 28 years in the Army, serving in Bosnia, Iraq, Norway, Bermuda, (West) Germany, Brunei [on loan service] including bomb disposal and counter-terrorist operations in UK including Northern Ireland [80’s/90’s].  He commanded a Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Squadron and supported UKSF.  This included a year recovering and disposing of WW1 and WW2 chemical weapons that had been buried in England; and 6 months in Bosnia providing teams for bomb disposal, mine clearance and rescuing casualties from mined areas. He deployed on disaster relief operations (such as supporting the Bermuda government after a Hurricane) was involved in international liaison and sponsored specialist R&D including developing a £4M secure IT project.  Whilst in the Army he completed a variety of voluntary youth work all round the world; including founding a charity www.SAYT.org.uk to employ and support christian youth workers.  Rob enjoys sailing [through Cyclones and pirates in the Philippines] rock climbing and mountain biking [burning 20,000 calories on a 3-4 day challenge each summer]
Rob left the Army in 2004 to become CEO YMCA West Kent www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/about-us/film which supports young people dealing with exclusion, anger, abuse, trauma, stress, physical and mental health issues; and provides holistic support, housing, training, youth work and counselling.  Some other staff have been veterans to support their recovery and rehabilitation. He is a trustee of several other charities - currently including: SAYT, YMCA Blackburn [housing association providing housing for young people at risk across England] as well as the MY Trust - having been a trustee of Young Kent before the merger. Rob brings experience of development, fundraising, finance, IT, HR, PR, training, contracts, property and partnership working.
Carol Hardy - Trustee
Carol Stewart - Trustee
Alice Finnegan - Trustee
Eduardo Jackson - Trustee