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Our people

We are a team of passionate people working together to restore young people’s hope for their future. Find out more about what this means to our leadership team, staff and trustees.

Our people

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

Chief Executive

I grew up in a really tough time in Northern Ireland and I saw how hope helped our community get through this period. Hope encourages, hope inspires, hope dares to believe that tomorrow can be better.  We see hope in the heart of every young person, even when that hope only hangs by a thread. We fight for young people to have hope, because it will give them the confidence to believe they can make a difference.  When we empower young people to hope, we empower them to thrive, not just survive.

Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark

Executive Director, Diversity and Talent

I feel immense pride to work for an organisation that put's people at the heart, whether that's our internal teams, our supporters or the children and young people we serve. Hope connects us. We all have times when we need hope in our lives. Our work is about nurturing and giving hope to children and young people especially those who need it the most. When we have hope, we can keep going and find our way. Everyone deserves that. 

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Nerys Anthony

Executive Director for Youth Impact (Interim)

I am energised by the wealth of rich and diverse perspectives around me and inspired by the possibility of what we can achieve together, for and with young people. Colleagues, volunteers, supporters, partners, families and young people from different backgrounds and perspectives working to a common goal – to improve young people’s wellbeing. I am privileged to work for such an ambitious organisation, that holds hope for all children and young people. Hope and aspiration that together we can collaborate and make change. Hope and knowledge that through our shared determination and values we will make these hopes and dreams for young people a reality.
 

Joe Jenkins

Joe Jenkins

Executive Director, Social Impact

Growing up in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the country, I learned early in life how children’s potential is shaped by their environment. We play a crucial role helping build a society for all children – listening deeply to their needs and experiences, working directly with them to improve their situations and campaigning on issues that affect all generations.  We nurture and build hope because hope is the difference between giving up and changing your life for the better.