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Meet our Board of Trustees and Leadership Team

Brook’s staff and trustees work together closely to make sure every step we take brings us closer to our overarching vision of young people’s lives being free from inequality, rich with opportunity and enriched by happy, healthy relationships.

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the charity. There are currently eight trustees, bringing a wealth of experience from a variety of sectors to support our Leadership team with decision-making on strategic issues and hold them accountable for their leadership of the organisation.

Our Chief Executive and Leadership Team have overall responsibility for implementing the strategy set by the Board of Trustees, shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them.


Meet our Leadership Team

Helen Marshall – Chief Executive

Helen has 25 years’ experience working at senior level in the private and public sectors and specialises in strategic development, social and economic regeneration, and developing new business.

Helen joined Brook in April 2016 and has so far led a rebrand and developed a new strategy which highlights Brook’s new digital focus, its growth in education and wellbeing services and a broadened reach.

She moved from the national youth charity Ambition, which she led from 2010. Helen restructured the organisation establishing it as a leading voice within the youth sector.

Helen started her career as director of Thomas Miller & Co, an insurance company in the city of London. In 1997, she changed direction to work in the voluntary sector, becoming Head of Foyers at East Thames Group. 

Jo Oxlade – Deputy Chief Executive

Jo has over 20 years leadership and project management experience and started her career within the private sector working for a large corporate insurance broker in Ipswich.

She has worked in HR and recruitment and spent several years in senior roles in the the hospitality industry before moving to the third sector 15 years ago. She joined a housing association in London in 2007 and developed and managed a number of high profile employability projects for local residents before moving to the youth sector in 2012, where she joined the Senior Leadership Team at Ambition and led on business development and performance management. During her employment here Jo managed the high profile Realising Ambition project, which saw Ambition replicate delivery of a US developed, evidence based social development programme for young people in 12 areas across England.

Jo has excellent strategic development skills and is experienced at developing partnerships to support business growth and generate new income.

Louise Carrington – Director of Operations

Louise has significant experience working at a senior level, across the public and voluntary sector having worked previously at Salford City Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council before joining Brook in 2016.

Louise’s journey with Brook began as a young person accessing services, before becoming a young trustee and later the Chair of Brook Oldham until 2009.

Louise has managed and commissioned integrated health and social care services and is skilled in successful health and social care pathway redesign and change programmes, with a strong ethos and understanding that people make change happen.

Louise’s commitment to supporting young people to take control of their sexual health and lead happy healthy lives is longstanding and she is delighted to be able to contribute to this in her role as Director of Operations.

Simon Theobald – Finance Director

Simon has held Director roles for the last 17 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has recently worked at the West Midlands Growth Company and Ruskin Mill Trust Group (a registered charity).

Before then, he was Finance Director at Somerset Redstone Trust, a national healthcare charity, for 11 years. He has significant experience of change management, leading high quality finance operations and has successfully improved cash flow within complex funding streams, particularly in the charity and not for profit sectors.

Simon demonstrates a determined and focused attitude in achieving the best commercial financial results in line with the objectives of the organisation.

Dougie Boyd – Director of Education

Dougie has 20 years’ experience of working with young people in education and wellbeing settings. He trained as a teacher and spent much of his teaching career in leadership roles including Head of Department and Associate Headteacher.

He has extensive experience of teaching in non-selective and selective schools as well as alternative provision units for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. He worked on a series of strategic projects with exam boards including the design of GSCE specifications in 2011 in addition to being an experienced marker and moderator.

Dougie joined the third sector in 2016 and has led the transformation of Brook’s Education and Wellbeing offer for young people in addition to providing strategic leadership for Brook’s ground-breaking Let’s Talk Period project and growing Brook’s professionals’ training and workforce development offer.  He has also expanded Brook’s Education portfolio to include community-based health promotion services and HIV prevention for adults.

He is a qualified therapist with an interest in childhood trauma and supporting the victims of violence and crime.

Anatole Menon-Johansson – Clinical Lead

Anatole has been working in Sexual & Reproductive Health since 2003 when he started specialist training in GenitoUrinary Medicine at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

During his training he did a Harkness Health Foundation Fellowship and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health in Boston before returning to complete training, a one year locum Consultant position at the Homerton University Hospital and a permanent Consultant position at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in March 2009.

Anatole started working for Brook in Brixton as a medical officer every second Saturday in March 2005 and then became the Clinical Lead in September 2011. As a member of the Clinical Leadership Team he provides quality assurance, clinical governance and training within the service.

Anatole has been a clinical lead in Guy’s & St Thomas’ since June 2011 and during this time he has been involved in a number of digital projects that improve patient care.

Anatole’s interest in the health of young people was further strengthened when studying the MPH where he learnt about the impact high quality education, healthcare and social environment can have on the life trajectories of young people. It is such a pleasure to work with passionate and committed colleagues across Brook to improve the lives of young people.

Laura Hamzic – Director of Digital & Communications

Laura joined Brook in 2014 and has been responsible for developing Brook’s first digital strategy and initiating organisation-wide digital transformation.

Laura has also led on a full rebrand and relaunch of the organisation and has strategic oversight of social media, press, events and corporate partnerships.

Laura joined Brook from NHS.uk where she led on the development of public-facing web and mobile apps. This included the NHS Couch to 5k podcast series which Laura scripted and voiced.


Meet our Trustees

Scott Bennett – Chair

Scott was appointed as a trustee in 2011 and became the Chair of Brook at the AGM 2016. He previously held the position of interim Treasurer on Brook’s Board until early 2013.

Scott is a qualified Health Economist and works as an Independent Consultant to a number of public sector organisations.

Previous roles have included Assistant Director of Local Government and Practice Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Director (Devon and Cornwall) Government Office South West. Prior to this he worked for the NHS in Cornwall in number roles including Head of Primary Care and Head of Partnerships, as well as being the lead commissioner for services for Children and Young People. 

Scott is committed to the involvement of young people and communities in all levels of decision making, and supports Brook to build on its experience of listening to hard-to-reach groups and involving young people in the workings of the organisation.

Leon Ward – Deputy Chair (he/him)

Leon became a Trustee of Brook in November 2014 and was appointed as one of two Deputy Chairs in 2017.

Previously, he was a Trustee of international children’s charity Plan UK. He is the author of a best practice guide on young trustees which he published in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation.

He is an Ambassador for Young Charity Trustees, a blogger for Civil Society and the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network, an Associate Expert (on third sector governance) at The Key for School Governors and a governance advice columnist for the Big Give. He has over nine years’ experience in the youth and charity sector.

Leon lives and works in Wales where he is leading the expansion and growth of education charity First Give.

Chris Martin

Chris has been a trustee of Brook since 2017.

Chris is Chief Executive at The Mix. He is passionate about digital for social good and growing the charity’s ecosystem of information, support & community tools for young people.

Chris was the architect of the ground-breaking merger between YouthNet and the Get Connected Helpline that created The Mix in 2016. He leads a team of 44 staff and 180 volunteers based across three sites in London and Nottingham and sits on a variety of sector and governmental advisory panels related to youth and the implementation of digital as a source for support.

He is a gadget lover, trustee of Harrow Club W10 and a fellow of the RSA.

Tim Tod

Tim has been a trustee of Brook since 2017.

Over the past 30 years Tim has worked mostly in the Charitable Sector working in partnership with other charities as well as Government agencies to develop and deliver projects and educational resources that benefit children, young people and their families especially those most vulnerable or marginalised within their community.

He has just started a new role as CEO of Friends and Families of Special Children, a Westcountry Charity providing a range of services supporting both families and their children to access support along a range of pathways that enable all to achieve the best quality of life.

Over the past few years Tim has also worked for the University of Exeter Psychology faculty as the Participation Lead across the Southwest for the Department of Health National Programme of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPTS) and is responsible for supporting agencies in embedding the voice of children, young people and families in its service design and delivery.

Alongside this work he also volunteers as a Trustee of Plymouth and Devon Race Equality Council, a Director of Plymouth Dance and as an Independent advisor to Devon and Cornwall Police.

Tim loves working with others to explore new ways of looking at specific problems/ideas and testing out different ways of working that could make a lasting difference.  He loves the concept and process of ‘growing acorns’, and is constantly curious about what works well and why.

Maxine Evans

Maxine was appointed as a Brook trustee in September 2019, having gained prior experience in her trustee roles within Academy Trust Boards. 

She is currently the Strategic Education Lead for Consenna (an IT digital development agency) and is studying Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice with the University of Edinburgh. 

Maxine is a former Educator and EdTech Senior Leader with 30 years’ experience in UK education, including 17 years as Headteacher and Academy Trust CEO, trustee and DfE appointed Local Leader of Education.

She brings an insight into the UK education sector from both a practitioner and commercial perspective. Through her studies is developing a better understanding of how the mental health and wellbeing of young people can be better supported, thus improving life chances and outcomes for all.   

David Clark

David became a Trustee of Brook in September 2019.

David is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House of Commons leading the External Affairs teams. Previously he was Head of Education and Engagement at the UK Parliament, leading a team delivering innovative programmes across the UK to engage people in their democracy.

Before joining Parliament he worked in a range of education roles in the voluntary sector including at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and as the Deputy CEO of the British Youth Council.

David has been a trustee of range of charities including recently the National Federation of Young Farmers. He is also Chair of Youth Access – the advice and counselling network.

Pamela Leonce

Pamela became a Trustee of Brook in March 2021.

Pamela has over 25 years’ experience working at executive level in the not for profit and public sector. She has held  Executive Director roles across housing, health, and social care. As a former housing executive Pamela led on customer services and community development strategies.

She is currently CEO of Stowhill Consultancy, Chair of Inquilab Housing Association, Board members of Sovereign housing  and an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor. Her previous roles include, Sustainably Advisor to the Mayor of London and Board Member of Barclays Foundation.     

Pamela is passionate about working with people and communities to ensure they have equality of opportunity and access to the services they need the most.

Pamela Leonce

Clare Daly

Clare became a Trustee of Brook in July 2021.

With a passion for strategic partnerships that break down barriers for young people all over the world, Clare has worked with the private sector to effect change for more than a decade.

She currently heads up the corporate partnerships team at Plan International UK; overseeing their award-winning partnerships with AstraZeneca, Credit Suisse, Chelsea FC and The Body Shop among others.

Prior to joining the international development sector Clare worked in renewable energy; collaborating with business to influence a greener UK energy policy and deliver public-facing campaigns and events.

Clare Daly

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