Trustees

Colin Smith…

…is Chair of the Board of Trustees. Colin has a breadth of experience in the retail sector.

Colin is currently Chairman of Poundland Group Holdings, Europe’s largest single price discount retailer and a past Chief executive  and Finance Director of Safeway Plc, the supermarket retailer. Colin also has previous experience in the not for profit sector as a trustee of Save The Children and as Chairman of the food industry sponsored Red Tractor assurance scheme.


Paul Armstrong…

…works in private equity and is a Trustee and Investment Committee member of the Social Business Trust, the social enterprise fund.

He supported and advised Speaking Up during their successful merger with Advocacy Partners and worked with the management of the merged entity to facilitate their operational and financial integration and create a long-term strategic plan for the new organisation. Currently Paul is a Principal at Permira, the European private equity firm, which he joined in 2007. Previously Paul worked for 8 years as a lawyer at Ashurst the European law firm, and, subsequently, at Fried Frank a leading Wall St firm. Paul read Politics at the University of Bristol and gained his PGDiP Law at the College of Law London, where he was the Eidos Scholar. Paul is a qualified solicitor.


Stephen Peck…

…is a Director of The Scout Association in the UK.

He has over 30 years experience of working in not for profit organisations focussed on youth development. He has held senior professional positions in YMCA England and Endeavour Training, as well as a range of community based voluntary roles. Stephen has been an advisor to The Challenge since its inception and accepted the role of Trustee in May 2010.


Richard Wilson…

… is one of the most recent additions to our Board. Richard has specialist experience in Financial auditing.

Richard is a senior partner with Ernst and Young with significant experience of working with companies ranging from large multinational groups to privately owned companies. He has 25+ years experience of providing assurance and advisory services with clients such as BP, BA and Royal Mail. Richard is also a Treasurer and Trustee of Victim Support, a charity which supports victims of crime.


Dan Guthrie…

… has over 15 years experience in Public Relations and is also one of the newest additions to our Board of Trustees.

Dan has worked in both the UK and Canadian Parliaments and is a director of the public relations firm Luther Pendragon, which he also co-owns. he has worked with a range of multi-national companies and thrid sector organisations to enhance their reputations and deliver positive change. Dan is a graduate of Leeds University.


Mayowa Quadri…

… completed The Challenge in South East London in 2011 and is one of the Graduate Trustees on our Board.

Mayowa has been heavily involved in The Challenge since his graduation in 2011. Alongside being an ambassador for both The Challenge and wider National Citizens Service  scheme, involving meetings with the Prime Minister, he has been an associate mentor on The Challenge’s summer programme in 2012. He is a big fan of football and plays semi professionally. He also volunteers for the organisation Sports Makers whilst running his own catering business called Fruitilicious.


Alistair Wilkinson…

… completed The Challenge in the North West in 2011 and is one of the Graduate Trustees on our Board.

As well as being a trustee Alistair has also been heavily involved in The Challenge since he graduated in 2011. He is also on the regional youth board, youth action team and he has returned to do the Personal Challenge as an ambassador and the Real Challenge as an associate mentor. He is currently studying Theatre, Film, Spanish and Business at college and he hopes to study community drama at either university or a drama school. He has two part time jobs; one in retail and one cleaning the college he attends.


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