Trustees & more
Bav is an experienced operational risk manager who is effective in building robust management structures, decision making in high-pressured situations, and leading large teams. With over a decade worth of experience in the financial sector, Bav has sat on a number of governance committees and is skilled at challenging people and processes in a manner which is both supportive and progressive. Bav is a CAYSH board member and sits on the Personnel and Services Committee. Born and educated in South East London, his decision to join CAYSH was heavily influenced by a number of years as a youth worker, interacting directly with young inner-city children. Bav holds a first class degree with honours in Economics & Management Science.
Since joining the CAYSH board at the start of 2019, Graeme has been a member of the Finance and Development Committee. In early 2021, he also took on the role of Company Secretary.
Graeme brings with him experience from his career-long history in the financial sector. In particular, after working as an economist at the Bank of England for five years, Graeme currently works at a hedge fund in London that focuses on global macroeconomics. Graeme holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham, an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently undertaking an MSc in Economics at the University of Birkbeck.
Graeme’s interest in working with CAYSH stems from past experience volunteering at charities, together with his shared ambition to ensure that every young person can find a place to call home
Rachelle is a Manager at Social Finance UK. Rachelle’s job involves helping charities, social enterprises, local and central government departments develop strategies and access social investment to improve outcomes for marginalised individuals and communities. Through this work, Rachelle has developed an in depth understanding of homelessness, children’s social care and mental health inequalities experienced by Black African and Caribbean communities. Rachelle graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Economics
With an interest in helping the community and specifically preventing homelessness Sam joined the Caysh Board in September 2019. He is a doctor and is training in respiratory medicine in South London. He studied Medicine at the University of Bristol and additionally Intercalated in International Health BSc. Sam brings experience from frontline healthcare – delivering, and improving, a service in challenging times. He has been involved in a number of quality improvement initiatives within clinical medicine and is a keen medical educator. He enjoys running, surfing and yoga. He sits on the Personnel and Services committee.
Andrea is a chartered accountant and currently the CEO of Citizens’ Advice Reigate and Banstead.
Prior to this role, Andrea spent most of her career in education and taught accounting, finance and business in various settings, firstly in a 6th Form College, then at a College of Further Education, followed by 17 years at Kingston University. Andrea’s interest in CAYSH is driven by a combination of the need for good financial and business management in the not for profit sector and the importance that CAYSH places on the education and development of its young residents. Andrea is a member of the People and Services Committee.
Karen joined the CAYSH board at the start of 2019 and is a consultant specializing in non-profit management, strategy, and capacity building, movement-building and network management. She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science with honours from McGill University in Canada as well as a MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, specializing in civil society approaches to social policy. Karen has also previously worked in the housing sector and the health sector as a researcher and has conducted and supported research on how social conditions impact the health, well-being and resilience of people and communities, leading to programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on local, national and global scales.
Lance is a Civil Servant and Independent Board Member at HMP Liverpool whereby he ensures that prisoners are being treated fairly and humanely. Prior to this Lance was the Holiday Childcare Team Manager at Tower Hamlets and provided Ofsted registered childcare. Before this he was Deputy Head of Operations at Kids’ City a children’s charity in South London providing wraparound childcare to children. Lance has worked with children and young people for over 14 years. As our current Safeguarding Lead Trustee Lance brings a wealth of safeguarding experience gained from children’s clubs, youth clubs, residential children’s homes, prisons and St John Ambulance where he was previously a Safeguarding Team Member. On a personal level, Lance has lived experience of homelessness and joined the board to provide safeguarding support and whilst ensuring the voice of young people were not lost. Lance is a member of the People and Services Committee.
Denise is a senior HR professional who has worked in a range of HR roles for over 25 years, mostly in the not-for-profit sector in recent years including work with several housing-oriented charities. Denise’s focus areas include learning & organisational development, and equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI). Her most recent employed role was Head of People for the Open Data Institute, prior to which she has worked for organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, the British Lung Foundation, and Nacro. She is a Fellow of the CIPD, has managed several consultancy projects and has spoken at various conferences. Denise was a Trustee of Langely House Trust for 9 years, during which time she sat on both the Audit and People Committees. She currently also sits on the Board of MHA and is a Lay Tribunal Member for her HM Courts and Tribunal Service. As well as her work in HR, Tribunal and Trustee work, Denise is a trained colour & image consultant and Body Confidence Coach! Denise is a mum of one, a football fan and loves dining out. She is active in her local Church as an All-Age service leader and member of the Worship Team.
Caysh Leadership Team
Ann joined CAYSH as CEO in June 2016. She is a qualified social worker and brings 40 years experience in safeguarding, child protection, mental health and youth crime. She has a wealth of experience in public, voluntary and private sector driving change for young people by leading on national policy and practice changes. She has expertise in developing and evaluating new approaches to crime working with central Government and helped pioneer both Restorative Justice and the introduction of the Youth Offending Service interagency model. Her later career saw her as director of a bidding department for a multi- national security company. Her interest in young people has never faded and she is committed to promoting the welfare of the next generation whatever their background.
Ann holds a number of non executive roles. She is a trustee for Croydon Voluntary Action and a member of the Croydon Youth Justice Board. She is also a non executive director of a SME bidding company.