Rosie has a background in human resources and senior management, gained in both the voluntary sector and Higher Education. She has run a local community centre, held senior roles in the National Trust and OXFAM UK/International and recently retired after 17 years as the HR Director of the University of Sheffield.
Rosie believes that people thrive best at work when they are supported to develop their full potential, when they are committed to what they are doing, and when they can contribute to and within an open and inclusive environment. She brings experience of governance, leadership and employment to her role as Chair of SYC.
Andrew Wood - Treasurer
Andrew currently works on a consultancy basis, offering strategic advice to organisations within both the public and private sector. His previous roles include Assistant Director of Finance at the University of Sheffield, Head of Financial Services at the University of Sheffield, Project Finance for Premier Foods when they acquired RHM and Commercial Accountant for Cofreth Energy Services.
Andrew’s interests include running, football, cycling and bible study and he has been a youth leader for over 25 years. In his role as Treasurer for SYC, Andrew advises on all aspects of finance, as well as the other commercial aspects of running a charity including contracts and cash flow.
Martine Standish - Trustee
Martine initially trained as a social worker, working in residential child care before moving to the voluntary sector, where she worked on sexual abuse and health issues. The vast majority of her career has been spent in health promotion and public health, working with Sheffield Health Authority and most recently Barnsley PCT, where she was deputy director of Public Health working across the PCT and local authority. She has substantial experience of people, project and budget management.
Martine took early retirement from the NHS and now works part-time as a personal assistant supporting a young mother with learning difficulties.
Lynda Gill - Trustee
Lynda has had a varied career in a number of different educational settings. Her work with young people of a wide range of ages and ethnic and social backgrounds has encouraged great flexibility and awareness of young people’s needs, coupled with a caring approach and concern for equal opportunities.
Lynda’s most recent role was Senior Learning Mentor at King Ecgbert School, Sheffield, where she also held the roles of Deputy Child Protection Officer, Designated Teacher for Looked After Children, and 6th form tutor and mentor to under-achieving pupils or those struggling with issues such as bereavement or mental health issues of their own or within the family.
Emma Betts - Trustee
Emma is the proprietor of Point 925 Jewellery in Sheffield. She designs, makes, and sells her own silver jewellery, as well as sourcing unique silver jewellery from around the world, which she sells via her online store. Emma launched her website in 2005 and managed her own retail premises in Sheffield from June 2000 to March 2014. Before running her own business, Emma held a number of roles in finance, including Financial Planning Manager for HSBC and General Insurance Agent for Pearl Assurance.
Emma was drawn to SYC because she used to be a young carer herself, but at that time there wasn’t any support on offer and she had no-one to talk to. Emma brings her personal experience as a young carer and her knowledge and skills as a successful business woman to the role of trustee.
Cathy Sinclair - Trustee
Cathy has 10 years of experience in leadership management, most recently as Head of UK Student Recruitment at Sheffield Hallam University. Alongside student recruitment, her role includes the university's outreach and widening participation activity, working across the city region to raise aspirations to higher education and support under-represented groups and those least likely to participate. Cathy’s experience also includes running a retail department as part of the John Lewis Management Graduate scheme, corporate student recruitment and developing customer relationship management (CRM) systems.
Cathy is a member of BBC Children in Need’s northern committee, reviewing and awarding large grant applications. This is how she became inspired to actively support young people in our region.
Helen Mitton - Trustee
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Helen has worked as an educational psychologist for 18 years and in the field of education for 21 years. She works with children and young people who have a range of complex needs and her role involves working as an advocate for young people and promoting their rights towards greater inclusion in all aspects of society.
Helen has a strong interest in our relationship with animals, especially in understanding the benefits they bring to our lives through assistance work. She has lived in India and Australia and she enjoys poetry, music and walking. Helen brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role of trustee.