About Us

Our Staff

Amy Leonard – Chief Executive

Amy set up the children’s charity in early 2009 and became CEO of The Transformation Trust in March 2010. During this time she has overseen some of the Trust’s major events from a launch on the London Eye, and establishing Rock Assembly as an annual end-of-term pop concert for 11,000 young people at Wembley Arena. Alongside running the Trust, Amy is a consultant advising a range of organisations on their communications and positioning.

Prior to this, Amy was the Corporate Affairs Director at government agency Partnerships for Schools, where she oversaw a team that was responsible for all aspects of corporate affairs, including communications, parliamentary affairs and CSR. Amy has also worked for the Financial Services Authority, as a Government Press Officer, and as a political consultant, focusing on wide range of sectors, including education.

Kirsten Flynn – Company Secretary

Kirsten joined The Transformation Trust as Company Secretary in April 2012 on a voluntary basis. She is a Project Director and Company Secretary at Cornerstone Property Assets, a social investment mutual created specifically to work in partnership with public authorities to make better use of local authority assets to the benefit of local communities. Kirsten is a MCIPS qualified procurement professional and PRINCE 2 qualified project manager with 15 years public and private sector experience.

Prior to joining Cornerstone and The Transformation Trust, Kirsten worked at PwC where she was a consultant delivering transformation programmes with public authorities.

Susannah French - Business Manager

Susannah joined the Trust in January 2016 as Business Manager for the Trust.  She is in her second term of office as a Governor for a large Academy school in South London and is currently the Chair of Resources and sits on the Leadership and Management Committee which she has Chaired in the past.   

Prior to starting with the Trust, Susannah worked as a Business Manager in a school and before taking on that role, she was a Business Manager for the Local Authority as part of their School Improvement team.  She also worked as a Programme Leader working as part of the 14-19 Team to manage a large programme of Flexible Learning for KS4 students across the Borough.  She has a First Class Degree in Law and has extensive experience in the Financial and Education sectors.

Amy Hawkins - Senior Programme Manager

Amy joined the Trust in September 2014 as Programme Manager for the Trust’s STEM programmes, which saw thousands of children across the UK competing in various challenges to both improve their transferable skills for employment and to encourage further study. Amy now manages the Barclays LifeSkills programme which engages over 40,000 students a year in interactive workshops to prepare them for life after and outside of school, as well as our exciting new Junior University programme which is run in partnership with Which? University. Amy is Prince2 Project Management qualified, and prior to joining the Trust she gained a first class degree in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, with a range of experience in research, sales, marketing, and administration.

Siobhan Kelly - Programme Manager

Siobhan joined the Trust as a Programme Manager in August 2016 and oversees five programmes which are run in partnership with the Trust's Corporate Partners. These include; Dell (Powering Potential and Powering Transformation), EDF Energy (The Big Energy Efficiency Project), Prudential (Skills for Life) and the Royal Navy (Ratings Compass Challenge).  

Whilst studying for her BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Roehampton, Siobhan was elected as College President of Whitelands College in her third year.   

 Siobhan then went on to be elected as the first female President for Roehampton Students' Union (RSU), where she served two terms in office (2014-16).  As the highest student representative, she was a director of both the Students' Union and the University; chairing the Board of Trustees (RSU) and the Student Council.  She also held a seat on the University Council, Senate and Finance committees, conducted the first 'BE Leaders' Conference at Roehampton; and was a guest speaker for Whitelands College 175th Anniversary at Westminster Abbey in May 2016.

 As a passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Siobhan also delivered a Women in Leadership Conference, LGBTQ+ Pride Week and an anti-discrimination campaign, called 'Let's Stop'. 

 Siobhan is currently completing her ‘Prince 2’ Project Management Course

Dominic Mayhew - Programme Assistant

Dominic joined the Trust as a Programme Assistant in August 2016. Assisting mainly with Junior University and the Barclays LifeSkills programme, he is the first point of contact for schools, corporate partners, facilitators and volunteers.

Prior to Joining the Trust Dominic graduated with a degree in Politics from Coventry University. He has previous experience in sales, customer service, events organising, teaching English as a foreign language, retail, catering, campaigning and volunteering.

Franklin Dawson - Programme Assistant (Intern)

Franklin joined the Trust as a Programme Assistant in October 2016 and works primarily with the two Dell sponsored programmes, Powering Transformation and Powering Potential. In his capacity as programme assistant he undertakes a number of roles including liaising with participating universities and schools and supporting the programmes’ social media presence.

Franklin recently completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge where he specialised in political thought, focusing especially on the subjects of distributive justice and feminist discourse. Pursuing these interests outside of an academic context, he has undertaken a number of placements in non-profit organisations including Amnesty International and Indian NGO Educare.