Our Team

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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.

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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.

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Susannah French/ Business manager

Prior to starting with the Trust in January 2016, 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.

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cate smith/

senior Programme Manager

Cate joined the Trust in August 2017 as Programme Manager for the Barclays LifeSkills programme. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a First class degree in International Relations in 2012, Cate moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where she worked first at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on an EU funded employability programme for Palestine refugees.

Following this, she worked for a number of non-governmental organisations, managing projects aimed at improving the lives of Palestinian, Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugees in Lebanon, including an emergency maternal health project funded by UN-OCHA's Syria Emergency Relief Fund (ERF).

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Naa Acquah/

Programme Manager

Naa joined the Trust as a Programme Manager in August 2017 and manages programmes including Barclays LifeSkills Mentoring programme, Pret and Prudential. Naa completed BA Hons in Religion and Theology and a Masters in International Relations at the University of Manchester.

She went on to be elected as the first Black Woman General Secretary of the University of Manchester Students' Union (UMSU), where she was also the first General Secretary to serve two terms in office (2015-17). Naa continues to volunteer acting as a mentor for the Kids Network and the Democratic Procedures Committee for the National Union of Students.

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Maria Luiza Tonchievici/ assistant programme manager

Maria Luiza joined the Trust in September 2018 and works alongside the Programme Manager on variety of projects including Pret, Prudential and KPMG. After finishing her MA in Applied Criminology and Criminal Justice at University of Swansea, Maria played a vital role as a Teaching Assistant in helping primary pupils with their learning.

She has been involved in a range of volunteering projects across Europe and has managed teams of volunteer mentors in primary schools. She is determined to inspire young people to fulfil their full potential.

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Zuzana Eynard-machet/

Finance officer

Zuzana joined the Trust in September 2018 as a Finance Officer to work alongside the Business Manager.

Zuzana holds a Legal Secretarial Certificate and has years’ experience working in the private sector as a Deputy General Manager. She has previously managed large office spaces, looking after facilities, finance and clients’ relations. She has an extensive experience in customer service and events organising.

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kieran proctor/

Schools LIAISON officer

Kieran joined the team as a School Liaison Officer in September 2018. In 2017, Kieran graduated with a BA Hons Drama and Performance degree which he studied for 3 years in London. During this time Kieran worked on several projects which explored different aspects of theatre on and off stage.

In this time he particularly developed a passion for education outreach through his applied theatre module where he and his peers created a workshop for young audiences.

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Maddie Hayden/

Schools liaison officer

Maddie joined the Trust in November 2018 as a School Liaison Officer. Earlier in the year, Maddie completed an MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development in London, following a BA Hons in Anthropology at the University of Sussex.

In this time, she participated in a range of social action projects targeting marginalised communities in the city. She developed a passion for supporting youth projects, with a focus on educational disadvantage, and advocating for accessible learning opportunities. Alongside this, Maddie has volunteered extensively at City Farms, Youth Clubs, and as an early-years Teaching Assistant within Schools across Asia.

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TOM Owen/

Programme Coordinator

Tom joined the Trust in January 2019 as Programme Coordinator for the Barclays LifeSkills programme.

After completing his LLB in Law at Durham University, Tom worked in communication and events for a US-UK start-up, before moving into the third sector. He previously volunteered in Cambodia on an inclusive education programme aimed at improving engagement between pupils and their community. He is passionate about removing inequality in education and wider society.

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jack goldsmith/

Programme assistant

Jack joined the Trust in May 2017 as an intern, and has since worked on a number of our programmes.

Jack has previous work experience in Public Relations and Catering and, whilst completing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, carried out volunteering for St Christopher’s Hospice. Jack is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Manchester University and continues to work for the Trust alongside his studies.