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/ operations director

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. 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, Cate 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). Cate sits on the Editorial Board of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.

 
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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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kieran proctor/

senior 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/

senior 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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JOrdan Konda/Schools Liaison Officer

Jordan joined the Trust in September 2019 as a Schools Liaison Officer.

Jordan, after completing Sixth Form, started working in the education charity sector (for another charity in his local area). He is particularly passionate about working with and helping disadvantaged students.

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ALEX BRODIE / PROGRAMME SUPPORT OFFICER

Alex first worked for the Trust as an intern in September 2017, assisting the team on our programmes. After graduating from the University of Birmingham in July 2018 with a BA in Geography, he worked in the Retail industry gaining valuable experience working with the public.

He has now joined us on a full-time basis as a Programme Support Officer. He has a keen interest in Politics and social and economic issues concerning disadvantaged communities in society, especially the challenges that younger members of these communities face.

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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.

 
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Vikki barber/

finance officer (maternity cover)

Vikki joined the Trust in April 2019 as a Finance Officer Maternity Cover to work alongside the Operations Director.

Vikki has over 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Business Development in a range of industries from Luxury Brands, Construction and most recently Education. She also has extensive experience in customer relations and events organising.

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Zuzana Eynard-machet/

Finance officer (On Maternity leave)

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.