Our Board of Trustees bring experience from a wide range of sectors to ensure that we have the highest quality possible governance
Simon is an experienced Managing Director within the business services and outsourcing sector, serving both the private and public sectors.
He is a leader and manager of customer and senior team relationships that have delivered exponential revenue and margin growth through innovative re-engineering and transformation.
Erica is a Managing Director and General Counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for BlackRock, where she is a member of the EMEA Executive Committee and EMEA Operating Committee.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Erica was General Counsel of Barclays Investment Bank in EMEA and during her four years at Barclays she also had responsibility for the Investment Bank in Africa and the Corporate Bank globally.
Sharon is a risk management specialist and professional banker with over 30 years' experience in the commercial banking and asset management sectors.
Her last executive role in finance was as a partner of a global investment manager where she was appointed Head of Risk & Compliance responsible for establishing and developing the risk management framework of the group.
Now transitioning to advisor, Sharon is currently working with Capital World Animal Protection as a business partner for risk management; she volunteers in London and Africa supporting charities which promote inclusion and sustainability.
Tijs is an experienced communications and government affairs expert who has worked for several high-profile public, private and not-for-profit organisations. In March 2017 he was elected as Councillor representing the City of London Corporation, where he serves on the Policy and Resources Committee, the main decision making body of the City Corporation, the Police Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub Committee.
Tijs has extensive knowledge of different policy areas relevant to Working Chance’s mission, such as gender equality, justice and employment services. Tijs joined Working Chance as trustee in 2016. He is currently a Governor of The City Academy, Hackney and the City of London School for Girls, having previously served as a trustee of Future Care Capital – a charity supporting innovation in health and social care - and as a Special Constable in the City of Westminster
After an early career in corporate finance, Emma founded and took public an online financial information service covering all the quoted companies in Europe. It was acquired by Bloomberg in 1991 and more than doubled Bloomberg's turnover at that time.
She followed this with 15 years' running a London restaurant and working with young offenders. During this time she completed several high altitude treks and in 1993 she was one of the organisers behind the 40th Anniversary British Expedition to Everest.
Allison is Head of EMEA Business & Operations Staffing at Google where she has worked for nine years.
She is responsible for all non-tech EMEA hiring for Google, covering over 35 countries and all sales, marketing and general and admin functions. She has been a mentor for multiple under-privileged students and worked with a local job centre on supporting people to get back into work.
Ciara trained as a chartered accountant with PwC. She has nearly 30 years’ experience working and volunteering in a variety of roles in the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia. After PwC, Ciara worked at Lloyd’s Banking Group, latterly leading the Group Tax Reporting function.
Ciara long held an ambition to work in the Third Sector and most recently enjoyed a two year secondment working as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at The Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for England & Wales.
Daksha has over five years’ experience working with the Board and Directors at Pret a Manger. In her current role as Learning and Development Manager at Pret, she leads on apprenticeships and commercial qualifications.
Daksha’s previous personal experience of the criminal justice system means she understands the nature of our work and the needs of the women we support.