Meet our Trustees
Chair of trustees
As a recent arrival in York at the start of the pandemic, I found the information and community spirit of YFCT tremendously helpful and reassuring. I live in the Bishopthorpe Road area, having moved to the city with my role at the Science Museum Group. My career began at the National Audit Office, followed by several years in charity audit, ending as head of financial accounts for the National Offender Management Service. While in London I served on the trustee boards of two small local charities. After coming to York for a master’s degree in Medieval Archaeology, I decided to pursue a lifelong love of heritage and moved into museum project management. I was keen to be involved with YFCT and joined the trustee board in April 2020. Now as Chair, it is my privilege to lead the charity in continuing the work begun by the founding members, supporting local communities through information.
Exec director & trustee
Just as the reality of COVID-19 was hitting York in March 2020, many people were asking themselves and others how they could help. I was one such person, getting in touch with a community group in the Bishopthorpe Road area that was the first to organise themselves in York and get local attention. With experience in York’s communities and boundaries and a career in management I was asked to help out with a few things – a few unexpected personal challenges and coronavirus developments later and I had founded the first coronavirus charity in the UK with a social media leadership team, Trustee Board, and a few thousand people offering to help. I stepped down as Chair in our September AGM to focus on the day-to-day operations as Executive Director reporting into the trustees.
I’m still amazed that with zero people paid to assist at any time we have had millions of social media interactions and supported thousands of people as part of a city-wide joint effort. In addition to the day-to-day engagement and coordination, I’m also responsible for regular updates on coronavirus statistics; a background in data analytics, politics, journalism and research has helped prepare me for the most unpredictable of circumstances. I’m very pleased to be able to help supply reliable and honest information to York residents and I’m extremely proud of all of the work that YFCT volunteers have done for the city.
Treasurer & Trustee
Having moved to York to study psychology, I decided to continue living here and have lived in the Holgate area for six years. The YFCT page and Holgate group were very valuable to me right from the very start of the COVID-19 pandemic as it was a centralised place to access all the information I needed. Lots of misinformation and contradictory information was around at the start of the pandemic and it was easy to become lost and confused. As an admin for a local community group on Facebook, I knew the value of supporting communities through social media and particularly vulnerable individuals. As someone passionate about improving and supporting my local community, I wanted to become more involved and became a trustee for YFCT in October 2021. I have a background in research, data analysis and working with numbers which I feel has helped my role as a trustee for YFCT.
Secretary & Trustee
I first became aware of YFCT from the weekly updates on Facebook, which I found illuminating and reassuring during the dark days of lockdown. It’s easy to drown in the complex, often conflicting data on Covid, so I was particularly impressed with how the team communicated important information in a clear, honest, and open way. It was also helpful to have something pertaining to our local area, as the picture can vary so much around the country.
I was keen to be involved with YFCT in whatever way I could and joined the trustee board in October 2021. While this is my first position as a trustee, I am also a parish councillor for Dunnington, which I feel has equipped me with the transferable skills, experience, and confidence to help run the charity in an effective and responsible way. I also work as a web accessibility consultant, creating accessible and inclusive experiences for people with disabilities, something I hope to draw on in my involvement with YFCT.
Having seen the difficulties the people of York and the city itself was facing in light of the pandemic, I wanted to become involved in supporting York. I soon joined the main and my local (Holgate) York Covid-19 Facebook group and found myself checking in daily to access essential information about the pandemic and the services in York. I could see how important it was to keep these lines of communication open and provide York residents with up to date, accurate information with respect to the pandemic along with the support and resources available to them.
I have experience of volunteering and running local community groups which include ‘day to day’ running alongside funding applications and organising people & things and felt I could put this to good use. Like Alice, I am a keen nature lover and have had an allotment for 5 years which I endeavour to make as wildlife friendly as possible.