About Berkshire Youth charity

Berkshire Youth has been serving the young people of Berkshire, delivering excellent and efficient youth support services for 80 years. We are proud of our track record and committed to building on it over the coming years to support young people make successful transitions to adulthood.

Armelle Boisset

Armelle has worked in the Telecoms industry for over 20 years and brings to the Board corporate governance experience and senior programme leadership skills.

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Chairman – W E Jim Leftwich C Eng. MIET. FRSA. OBE Chair

I retired from paid employment in September 2000 as Chief Executive of LINPAC Metal Packaging Ltd.

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Sarah Atkinson

Sarah is the Chair of the Diversity & Skills Council at techUK and is actively involved in several programmes including Gender Pay Gap reporting, Returners Programs and is a founding supporter of the WISE Campaign’s People Like Me Digital which aims to influence 200,000 11-15-year-old girls in the UK to consider a career in STEM.

A regular commentator on STEM, equality and inclusion topics, she has appeared on BBC News, BBC World and in various publications.

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Wendy Austin-Bush

I took voluntary redundancy at the end of January 2020 and am currently unemployed, looking for an opportunity in the Non For Profit sector, to utilise my commercial and leadership skills. Before COVID-19 I was spending at least one day per week volunteering in a British Heart Foundation shop.

I have worked in the Head Office environment of retail all my career. For the last 13 years I was Head of Merchandising for Fashion in John Lewis, which involved the strategic planning of the Womenswear ranges both in house own brands and working closely with global brands. I loved working with my team and seeing them develop in their career

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Clive Williams

Clive is a retired solicitor who has had long associations with youth work in Berkshire. His experience includes running a youth club and chairing the Adventure Dolphin Charity in Pangbourne, in addition to acting as Company Secretary to Berkshire Youth.

Treasurer – Martin Deaves

Martin is a retired financial executive who currently acts as Honorary Treasurer for two organisations:

Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People
The Devizes to Westminster Organisation Limited

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President – Roger Smee MBE

As President of Berkshire Youth and a former member of a Berkshire club, Roger writes: “I know from first hand experience how positive activities can play a vital role in the development of young people. That is why I am proud to continue to support and invest in the young people of Berkshire.”

Pav Virk

I work within the IT industry as a Client Director, where I lead on managing relationships between the company and its clients. I’ve been involved in this and similar roles for the last 8 years and have had the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills from finance and operations, to soft skills such as leadership and negotiation.

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Andrew Littlejohns

Work Experience

I work with owners, ranging from Banks through Private Equity funds to individuals, to help transform their businesses. I normally work as a Chairman or Interim CEO, across a broad variety of sectors and sizes of business. I regularly lead turnarounds, strategic, operational and/or commercial transformations.

Personal

I live in Berkshire with my wife, two children and a crazy dog. A “retired sportsman”, what little spare time I have is spent shouting at the England Rugby, Cricket or Football teams on television, walking, cycling and travelling (although not too much of the latter recently, for obvious reasons).

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