Dan is a Chartered Accountant who was introduced to the Procurement function in the capacity of performance measurement and programme management during a major transformation project at Cable & Wireless.
He took this experience to the Royal Mail where he led a 4-year transformation programme that resulted in a total Procurement process and systems change and received broad acclaim across the profession.
In 2010, Dan joined Goldman Sachs as head of Procurement for EMEA, and for the past three years until April 2016 has been the Co-CPO for the Global Procurement team
Now Dan has taken on a newly created role as the SVP leading Global Procurement at Pearson Plc, the world largest education company. With a global remit for Technology, Indirect and Content sourcing, and team’s primarily located in London and New Jersey.
Outside of work Dan has five children aged 10 months, 14, 12, 10 & 10, and enjoys skiing, surfing and has recently taken up sailing with Fay!
Professor Karen Evans
Karen joined the Trustees in 2014. She is Emeritus Professor of Education at UCL (University College London). As a leading academic in her field, Karen has held professorships and academic leadership positions in in the University of London and the University of Surrey. Most recently she has held the Chair in Education in the Department of Education, Practice and Society at UCL and served as Head of Lifelong Education and International Development in the Institute of Education, University of London.
Karen’s main area of interest is the advancement of education as a process in which educated attributes, including the ability to read the world and reflect critically upon it, are fostered throughout the life course, in the life and work transitions youth and adulthood and in the environments of workplaces and communities as much as those of educational institutions. She has published widely in this field.
Karen’s public service activities have included advice to parliamentary committees, government bodies and non-governmental organisations in Britain and abroad. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Denise Hatton is Chief Executive Officer at YMCA England, the national council of 114 independent YMCAs across the country.
London-born Denise started her career with YMCA in 1983 when, at the age of 23, she began working for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon in a housing project in central London, alongside her private sector communications job.
Within months, Denise had become full-time personal assistant to one of the organisation’s Regional Secretaries before eventually finding herself at YMCAs in Croydon, in south London and then, Ealing, in west London, as Operations Director.
Her first CEO position came in 2003 at Dartford YMCA (now called YMCA Thames Gateway), which she held for 10 years, before becoming CEO and National Secretary for YMCA England.
During her time as CEO of YMCA Thames Gateway, Denise acted as Chair of the Children’s Trust for Dartford and Gravesham borough councils, Independent Chair of the committee to develop the first local authority youth strategy for Dartford and Gravesham borough councils, and third sector representative on the Kent Children’s Trust Board.
Denise says seeing YMCA transform over the years to remain relevant to local needs and the changing external environment is what has kept her motivated and involved with the organisation for so long.
She said: “I enjoy seeing the change we can make to young people’s lives. I can still remember many of the young people I worked over the years at YMCA, which is why I am so passionate to be a part of this organisation.
“YMCA also paid for and supported me to go to university to complete studies in HR, Training and Development when I first started working with them. At the time, this was not something a person from my background would have been able to do.
“The most important things we can do as an organisation is to see people – whether they are young people, staff or volunteers – to realise their potential; to strive for quality at all times and to emphasise trust, openness and transparency in everything we do. That is how we work with young people and I believe this should be reflected across all of YMCA.”
Denise lives in Bromley, in Kent, with her husband, engraver, David, and two teenage daughters, Cara and Mia.
Linda has spent most of her career in the Youth Service, during which time she sat on the JNC and chaired Unison’s Youth and Community Workers’ Forum. She was also Youth Policy adviser at the FSA (now FCA) and Money Advice Service. An active Liberal Democrat, she chaired their Youth Policy Working Group, producing ‘Free to be Young’ and ‘Taking Responsibility’ and has been a local councillor and parliamentary/European parliamentary candidate on a number of occasions.
Lindsay grew up in Worthing, Sussex and after graduating in psychology and anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London, qualified as a chartered accountant in the City.
She has over 25 years’ experience of working as a finance and corporate services professional within the charity and not for profit sector at a senior team level. These charities include the Alzheimer’s Society, the Scout Association and YMCA England.
A firm supporter of organisations that promote and encourage women to take part in all kinds of sport, Lindsay is currently a senior volunteer and president of England Netball having served on the Board of the National Governing Body for over 13 years In all her roles she has liked to be practically involved in some way and advocate for young people in both governance and volunteer management.
Professionally, Neil is a Human Resources generalist, having worked in Local Government, various charities/other organisations, and for the last 20+ years with the YMCA, firstly as Regional HR Officer for YMCA England, supporting and advising Boards, CEOs and staff on a wide range of governance, employee relations and HR issues. He has been with YMCA London South West for the last 15 years as Chief Personnel Officer with responsibility for staff, volunteers and the Chaplaincy service.
Neil has been involved with YMCA George Williams College throughout my YMCA career, including previous service on the Board and Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee. Admiring the work and academic success of the College and he is honoured to serve on the Board.
Outside work, Neil is married with two grown-up daughters, one of whom has five young children who we help with very regularly. He is actively involved in his local Baptist Church and serves as a Deacon (Trustee). He is also a Trustee of the London Baptist Association.