Meet the Team
The Jack Petchey Foundation is made up of our Chief Executive Officer, our Communications and PR Team, our Grants Team and our Events Team.
Trudy Kilcullen MBE - Chief Executive Officer
Trudy leads the team at the Jack Petchey Foundation. She joined us in June 2008. Trudy has many years’ experience in leading a variety of youth charities both in the UK and working overseas. Her professional qualifications in Youth & Community Work and Youth Counselling enhance the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation, as do her two Master’s Degrees – a distinction in Voluntary Sector Management (1998) and Spirituality (2007)
Communications and PR Team
Our Communications and PR Team publicise our various programmes and events to the media, update and maintain our website and let people know what we are doing via social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Sandeep Shah - Head of Communications and PR
Sandeep joined in September 2015. He was previously the Senior Communications and Engagement Officer at the Office of the Children's Commissioner. He also project managed Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day in which 44,000 children and young people took over adult jobs ranging from the Deputy Prime Minister to journalists. Sandeep has also worked in charity sector PR and for clients at a PR agency.
Emma Wakeling - Communications and PR Coordinator
Emma joined in January 2017, after completing an PR internship at the Foundation in 2016. Emma graduated with a History degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and has previous experience working in the charity sector.
David Thomas - Social Media and Website Assistant
David joined in January 2017 through the Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine internship programme. David graduated with a Law degree from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and has previous experience working in the charity sector.
Our Events Team plan, organise and deliver the Achievement Award celebration events for our Achievement Award and Leader Award winners, as well as a host of other events.
Philip Allinson - Head of Events
Phillip joined us in 2012, and has trained and performed both on stage and on screen. Philip has several years’ experience of government event management and has also trained funders in the charity sector.
Sasha Hudson - Event Manager
Sasha joined in 2011. She has over 7 years’ experience in event management, having managed various events for Cancer Research UK and Cross Rail. Sasha works alongside Phillip to manage our presentation events.
Chris Booty - Event Coordinator
Chris joined the Foundation as the Event Coordinator in September 2014. After qualifying as an Aircraft Engineer and spending several years in the aviation industry, Chris decided for a (small) change in career. Chris is also an adult volunteer with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and has ample experience on working with youth and projects, including events.
Ricardo Moncayo Peña - Events Assistant
Ricardo joined the Foundation in February 2017 as the Events Assistant after volunteering at Achievement Awards ceremonies for over two years. He also trains and develops the younger people in his spare time as a member of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. Ricardo enjoys mountaineering and regularly assesses expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Our Grants Team administer and manage our grants programmes collectively giving out over £7million each year.
Gemma Dunbar - Head of Project Grants (currently on maternity leave)
Gemma started at the Foundation in 2010 having previously worked as a Fundraiser for a variety of young person and health based charities. Gemma also volunteers for a number of charities and has sat on Trustee Boards providing her with an all rounded understanding experience of the sector. Her role is to look after major grants and develop new funding streams as required by the Board of Directors.
Reen Polonsky - Head of Project Grants (maternity cover)
Reen joined the Foundation in September 2016. Prior to this she worked in academia for six years, first as a researcher, then as a programme manager. Her role is to look after major grants and develop new funding streams as required by the Board of Directors.
Hannah Cilia - Head of Grants Team
Hannah started at the Foundation in June 2013 having previously worked as Chief Executive of a voluntary sector youth organisation. Hannah is also an experienced Trustee for a number of charities. Her role is to support the Grants Team to ensure the most efficient running of the Achievement Awards and associated grant programmes.
Nikki Casey - Grants Officer
Essex, Havering and Waltham Forest
Nikki is our longest serving team member having joined us in November 2003, with a background in administration. Nikki is our link between the Foundation and schools/organisations throughout Essex, Waltham Forest and Havering. Nikki also manages our school planners programme.
Jane Evans - Grants Officer
South London and Newham
Jane has worked for the Petchey Group of Companies since 2004 and joined the Foundation as Grants Officer in 2007. Jane’s role encompasses developing, monitoring and supporting Secondary Schools and youth organisations who run our programmes in South London and Newham. She is also involved in mentoring young people through our Achievers Network.
Schenell Stephens - Grants Officer
East and North London
Schenell joined the Foundation in January 2013 having previously worked as a youth worker and project manager at Downside Fisher Youth Club. Her role at The Jack Petchey Foundation encompasses supporting schools and youth organisations across North and East London.
Vanessa Thomas - Grants Officer
West London, Barnet, City of London and the Tri-boroughs
Vanessa joined the foundation in 2015. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014, and in between her role as a Youth Support Worker, Vanessa spent some time travelling across and volunteering in East Africa. Her role at the Jack Petchey Foundation encompasses supporting schools and youth organisations across the West London patch.
Katie Purcell - Grants Officer
Katie joined the Foundation in July 2013 from the Marine Society and Sea Cadets where she held the position of Deputy Manager. Her role at The Jack Petchey Foundation encompasses supporting uniformed groups across London and Essex.
Alison Burrow - Senior Grants Administrator
Allison has worked for the Petchey Group of Companies since 2001 and joined the Foundation as an administrator in 2009. During her years with the group, Allison has gained extensive knowledge of the Foundation and its work and currently leads the administration function of the Grants Team.
Rianna Mullings - Assistant Grants Administrator
Rianna originally joined the Foundation in November 2014 as an Apprentice for the administrative team. She is enjoying working in the Grants Team and is looking forward to learning more as her role and expertise grow each day. Rianna assists Allison in the Administration of our grants.