Jack Petchey Foundation
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Meet the Team

The Jack Petchey Foundation is made up of our Chief Executive Officer, Operations Director, Communications and PR Team, Grants Team and Events Team.

Trudy Kilcullen
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) 

 

Gemma Juma - Operations Director
Gemma joined us in 2017. She was previously the Director of Link Age Southwark, a vibrant volunteering charity. She brings with her 20 years’ experience in policy, delivery, leadership and grant-making roles in the voluntary sector across the UK, Europe, East Africa and beyond.

 

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

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 Gibbons

Emma Gibbons - Communications and PR Coordinator
Emma joined the team in February 2018. Having graduated in 2017 with a degree in Journalism, Emma is keen to develop a career in communications within the charity sector. She previously interned at a health based charity, working across their Communications and Events departments. Emma assists Sandeep in communicating the Foundation’s work across both PR and social media.

 

Events Team

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.

Phillip Allinson

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

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

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

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.

 

Grants Team

Our Grants Team administer and manage our grants programmes collectively giving out over £7million each year.

Gemma Dunbar

Gemma Dunbar - Head of Project Grants 
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.

 

Hannah Celia

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

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

Jane Evans - Grants Officer
North East London
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 in North East London.










Schenell Stephens

Schenell Stephens - Grants Officer
Uniformed groups
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 uniform groups.

Katie Purcell
Katie Purcell - Grants Officer
West London
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 groups across West London.
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Allison Burrows

Harriette Tillott - Grants Officer
South/South East London
Harriette joined the team in March 2018 after graduating from the University of Leeds. She previously spent time working in Zambia for VSO.Her role at the Jack Petchey Foundation is to support youth groups/schools across South London.




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. 

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Aqsa Ahmed- Youth Ambassador Coordinator

Aqsa joined in January 2018, after graduating with an English degree from King’s College London in 2017. She is as an Achievement Award winner herself and has watched her sister take part in events such as Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge and our entry in the Lord Mayor’s Show. Aqsa previously worked as an English tutor.