v's board of trustees combines the voices of young people with talent and experience from the business, voluntary and community sectors.
Chairman: Rod Aldridge
In July 2006 Rod Aldridge established the Aldridge Foundation, to further his work on education underachievement in young people and more generally on public services reform.
Rod was Executive Chairman of The Capita Group from its formation in 1984 until 2006. Today, Capita is the market leading provider of support and professional services to central and local government and education in the UK.
Prior to Capita, Rod worked in local government for 10 years and in 1974, he joined CIPFA where he was the Under Secretary with special responsibility for technical services.
He is a Trustee of The Prince's Trust and became Chairman of the CBI’s Public Services Strategy Board in 2003. In December 2005, he was appointed as chair of the Russell Commission Implementation Body.
As founder and CEO of Cause & Effect, Manny Amadi advises, coaches and writes on corporate social responsibility (CSR), stakeholder and community issues.
With a strong passion for business and its contribution to society, he has written for Time and Newsweek and worked with leading multinational companies to establish award-winning community investment policies, strategies and programmes. He also advises a number of local, national and international NGOs in a voluntary capacity, is a school governor and a Fellow of the RSA.
In 1999 Manny was awarded the MVO (member of the Royal Victorian Order) for his services to the community. In 2000, he was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the Davos-based World Economic Forum. He is married with four young sons and lives in South London.
Irving Anderson (v20)
Irving is currently studying towards BA (Hons) British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. He feels he has worked hard overcoming the difficulties of his disabilities through volunteering. He has volunteered in the past with Volunteering England, Wolverhampton City Council and National Union of Students to champion the voice of young disabled people. He believes that volunteering can help bring out the best in people and help an individual’s personal development. He is passionate about volunteering with v20 and feels he takes full advantage advocating the benefits of volunteering to the rest of England.
Natalie Campbell was until recently campaign manager of the Make your Mark Campaign, which aims to build an enterprise culture amongst young people, aged 14 – 30, encouraging them to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Natalie founded the ONYX Professional Network for young Black professionals, and is a trustee for the British Youth Council.
Whilst at university studying Consultancy and Independent Research, Natalie Campbell set up her own event management and promotion business specialising in student entertainment. Since graduating in June 2006, she has also set up her own retail franchise business.
Natalie feels that volunteering has a vital part to play in building skills within society, and as a volunteer herself she is aware of the benefits it can bring. She is an experienced spokesperson on issues affecting young people.
Stacey Foster (v20)
Stacey is from Nottingham and studied Media Production at Lincoln University. She currently works at Boots head office, and feels the business skills she is learning there will help in her role as a trustee. Stacey would like to work in the third sector and so became a member of V20 to really see how a charity is run and to get involved as much as possible.
Stacey takes her role as a trustee very seriously, as she feels it’s a great responsibility being a representative of the country’s young volunteers. Stacey is passionate about the opportunities that volunteering provides young people, and thinks it’s a great way for young people to realise their potential. As a keen fundraiser she has recently skydived for the British Heart Foundation and has previously completed the New York Marathon.
Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s best-known and most successful Paralympic athlete, having performed at world-class level for the past 20 years.
In addition to 16 Paralympic medals, six gold medals in the London Marathon and a comprehensive set of British and World Records, Tanni has also been elected to the Laureus World Sports Academy alongside such sporting legends as Pele, Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan. She received an OBE in 2000 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2004.
Tanni captained the Welsh team at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She has now retired from competition. She also writes, presents and appears regularly in the media, as well as being actively involved in sports administration.
Born in Cardiff, Tanni lives in Redcar with her husband and daughter.
Larissa Joy is Partner and Chief Operating Officer of private equity firm Actis Capital Partners. From 2002 to 2006 she was European Chief Operating Officer for Weber Shandwick, the world's leading public relations company. Prior to this, she was Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and Mather UK.
She was educated in Australia, Germany and England. She has a law degree from Cambridge, a Licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music and an MBA from London Business School and was selected by the World Economic Forum in 2002 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow.
Marie lives in East London and works for the social action Charity Toynbee Hall as an Information Officer. She recently graduated from Queen Mary University of London gaining a BA in Journalism and Contemporary History.
Marie spent three years as a Brownie pack leader which she really enjoyed and showed her that volunteering could be something fun. Since then she has volunteered on a number of youth projects including running citizenship workshops for sixth form students and helping to run an outdoor activity camp for inner city kids. She joined v20 because she is passionate about volunteering as a life choice and wants more young people to get involved.
Tricia is currently CEO of Flying Brands. She worked for Reader’s Digest from 1983 to 2007, in roles such as Vice President, Marketing and New Business Development, Managing Director Reader’s Digest France, and President, Reader’s Digest Western Europe. Tricia has been based in Paris, New York and London as a result of these positions in senior management.
Tricia enjoys whale watching, running and travelling, and speaks fluent French.
Caitlen is in her first year of studying French and Religious studies at Bangor University in Wales. She was born in Holland and grew up in Stafford, West Midlands. Caitlen first started volunteering within her local Church as a Sunday club teacher before being elected to UK Youth Parliament and her local Youth Action Kouncil (YAK).
Caitlen is a current member of v20 season 4 and enjoys being able to propose fresh ideas to a great organization. Caitlen is passionate about young people being the future of tomorrow and changing negative stereotypes that young people often have.
Lorraine is a successful, self-motivated senior Executive Director with over thirty years experience of leading and managing at the highest levels. Much of her career has been spent in local government and she has been Executive Director in Harrow and Director of Education in Southend-on-Sea.
In 2002 she founded the Scollar Charitable Trust and drove its successful development as Chair of the Board until becoming Chair of Scollar Associates in 2007.
Tim is Chief Executive of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He was previously CEO of BT Global Services UK. A graduate in Economics, Tim’s career started with Shell where, over a 10 year period, he operated across their corporate functions before joining BT. Tim lives in Hampshire and is married with one son.
Joan Watson has worked closely with a number of charities throughout her career, and works as a consultant in change management and ethical roles.
From 2003 – 2007, Joan was Trustee, then Managing director, of the Youth Culture Television Foundation. This high profile charity was responsible for attempting to re-engage marginalised and disadvantaged young people and attempt to get them back into employment.
Since the age of 18, Joan has been involved with supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She has been a personal mentor, is a trained counsellor and psychotherapist, has worked for drug and alcohol concern and is part of local action community groups.