Meet The Team
The work of YGAM is led by a highly competent team made up of a diverse group of colleagues, drawn from the third sector, education sector, commercial sector, parents, students & young people. Most of our colleagues give their time voluntarily. In 2016/17 no employees within YGAM (including the Chief Executive) received a salary greater than £60,000.
YGAM is fortunate to be supported by Peridot Partners, the third sector's leading governance experts and headhunters for Chairs, Chief Executives and senior appointments within the third sector. Most of our appointments to YGAM are undertaken in partnership with Peridot Partners.
You can view the latest YGAM organisational structure by clicking here.
YGAM’s educational strategy is executed by our employees and consultants, none of which receive a salary greater than £60,000 (including the Chief Executive). All our employees and consultants are independent of the gambling industry.
Founder & Chief Executive
Lee has spent 25 years in the education and third sectors, progressing from a front line post-16 teacher and youth worker, to holding senior leadership positions with Kingswood Learning & Leisure Group, Princess Trust, Newcastle College Group and Trailblazers. Lee's personal struggles with gambling was the catalyst to establish YGAM.
Director of Education
Adrian has almost 30 years' experience within education; progressing from a front line Maths and English teacher to holding senior leadership roles within education and within Ofqual approved, International Awarding and Qualification Bodies.
Head of Quality-Assurance
Jackie has a distinguished career in education and quality-assurance. Jackie holds various vocational Trainer / Assessor qualifications and is a qualified teacher in post-16 and further education. Previously working as a college Lecturer and more recently for the Ofqual approved awarding body ASDAN, Jackie brings hands on and practical experience of leading quality-improvement in complex, national organisations.
Head of Operations
Amelia is currently studying Child Psychology at the University of East London. Amelia has a long-term goal to qualify as a social worker and work systemically with families running intervention programmes to increase the wellbeing of children and their families.
Community Development Worker
Annie is in her second year of a Higher National Diploma in Public Services at Milton Keynes College. Annie has a long term goal to go into the police force and becoming a detective within the CID. She is a keen swimmer and enjoys playing hockey.
Data & Impact Officer
Charles is studying History, Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University with the long term goal of going into teaching and has just taken a year off to work at a school in Salisbury as a residential assistant. Aside from YGAM, Charles is also a freelance photographer and IT specialist. Charles is YGAM’s registered Data Protection Officer.
Head of Operations
Laura has a Bsc (Hons) in psychology and is currently completing an MSc in Occupational and organisational psychology at the university of East London. Laura has over 10 years business experience as the director of a domestic cleaning business tailored to the needs of the elderly and vulnerable in the community. Presently, Laura Volunteers for the NHS in a mental health unit.
Community Development Manager
Rhiannon is currently studying MSc Psychology at the University of East London, with the long-term aim of qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist. She has an interest in behavioural addictions and youth education, with almost 3 years experience as a youth support worker and educator.
YGAM’s team of trustees are all volunteers and receive no payment for their time, including the Chair of the Board. YGAM has implemented a fully independent board of trustees and an independent Chair.
Chair of the Board
Rachel brings significant experience to YGAM as a distinguished educator, former secondary headteacher and schools inspector. She was one of the founding directors at the Elliot Foundation, one of the most transformationally successful multi-academy trusts in the country. Rachel’s specialism is technology and digital learning, strengthened by six years in the tech industry. Rachel was previously Chair of Trustees at the British Council for School Environments.
Ayub’s most recent role was the Chief Executive of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, a Think Tank for the FE and Skills sector. Prior to this, he was the CEO of a Multi Academy Trust. Ayub is also an experienced Trustee/Non-Executive having served on the Boards of national charities.
Anne & Keith Evans
Anne has now retired, following a distinguished career within education. Husband Keith, has also retired following his distinguished career working for a multinational window manufacturer in a senior leadership role. Both as parents, have first-hand experience of the potential devastation gambling can bring upon families and bring considerable insight in education and governance.
Having recently graduated from the University of Manchester, Anna is starting out a new career within the Third Sector and is currently working as a Grants Officer at Campden Charities. Anna brings a strong youth focus to the board and leads on corporate employee volunteering with companies such as EY.
Mike is a well-rounded and seasoned professional with a proven track record in business transformation, governance, shaping and achieving strategic goal within commercial, charitable and higher education sectors. Mike is currently CEO, Queen Mary, University of London Students’ Union, & MD QMSU Services Ltd.
Marks brings significant Marketing, Strategy and Business development expertise to YGAM following an international career that has seen him lead operations across the globe – Asia, Middle East, US, UK and Europe. This experience is augmented by his early training and career in the Youth, Community and Education sectors and his current role as Co-opted Advisor for Nacro – the UK’s largest social justice charity.
Gabriella has spent 25 years in operational and divisional finance director positions in the fast space music industry working for EMI and Universal Music International. Her roles and interests have always stretched beyond finance and compliance work towards change management and business development. Her experience working with overseas teams could also help to reach universities outside of the UK.