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.
The YGAM organisational structure will be updated by the 30th October.
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.
Community Development Manager
Chi-Ho Lee has a BA (Hons) in Social Work and has a keen interest in behaviour and substance addictions. Over the last seven years Chi-Ho has gained experience of working with addicts and those affected through his work for NGOs in Uganda and Hong Kong. He is currently studying for MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
Community Development Worker
Aaliyah is studying Child Psychology at the University of East London, she is applying for her teacher training currently and hopes to begin training next year following her graduation. Aaliyah's aims are to not only become a teacher but to also work to safeguard children within schools later on in her career.
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.
Education Manager (North of England)
Erica has almost 20 years’ experience as a qualified teacher and education sales consultant specifically in the North of England. Living in Sheffield Erica, will lead YGAM’s work in the North.
YGAM’s team of trustees are all volunteers and receive no payment for their time, including the Chair of the Board. YGAM aims to have an independent board of trustees and Chair by October 2017.
Rachel bring significant experience to YGAM, being a former Headteacher, Schools Inspector and currently the Innovation Director with The Elliot Foundation, a charitable multi-academy trust.
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.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Dan brings considerable corporate leadership expertise to YGAM, having worked as Head of Investor Relations at Whitbread Plc, Group Strategy Director at the Rank Group Plc and is currently a Partner at consultancy firm Regulars Partners.
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.