Meet the Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dr Jane Rigbye

Chief Executive officer

Dr Jane Rigbye

Helen Martin

Chief Operating Officer

Helen Martin

Helen is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in senior finance and governance roles, primarily in the not-for-profit sector. Helen qualified at KPMG where she specialised in business planning and grant funding.

Kev Clelland

Strategic Alliance Director

Kev Clelland

Kev has 10 years’ experience as a primary teacher, both in Scotland and England. Holding subject leadership roles in ICT and Physical Activity, PE and School Sports and working across a diverse range of schools.
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Daniel Bliss

Director of External Affairs

Daniel Bliss

Daniel previously worked for the Gambling Commission for 3 years in several roles within their communications team. He has also held roles in politics and regional press. Daniel has valuable expertise in communications, marketing, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.

Caroline Gallagher

Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

Caroline Gallagher

Caroline has 9 years experience working in quality assurance and assessment for a national awarding organisation. Previous experience includes working in the drug and alcohol and disability sectors. Caroline brings a wealth of experience working with vulnerable people of all ages, along with her quality assurance expertise.

Ian Shanahan

Director of Business Development and Fundraising

Ian Shanahan

Ian has over 30 years in the gambling industry working in land based casinos both in the UK and abroad. He has worked through the various customer facing roles up to management and progressed into compliance and responsible gambling training which he managed for over 8 years at the Rank Group.

Linda Scollins-Smith

Operations Director

Linda Scollins-Smith

Linda is a qualified teacher and has 14 years’ experience working with children and young people within Education and not-for-profit organisations, specialising in SEND and improving opportunities for hard to reach young people. Linda has been successful in management roles demonstrating excellent stakeholder management, establishing local networks and partners.

Kevin Orchard

People Director

Kevin Orchard

Kevin joins YGAM with over 15 years HR experience, across a variety of sectors, including tech, hospitality, and within the third sector. Prior to joining YGAM, Kevin led HR Operations at ShelterBox for five years with overall responsibility for HR, L&D, Safeguarding, & Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion.

EDUCATION TEAM

Kyle Riding

Head of National Education Programme

Kyle Riding

Kyle has 3 years’ experience as a client relations manager focusing on the digital safeguarding of young people and prior to this had 7 years’ experience as a teacher and member of middle management within school; holding subject leadership roles in Speaking and Listening and Modern Foreign Languages.

Sam Starsmore

Head of Delivery - Education

Sam Starsmore

Sam has spent 12 years working within the Insurance industry in several roles including Relationship Management, Training Delivery & Customer Service. His passion for joining YGAM and safeguarding young people stems from his personal struggles with gambling.

Sandy Thompson

Education Manager - Greater London

Sandy Thompson

After a rewarding career in retail management, Sandy re-trained as a project manager and now has fifteen years’ experience planning and delivering high profile, public facing and commercial projects. She has volunteered with a number of organisations that educate and mentor young people and is passionate about using her skill-set to continue this work in the charity sector.

Sacha Kent

National Education Manager - NCS/Sports Engagement

Sacha Kent

Sacha has spent the past six years working in a safeguarding background, the majority through an online child abuse team within the police as a civilian, and more recently with the official charity of a premier league football club. She received her masters in Criminology from Portsmouth in 2019, continuing her passion for safeguarding young people through academic studies.

Sam Robinson

Education Manager - Wales

Sam Robinson

Sam has almost 6 years of direct delivery experience supporting young people in Wales for The Prince’s Trust Cymru, creating and delivering their employability and engagement activities in South West Wales as an Operations Executive. Out of work Sam loves to travel and is a keen Cardiff Devil’s Ice Hockey and Welsh Rugby supporter.

Amy Bussey

Education Manager - Yorkshire & Humber

Amy Bussey

Amy is a qualified secondary teacher and has 7 years’ experience working with children and young people within inner city secondary schools. Her experience includes leading outreach projects alongside Bradford Council, as well as organising and leading on continuous professional development.

Claire Morris

Education Manager - North West

Claire Morris

Claire has many years of experience in the education sector, both as a classroom teacher and also as a trainer, educating children and adults on the topics of animal welfare and, more recently, road safety. In her spare time she enjoys walking and getting involved in amateur dramatics.

Ryan Phillips

Education Manager - Midlands

Ryan Phillips

Ryan has over 10 years’ experience working with young people, including 5 years through one of the UK’s largest youth programmes recruiting and delivering sessions. In his spare time, he is a Trustee and Volunteer for a RAF Air Cadets squadron in the West Midlands.

Anna Harper

Education Manager - East/South East

Anna Harper

Marek Maj

Education Manager - South West

Marek Maj

While working in special needs education, Marek became interested in the preventative and educational approach to public health. He is keen to learn from schools, councils, and voluntary organisations from across the South West. Outside of work, Marek enjoys reading and boxing.

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS TEAM

James Matthewson

Marketing & Communications Manager

James Matthewson

James joined YGAM from his previous role working in the House of Commons. He has worked in Political Communications in Westminster and has extensive experience handling National Press & Broadcast Media. James is also a Freelance Writer, having written for publications including; The Huff Post, The Daily Mirror and The Times.

Kelly Delgado

Brand & Design Manager

Kelly Delgado

Kelly has worked within the gambling industry for a number of years during which she has gained a vast amount of knowledge within compliance and safer gambling. She has a degree in Design and Illustration and is currently doing a course within Web and UX/UI design.

Billie Fletcher

Social Media & Design Intern

Billie Fletcher

Billie has worked in charity communications since graduating from her master’s in Women’s Studies in 2020. She completed her undergraduate degree in Press and Editorial Photography at Falmouth University. During her master’s degree, Billie nurtured a passion for effecting positive change, leading her to utilise her communications and design skills in the charity sector.

MINDFUL RESILIENCE PROGRAMME

Paul Thomas

Mindful Resilience Project Lead

Paul Thomas

Paul has 18 years’ experience engaging with stakeholders throughout the health care system, working within pharmaceuticals and delivering patient-centred services to the industry. He brings a deep knowledge of cross-functional working and collaboration, focused on adding value to healthcare professionals caring for people in need of help and support..

James Morris

Mindful Resilience Trainer

James Morris

James has worked within the Health & Social Care sector for over 10 years, and has been providing training for 6 years, working to deliver training internally for organisations, and nationally for a Peer Support Project. With a background is Psychology, James has supported adults and young people living with a variety of challenges, including problematic substance use.

Phil Tran

Mindful Resilience Trainer

Phil Tran

Phil has worked in the private sector for 11 years prior to deciding to move into the charity sector. Having had lived experience with depression and addiction, along with his background in Learning & Development, YGAM was a perfect organisation to join to help make a difference. Outside of work, Phil loves watching anime, supporting his beloved Ulster and Ireland rugby teams and playing video games.

PARENTS PROGRAMME

Claire Patel

Head of Parental Engagement

Claire Patel

Claire has over 12 years’ experience of working within the education, employment and charity sector. Prior to this Claire worked for a Drug and Alcohol team whilst completing her BA (Hons) Criminology degree and her Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector Diploma. Claire is passionate about supporting young people to make informed choices and is experienced in networking, recruitment and delivering a wide range of programmes.

UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Jimmy Parkin

Education Manager: University and Student Engagement

Jimmy Parkin

Jimmy has over 9 years’ experience in the Further Education sector, holding various roles from managing the cross-college PSHE and enrichment programme to delivering an extensive number of subjects including Enterprise, Gambling Awareness and GCSE English.

Andrea Hutchings

Andrea Hutchings

Andrea left the UK in 2008 to pursue her teaching career in the Middle East. She enjoyed 13 years of teaching and 2 years as Vice Principal. Teaching in the Middle East gave her the opportunity to work students and teachers from various backgrounds, races, and nationalities. In her spare time, Andrea channels her passion for education into writing children’s books and creating educational resources for teachers.

PREVENTING GAMBLING HARMS IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME

Asma Akbar

Programme Lead and Education Manager – Diverse Communities

Asma Akbar

Asma recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response. During her academic life and career she nurtured a passion to work with young people. Asma strived to combine young people and youth work with her international development work.

Tahnee Stacey

Education Manager - Diverse Communities

Tahnee Stacey

Tahnee is a qualified teacher, having worked within education in both Spain and the UK. Whilst working in schools, she worked to effect positive change for equality, diversity and inclusion. As a Spanish teacher, she utilised her pastoral and language skills to mentor young people.

SAFER GAMBLING PROGRAMME

Niall O'Connor

Lived Experience Trainer

Niall O'Connor

Niall has spent the past 4 years teaching a variety of subjects at a sixth form college. During this time he also furthered his own learning by completing a Master's in Politics, Policy, and Government. In working to overcome his own struggles with gambling, Niall developed a passion for safeguarding others from similar experiences which lead to him joining the YGAM team. He enjoys sport, cooking, and reading about politics and philosophy.

Nadia Tarik

Chartered Management Degree Apprentice

Nadia Tarik

SUPPORT TEAMS

Peter Kearney

In-House Lawyer

Peter Kearney

Ann Coxall

Ann Coxall

Ann has spent many years as a senior manager in charities and eight years at the TEC National Council, a not-for-profit company, supporting the Training and Enterprise Councils where she was Director of Operations. She has supported the boards and sub-committees in a variety of organisations. For the last 11 years Ann has worked as an Assessor for the Trusted Charity Quality Mark and has assessed over 50 organisations. In her spare time Ann is a Parish Councillor, Trustee for Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Service, and loves spending time with her family and her very spoilt but beautiful Patterdale Terrier, Jake. She previously served as a Magistrate for 11 years.

Rachel Richards

People & Administration Manager

Rachel Richards

Rachel has over 20 years administration experience gained in the public and charitable sectors. She has worked in a variety of roles including office manager, personal assistant and project coordinator. She is also an experienced school governor, with a particular interest in the wellbeing of children, students and staff.

Hayley Caiels

Administrative Support Officer

Hayley Caiels

The majority of Hayley’s working career has been spent in the private sector, in probate administration. Hayley has previously worked for a tour operator specialising in long-haul sales and has previous experience of working in the charity sector. Hayley enjoys country walks, reading, cake decorating and spending time with her family.

Naomi Higham

Management Accountant

Naomi Higham

Naomi is an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper. Naomi started her career as a paediatric staff nurse and worked for the NHS for 16 years on a supra-regional cardiology unit. She has since taken on the role of Clerical Assistant in a busy school office. In her spare time, Naomi enjoys baking and going camping with her husband and three children, and is an active member of the school PTA.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Sam Low

CRM & Systems Manager

Sam Low

Sam has 9 years’ experience working within the charity sector, and brings a wealth of expertise in data, digital systems, and databases. Outside of work, Sam spends most of his spare time Whitewater Kayaking and volunteering at his local canoe club!

Daniel Carlin

Data Manager: Education

Daniel Carlin

For the past 4 years Dan has been an NHS employee At the Royal Derby hospital, within Histology as a Medical Science Associate. Having studied physics at the University of Hull he previously worked as a research and development test engineer in the private sector.
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