Neil Robertson, Chairman
Neil is the Chief Executive of the Energy & Utility Skills Group. He is passionate about people development across the energy and utilities industries. He was previously Director of Training at Babcock International; his main focus in this role was to lead the Apprenticeships training function. In his spare time Neil enjoys gardening, rugby, motorcycling and reading. Since 1987 he been involved with RUTS, a retraining project for young offenders, which he has been chairman of since 2000. Using motorcycles as a focus, RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills required to achieve their highest potential and raise their aspirations.
Helen has had a close association with Hope for Children since 2001 and became a trustee in 2010. During this time she has been instrumental in many fundraising events and is now Chair of our Business Development Group. Helen is the Director of Online Commerce for Zonal Retail Data Systems. Hemel Hempstead based, Helen first became aware of Hope for Children when she had a chance meeting with our founder, Bob Parsons, who established the charity in the town. Helen enjoys travel, and is privileged to have visited and been inspired by many of our projects. An enthusiastic runner and skier, and occasional sailor, she also loves to walk in the Chiltern countryside with her partner, Julian, and her small dog, Coco.
Georgina has been involved with Hope for Children since 2008 when she volunteered to help projects in India. She was asked to be a trustee when she returned and has been a part of the Hope for Children family ever since. Since then she has worked with education projects in Uganda, Ghana and Sri Lanka. Georgina aims to encourage schools to get involved with our projects and to continue working with their education projects abroad. Georgina is a teacher and is the trustee Child Safeguarding representative. In her spare time she loves travelling and aims to explore every corner of the globe.
David became associated with Hope for Children in 2011 when he ran the London Marathon for the charity and was subsequently invited to join the Board of Trustees. David’s professional career spans 25 years as a private equity investor. He is currently CEO of Ashridge Capital and was formerly CEO of Kaupthing Capital Partners. He has held numerous Non-executive Director positions, including Somerfield, Phase Eight and Costcutter. He is currently a NXD of Phoenix Learning & Care, a provider of residential care and education to children with special needs. David is a keen sportsman, including running, cycling, golf, tennis, skiing and horse riding. His number one priority is his family, including three young girls. David enjoys travelling and has visited many developing countries, fuelling his desire to further our success.
Be has spent over 20 years working in the pacey world of digital, working with bringing talent into the industry and building winning teams. In 2009, she set up Futureheads Recruitment where she took up a leadership role, managing the brand and industry engagement. She also makes sure staff are looked after and everyone gets an Easter egg and a Christmas card. Her dad was a teacher in India and always told her “knowledge is power”. She is keen to make sure her good kismet can be put to good use with a special interest in educating children.
Amanda Neylon (@amandaneylon) is Digital Services Delivery Director at NHS Digital, currently leading on Widening Digital Participation, Urgent and Emergency Care and the development of a digital profession to enable the NHS to grow the capabilities and skills to deliver user centred digital services. Previously Head of Digital at Macmillan Cancer Support, she transformed the charities digital culture, products, fundraising and engagement. She has over ten years’ experience in the digital world, having started her virtual journey in the car industry at Vauxhall Motors back when the web was all about sexy Flash microsites. As the web changed to be more personalised and user-centric she moved to the charity sector at Diabetes UK to revolutionise their web offer and then worked on public sector digital engagement at the Metropolitan Police. Recently voted as one of the BIMA 2017 Top 100 digital influencers, Eventbrite’s 2016 100 movers and shakers and ‘Leader for Good’ by EY & 10 digital ladies, she is a huge fan of making life simple and engaging for the user and ensuring value for money through strategy, research, evaluation, and agile delivery processes.
Marianne is passionate about children’s rights and brings to the Board extensive NGO experience, having worked overseas in Africa, Central America and South East Asia. Her experience ranges from securing funds from institutional and corporate donors and capacity building of local partners. Marianne has developed and led programmes in WASH, health and education and keenly supports Hope for Children’s mission enabling vulnerable children to experience a positive childhood and reach their full potential.