Janet Matthewson: CEO
Janet founded the charity in December 2015. As the CEO of the charity, she has direct responsibility of running the charity and report to the board of trustees who have overall governance. Janet is also responsible for the staff team as they work collectively. Her favourite aspect of working here is working with the members, sharing ideas and helping each other with their projects. Her good knowledge of this sector and the local history has led her to develop strong leadership skills which empowers others and promotes leadership. She also has a very strong passion and belief that every person deserves a chance and different opportunities. She is proud of seeing the members connecting with each other and seeing different partnerships flourishing. She gains a feeling of satisfaction and honour when communities, organisations and different people are connected.
Debra Yardley: Fundraising and Partnerships manager
Debra joined the charity in September 2018. As the fundraising and partnerships manager, she does the fundraising for all the members and well the fundrais-
ing for Young Barnet Foundation. She is also in charge of all the partner-
ships with companies and joining different organisations. Her favourite
aspects of working here is supporting all the members to bring funds
into the charity and seeing the diversity in the types of things that
the members do. She has 20 years of experience in fundrais-
ing and has a good understanding of the local area meaning
that she would know what he best way to fundraise. She
has worked with both big and small charities,so she
has a lot of experience in fundraising for different
sizes for charities.
Peter Williamson: Operational Manager
Peter first joined Young Barnet Foundation around July 2017. As an Operational Manager, his responsibilities revolve around looking after accounts, marketing, communications with organisations and members, HR, office manage- ment, managing IT, grant management and working as upshot co- ordinator. He is keen and passionate about promoting ‘Space2grow’ and confirming it to the members as well as watching membership projects develop and grow. He has experience in the commer- cial sector which have provided him with transferrable skills such as IT skills, office management which includes back office functions, knowledge of finance and budgeting and the skill of developing strategies. He has began working a five- year strategy that was only designed last year.
Sarah Cotton: Membership Development Manager
Sarah first joined the Young Barnet Foundation around February 2017. As a Member
-ship Development Manager, she is responsible with making sure that members
are fully supported and assured by understanding and highlighting their
needs which is demonstrated through the guidance that she provides.
Her role involves creating partnerships by working across different
organisations. She is very enthusiastic about bringing organisations
togetheras well as enjoys identifying gaps and trying her best to
find opportunities to fill them. Sarah stands outfrom the rest
because she runs her own charitable organisation, reflect-
ing her first hand experience with funding and working
with volunteers. She also has experience working
with the political environment which allows her
to understand challenges that charities usually
face and how to overcome them.
Chair of Trustees