Meet our team!

Paul Evans

Paul Evans joined as CEO of LTSB in April 2020. He has a strong background in education, youth services, homelessness and mental health. He is passionate about social mobility, inclusion and creating real, lasting change in society. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and full member of the Chartered Management Institute. He is trustee at learning disability charity, REACH.

James Hinton

Operations Director


Kate Oprava

Kate Oprava joined as LTSB’s first Finance Director in June 2019. Kate qualified as a Chartered Account with a Big Four firm and has over twenty years of finance and IT experience. She has a wealth of charity experience having worked with both national and local charities. Outside of LTSB, Kate is also a charity trustee.

Debs Barlow

Coming from a finance background, Debs joined LTSB in 2015 as our Employment Director. She is responsible for developing new and existing employer relationships with top firms. Debs manages the placements of apprentices and alumni, stewarding the application process and ensuring the best possible completion and progression rates for our young people.

Pete Ward

Pete Ward is Deputy CEO and Programmes and Impact Director. With a focus on those from vulnerable or marginalised backgrounds, he has experience at every level of the third sector, from frontline delivery to programme design, from measurement to messaging and senior leadership. He has been at LTSB since 2015.

Nana Dekyi

Partnerships Manager

Emily Gilmore

Head of Fundraising & Development

Jacquii Moyo

Careers Development Manager

Sarah Pattison

Finance & HR Assistant

Jenny Venning

Head of Fundraising & Development

Shamaine Armstrong

Head of Youth Engagement

Hazel Elba

Recruitment & Schools Engagement Manager

Catherine Gurner

Employment Consultant

Blué O'Connor

Careers Development Manager

Cat Wyard

Executive Assistant to CEO

Danya Defraytus

Programme Manager – Business & Finance

Jasmin Gibson

Careers Development Manager

Rose Hardman

Head of Fundraising & Development

Chris Oliver

Programme Manager – Contact Centre Programme

Steph Tickle

Employment Manager (North-West)

David Pinchin – Chairman
David speaking at a Speed Interview event in Mansion House, London.

David Pinchin is a Welsh born American citizen having lived in the US for 30 years. He was educated in Wales and at City of London College in London.  David was one of the founders of the OTC Currency Options market in the early 1980’s and he co-founded and ran Tradition Financial Services (TFS) in 1985, which became one of the leading international Inter Dealer brokers.David was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Co-CEO of TFS for 25 years and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Tradition Group from 2007 to 2009. Both companies were publicly quoted.

David is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Through Sport & Business. 

Lorraine Barclay – Treasurer
Lorraine speaking to students at our 2020 London Kick Off conference

Lorraine has spent her entire career in financial services working for Citibank, Pearl Assurance and ICAP. Lorraine joined ICAP in 2006 through acquisition of EBS taking the position of Global CFO for IT and subsequently held the positions of Group Financial Controller from 2010-12 and Group Tax Director from 2008-10. Since November 2012 Lorraine has headed up ICAP’s Global Business Services covering the operations of finance and all other corporate functions. She is a member of ICAP’s Group Operating and Finance Committees. Lorraine has been integral to the sale of the voice broking side of ICAP’s business to Tullett Prebon and it is a tribute to her dedication and ability that not only is she responsible for the separation of the voice broking business, she has also been chosen to work on the integration into Tullett Prebon.  Lorraine has been a passionate supporter of Leadership Through Sport & Business since its inception, hiring 53 young people over 7 years and introducing several other key supporters as well as participating in events and inspiring young people to fulfil their potential.  Lorraine became a trustee in 2015.

Darren Gurner

Darren Gurner was associate director for Macquarie Bank in London and ran the European Pulp and Paper derivatives business. Prior to this, Darren spent eight years working at Tradition in both the pulp and environmental markets as an inter-dealer broker and has been a long time supporter of David Pinchin’s vision for the charity.  As well as being an avid Spurs fan, North London born and bred, he spent his university years in Liverpool and has a great affection for the city and its people. He is also a supporter and fundraiser for a very special cancer charity ‘No Surrender’ which was set up by a good friend after they had been diagnosed with cancer.  Darren has been a trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business since its inception.

His Honour Judge Peter Lodder QC
Judge Lodder at the LTSB Mock Trial in the Old Bailey

Peter was called to the Bar in 1981 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2001. He was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1997 and as a Recorder in 2000. He was Chair of the Criminal Bar Association in 2008-9 and Chairman of the Bar Council in 2011. Peter was appointed as a Senior Circuit Judge in January 2015. He is Resident Judge at Kingston Crown Court. Peter is also a trustee of the charity Spark Inside. Peter has been a long-term supporter of Leadership Through Sport & Business and has organised six Mock Trials for our young people at Southward Crow Court. He has coached them in public speaking skills and prepared them for the Mock Trials. He has managed the entire process and involved fellow Judges. Our young people play all the parts in the trials, with Peter (and his fellow Judges) presiding. Following the trials, they hold a legal debrief, which is enormously thought provoking for the young people. The whole process helps them develop their ability to plan, listen, argue a point, be convincing, present, and make judgments.  Peter became a trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business in 2017.

Juliet Thompson
Juliet at the LTSB Women in Leadership event at Macquarie

Prior to joining LTSB’s Board of Trustees, Juliet was a close supporter and friend of the charity’s, attending their annual Women in Leadership conferences and facilitating strategic employer and supporter introductions through her network. Juliet has a BSc in economics and is a chartered accountant. She is currently Non-Executive Director of three listed companies in the healthcare space. She has spent over 20 years actively involved in the life sciences sector working as an investment banker and strategic advisor to healthcare companies in Europe. She headed up the European healthcare team at Stifel (formerly Oriel) and prior to this was a founding partner of Code Securities, a healthcare investment banking boutique which was acquired by Nomura, later forming Nomura Code.

Patrick Thornton-Smith

Patrick Thornton-Smith is Executive Director at the global wine investment firm Cult Wines, having spent the previous 30 years in the financial markets specialising in listed and OTC derivatives. Patrick joined Leadership Through Sport & Business as a Trustee in 2019, having previously been a Trustee for Futures for Kids, one of LTSB’s funding partners.

Patrick worked for Barclays Capital, ICAP and a range of fintech firms from start-ups, including his own for five years, to established vendors and spent a number of years living in the both Chicago and New York. His range of roles was wide and covered strategy, marketing, sales, operations and senior management positions. Prior to joining Cult Wines Patrick was Managing Director at Duco, a fintech vendor.

Wincie Wong

Wincie Wong was appointed to LTSB’s Board of Trustees in September 2020, bringing with her a background at the leading edge of creative and disruptive innovation in the banking industry to break down barriers and transform the shape and diversity of the engineering workforce.

An international speaker and a digital evangelist, she is passionate about spearheading the growth of a diverse technology workforce as co-founder of the NatWest Girls Can Code network and founding member of Tech She Can, an organisation of 165+ corporates working together to increase the number of women in technology roles in the UK through education. She is also co-host of the NatWest Technically Speaking podcast series discussing current topics in the evolving world of tech. She has a background working with the UK government to tap into the huge unrealised economic potential of female entrepreneurs by making the UK one of the best countries in the world for women to start and grow a new business as recommended in the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship. A serial entrepreneur herself, she has been featured in Season 2 of BBC’s My Million Pound Menu with host Fred Siriex for her business running Burmese supper clubs – now available on Netflix globally. In 2019, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in UK Tech by Inclusive Boards & the Financial Times. Having grown up in New York City, she’s spent the last 10+ years across the pond in London where she is passionate about making innovation useful for customers.

We are fortunate and proud to be supported by the following patrons:

Viv Anderson, MBE

Viv Anderson, MBE,  was a professional football player and the first person of African descent (his parents were from the West Indies) to play for England’snational football team (1978).  Viv began his professional football career in 1974 with Nottingham Forest, where, as a fullback, he quickly showed his talent for winning the ball both on the ground and in the air and for supporting in attack. He was a fixture on the talented Forest teams that won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1979 and 1980. In his career, Anderson earned 30 “caps” for playing on England’s national team.Following 10 outstanding years with Forest, Anderson played for Arsenal(1984–87), Manchester United (1987–91), and Sheffield Wednesday (1991–93); he was a player/manager for Barnsley (1993–94) and a player/assistant coach for Middlesbrough (1994–2001). He was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1999, and in 2004 he was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.   In 2017 Viv created Playon Pro to help former professionals earn a living, make friends and find new opportunities in the difficult years after retirement from professional sport. Playon Pro assists former sports professionals with the transition to a brighter future, by providing commercial and CSR opportunities. Viv has been an ambassador for LTSB and provides inspiration for many young, and not so young, people whenever he attends one of our events or speaks on our behalf.

Cheryl Stokes

Cheryl Stokes is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles New York office and a member of Heidrick Consulting, focused on leadership, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion. For more than 20 years, she has helped leaders effectively address challenges in the global business environment, leading businesses to develop the leadership system and the organizational capabilities needed to execute their strategies. She has designed and delivered numerous senior level programs, facilitating face-to-face and virtually in the areas of leadership, strategy, diversity and inclusion, productive dialogue, systemic thinking and other organizational learning disciplines.

Sarah Ebanja

Sarah Ebanja is Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Club’s award-winning charitable body.

Sarah has worked for over 20 years at senior level in local and regional government including roles at the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Hackney and Islington, and as Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency.

Sarah currently chairs the Newlon Housing Trust and  the College of Haringey, Enfield & North East London, and was previously chair of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and the Stephen Lawrence Trust.

Sarah has been a Trustee of Leadership Through Sport & Business since 2012 and we are delighted that she is now a Patron. 

Ed Balls

Ed Balls is a broadcaster, writer and economist. His latest TV series ‘Inside the Care Crisis
with Ed Balls’ aired on BBC2 in November 2021. Ed is Professor of Political Economy at King’sCollege, London, a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-Chair of the UK
Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He is a former member of Parliament, Shadow Chancellor, Cabinet Minister and Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury. He cooks, sails, plays the piano and is a Norwich City Vice-President and Club Ambassador. He is married to Yvette Cooper MP and they have three children.


Sir William Atkinson

Sir William is recognised as being one of the UK’s most respected headteachers. He was labelled Britain’s most successful headteacher after turning around ‘the worst school in the country.’ Once plagued by poor exam results and bad behaviour, Phoenix High is now held up as an example for others to follow. As well as leading schools directly William has also held several advisory positions on government committees, including as a member of the DfE Standards Task Force and the Fulham School Commission. He also continues to offer advise to schools and education bodies on how to improve and tackle particular problems. Air William has been a tremendous Ambassador for LTSB since the charity was formed in 2012.  He has provided valuable advice, been involved in delivery, been a guest speaker, provided the Commencement Address for one of our Graduations and has always been an inspiration to our young people, LTSB staff, Trustees and fellow Patrons.  We were delighted when Sir William joined LTSB as a Patron in early 2019. He brings an expert understanding of the UK educational system and the specific challenges faced by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Lord Davies of Abersoch


Lord Davies is a Partner and the Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services.  He is also the Chairman of LetterOne, the Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, the Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group, Interim Chairman of Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, an Adviser to Teneo and he is also the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Sri Lanka. He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastructure from January 2009 until May 2010. Prior to that, Lord Davies was Chairman and previously CEO, and served on the Board of Standard Chartered for over 12 years. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years.  Lord Davies is a JP in Hong Kong, and he is an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff Business School. Lord Davies is married with two children and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Lord O'Neill of Gatley

Lord [Jim] O’Neill was educated in Manchester and then obtained a BA and MA degree in economics from the University of Sheffield and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey. He had a distinguished career at Bank of America, Marine Midland Bank and Swiss Bank Corporation before joining Goldman Sachs where he was Chief Economist, Chairman of Asset Management and a Partner. Whilst at Goldman Sachs he became famous for inventing the BRIC acronym. Jim was Commercial Secretary to the Treasury in the second Cameron Government from May 2015 to September 2016. He is still involved with the Northern Powerhouse initiative and is on the board of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. In 2014 he was appointed by David Cameron to head an international commission to investigate global antimicrobial resistance and continues to be involved in this project. He is active in a number of other charities including SHINE. Jim is a huge football fan and supporter of Manchester United.

Lord Spencer of Alresford

Michael Spencer is a British entrepreneur, philanthropist and supporter of LTSB as well as a recognised figure in the City of London.  He is now the powerhouse behind a variety of businesses including several FinTech companies through his private investment company, IPGL.  He is the founder of NEX Group, a UK-based electronic markets and post trade business acquired by CME Group in November 2018. NEX Group was formerly known as ICAP, until the sale of its voice-broking business to Tullett Prebon in December 2016. We are delighted to congratulate Michael on his peerage, which was announced in the Prime Minister’s July 2020 Honour List.

Virginia Wade, OBE

Virginia Wade, OBE is a British former professional tennis player. She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles. She won the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament’s centenary year, and was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012. She remains the last British female to have won a Grand Slam singles title. After retiring from competitive tennis she has coached and worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.