From our President to Patron to our Board of Trustees, Chief Executive and staff, Ambition has a dedicated, expert team providing support to youth organisations, so we can make a real difference to young people's lives.
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
The Duke of Gloucester became our President in 1974, following in the footsteps of his father, Prince Henry.
The title of the Duke of Gloucester has been associated with Ambition, Clubs for Young People and the National Association of Boys' Clubs (NABC) since Queen Elizabeth’s uncle HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, became President of NABC in 1926.
The Duke was not merely a figurehead to the charity, but was active and untiring in his work for clubs. His belief in the cause was clear when he said in 1930, “I can indeed conceive no greater task and none that is more urgent than the provision of clubs in which boys may find opportunities for development which would otherwise be denied them.”
Paul Elliott CBE MBE
Paul became Ambition's Patron in 2013. The former England international footballer and Chelsea captain, who went on to become a trustee of anti-racism campaign Kick It Out, is helping raise the profile of our work supporting 450,000 young people through our network of diverse youth organisations.
A passionate champion of opportunities for young people, prior to receiving his CBE for services to equality and diversity in football in 2012, Paul was awarded a MBE in 2003 for services to youth football and anti-racism initiatives.
Paul first worked with Ambition as host of our celebratory evening in 2012 launching our new brand, three-year strategy and quality standard for youth organisations, Ambition Quality.
Emma joined Ambition in September 2016 from her position as CEO at Reynolds Training, an education provider working with young people in London and the South East.
In her earlier career, Emma was Chief Executive of Landmark, a youth education charity, and before that she was Head of Donor Services at Tearfund, the international aid charity.
On being appointed at Ambition, Emma said, “I am thrilled to be taking up the position of CEO of Ambition. In a complex and rapidly changing environment I look forward to working together with our staff, members and trustees to support young people to make the most of opportunities and overcome challenges.”
Board of Trustees
Mark Dixon, Acting Chair
Mark has worked for Youth Options, a charity that supports young people through many different projects, since 1990 and took over as CEO in 2003. He is also on the board of the Hampshire Children’s Trust and is Vice Chair of the Voluntary Sector Alliance.
Clive Sparrow, Treasurer
Clive is an interim director and strategy consultant who provides consulting and programme management services at Board level for clients having to negotiate their way through significant financial challenges and change. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, together with professional qualifications as a chartered accountant. Clive is also a Trustee of The Childhood Trust, a charity that supports vulnerable children living in poverty in London.
Currently employed by Norfolk County Council as the head of 11-19 strategy & commissioning within children’s services, Tim has responsibility for leading the development of commissioned services for young people, reflecting his experience in youth and community work within a number of local authorities.
Carol has worked in the youth sector since 1988 in many senior roles. These include as director of Community Links, a charity running community projects in London. Carol is now senior head of outreach assessment and outcomes for The Prince's Trust, working in the central region.
As a child, John was a member of North Fenham Boys’ Club, an Ambition member. Before becoming a youth worker in 1997, he was a professional footballer with Halifax Town. He is now Chief Executive of NE Youth. Jon is also on the boards of homeless charity Moving On and the Federation for Detached Youth Work.
Alastair is the current IT&S Operations Director at BP. Alastair joined BP to build a centralised IT function that controls costs, drives efficiencies and provides programme oversight and governance. In addition to his full-time role, Alastair is coming to the end of an MBA at Henley Business School. We are delighted to have him joining our board of trustees.
Lasitha joins us as a trustee with a background of over 10 years working in compliance. After graduating from the University of Bristol with a degree in Politics, Lasitha joined Deloitte where he remained for four years. He then moved to UBS Investment Bank as their Head of Compliance, before taking up his current role at Credit Suisse. Lasitha has a strong interest in the welfare and education of young people.
We are very pleased to have Olivia on our board of trustees, Olivia is the Head of Regulated Lending and Mortgages at Barclays Bank. One of her passions, through community work, is to support women return to work after a career break. She is a regular panellist for the Law Society and helps run CV clinics for women who are returners to law.
Kate is currently a Director of Finance, IT & Property. Kate brings Direct experience of fundraising, charities, youth work, volunteering, combined with commercial experience gained at board level in retail, multi-site, leisure, FMCG, media and online businesses to Ambition. Kate is also currently a trustee of The2:67project, mentor at The Aspire Foundation and a Local Youth Group leader & Girl Guiding Volunteer at Girlguiding.