Our People

Tesfalem H. Yemane
Director

Tesfalem holds an MA in African Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Bradford. In the UK, he worked as Employment and Education Advisor with the Refugee Education, Training and Advice Service (RETAS), a small refugee organisation in Leeds. He is currently doing his PhD on Migration Studies at the University of Leeds.

Trustees

Dick Stockford

Chair

I started Growing Points because we waste too much talent in our society. It’s the worst kind of waste; human ambition. Growing Points does something about this, one by one and never giving up. I’m proud to be Chair, working with talented and interesting people to improve social mobility for one, for many.

Andy Leary
Treasurer

I am a senior manager with over 34 years’ experience of the NHS. My career in healthcare finance is extensive and covers experience in many different types of NHS organisations. I have a proven track record of effective leadership and facilitating change in challenging environments whilst delivering targets and achieving financial objectives.

Kaye Burnett

Currently the Chair of Better Care Together, the transformational programme for health and social care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, I have over 13 years’ Non Executive experience on Boards in the NHS. With a first class degree from Loughborough University, I have spent my career in employee engagement, change management and people development and have over 20 years consultancy experience. I have a passion for bringing the best out of people, teams and organisations.

I have worked for the public sector since leaving university, either for the local authority or the NHS.  I have worked across commissioning functions of the public sector, leading redesign and service transformation across multiple organisations whilst holding responsibility for significant multi-sector commissioning budgets.  I hold a Masters degree in Public Leadership & Management from the University of Warwick Business School and am in the process of applying for a PhD in Behavioural Economics.  My contacts are primarily within the public sector but I also have key links into financial organisations and various consultancy firms.

Rachana Vyas

Geraldine Clark

After working as a designer for Pringle of Scotland, Geraldine ran her own design consultancy for over thirty years. This involved specific company ranges and working for large agencies on design predictions across a wide range of products in Europe, India, and New Zealand.  In addition she worked as an Associate to the University of Northumbria for ten years and was involved with CNNA and external examining on BA Hons courses.

Felicity is a Trustee of AQA, Chair of their Curriculum and Quality Committee and member of the Council Business Group. She also works as a part-time consultant supporting small Multi Academy Trusts.
Until the end of 2016, Felicity was CEO of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust and the Fylde Coast Teaching School. As a National Leader of Education, she was Executive Principal of Unity Academy and Montgomery High School, Blackpool. From 2004 to 2014 she was Principal of The Blackpool Sixth Form College, taking the college from an Ofsted rating of ‘Satisfactory’ to ‘Outstanding’. She oversaw a significant change to the curriculum including the introduction of a flexible curriculum model that allowed students to mix vocational and academic study, a 50% growth in student recruitment, a rise in results and the numbers accessing HE, a rebrand of the college, and a rebuild of 80% of the estate at a cost of £29 million.

Felicity Capey OBE

Jane Rennie

I am now retired from the NHS and am really happy working for an organisation which makes a difference to people who have ambition but may not have the networks which can make things happen. We give them that opportunity!

Roger Nyantou

As a Pharmacist, Community Researchers and leader Roger has a proven ability to manage and passion for bringing people together, as he believes the refugees sector could be much stronger and more effective through stronger and more open partnerships. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors running projects related to aspects of refugee integration and through his day to day and volunteering activities he has developed a growing desire to see the huge potential of refugees and other migrants realised and recognised.

 

Patrons

Christopher Ruane MP

Chris is a Welsh Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament for the Vale of Clwyd. Chris is a very passionate supporter of mentoring and has had over 60 young people through his office on internships over the past 21 years.

Marina Lewycka

Marina is not only a famous author (A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian) but also started out life as a refugee herself. She understands the problems that people who get the support of Growing Points have.

Lord Philip Hunt

Lord Philip Hunt is well known for his many interventions on health and health care in the House of Lords.