We have a talented and driven team of staff who do everything from working with young people and creating our programmes, to marketing, fundraising and finance.
Carol Lynch – Chief Executive
Having started out working life as a Civil Engineer herself, Carol is deeply committed to the Trust’s mission of helping more young people access the fantastic opportunities construction has to offer, particularly young people facing significant barriers into work and those groups who have traditionally been under-represented in the industry. Carol sees her role as Chief Executive as holding on to the ‘big picture’ while keeping a constant eye on the detail of day-to-day delivery.
Carol's favourite building is the London Aquatics Centre.
Tom Glover – Partnerships Manager
Tom leads on building the relationships that support the delivery of the Trust’s vision of a construction industry that drives social mobility and delivers significant social value by inspiring and enabling the diverse young talents of 21st Century Britain to overcome barriers and build better futures.
Tom's favourite building is the Natural History Museum, London.
Wendy Heller – Senior Programme Manager
Wendy brings a lifetime of experience working as a carpenter in the construction industry and teaching. Her passion is to inspire and inform the next generation whilst rejecting the misconception that the sector is for people lacking in academic aptitude.
Wendy's favourite building is the Chrysler Building, New York.
Pearl O'Keeffe – Senior Programme Manager
Pearl is an experienced teacher who has previously worked in the FE sector delivering construction courses and apprenticeship frameworks. Pearl is passionate about raising young people’s aspirations and awareness of careers within the construction industry.
Pearl's favourite building is Battersea Power Station, London.
Donna Jones – Senior Programme Manager
Donna came to the Trust from the University of Kent where she was involved in developing Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships for the construction industry. She is driven by helping young people fulfil their potential and working with employers to raise awareness of construction and potentially provide career pathways.
Donna’s favourite building is the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Deavon Sinclair – Senior Programme Manager
Deavon changed careers moving from the IT business world to the youth sector in 2010. A decision he would make in a heartbeat time and again. In terms of working with people and engagement style, Deavon’s approach is one of transparency, honesty and respect.
Deavon’s favourite buildings are the pyramids of Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Naomi Ryan – Programme Manager
Naomi holds a BA from Coventry University and is an experienced teacher who has previously taught in schools in the UK and abroad. She brings valuable experience to the team and is absolutely passionate about education.
Naomi’s favourite building is Prague Castle, Czech Republic.
Adebisi Sunmonu - Programme Manager
Adebisi's passion for managing projects and providing opportunities for young people is her driving force. Prior to joining the charity she worked on the ASK project raising awareness on apprenticeships and working to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. She is very excited about helping connect young people to the available opportunities open to them in the construction and built environment industry.
Adebisi's favourite building is Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina Lagos Nigeria.
Charlene Richardson – Schools and Programme Coordinator
Charlene’s passion to help young people improve their prospects in life led her to work for the Trust. She holds a BA in Education Studies from London Metropolitan University and has been working with children and young people for over 15 years.
Charlene’s favourite building is the Gherkin, London.
Becca Collins - Schools and Programme Coordinator
Becca joined the Trust after completing a BA (Hons) in English and American Literature from University of Kent. She is interested in overcoming social barriers and dissolving common myths about the construction industry. She is enthusiastic about the Trust’s mission to create social mobility for all young people regardless of their background.
Becca’s favourite building is The Palau de la Música, Barcelona.
Naziyah Miah - Schools and Programme Coordinator
Naziyah believes opportunities should be widely available to all groups regardless of their socioeconomic background. As a former teacher, she understands how important access to education and opportunities are for the younger generation to achieve their full career potential and believes that within the wide breadth of available careers in construction and the built environment all young people can discover aspirational roles.
Naziyah’s favourite building is the M by Montcalm in Old Street.
Emily Barnes - Schools and Programme Coordinator
Emily’s career has been based in arts and heritage education for the last 8 years, working with students and young people from a range of different backgrounds. She is passionate about encouraging young people to explore the world around them, including the variety of career opportunities available in the construction and built environment sector.
Her favourite building is the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
Julie Wilson - Schools and Programme Coordinator
Julie joined the Trust having spent nearly two decades working with vulnerable young people to help break down barriers to learning and employment. Having started her career as an apprentice in 1984 and completing a BA (Hons) in Education & Learning with Canterbury Christ Church as a mature student in 2018, Julie enjoys keeping up to date on post mainstream options, ensuring that all young people she works with are well informed of all the destination routes available to them, encouraging choice and social mobility whatever their background or academic achievements.
Julie’s favourite building is St Peter’s Basilica, Rome.
Rebecca Leeman - Schools Coordinator
Rebecca joins the trust following the completion of a BA in Ancient History and History from the University of Leicester. Through delivering sessions in heritage settings she has been inspired to work with young people and looks forward to supporting participants in achieving their potential whilst at the Trust.
Rebecca’s favourite building is Salisbury Cathedral.
Holly Fanshawe - Schools Coordinator
Holly’s desire to create genuine opportunities for young people is what led her to work at the trust. After graduating from the University of Bristol Holly spent a year working within the special educational needs department of her local secondary school and volunteering for a youth organisation in Hackney. Holly is passionate about enabling all children and young people to access opportunities irrespective of their background or educational attainment.
Holly's favourite building is The Eden Project, Cornwall.
Max La Faci - Partnerships Coordinator
Max holds a BSc in Politics and Economics from Bristol University and has a passion for social mobility. Having attended a disadvantaged comprehensive himself, he has a particular interest in providing opportunities for young people in such schools and removing the barriers these young people face in achieving their full career potential.
His favourite building is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol.
Izzy Rendell - Schools and Programme Intern
Izzy is starting out her career with the Trust after completing a degree in Architecture at the University of Nottingham. She is motivated to help young people find the right pathway to achieve their future goals and is excited to use her knowledge of the built environment sector to help support her work here.
Izzy's favourite building is the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin.
Fiona Blaber - Schools and Programme Intern
Fiona came to the Trust after completing her MA in Applied Theatre and the Criminal Justice System. She is passionate about creating change with and for young people, which she believes can be done through the trusts array of opportunities and through its unique framework that can allow young people to envision and reach their full potential.
Fiona’s favourite building is the National Theatre, London.
Tommy Farrell - Schools and Programme Intern
Tommy came to us after finishing a degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol. During his time in Bristol he mentored and interned for the charity IntoUniversity, these experiences encouraged him to pursue roles in which he could have a meaningful impact on the lives of young people. He was initially attracted to his position at the Trust because he is enthusiastic about our mission to break down the stereotypes that surround the construction industry.
Tommy's favourite building is the Wills Memorial Building, Bristol.
Molly Martin - Schools and Programme Intern
Before joining the trust Molly was studying an LLM in International Human Rights Law. Molly is interested in breaking down social barriers by providing equal opportunity to all. She hopes to inspire and support young people to make well-informed decisions surrounding their future careers.
Molly's favourite building is Brighton Pavillion.
Mark Heath – Finance and Central Resources Coordinator
Before joining Construction Youth Trust, Mark initially started working in the charity sector with Haringey Mencap in 2005, where he campaigned and advocated for adults with learning disabilities for over 10 years. Upon leaving the organisation, Mark became a trustee.
Mark joined Construction Youth Trust in May 2016 where he undertakes administrative, HR and payroll support, as well as coordinating work experience opportunities for the Trust's beneficiaries.
Mark's favourite building is Český Krumlov Castle, Czech Republic.
Conor Baigent - Data and IT Coordinator
Conor joined the trust after completing a degree in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He had previously worked as a CAD technician at a small engineering firm, and he now helps us quantify the effect we have on the young people that we interact with.
Conor’s favourite building is Harlech Castle, Wales.
Charlotte Higgins - Marketing and Communications Manager
Charlotte's determination to tell the stories that don't get told led her to work at the Trust. She believes that the broad range of opportunities available within construction and the built environment need to be shared, and the many successes of the young people the Trust work with need to be celebrated.
Charlotte's favourite building is Dalemain Estate, Cumbria.
Olivia Swain-Smith - Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Olivia came to the Trust following her Masters in Media Practice for Development and Social Change. She is passionate about the use of media to empower voices and hopes she will be able to do this through her role.
Olivia’s favourite building is the Tate Modern, London.