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.

Pearl O'Keeffe – Joint Head of Programmes

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 – Joint Head of Programmes

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.

Charlotte Kirkbride - Head of Central Resources

Charlotte is passionate about raising aspirations and supporting young people to recognise and have confidence in their own unique skills and abilities. She is proud to work in an organisation with a dedicated focus on supporting young people to make successful transitions into working life.

Charlotte's favourite building is Dalemain Estate, Cumbria.

Wendy Heller – Senior Construction Skills 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.

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 – Senior 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.

Becca Collins - Programme Manager

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.

Sharon Douglas - Programme Manager 

Sharon is passionate about the transformation that support, and coaching can bring. She believes that active listening facilitates and activates the building blocks that enable us to see who or what we, as an individual, can become. Sharon loves to eat natural foods, is a spiritual vibrant creative person and a proud mother of 2.  

Sharon’s favourite building is Casa Batilo, Barcelona

Emma Barnes - Programme Manager

Emma joined the Trust after completing her Masters in Human Rights at University College London. She is passionate about promoting access to education and equal opportunities for all, and hopes to help do so through this role.

Emma’s favourite building is the Vancouver Convention Centre in British Columbia, Canada.

Naziyah Miah - Schools and Programmes 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.


Nicole Quartey - Papafio - Schools and Programmes Coordinator

Nicole holds a BA in Criminology with Psychology. Before joining Construction Youth Trust, Nicole worked in a school providing 1:1 support to young people. She is extremely passionate about helping young people and making a difference to their lives and hopes to help do this through this role.

Nicole’s Favourite building is the National Theatre, Ghana.

Farimah Farshchi - Programme Manager

Before joining Construction Youth Trust, Farimah worked in the Tuition sector, supporting children and young people unlock their full potential. She is extremely keen to combine that experience, alongside her BA in Education Studies to support all beneficiaries of Construction Youth Trust on their journey to success.

Farimah’s favourite building is the Golestan Palace in Tehran, Iran.

Comfort Ayankoya - Programme Manager

Comfort has a wide range of experience working with young people and is passionate about helping young people overcome barriers and push past limitations. Since her time at university, where she studied Philosophy, she has worked with young people on programmes like NCS The Challenge and been a careers advisor for young people and adults. Right before joining the trust, Comfort worked in a school as part of the pastoral team. She is excited to combine all her skills and experiences to continue to make a difference in the lives of the young people she will meet.

Comfort's favourite building is the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. 

Georgia Spiteri - Schools and Programmes Coordinator 

Georgia holds a BA from the University of Greenwich in International Business with Spanish. During university Georgia worked with students supporting them on their journey to employment. Since then Georgia has attained a Diploma in Coaching and is passionate about supporting young people in their careers and expanding their opportunities.

Georgia’s favourite building is Rialto Bridge in Venice.

Olivia Swain-Smith - Programme Manager

Olivia came to the Trust following her Masters in Media Practice for Development and Social Change at the University of Sussex. She is passionate about supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as they take their first steps in their careers, and helping them feel inspired about the opportunities that are available to them.

Olivia’s favourite building is the Tate Modern, London.

Francesca Conteh - Schools and Programmes Coordinator 

Francesca has always been driven to empower and equip young people to identify their purpose and passions and have a positive impact on their lives. With a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies from Greenwich University, as well as experience working with SEN students and mentoring young people, Fran is excited to support young people to uncover new interests and career paths within construction.

Francesca’s favourite building is the Lotus Building, Wujin-China

Erick Sanchez-Jaramillo - Schools and Programmes Coordinator 

Before joining CYT, Erick worked as a Special Educational Needs assistant, and has also been a youth coach in his congregation for the past 5 years. Erick is passionate about young people reaching their potential and achieving their goal in life.

Erick's favourite building is the El Castillo Museum and Gardens, Medellin, Colombia. 

Molly Martin - Schools and Programmes Coordinator

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.

Holly Fanshawe - Programme Manager

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.

Georgina Corbett - Schools and Programmes Coordinator

Georgina joined the trust after working with SEN young people for a year. Previously to this, she completed an undergraduate degree in media and has experience as a voluntary youth worker for two years. She was eager to further a career working with young people within the charity sector, which led her to the trust. Georgina is eager to use her skills to help young people access the opportunities available to them and to help make the transition from school to adult life as smooth as possible.

Georgina's favourite building is Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain.

Jayan Gunasekera - Schools and Programmes Intern

Jayan joined the Trust because of his interest in helping to break down the barriers of social mobility for young people. Jayan graduated in 2021 with a degree in Economics and before joining the Trust, he provided voluntary support for refugees to help them build on their English skills.

Jayan’s favourite building is the Lotus Tower, Sri Lanka.

Anthony Adade - Youth Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Anthony is extremely passionate about providing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the best life-tools to transition into adulthood smoothly. He has a specific focus on helping disengaged youth into some form of education, employment or training.

Anthony’s favourite building is the Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

Amy Cooper - Schools and Programmes Coordinator

Amy has a wide range of experience from previously working as Caseworker for a working health programme and before this as a Youth Worker for 4 years. Both roles cemented her passion to help adults and young people overcome barriers to achieve their goals. Amy has a strong set of skills that enable her to support young people to discover the available opportunities open to them and develop the skills they need to succeed.

Amy's favourite building is Chatsworth House, Bakewell, England.

Nerissa Blondell-Richardson - Youth Progression Coordinator 

Before joining CYT, Nerissa did her undergraduate degree at Kingston university studying Working with Children and Young people: Social Pedagogy, before doing her Youth and Community Masters. Having worked with young offenders and vulnerable teenagers, Nerissa is very enthusiastic about supporting young people to broaden their horizons when looking for Education, Training and Employment.

Nerissa’s favourite building is St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Rebecca Dublin - Youth Progression Coordinator 

Rebecca is an incredibly proud South Londoner. Born and raised in Streatham. Rebecca has always been in and around the area trying to serve and build it in the best ways she can. Passionate and experienced Pastoral Support Worker with over five years experience advocating for the rights and overall well-being of vulnerable students. Rebecca has engaged a variety of young people, in turn introducing them to new experiences and helping them to discover themselves.

Rebecca's favoruite building is the Fort George in Port Antonio, Jamaica 

Beth Dean - Schools and Programmes Coordinator

After completing her BA (hons) in Multimedia Journalism, Beth realised that she wanted to use her transferable skills for a good cause. Having done work whilst at university with vulnerable teenagers, specifically within the LGBTQ+ community, she was attracted to the Trust’s goal of breaking down barriers for young people and helping prepare them for the future.

Her favourite building is the Arco de Santa Catalina in Antigua, Guatemala. 

Mark Heath – Finance and Central Resources Manager

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.

Emily Harding - Central Resources and Relationships Manager

In her previous roles, Emily has worked both in the construction industry, for an office design and fitout company, and with children and young people in a variety of different settings. She finds it very rewarding knowing her work is ultimately helping and supporting young people and making a difference in their lives.

Emily's favourite building is The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy.

Chantelle Nylander-Quartey - Central Resources Coordinator

Chantelle’s passion for children and young people attracted her to The Trust’s mission. Her experience working in schools both educationally and therapeutically after completing a BA in Psychotherapeutic Studies inspire her drive to ensure young people are fulfilled, access good development opportunities and maximise their potential.

Chantelle’s favourite building is Hampton Court Palace.

Jason Fernandez - Central Resources Coordinator

After graduating in 2020 with a BA in International Relations and Modern Languages from the University of East Anglia, Jason has been eager to further his career in the youth charity sector. His previous experience interning at IntoUniversity spurred an interest in social mobility and he is excited to work with the trust, dispelling common misconceptions about the construction industry whilst empowering young people’s ambitions.

Jason’s favourite building is the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France.

Maya King - Central Resources Intern

Maya joined the Trust after finishing her MA in Anthropology at the University of Bristol in 2021. What she loves most about the Trust is the confidence and self-belief that we nurture in the young people we work with, and the encouragement we give them to realise and celebrate their individual skills and talents.

Her favourite building is the Tokyo Sky Tree in Tokyo, Japan.

Tommy Farrell - Partnerships Manager

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.

Aleksandra Granatyr - Fundraising Coordinator

Aleksandra has joined the Trust after completing her MA at King’s College London in 2021. She strongly believes in Construction Youth Trust’s mission of breaking down the barriers faced by young people on their path to employment, and is excited to help make a difference in young people’s lives through her work at the Trust.

Aleksandra’s favourite building is The Fenchurch Building at 20 Fenchurch Street, London.

Katie Randall - Marketing and Communications Manager

Katie is passionate about social mobility and through her experience working in the sector, recognises how vital the work of organisations like Construction Youth Trust is in helping young people reach their full potential. She has previously worked in partnership roles for tech and affiliate marketing organisations and is excited to move into a Marketing and Communications role to help the Trust develop further.

Katie’s favourite building is the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. 

Conor Baigent - Data and IT Manager

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.

Nathan Simmons - Data and IT Intern

Nathan joined the trust from Aston University, where he is studying Business Analytics, for his year in industry. He hopes to assist in assembling and evaluating data to further support the young people the trust is engaging with.

Nathan’s favourite building are the Calakmul pyramids, Mexico.