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 Higgins - Head of Central Resources

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.

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.

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.

Emma Barnes - Schools and Programme Coordinator 

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 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.

Sofiya Ali - Schools and Programme Coordinator 

Through Sofiya’s previous roles working in mainstream and SEN schools, she always had a passion for supporting young people to explore their potential future career paths. Sofiya is dedicated to supporting those young people facing the greatest barriers and underrepresented in the sector to raise their career aspirations and discover alternative routes to rewarding careers.   

Sofiya’s favorite building is the Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia.

Nicole Quartey - Papafio - Schools and Programme 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 - Schools and Programme Coordinator

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.

Chantelle Nylander-Quartey - Schools and Programme 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.

Comfort Ayankoya - Schools and Programme Coordinator

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 Programme 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 - Schools and Programme Coordinator

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.

Esther Cole - Schools and Programme Coordinator

Esther has over 10 years of experience working with youth in education and community development. She has a strong passion for empowering and supporting young people to develop themselves personally, socially and professionally.

Esther’s favourite building is the Moon Hotel Huzhou, China.

Molly Martin - Schools and Programme 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.

Emily Martindale - Schools and Programme Coordinator 

Emily has worked in education over the last 8 years and is passionate about enthusing and supporting young women into STEM careers. She was attracted to the Trust’s mission to create opportunities for young people to experience the often previously unexplored world of construction and to enable social mobility.

Emily’s favourite buildings are the Temple of Angkor, Cambodia.

Rebecca Leeman - Schools and Programme 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 and Programme 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.

Georgina Corbett - Schools and Programme Intern

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.

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.

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

Tanya Yasmin - Youth Progression Coordinator 

As a BSc Psychology graduate, Tanya has spent several years working alongside young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Supporting them in breaking down barriers which affect their progress and development. She believes that all young people deserve the same opportunities in life and is committed to help bring this change in society.

Tanya's favourite building is The Blue Mosque - Turkey

Beth Dean - Schools and Programme Intern

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 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.

Emily Harding - Central Resources Coordinator

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.

Jason Fernandez - Central Resources Intern

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.

Milly Isaac - Central Resources Intern 

Milly graduated in 2021 with a BA in International Development and Geography from the University of East Anglia. She is excited to work for the trust due to her passion for the charity sector and helping young people overcome barriers. With her previous experience of teaching sport in a school in South Africa, she is keen to continue her career in youth charity work. 

Milly's favourite building is The Colosseum, Rome.

Tommy Farrell - Partnerships Coordinator

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.

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.