Amy Leonard – Chief Executive
Amy set up the children’s charity in early 2009 and became CEO of The Transformation Trust in March 2010. During this time she has overseen some of the Trust’s major events from a launch on the London Eye, and establishing Rock Assembly as an annual end-of-term pop concert for 11,000 young people at Wembley Arena. Alongside running the Trust, Amy is a consultant advising a range of organisations on their communications and positioning.
Prior to this, Amy was the Corporate Affairs Director at government agency Partnerships for Schools, where she oversaw a team that was responsible for all aspects of corporate affairs, including communications, parliamentary affairs and CSR. Amy has also worked for the Financial Services Authority, as a Government Press Officer, and as a political consultant, focusing on wide range of sectors, including education.
Kirsten Flynn – Company Secretary
Kirsten joined The Transformation Trust as Company Secretary in April 2012 on a voluntary basis. She is a Project Director and Company Secretary at Cornerstone Property Assets, a social investment mutual created specifically to work in partnership with public authorities to make better use of local authority assets to the benefit of local communities. Kirsten is a MCIPS qualified procurement professional and PRINCE 2 qualified project manager with 15 years public and private sector experience.
Prior to joining Cornerstone and The Transformation Trust, Kirsten worked at PwC where she was a consultant delivering transformation programmes with public authorities.
Susannah French - Business Manager
Susannah joined the Trust in January 2016 as Business Manager for the Trust. She was a school Governor for eight years at a large Academy school in South London, chairing a number of committees. She is now a Governor of a school that is part of a large academy chain.
Immediately prior to starting with the Trust, Susannah worked as a Business Manager in a school and before taking on that role, she was a Business Manager for the Local Authority as part of their School Improvement team. She also worked as a Programme Leader working as part of the 14-19 Team to manage a large programme of Flexible Learning for KS4 students across the Borough. She has a First Class Degree in Law and has extensive experience in the Financial and Education sectors.
Cate Smith - Programme Manager
Cate joined the Trust in August 2017 as a Programme Manager. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a First class degree in International Relations in 2012, Cate moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where she worked first at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on an EU funded employability programme for Palestine refugees. Following this, she worked for a number of non-governmental organisations, managing projects aimed at improving the lives of Palestinian, Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugees in Lebanon, including an emergency maternal health project funded by UN-OCHA's Syria Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). Cate continues to work as Book Reviews Editor for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (SEN), one of LSE's two fully refereed academic journals dealing with issues of race, nationalism, identity and ethnicity.
Naa Acquah - Programme Manager
Naa joined the Trust as a Programme Manager in August 2017 and oversees programmes which are run in partnership with the Trust's Corporate Partners.
Naa went to The University of Manchester to read The Study of Religion and Theology 2011 where she received a 2:1. After undertaking a semester abroad at the National University of Singapore in 2012 she held several positions in various societies including President of the Manchester Model United Nations society and Head of News at Fuse FM radio station. Naa completed a Masters in International Relations at the University of Manchester and went on to be elected as the first Black Woman General Secretary of the University of Manchester Students' Union (UMSU), where she was also the first General Secretary to serve two terms in office (2015-17). She was a director of both the Students' Union and the University; chairing the Board of Trustees. She also held a seat on the University Council, Senate and Finance committees, and has been a regular guest speaker on mainstream radio, TV and the Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature festival.
Vinay Mistry - Programme Manager
Vinay joined the Trust as a Programme Coordinator in September 2017, working on the Junior University Programme. He now manages the Pret Programme.
Prior to joining the Trust Vinay worked across a range of sectors including Public Affairs, where he gained experience at two consultancies as an Intern and Account Executive, specialising in healthcare policy, advocacy, communications, and market access.
Vinay graduated with an MSc in Public Policy at University College London (UCL) in 2015, which included the completion of a thesis based on the political economy, specifically exploring the relationship between consumer confidence and prime ministerial approval ratings in the UK. Prior to his MSc, Vinay completed a four-year degree in History and Politics at the University of Essex in 2014, which included a study abroad year in California.
Dominic Mayhew - Programme Coordinator
Dominic joined the Trust as a Programme Assistant in August 2016. Assisting mainly with Junior University and the Barclays LifeSkills programme, he is the first point of contact for schools, corporate partners, facilitators and volunteers.
Prior to Joining the Trust Dominic graduated with a degree in Politics from Coventry University. He has previous experience in sales, customer service, events organising, teaching English as a foreign language, retail, catering, campaigning and volunteering.
Nicola Thomas - Programme Coordinator
Nicola joined the Trust as a Programme Coordinator in October 2017, and assists with the following programmes: Gleeds (The Royal Refurb), MediaCom (MediaCom & Me), EDF Energy (The Big Energy Efficiency Project) and Dell (Powering Potential).
Prior to joining the Trust, Nicola completed a PGCE with music specialism at The University of Exeter. She went on to teach in a Tower Hamlets primary school for 3 years, where she was also the Assistant Leader of Humanities and led the infant choir. Whilst studying Criminology at Nottingham Trent University, Nicola worked in a secondary school as part of the ‘Students in Classrooms’ project; a government scheme aimed at raising aspirations and widening participation into higher education. Nicola also has previous experience in customer service, volunteering and providing marketing and sales support to a non-profit organisation.
Jack joined the Trust in May 2017 as an intern, and has since worked on a number of our programmes.
As Head Boy at Hayes School, a large mixed secondary within the London Borough of Bromley, Jack undertook a variety of roles in promoting the school and helping to establish a safe and happy learning environment for students.
He has travelled the East Coast of Australia where he was lucky enough to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the Rainforests and the stunning coastlines.
Jack has previous work experience in Public Relations and Catering and, whilst completing his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, carried out volunteering for St Christopher’s Hospice. Jack is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Manchester University and continues to work for the Trust alongside his studies.