I am a Registered Nurse and have worked at director level in the NHS for the past 12 years. I currently work as CEO for East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) a social enterprise providing a wide range of community services including; health visiting, school nursing, speech and language therapy and public health improvement programmes for both children and adults. Prior to my current role I was Associate Director of Public Health for Norfolk and I am passionate about health and wellbeing promotion in the young.
As an NHS director I have rarely been far away from the children's agenda, I have been a member of both Suffolk and Norfolk Safeguarding Children Boards and have been involved in a number of serious case reviews. At present I am fully engaged with the ECCH children's services development programme and am very proud of the strong reputation that services such as the Family Nurse Partnership have gained.
I am a dad (children are all grown up now, well so they tell me) and since moving to Norfolk 15 years ago with my family I have been involved with local sports clubs as a coach and facilitator for young people. I am particularly proud of my work as youth development officer for Brooke Cricket Club where we were very successful in creating an open access approach to engaging young people of all ages and ability at the club. I was really pleased when the opportunity came to join Momentum, I hope that bringing my experience and knowledge to the Board of Trustees will help in taking the charity forward.
I have been a youth and community worker for over 20 years in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. I currently co-manage MTM Youth Services CIC, a Community Interest Company which enables youth workers to deliver projects around the county. We work in partnership with many other agencies and want to ensure that young people have access to the best possible services. Half my time is spent with young people on different projects, and the rest is spent supporting other people with their delivery.
Momentum is an organisation that can also support the development of quality services, and so I want to ensure that we all move in same direction, having a clear idea of how we all meet the needs of young people. I have become a trustee as I want the young people in Norfolk to be supported and inspired by really good projects and really creative people.
I have worked in the charity sector since graduating in the early 90's but my first job at 16 was as a play leader for the local council's free play scheme. My most interesting job was working for the Tibetan Government in Exile in Northern India as a teacher. Over the years I have worked with people who experience a range of difficulties including homelessness, mental health and drug problems. I am passionate about supporting the most socially excluded young people in Norfolk. I joined the board of Momentum because I believe that youth charities should work together and make sure the smallest groups are supported and have their voice heard. I am also trustee of an education charity supporting children and young people in Bihar, India.
I have over 12 years working with young people within a variety of areas; this has included Norfolk, Cornwall and London. Settings have included small urban youth clubs, to outreach work, creative programmes and include my current post which is being the Activities and Facilities Manager at OPEN, a myplace funded venue, with a range of facilities for young people which currently works with over 3000 young people a year in its programme alone. I also have a vast amount of experience in other sectors which include, event planning and management, working with local businesses and developing key partnerships with corporate organisations to help sustain services, build revenue and make services more well-known and embraced by a wider audience. I am extremely passionate about all services for young people, and believe Momentum (Norfolk) plays a key role in enabling services to exist with support and information that in turn benefits a huge amount of children and young people in a number of different ways.
Ben Burt - Development Manager of London Youth
I have been working within the children's services workforce for the last 16 years in a number of different roles. Originally, I worked as Business Manager for an Ofsted inspection contractor before moving into local government. I have extensive expertise in performance management and quality assurance and am passionate about ensuring that children and young people have good high quality services that support them throughout their childhoods and teenage years. I worked for several years in a high performing Youth Support Service where I ensured that all the youth centres achieved gold standard status from London Youth. I am currently the Business Manager for the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board. I am deeply committed to ensuring that children and young people grow up feeling safe and loved and that they have the opportunities, aspiration and inspiration to realise their potential. One of my greatest achievements in my current role was being honoured with an Inspirational Adult Award by the children and young people in Norfolk's In Care Council. Inside my head, I never really got past the age of 16, so it was lovely to have an award with the word 'Adult' in the title, but more importantly, it was really humbling and it gave me an opportunity to. thank the young people I come into contact with and actually recognise how inspirational they are.
Gavin has been working in the field of personal development and psychological performance for nearly two decades. He is founder of Inspire International Ltd and creator of the psychological performance programme, Mindspan. Through seminars, training and coaching Gavin has personally shared the Mindspan principles with many thousands of people in a number of European countries. His work has crossed many organisational and social boundaries including commercial organisations, government departments, education, prisons, the unemployed, charities and professional sport.
Gavin's research into the varied fields of psychology continues as does his evolution of the Mindspan programme. His passionate goal is to positively impact 10 million people with the Mindspan thinking principles! Gavin's interests include health and well-being, sport, nature and the countryside, socialising and making a positive difference to people. He has two grown up children and lives in the Norfolk countryside with his wife Sue.
Gavin became a trustee to enable Momentum (Norfolk) to further support charities and youth work even more effectively by providing business and entrepreneurial thinking to the organisation.