What is a Trustee Board?
Our Board of Trustees are the governing body for NYAS.
This means that they help to steer and guide our charity whilst also holding senior management to account. They ensure that NYAS continues to grow and progress in our mission to empower young people and vulnerable adults.
A place on the trustee board is a voluntary role, and the board is made up of various different professionals across different industries. This ensures that NYAS has a breadth of advice from different sectors, from finance and youth work to management and law.
Sir Mark Hedley
Chair of the NYAS Board
Sir Mark Hedley has been part of the NYAS board since December 2020, and has previously practiced as a barrister for many years in Liverpool.
He was appointed as a full-time Circuit Judge in 1992 and from 1997 to 2002 was responsible for judicial training in family law. As a High Court Judge, 2002- 2013, he presided over many cases which attracted media reporting and comment. He also had management responsibility for other judges across Wales and Greater London. Sir Mark has now officially retired.
“I am thrilled to join NYAS as the chair of its board of trustees, having previously supported the charity. NYAS is highly regarded as a leading children’s rights-based charity.”
Honorary Treasurer of the Board
Annesley is the retired managing director of a large international company who has experience in finance, accountancy, governance and compliance.
In recent years he has been heavily involved in the Charity and Not for Profit sectors volunteering as a Trustee/Non-Executive Director. The majority of his roles centre on the support of disadvantaged youth in Wales and England. He brings all of his skills and experience to his advisory role as a Trustee and Non-Executive Director at NYAS.
“I am passionate about developing opportunities for disadvantaged young people and believe NYAS is uniquely positioned to achieve this for those who have no-one to fight their corner.”
Judith Timms OBE
Judith is the founder and first Chief Executive Officer of NYAS. She is also Vice President of the Family Mediators Association and policy consultant to NAGALRO – the Professional Association for Children’s Guardians, Family Court Advisers and Independent Social Workers.
She is a trained family mediator and a former Chair of the British Association of Social Workers. She has also served as a Non-Executive Director on both regional and area Health Authorities.
"For the many thousands of vulnerable children who may be disadvantaged, alone, exploited, abused, neglected, or discriminated against, effective independent advocacy may be the only chance of making their voice heard."
Kelly Harris MSc
Kelly is a qualified youth worker with almost 20 years experience of working with young people from diverse backgrounds. She currently works for Brook – a sexual health, relationships and well-being charity for young people under 25. Kelly is the Business Development and Participation Lead, steering their expansion across Wales.
During her employment with Funky Dragon - the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales - she contributed to the first NGO report written by young people as part of the reporting process to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Kelly also helped the Welsh Parliament to establish its Youth Engagement service, set up the Welsh Youth Parliament and contributed to lowering the voting age to 16 in Wales.
“I am deeply passionate and committed to ensuring that young people can have a say in decisions being made about them. I am delighted to be a trustee with NYAS to ensure that care experienced young people are afforded the opportunity and support they need."
Co-founder of the national comparison website Care Leaver Offer, Terry Galloway actively campaigns for better transitions for young people leaving the care system, working with local authorities to help develop their local offers.
He worked to demonstrate the value of care leavers to the business world. He believes that the relationships care leavers build in the workplace can help them become more connected and therefore less vulnerable.
Terry’s ambition to improve the system for other care leavers stems from his own experience. He had a tough time growing up, living in over 100 places, and then leaving care without the support he and his family needed. He made a pact with his sister Hazel that they would change the care system so that others would not suffer.
“I’ve got an engine on fire inside that drives me to create systemic change. I’ve suffered and so have my family. It’s time for change. The care experience is intergenerational, the cycle repeats."
Martyn is the managing director of Document Direct, a digital dictation transcription and secretarial service.
He began his career as a chartered accountant and spent nine years in corporate finance with Ernst & Young which propelled him into the business world. An entrepreneur, he developed a range of diverse businesses and currently heads up the UK’s leading digital transcription agency. He is also an Associate Director of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, and a trustee of the Royal Court Theatre.
Martyn has been an active supporter of NYAS for several years, as a Trustee and as a fundraising ambassador.
"As a father, you hope that all children are supported and cared for during their formative years. Sadly this is not the case for thousands of children across the UK. NYAS provides vital support to children and young people when they are at their most desperate."
Roy recently retired after 46 years working at Scottish Power as their Community Manager North West England and North Wales.
Roy is actively involved with a number of charities and was awarded an MBE for services to young people in Wales in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. He was also the winner of the BITC Business Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
“I got involved with NYAS as supporting young people making the transition from education to employment, and more importantly when they require a voice and support, is important to me. I have seen how NYAS has benefited many young people, the truly positive impact it has had on their lives and the transformational and supportive direction it can provide.”
Martha Cover is a specialist child law barrister and has specialised in care proceedings and adoption for many years. She frequently represents children and young people who are the subject of care proceedings.
Martha was co-chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children between 2015 and 2017, and is now an honorary lifetime vice- president of the ALC.
She has given evidence to Parliament on the voice of children in court proceedings and changes in the adoption law. In 2018 she was named legal aid barrister of the year. From 2007 until 2020, she was head or joint head of Coram Chambers.