Ian Richardson (Chair)
Trustee - co option (Chair)
Ian has spent most of his working life in business for himself. He had a 14 year spell as a self employed Joiner and builder before starting Savant Distribution Ltd in 1996, importing health foods from Canada and the US and distributing the Independent Health Food Trade and multiple outlets. The business started in his spare room and quickly grew to requiring larger premises, staff and systems. He sold the company in 2010 when it was turning over several million pounds annually and employing 12 staff. So Ian has had first hand experience of the challenges faced by small growing businesses and wants to bring that experience to WYCAS to help it develop its income streams sufficiently to be able to continue its excellent work.
Trustee - co option (Deputy Chair)
Natalie has been working in the Higher Education and sport sectors for the past 10 years. She has a broad commercial background with experience rooted in sales and project management. Although she has responsibility for stringent financial targets and ambitious growth objectives, her passion is in operational delivery of sport and education programmes for children, in particular those who would not normally have the luxury. A busy mum of 2 young boys, she is also studying a degree at Leeds University Business School. Natalie became a trustee at the beginning of 2017 with the focus of supporting new income diversification targets and marketing strategy.
Trustee - Member organisation
After an apprenticeship in the Construction Industry, Richard moved into training/consultancy in the voluntary and private sectors, working at both operational and managerial levels. Richard has worked for Voluntary Action Leeds for the last years 14years in which he’s had a variety of roles focused largely around project/organisational management and partnership development. He was appointed Chief Officer of the organisation in 2009.
Trustee - co option
David is Programme Manager at the Life Long Learning Centre at the University of Leeds, where he manages the part-time Business Management and the full-time Business Studies with Foundation Year programmes. His responsibilities include the quality of the curriculum delivery, the overall student experience and ensuring adherence to Academic Quality Assurance processes. David’s research interests focus on the extent to which technology impacts upon the learning outcomes and experiences of part-time Business Management undergraduates.