Our trustees

chairYoung Devon is a registered charity governed by a Board of Trustees.

Our Trustees have ultimate responsibility for our work and together with our whole workforce and young people set our strategic direction.  In practice this means that they are there to scrutinise everything that we do to make sure that we:

  • are true to our charitable aims and objectives
  • deliver the public benefits that we are required to by law
  • remain focused on developing services that really make a difference to the young people we exist to support

Richard Stevens (Chair)

Richard Stevens (Chair)

Richard joined our Board in September 2013.  He is Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus, and his first contact with Young Devon was in providing funding to help some of our young people with travel into the city.  He has also encouraged a team of staff from Plymouth Citybus to take part in our Charity Golf Day in June 2013.  Richard has worked for Plymouth Citybus since May 2012 and has been responsible for transforming the fortunes and performance of the company since it moved from public to private ownership; achieving industry leading levels of passenger growth and…

Dianne Conduit

Dianne Conduit

Dianne joined the Board of Trustees in November 2012.  She is a health and care consultant working with clients to find solutions to improve the safety, quality and outcomes of health and social care services. She has a real interest in promoting and improving health and wellbeing within communities and particularly with the young, the elderly and the most vulnerable. Recent work has included a specific review of health services for Looked After Children and care leavers and developing ‘Dementia Friendly’ communities. As a registered nurse Dianne worked in the NHS for over 25 years in…

Poppy Harrison

Poppy Harrison

Poppy is the Head of Strategy and Safeguarding Governance at the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. She leads the team responsible for strategy and policy development, business planning and the YJB's strategic activity across the youth justice system to improve safeguarding and child protection. Prior to this, she held a number of roles at the Youth Justice Board, including two years working as the Head of Placements for children remanded or sentenced to custody. Before joining the YJB, Poppy worked in a range of government departments in front-line, policy and communications roles. In…

Roscoe Hastings

Roscoe Hastings

Roscoe joined the Trustee Board in September 2015. He is currently the Business Manager to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Exeter providing executive support to the DVC (Education) through drafting reports, policy research and briefings. He also manages the day-to-day operation of some of the University's key academic governance structures in support of the implementation and delivery of the University's Education Strategy (2014-2020). Prior to this, he worked in student engagement and experience at Kingston University, London. Before that he was Research Officer to…

Matthew Huddleson

Matthew Huddleson

Matthew joined the Board of Trustees in April 2014. He is a partner in the law firm Foot Anstey, where he has responsibility for leading one of the firm's six significant business divisions. Matthew's background is as a specialist employment lawyer, in relation to which he is individually ranked in the Legal 500 directory, and is recognised as a 'leader in his field' by Chambers UK legal directory. In addition to his specialist expertise, Matthew also has a broad business understanding and is regularly involved in working with organisations on board level issues, and helping them find…

Sarah James

Sarah James

Sarah joined the Trustee Board in December 2015. She is a registered nurse, with 20 years’ experience of working in a variety of organisations in the NHS. The latter part of her career to date has been in roles focussed on driving improvements in patient safety and the quality of care, and in her current role is Head of Quality for the South West for NHS Improvement, where she works to support NHS Trusts at Board level to continuously improve patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience.  Prior to this, Sarah was Head of Quality and Safety at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS…

Pippa Knott

Pippa Knott

Pippa Knott joined Young Devon's Board in September 2016.  Pippa is the Head of Networks at the Centre of Youth Impact where she leads the design and delivery of the Centre’s network strategy. Pippa previously worked in the Cabinet Office’s Youth Policy team, leading their work on evidence and impact measurement in youth services.  She has a background in social policy and research, and holds degrees from the University of Oxford and London School of Economics.

Steve Offord

Steve Offord

Steve joined Young Devon’s board in September 2016. Steve is currently the Transformation Director for Barchester Healthcare which has 17,000 employees and 11,000 Residents in 220 Care Homes across the UK. Steve has a wealth of business experience covering Business Transformation, Change and HR as well as general management. He has worked in a variety of settings including Oil, FMCG – Food, Lighting and Clothing, Financial Services, IT, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Health Care and Charities. He has spent time coaching and mentoring as well as a Princes Trust…

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