Who we are
hyh is led by a group of Trustees and a Chief Executive, Johny Whitehead, supported by the Executive Management Team.
Johny Whitehead announced as new Chief Executive of Herts Young Homeless from January 2022.
Sally ScottDirector of Services
Kirsty HarrisonOperations Manager
Caroline NeillHead of Fundraising & Communications
Meet the hyh Trustees
The trustees are ultimately responsible for everything hyh does. They decide our strategy, ensure our resources are managed responsibly and that we comply with legislation as well as making sure all hyh’s decisions put the needs of the vulnerable people we support first.
All our trustees are volunteers.
Peter began his career as a journalist on local newspapers in Hertfordshire and national newspapers in the UK before joining Reuters. During a 23 year career with Reuters he moved from journalism into management where his roles included Managing Director of Reuters Europe, Managing Director, Reuters Overseas, Chairman, Reuters Africa and Reuters Latin America and Chairman of Reuters Television.
After leaving Reuters his career included Chairman of Hertfordshire Police Authority, a Board member of the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service, Chairman of Ombudsman Services and Chairman of the National Policing Improvement Agency. He was also a board member for eleven years of St John Ambulance and Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire in 2000 and awarded CBE in 2005 for services to policing.
Carol ShutkeverVice Chair
Carol is a solicitor and was a corporate partner in a London law firm for 20 years. She headed the firm's corporate governance advisory team, focusing on issues such as board structures and behaviours, accounts and audit, risk management, culture and stakeholders. She also headed the firm’s corporate knowledge management team, responsible for analysing new law and regulation, the firm’s knowledge resources and its corporate training programme. Having retired as a partner she is now does some part-time corporate governance consultancy work and is a trustee of a school Multi Academy Trust.
John is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience of managing and leading finance teams at a senior level most recently in social housing. He is a trustee at Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group and recently stepped down from the Board of Groundwork East where he was a trustee and member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
John joined hyh in March 2020 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Ruth is an international child rights consultant specialising in the law and policy relating to child protection and justice. Ruth was Head of International Programmes at Coram International from 2007 to 2020 and has over 15 years of experience in international child rights: including research and analysis, writing training materials, publishing reports and advising UN agencies, governments and non-governmental organisations on issues relating to child protection, child justice and gender rights. Ruth is studying towards a PhD in Education at the University of Edinburgh, with her PhD research focusing on safeguarding in elite sport.
Originally from Cambridge, Ruth lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three young children.
Mathew will lead for the Board in supporting fundraising initiatives and work closely with the hyh team. He is the managing director and owner of a leading asset management and procurement consultancy, working primarily in the public and private housing sectors.
Mathew is also the owner of a framework management company that is supporting numerous procurement hubs across the UK and is a published author.
Paul is a Solicitor with more than 15 years experience of advising across the technology, media, video games and sports sectors. Paul has worked for Google since 2012 and is currently the YouTube Legal Lead for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
As a legal advisor for YouTube in EMEA, he works on a broad range of matters, including acting as point of contact for legal and business partners on various regulatory, commercial, legal and product issues.
Gilmar Queiros is the Head of Skills and Apprenticeships at the University of Hertfordshire. Gilmar has worked with a number of public sector bodies in his career as well as a wide range of Universities in the UK – supporting and developing their apprenticeship and work-based learning provision based on market needs. Gilmar’s career stems in Higher Education policy working and collaborating with a number of bodies such as Universities UK, Department for Education, Office for Students, among others. Gilmar is passionate about Skills and helping businesses, and their relevant workforces, grow and develop. Gilmar has served strategic roles such as a University Trustee, Academic Board Member and most recently acted as board member of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, aligned with his passion and specific focus on social mobility and widening participation across the country. Gilmar joined hyh in June 2020 and will act as Lead Trustee for Crisis Intervention.
Ross Watkins has lived in Hertfordshire for most of his life and has worked within the homeless sector for nearly 15 years. Most of this time was as a rough sleeper street outreach worker in Cambridge and Brixton before his current role as Support Manager for Emmaus Lambeth; a supported accommodation provider in South London.
Ross was previously a trustee with Homeless Link and currently sits on their Expert Panel.
Jake is currently Senior Manager for Partnership Development at Barnardo's - the UK's largest charity for children and young people - where he leads the organisations corporate new business and fundraising activities. He has spent over 5 years in the third sector, previously working at social integration charity The Challenge where he managed corporate fundraising and strategic partnerships for a youth employability programme. Prior to this, he worked in the financial services recruitment industry and was a Director at Selby Jennings, a leading international recruitment agency.
Born in North London, Jake has lived in Hertfordshire since a young age and currently resides with his wife in Hertford. He joined hyh as our lead fundraising trustee in November 2020.
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