Meet the Trustees

Mike Stonard (Chair)

Mike has a degree in economics and has extensive management experience within the NHS. As CEO of five different NHS Trusts over a ten year period (with annual turnovers in excess of £400m and over 2,000 members of staff). Mike has project managed large and small projects including two large organisational mergers and has developed and overseen the implementation of organisational and strategic plans and the simple delivery of new public services for several very large public sector organisations including for whole health and social care systems.

Ben Keane

Ben has over 30 years experience as a qualified solicitor and was previously a partner at Overburys of 3 upper Kings Street Norwich. Ben has served on many boards in including previously acting as Chair of the Board of the Waterfront music venue and a director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Ben is currently very involved in several institutions within Norwich including;

  • Chair of Norfolk Community Law service
  • Governor at Notre Dame Secondary School, Norwich
  • Member of the board of St John’s Cathedral Council
  • Chair of St John’s Community Football

Dr John Packman BA, PhD, Dip TP, MBA, MIED, MRTPI FRGS

John was appointed as Chief Executive to the Broads Authority on 20 March 2001. He has previously worked as a town planner for Norfolk County Council, as a researcher at the University of East Anglia and in Wellington, New Zealand for the Ministry of Works and Development. Prior to taking up his present role he was Head of Economic Development and Regeneration for Brighton and Hove City Council.
He is currently working with the Authority’s members and staff on significant changes to the organisation to cope with a large projected reduction in National Park Grant following the Spending Review.

Sue Whitaker

Sue has a degree in European Studies from UEA and a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.  Sue worked as a senior manager at HMSO for a number of years (running a budget of £60m+) before being made redundant.  Sue has been a volunteer Advisor and a Trustee at the local Citizens Advice Bureau as well as a Non-Executive Director at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.  Sue is the Labour County Councillor for Lakenham and a Governor at The Hewett School where she chairs the Curriculum Committee.

Andreas Mavroudis

Andreas has over 20 years marketing and management experience spanning a variety of sectors including TV, Telecom, Education and Training, Technology and currently Finance. More recently he has been instrumental in the development of global digital strategies for a FTSE100 organisation. Andreas has managed small and large teams and has maintained a hands on approach throughout his career. He is also a Governor at Lynn Grove High School Academy in Gorleston

Gareth Nicholls

Gareth has a Masters degree in Political and Ethical Philosophy from The University of Sheffield and a postgraduate Professional Diploma in Marketing from Cambridge Marketing Colleges. A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketers, Gareth has worked for professional services firm PwC since 2009 and prior to that worked at media businesses Archant and Paragraph Publishing.

Lawrie Hallett

Lawrie Hallett is a Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Bedfordshire and a former Senior Associate at the UK broadcast regulator, Ofcom, with particular responsibility for Community Radio and digital radio policy development. Holding a Masters Degree in Development Studies and International Relations from UEA, Lawrie has lived in Norwich since the mid 1990s.

A former presenter on XFM and producer of programmes by the likes of John Peel and Bob Harris, he is also a qualified Radio Journalist. Before moving to Norfolk he was director of a specialist broadcast engineering company, building radio stations in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere. He currently advises the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) on broadcast policy issues and is an external assessor for programming bids to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Claire Lake

Claire Lake is a qualified ACA accountant and has over 7 years experience working in practice at professional services firm PwC in Norwich, working predominantly in the assurance team, with local businesses in the area. In addition to this Claire has also spent time in industry working in a FTSE 100 treasury team.

Jan Feeney

Jan is a Senior Education and Training Commissioning Support Manager for Norfolk County Council working strategically to support young people in making successful transitions at 16 and 18 into sustainable education, employment and training opportunities. She has 6 years’ experience of working in the strategic management of post 16 education and training together with extensive experience in managing education for adults and is also a governor at Cromer Academy Trust. Jan has a post graduate diploma in Education Management and has recently completed a Master Degree in Education, Leadership and Management through The Open University.

welcome to the Future

The Project works with hard-to-reach groups and empowers individuals to reach their full potential. Situated in the NELM area; an area marked by significant disadvantage in learning, skills, employment, health and crime indicators.

Future is increasingly becoming a driving force for social change in the area.

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