Jennie Ferrigno BEM,
Former business owner and founding Chairman of Housing Association
I am the Chairman of Wycombe Youth Action, appointed in 2017. I am a mum of three grown-up children and I have two grandchildren. I am passionate about fairness and I believe our young people need the support and encouragement that Wycombe Youth Action can provide. My role is far reaching, from ensuring we remain viable to making sure the young people and our staff are safe, to name just two. We work very hard to ensure that the good work we do can continue for many years to come.
Sue Ing-Simmons, Entrepreneur and local radio presenter
I am a serial entrepreneur, currently working in sales and marketing, and running Ladies Who Latte networking group in Marlow. I’m a volunteer presenter on Marlow FM, mum of three and Labrador owner. My hobbies include arts and crafts and playing the piano.
As my children have grown-up in a safe, supportive and secure environment, I wanted to make a contribution to the many children who have very different experiences and need the help, encouragement and support that only WYA can give them.
Theresa Marks, HR Specialist
I am a qualified HR practitioner, running my own HR consultancy – Add HR – providing HR and employment legislation advice to a wide range of businesses in the local area. I joined WYA in March 2018 to bring a breadth of HR and employment knowledge into the Board.
I have worked with a variety of charities and have a special interest in seeing young adults develop their skills and abilities through apprenticeship programmes. I live in Maidenhead, am married with three grown-up children and lots of dogs.
Mandy Twine, Local business owner and author
I originally trained as a nurse and health visitor, specialising in the care of older people. After having three children, I needed a more flexible schedule to care for them and started up my own small fashion business. Utilising previous skills, I am now a therapist, treating people suffering from a wide variety of ailments using a rare, but very effective, pain control device.
I became a board member at WYA as I know through my own teenage experiences and those of my children and their friends, the importance of strong support networks, youth groups, guidance and mentoring. I strongly believe that organisations like WYA can make an enormous difference to malleable minds, helping young people to make positive choices and to become proud and happy members of society.
Ray Prior, Financial director for a large housing association
I have been working in High Wycombe for the last two years as a Director at Red Kite Community Housing. I was introduced to WYA by the Chairman, Jennie Ferrigno and am inspired by the work that the staff and volunteers do with young people here. As a finance professional I help to ensure that we do the right things to keep the money flowing and that we spend our money wisely to help more young people. I spend my time in Wycombe during weekdays and between Birmingham and Regensburg in Germany for the rest of week with various members of my family.
Iwan Emanuel, Solicitor and partner in a law firm
Iwan is a local solicitor who has been on the board of Wycombe Youth Action for 4 years and assists us in our legal affairs.
Chloe Carter, Treasurer
I have been the Treasurer of Wycombe Youth Action since April 2017 and assist with finance matters such as bids and budgets. I have worked locally as an accountant since 2012. I am currently working in audit and accounts, whilst studying for my final Chartered exams.
Wycombe Youth Action, with the vital services and support it provides for local young people, is something I’m really passionate about.
When not working, studying or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, exercise and live music.
Inaam Mansha, came up through WYA and is now a youth worker
As a youngster, I grew up with Wycombe Youth Action so know first-hand the challenges and issues that young people face. I’ve also worked and volunteered as a youth worker in Buckinghamshire and therefore understand as an adult how beneficial this charity is and just how important its work is to the community.
Before becoming a trustee, I was a sessional worker with WYA, which allowed me to work with a creative, diverse team to support the young people using our services. I believe passionately in the value of empowering and upskilling young people to ensure that each generation can give as much knowledge as they can to the next.
Andy James, Local business owner
I am Director of Manor Estates Groundcare and a local weather forecaster.
I got involved with WYA, as in my youth I experienced many of the issues that these young people have faced and are experiencing.
I wanted to bring these experiences to the charity and use my natural enthusiasm to help it grow and reach a larger demographic. I would like to see different communities and areas work together to try to raise the aspirations of some of the more disadvantaged young people and help them reach their full potential as I have.