Meet Our Board

Wycombe Youth Action


Chairman – Simon Kearey

I am a father of two, living in the Wycombe District for the past 22 years. I worked for the BBC for a long time, latterly for a local authority and in more recent times the NHS. In my spare time I support a number of charitable organisations in making things happen.

I want to ensure that all the communities of Wycombe and the surrounding area are well supported, ensuring that there are opportunities for all in order to lead fulfilling lives. I am keen to support local talent, of which there is so much, and make certain that excellent services are provided for all.

I am particularly keen to support developing local businesses, as this is an excellent way to, not only bring communities, together but to also build on the work of local groups through collaboration and partnerships. Wycombe Youth Action, for all the young people it supports, does exactly that and makes a massively positive impact on young people’s lives. I am very proud to be associated with this organisation.


Ian Workman, Board Member

A pharmaceutical professional who has worked in senior management positions in both manufacturing and R&D for nearly 40 years. Currently Head of Clinical Quality Assurance at a small biotech company. Looking forward to utilising some of the skill I have learnt over the years to support the youth of Wycombe and put something back into my community.



Usha Prashar, Board Member

I moved to the Wycombe district in 2012 with my partner and two adult children, both of whom were married in 2021. I qualified as a social worker in 1982 and am an experienced manager, trainer, and lecturer in social work. Since 2001 I have been self-employed, working with various Local Authorities as an Improvement & Social Work Consultant specialising in fostering and adoption, whilst ensuring the needs and views of children and young people are the primary consideration.

I am involved with various voluntary organisations and am also a Hughenden Parish Councillor. I was delighted to be appointed to the Board for Wycombe Youth Action, whose programme of work with young people is commendable. I look forward to working with the other Board Members and dedicated staff to promote the work of Wycombe Youth Action.



Carole Palmer, Board Member

I have lived in the Wycombe district for over 20 years. My expertise is in Human Resources and I worked for Xerox UK for 30 years in various HR roles, latterly as HR Director before taking early retirement to travel. Since then I have worked part-time as an independent HR consultant, helping small and medium sized companies with their HR processes, procedures and employee relations. I’ve been involved with Wycombe Youth Action for a year as a co-opted member and appointed as a Trustee in 2022.

WYA makes a huge difference to the individuals it touches; I am delighted to be involved in a charity that makes a difference to young people.