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.
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 up-skilling young people to ensure that each generation can give as much knowledge as they can to the next.
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.
Colin has been the CEO of the Oasis Partnership since 2007. He gained a diploma in Digital Leadership with the Association of Digital Business Leaders in 2016. In 2013 he graduated from Henley Business School, Reading University with a Master’s Degree in Applied Management, having completed a diploma in Business Management in 2009 at Reading University.
He attained a degree in social work at Salford University in 1999. Colin has a wide amount of knowledge and experience having worked in the sector for over 27 years. He started his career working in the hospitality sector and moved into social care, working at probation hostels prior to going to university. He has previously worked as a probation officer prior to working as a locality manager with Turning Point, a large national social care organisation, before joining Oasis.
Colin joined the Wycombe Youth Action Board in December 2019.