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.


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



Chloe Carter

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.

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 McGergor-Paterson, Board Member

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.C

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.



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.