Andy is one of the co-founders of the charity, after running our first housing estates programme in 1981, following the Brixton Riots.
He has set up and run development programmes in thirty-one of the thirty-nine countries we have operated in and is still coaching cricket and rugby.
Andy is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to lead happy and fulfilling lives, irrespective of the circumstances they face growing up.
Navjeet joined The Change Foundation in 2010 as a volunteer after being inspired by the charities incredible coaches. Since joining The Change Foundation, Navjeet has evolved the charities brand, transformed the charities impact measurement approach and is a multi-award-winning creative in designing sport for social change programmes. Navjeet is a netball and cricket coach and a graduate of the Women in Sport Leadership Academy (2016). She is passionate about engaging marginalised girls and young women through the power of sport, helping them discover their fearless bravery to become women of the future.
Carol joined the charity after playing cricket with pioneering staff member Jenny Wostrack, who asked her to become a trustee in 1991. She was treasurer for many years and also worked hard to build up the events business at the Centre on a voluntary basis. She was then appointed corporate service director in 2014.
Carol’s specialism is human resources. She is a Fellow of the CIPD and has worked in the public, banking and voluntary sectors. She was also a member of the board of the London Probation Trust.
Carol is passionate about giving young people a chance to reach their full potential.
Henry joined the charity 8 years ago after formally working in the healthcare sector. During these 8 years he has worked in all areas of the charity and across all programmes. His current role as head of programmes means he gets to work very closely with our inspirational delivery team which really is a true privilege.
As a qualified exercise rehabilitation specialist with years of experience working in mental health, sport and youthwork, Henry is able to understand the relationship between positive mental health, employment and the role sport can play as a wonderful vehicle to enable.
Henry is passionate about providing quality opportunities for young people to become happy, confident and contributing members of society.
Alex became known to the charity as a participant at the Inner-City World Cup in 2006, joined our apprenticeship in 2007, and started work full-time in 2009 as a Development Coach. Over the years he has designed, developed, and delivered across all Change Foundation programmes, working in over twenty countries. He has also trained more than 2,000 coaches, trainers and managers in using sport for social change. He now leads the business development side of the charity, engaging new and existing partnerships alike. He also creates bespoke, fun, and unique events and challenges to enhance charity income, networks and opportunities for The Change Foundation’s participants. Alex is passionate about creating long-lasting, positive change.
Ryan is a graduate of our disability programmes and has been involved with the charity since he was 11 years old. He took part in our disability cricket programme as a youngster, which led to him being part of the England Visually Impaired Cricket Team. More recently he was also selected for the British & Irish Lions Visually Impaired Rugby Team, playing in both New Zealand and Japan. Ryan currently manages our London Futures disability employability and mentoring programme, as well as being part of our communications team. Ryan lives in London, and during his spare time he enjoys running, spending time with friends, and watching sport.
Ross joined the charity full time in December 2016 after mentoring young people from Hammersmith and Fulham on the charity’s multi-award winning Street Elite programme. Ross is a highly qualified youth worker with 14 years of experience working with young people across London. This is something he is extremely passionate about, as it is vital that all young people have access to good opportunities and support during a crucial time in their development as young people, regardless of their socioeconomic status or background.
James joined the charity as a young person on one of our cricket programmes, back in 2004. His specialisms include: reinforcing our young people’s journeys and helping them with positive pathways, teaching them a strong mindset for their future, and giving them a voice to be heard in all aspects of their life. He is passionate about working with the young people of today.
Shedaine was introduced to The Change Foundation through her Pupil Referral Unit when she was 15. She then went on the join our Rugby 4 Change programme.
Her specialism is connecting with young people, long term mentoring and finding exciting new opportunities for these young people.
Shedaine is passionate about giving back with all the knowledge and experience The Change Foundation taught her from a young age.
Daniel joined the charity when he was 16, taking part in our disability programme, Hit The Top. Daniel went on to join our apprenticeship programme and then became a full-time member of staff as the charity’s Impact and Insight officer. He specialises in working with those with learning disabilities and those with ASD. He also specialises in impact measurement and creation.
Daniel is passionate about working with young people with ASD, like himself, and helping them to fulfil their potential. Alongside this, he is passionate about Esports and the power that gaming has to teach life lessons.
Dean came to work for The Change Foundation after hearing of a job opening through an old colleague, who had been working with The Change Foundation for several years.
Dean has a youthwork background and is also a qualified football coach. He has experience of playing at a high level for teams such as Dulwich Hamlet, Spurs and West Ham at youth level.
His passion is sports and he enjoys playing and teaching through sports as it played a massive role in his own personal development. Dean believes it is a great tool that can benefit others as it did for him.
Elle joined the charity at the end of 2019, with the overwhelming desire to create change through the power of sport. Her specialisms within sport are netball, rugby, athletics, and adapted sport.
She is passionate about discovering, engaging, educating, and delivering with other like-minded individuals in the sport for development world. Her passion motivates her to help others grow, and become the best version of themselves.
Dan joined the charity in 2016, as a participant on our apprenticeship course. After thoroughly enjoying this course, he then went on to become a full-time coach mentor for The Change Foundation.
Over the years he has worked on several programmes such as: Street Elite, Refugee Cricket Project, Rugby 4 Change and VI Rugby. Dan is not the type to shy away from any challenges and enjoys trying out new sports.
Dan is passionate about helping people better themselves in life, he often goes above and beyond to support those who need it.
Rae started as the charity’s administrator in February 2019 as a temp and became permanent from the spring 2019. She took a degree in education as she is enthusiastic about children being educated, and is a firm believer in people making the most of their life. She is passionate about, and enjoys seeing, our young people make substantial changes to their lives.
Dan joined the charity after volunteering in 2011 for work experience through his school. He enjoyed his time so much that he ended up volunteering again afterwards, and eventually joined our Hit The Top programme which allowed him to eventually land a full-time role at The Change Foundation. His specialism is disability work and being versatile. Dan is passionate about making others laugh, making a change and sports.
Simon joined The Change Foundation in 2010 as a volunteer with the Refugee Cricket Project, shortly after deciding to leave the world of investment banking. He worked as a development coach and programme manager across almost every programme before moving to South America in 2015. Now living back in Europe, he consults for the charity in the areas of fundraising, impact, and communications, but is always keen to turn his hand to whatever is needed. He is passionate about listening to as many people as possible, and learning how to lead a good life, setting a good example for others.
Nick Ames is a journalist who has worked in news, sport and features for more than 40 years for national media in the UK and global business publications, along with speaking, moderating and hosting panel
discussions in the USA, Singapore, Spain, the UAE and South Africa. He has experience of working alongside the Change Foundation, and its forerunners, including reporting on blind cricket in India and Barbados, programmes in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as projects in the UK.
Lara joined the charity in 2018, assisting the CEO, Andy Sellins, in fundraising, grant writing, proposals and proofreading work. Lara is a qualified sports leader and keen sportswoman, especially enjoying playing rugby, netball, and cricket. She believes strongly in the charity’s key belief in the ability to use sport to create lasting social change and loves seeing how fundraising efforts have such positive impacts on our young people.
Our Young Ambassadors
The Young Ambassadors Group is a representative group aged 18 – 25 from across The Change Foundation programmes. Young Ambassadors give back to the charity by adding their skills and experience to find new and innovative ways to create change through sport. They inform the charity’s strategy and programmes for the benefit of young people.
Shanice graduated from Street Elite in 2019 and is passionate about using her experience to work with and mentor other young mums. She found the Street Elite programme very impactful and is keen to get involved in future cohorts and eventually create her own project for young parents/families. She is passionate about youth work and drawing from her lived experience to support other young people.
Onyeka graduated from Rugby 4 Change in 2014 and has since gone on to study and freelance in branding, marketing and graphic design. He also has experience working as a chef and is passionate about the link between exercise and nutrition. He continues to play competitive rugby and is a gym enthusiast too. Onyeka's future ambitions are to create a youth programme based in the gym and incorporating nutrition principles and grow his freelance work.
Prescia graduated from Dance 4 Change in 2014 and is currently working full-time as well as being a Young Ambassador. She is passionate about championing youth mental health and is keen to work on programmes that incorporate dance and mental health messaging. She would also like to pursue a career in psychology with a focus on counselling and therapy.
Scott is a long-time alumni originally starting on Cricket 4 Change in 2008 and is now involved in the London Futures programme as a volunteer and mentor to other young people. Scott is passionate about inclusion in sport and the wider world as he found his experiences on inclusive sessions with The Change Foundation to be key to his development and personal growth. Scott's ambitions are to become a sports coach and work further with the charity.
Kaydena graduated from Generation Storm in 2019 and found the programme to be beneficial to her mental health as well as opening her mind to the variety of opportunities for her future. She also took part in a Netball 4 Change fundraising tournament with Mercedes-Benz, our International Women's Day event 2020 and was part of a youth panel with the BBC. After graduating Kaydena became a mum to two beautiful twins. Whilst pregnant she completed her Childcare Level 3 course, was running a catering business and being a Young Ambassador. She is passionate about working with young people on The Change Foundation programmes and has aspirations to host her own TV show discussing mental health, psychology and criminology (which she is going to study at university in 2021).
George graduated from Team Habana in 2018 and was already qualified as a cricket and rugby coach. He has since achieved his football coaching qualification, gained paid coaching work and started a degree in Sports Coaching in autumn 2020 at St Mary's University, Twickenham. George's future ambitions are to become a professional coach and work with international teams in rugby and cricket. He is also passionate about providing more opportunities for young people at The Change Foundation to engage in physical activity and experience personal growth as he did during Team Habana.
Lauryn joined Girls Win in 2019 to gain confidence when speaking with others, meet new people and access new opportunities. Since joining the programme she has passed her Childcare qualification, completed a work placement, joined London Futures, started a Health and Social care course and is currently searching for part time work. Her future ambitions are to work full-time in childcare whilst also using her talents in hair and beauty and her creative skills including jewelry making and embroidery.
Vicky has over 12 years’ experience working in the sport and sport for development sector. Having trained as a PE teacher, she spent a number of years coaching PE in schools and sports clubs before moving to Saracens Rugby Club. Following a Masters degree in Sports Management, Vicky spent five years at Barclays Bank managing the global CSR initiative ‘Spaces for Sports’. Rugby and all sports are her passion and she spends her own time slowly running marathons, triathlons, and any other challenge that comes along. Vicky is currently Head of Development at Laureus Sport for Good, a global sport for development charity working in over 35 countries, and manages a number of funding relationships and corporate partners.
Asha's professional experience has spanned leadership positions in technology, marketing, talent acquisition and sales. Asha has supported a number of charities on crafting their digital strategies to help accelerate fundraising growth and improve marketing communication.
Jaya is a data protection and technology solicitor in the financial services sector, she has also won a number of awards for her work in Diversity & Inclusion. She has sat on the advisory board of a number of legal and insurance access charities and has experience on advising on risk, regulatory compliance, technology and alumni engagement. Jaya is passionate about the power of sport in transforming young people’s lives which she has seen through her years of boxing. As an all-round sport lover, Jaya will try her hand at any sport she comes across (always hoping for beginner’s luck!).
Helen is a solicitor with 30 years experience in a City law firm. Originally Helen's background is in Commercial Litigation. Helen became a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright and moved to the role of General Counsel for the EMEA region. Helen became involved in the business side of a large international law firm. In particular in relation to areas of insurance, compliance and risk. Helen was a trustee and director of Kingston Grammar School. Helen sat on their finance and general purposes committee and also their risk committee. Helen was also a director and trustee of Rowan Preparatory School, which was a charity. Helen became the Vice Chair of the Board and sat on the finance committee and the main board. Helen is a mother of 3 daughters aged 22, 20 and 18.
Rachel has over 25 years’ experience working in leadership roles in the voluntary sector. For almost 18 years she has run her own business, Causeworks, providing fundraising and marketing services including Interim Director cover, for charity clients. She has recently taken on the role of Chief Executive at Wessex Cancer Trust.
Rachel is a keen netballer; she founded Midhurst Netball Club and now coaches the juniors as well as playing herself.
Steve is a recently retired PwC audit partner after 38 years auditing, 28 as Partner. He started his career in London working predominately with FTSE 350 listed Companies. For the last 16 years of his career Steve was in charge of PwC's Uxbridge and then Gatwick offices. Steve's clients in those offices were a mixture of listed companies, private equity backed companies and private companies including charities. Steve has attended over 200 Audit Committees of those clients where most of the meetings are focused on Risk and Governance.
Daniel is a Chartered Accountant with wide-ranging professional experience gained during in-house finance roles within leading PLC groups. Most recently these have centred on improving business performance, planning capabilities and management decision-making, as well as involving responsibilities across governance, investments and technology developments.
Chair of Ambassadors
Catherine is an Associate Director for Turner & Townsend within their Programme Advisory business, and has spent over ten years advising clients, both in the U.K. and internationally, on their major capital investment programmes. She first came across The Change Foundation during her time with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy in Qatar and Generation Amazing. Now back in the U.K., Catherine contributes in her role as an Ambassador through events and mentoring. Personally, Catherine used to fence for Great Britain, is a wife and a mother, and loves sport (especially Rugby and Cricket). Her most humbling moment was witnessing the amazing impact a programme (designed by The Change Foundation on behalf of Generation Amazing) can have on a community, regardless of age, background or circumstance.
Adam co-founded the film and design Studio - Beagle - in 2011, and is one of the pioneers of digital content in the UK, transforming the global web presence of brands such as Vogue, Apple, Aviva, Amazon and Rolex. He was an Executive Producer for some of the most respected and dynamic TV production companies in the UK including Shine, Tiger Aspect, Darlow Smithson, IMG Media and ITN. He has won awards across Television, Digital Advertising and Branded content. Adam came across the Change Foundation via his client Berkeley Homes and the Berkeley Foundation, who are a donor. The MD of Berkeley South East London, Harry Lewis, kindly introduced Adam to the organisation and that was that! Adam offers communications and marketing advice and connects the Change Foundation with his network.
Mike Richards is the Chairman of Capital City Media, a media independent in the City of London. Mike has a great love of sport (season ticket holder at Bayern Munich, life member at Kent CCC and darts medal won when only 12) and has three kids. Mike came to the charity wanting to put something back into the system to help others less fortunate than him and his kids. Little experience in the charity sector, unless working in a hospital shop for several years counts, where he learned how to add up if customers bought multiple Mar’s Bars. He hopes to spread the word about the charity given his connections in the City and in the media.
Trevor recently retired as MD and founding member of Throgmorton UK, a company supporting the financial services sector now owned by Link Group, a quoted fund administration business. Starting as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, Trevor became European Tax Director of Salomon Brothers and Citigroup before establishing a search engine promotion business and then Throgmorton. Trevor believes passionately in the power of the team environment to generate positive life skills. He loves all sports and still occasionally turns out on the cricket field but now concentrates mainly on golf, skiing and cycling to maintain a semblance of fitness.
Matt is a corporate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) and lifelong cricket fan. Having been introduced to the Change Foundation through its blind cricket programmes which were supported by NRF’s “Together for Sport” charity initiative, Matt has been a supporter of the charity for more than 5 years and has taken part in a sponsored triathlon and cycling events to raise funds for the Change Foundation. Matt believes whole-heartedly in the power of sport and exercise to improve everyone’s lives and is regularly amazed by the incredible positive changes achieved by the young people participating in Change Foundation programmes.
Mrinal has 20 years experience working in sport, technology and marketing. With a degree in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Computer Science, he has worked with various blue chips as a consultant including Merck, Saks Fifth Avenue, Vodafone, T Mobile and Orange. He is the Founder and Managing Director of 2k Tiger, a premium event management company. The company arranges conferences, corporate, sporting and charity events. A keen sportsman he spends any spare time when not with his family and two children trying to keep his handicap in single figures. He is a supporter of Middlesex County Cricket Club and Arsenal Football Club.
Nigel is Founder and Director of Procurement Advantage a boutique procurement consultancy specialising in assisting Private Equity portfolio companies increasing their equity value. Prior to this he spent 13 years working for Apple from the inception of the iPod through to the iWatch culminating in a global role. Nigel loves helping others and currently works mentoring for the Princes Trust as well as assisting a company with a visually impaired founder, Braille Translations in growing their business hence his want to join the Change Foundation as an Ambassador.
As Director and Head of Partnerships at Give as you Live Ltd, Annabelle has spent over a decade helping develop innovative technology and building core partnerships to maximise unrestricted revenue streams for UK charities. With over 20 years’ experience in commercial sales, she has been eternally committed to making a significant impact to the Third Sector, helping raise over £12 million in donations for UK charities.
Annabelle is dedicated to actively inspiring others with her giving ethos and continuously building long-standing partnerships across various industries. She is a Member of the Corporate Engagement Board at ‘Battersea Dogs Home’, on the judging panel for the ‘Charity Film Awards’ and has strong links to the ‘Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC)’, ‘Global Woman Club’ and the ‘Venus Movement’. She is also a Board Member and Director for ‘The Executive Association of Great Britain’ creating business through networking opportunities.
Nathan works within asset management as a Business Development associate at Russell Investments. Nathan graduated from Swansea University with both a Masters and Bachelors degree in Economics & Banking and was part of the SURFC club.
Sport has played a key role in Nathan’s life for many years having been a scholar at Colstons School and having played premiership academy, county and regional rugby as well as regional athletics. As an ambassador, Nathan will be working closely with the VI rugby project and brings a new perspective having experienced some of the challenges faced by our players on a daily basis having lost his sight in one eye a few years ago. Nathan appreciates more than ever the power of sport for both mental and physical fitness and is excited to get stuck in and help share his experience with the VI Rugby players as a London based coach
Stuart is the co-founder, owner and business manager of Springwell Clinic in Marlow, specializing in medical aesthetics. Stu has 2 daughters, is a sports enthusiast and was an abrasive centre having played both Rugby League and Union. He has had a go at Football and is the person with the most limited range of skills ever to have played Cricket. He’s one of the few people in the home counties to support Hull City and has been seen at the occasional Wasps game, mainly because the clubs have the same colours so he only has to have one scarf. Stu has a long association with the charity as Andy Sellins, the charity’s CEO used to borrow his Vauxhall Cavalier to deliver cricket nets to various North London Boroughs in the late 8o’s. He’s participated in Charity events over the years the most memorable being, teaching female inmates the art of cricket at Holloway prison, a trip to the West Bank in Palestine, a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and most recently a tour to Japan during the 2019 world cup to help with the England blind rugby squad.
Glenn has spent his career working in the technology sector creating IT solutions to business problems. Having left Hewlett Packard in 2017, Glenn now works as a consultant advising a range of businesses in the UK and across the world. He has supported The Change Foundation for the last five years, introducing new corporate partners, supporting fundraising events and helping the charity create our new website.
A lifelong friend of Andy Sellins, Beverly has watched the journey of the Change Foundation, has met many of those who have been nurtured, and is proud of how it has stayed the course and evolved into the amazing charity it is today. With over 30 years’ experience in the global fashion industry, she is currently CEO of a UK based business, and mentors young people who have all gone on to great careers in her industry. She is honoured to be invited to be an Ambassador and will do all she can to help the cause.
Sophie Harrison is Head of Communications for housebuilder Berkeley St Edward. She has worked with The Change Foundation for the last six years, helping deliver the award-winning Street Elite programme which supports young people on the edge of gangs and crime into work. Having seen the power of sport for change first hand, Sophie joined the Ambassador network in late 2018 and is now looking forward to delivering The Change Foundation’s first ever ‘Strictly 4 Change’ dancing fundraiser. Outside of work, Sophie is a keen boxer, cyclist and all round lover of the outdoors.
Bradley works within sports sponsorship at CSM, a worldly renowned marketing agency that works with major brands. Bradley graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University and after spending time understanding the sports marketing landscape in Australasia, India and Southern Africa, Bradley became even more passionate about the power of sport. Sport has always been a key part of Bradley’s life and has played a handful of first-class cricket games. Passionate about helping others and providing opportunities for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, Bradley believes that by combining the power of sport and education, there’s no better combination for creating positive personal development, change and happiness. Bradley is a big advocate of the work of The Change Foundation and their ability to create transformational change in young people.
Jon Sellins has spent over 30 years in the event industry, working in many of London’s leading venues including Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena and Earls Court. Some might say his career highlight was leading the venue management team for the 2012 London Olympics but he hopes his highlight is still round the corner. His access to the odd ticket and occasional bit of hospitality has been welcomed by the Charity’s fundraisers over the years and he has now been bullied into actually taking part in one of the anniversary challenges. As a result he’s back on his bike after a lengthy absence and is looking forward to riding the Western Front in May. A covid-enforced career break means he has fewer excuses when Andy or Bassie come calling these days. A big supporter of the Charity for many years – he’s old enough to have witnessed the early days on the playing fields of Islington. Whilst he is enormously proud of what his twin brother and his amazing colleagues have done, deep down he thinks Andy should get a proper job. However he suspects he wont and looks forward to supporting the charity for many years to come.
Will Taborn is the founder and Managing Director of Taborns - a unique company in the ‘business of law’ who assist businesses and professional service providers by supplying access to the best legal advice and legally related services under one roof. Will wanted to join The Change Foundation as an Ambassador for a variety of factors – his love of sport, wanting to help those people in society that need a little extra hand in life, and to also support a local charity.
Introduced to The Change Foundation through being an Executive Assistant to one of our Trustees, Emily has been working with us for almost 10 years. Emily's experience and expertise is with people and she prides herself on being able to help the charity by using her influence to encourage others to be part of The Change Foundation's vision. Emily is thrilled to have been asked to be an Ambassador and is excited to work with Andy and the team.
Terry Woods is the CEO of United Business Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of printing equipment and bespoke IT print audit systems. Outside of business, Terry is a keen artist and enjoys spending as much time with his wife, two children and friends as he can, especially as he has recently become a grandfather to two granddaughters.
Terry is a huge advocate of various charities and is passionate about arranging hugely successful charitable events which raise tens of thousands of pounds for worthy causes. Terry has a wealth of experience within the charitable sector and has a huge network of contacts with a likeminded approach to raising money. Terry feels that having been successful in business that it is vital to give back to those in need and has the right attributes to bring a new and exciting dynamic to The Change Foundation.
Lucy spent many years working in the communication's sector primarily in public relations and conferences. She has been involved in the charity of sector for a number of years and is director of The Fairstead Trust which funds small youth based charities in the London area. Lucy has been a supporter of The Change Foundation for five years. Her involvement was born of an interest in cricket and her son took part in one of the cricket days Change organised for Afghan teenagers. As a mum of a passionate sportsman, Lucy has spent many hours on the touchline and the boundary and has seen at first hand the role sport plays in engaging young people. It encourages communication, leadership, confidence; important life skills that The Change Foundation nurtures in everyone they work with.
Adam has spent over 14 years in the nonprofit/development/event space across the globe. Many of Adam’s achievements are deeply rooted in sports for social change, with grassroots initiatives and fundraising development projects taking place in countries including Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, and more. Adam has partnered with global organizations such as UNICEF, ESPN, major sports leagues in the United States, the UK government, and more to push sports agendas further to impact the world positively. Adam is currently the Founder and CEO of AM Hall Consulting. A consultancy group based out of New York City supporting nonprofits with fundraising through events, strategy, and outreach. Adam has an Executive MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia and currently lives in New York City with his wife, Monique, son, Ellis, and their puppy, Maze!
Iain Kennedy has worked in the private equity industry for over 25 years, providing capital to help private companies grow. As a sportsman, he had a long rugby career with London Scottish, where he was a tackle-shy full-back and enthusiastic tourist. He took the hint and hung up his boots at 34 when the LSFC President asked if he would like to Captain the 2nd XV. Away from the rugby pitch, he is an enthusiastic lover of mountain sports, a modest tennis player, a laughably poor surfer and the worst golfer to be a member of two Royal clubs. He is a lifetime supporter of Scottish sporting teams, with the worry lines and ulcers to prove it. Iain was introduced to TCF by his Best Man and fellow LSFC player, Graeme Porteous, and was hugely impressed with the dedication of the team and the amazing outcomes they achieve. After Graeme died tragically young, Iain has done his best to fill his giant shoes and is hugely proud to be associated with such an amazing organisation.
Having delved into various entrepreneurial pursuits, Luke set up Best4Systems.co.uk twenty five years ago. As a telecoms and safety equipment fulfilment company, they now support a range of public bodies, including the NHS and Local Government, as well as private businesses. A keen ex amateur rugby player and now a member of Harlequins, he enters the occasional triathlon and enjoys the active side of life. With two sporty daughters, he also has the pleasure of watching netball and hockey with Andy! As a trainer at the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, he imparts enthusiasm, learning and opportunity to those able and those less able, to enjoy learning lifeguarding and water safety skills for themselves.
Charles Waud is a Director at Waud Wines, a specialist wine merchant in Private Client Wine Sales, Investment Wine, Corporate Gifts and Events.
Charles is a big sports fan, with a particular interest in Golf and Rugby. He is really hoping to see Leicester Tigers turn the corner in the very near future!
Charles has experience in running corporate events - and looks forward to getting involved in organising innovative and enjoyable events to help raise awareness and funds for The Change Foundation.
Cath Holt was introduced to The Change Foundation through another ambassador, Glenn Ballard. Having played Netball most of her life, when she moved to San Diego, California netball wasn’t well known. With the help of other expats, they established the San Diego United Netball Club, hosting tournaments throughout California and raised awareness of the sport. Inspired by The Change Foundation’s Netball for Change programme and how sport can positively impact the lives of children, Cath was excited to become an Ambassador.
Simon Mundie hosts the critically acclaimed podcast Don’t Tell Me The Score, which uses sport to explore 'life’s bigger questions'. Sitting down with big-name guests including World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson and Olympic gold medallists Michael Johnson and Dame Kelly Holmes - as well as psychologists, neuroscientists and former Buddhist monks - he explores life themes including addiction, self-acceptance and tribalism.
One of the main reporters for BBC TV during the Wimbledon fortnight, Simon interviews all the big names and gets in and amongst the fans. He’s a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s flagship news programme the Today programme, and was previously a presenter on BBC Radio 1.
Simon is an experienced and in-demand keynote and corporate speaker, sharing the lessons he's learnt from interviewing some of the world's most successful people. Specialist topics include wellbeing, leadership and resilience. He is also a charming event host and is currently writing his first book for Bloomsbury.
Paul has known Andy Sellins for over 45 years having played rugby with him for Devon and for Exeter Chiefs. Paul is delighted to be invited to become an Ambassador for Change and be part of what Andy and his team are doing for young people who are in such need of support from positive role models and people they can trust. Paul is currently part of the organising for the Path of Peace Cycle Challenge along the World War I Western Front in September 2021.
For the past 25 years Paul has been a fulltime union official for the Communication Workers Union (CWU), representing people working in the postal sector. In his spare time, he enjoys walking across the moors and coastal paths of Devon and Cornwall. He also likes to do a bit of cycling and swimming. Not at the same time though. Paul tries to get away for a week or so skiing every year and likes to get to watch Exeter Chiefs and Exeter City FC when I can.
Tom is a freelance communications consultant. For the last ten years, Tom has specialised in sustainability, cleantech and environmental communications for some of the world's most innovative low-carbon pioneers, advising ground-breaking projects within the energy, finance, retail, aviation, carbon capture, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Tom was previously global head of media at The Climate Group, Director of Communications at HarperCollins Publishers, Head of PR at the British Airways London Eye, and a senior consultant at several leading global PR companies. Tom was introduced to TCF by George Godsal (overseas TCF Ambassador) and lives in West London with four sports-mad boys. He is a passionate believer that sport, music and drama are powerful ways to inspire, transform and empower young lives.
MJ, as she is known as, is an Assistant Director of Sales at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hotel company. Her steadfast passion for sales and marketing started during a gap year which led her not on a backpacking adventure but instead to Harvey Nichols and the start of a career in luxury retail and hospitality. Working for brands such as Fortnum and Mason, the Sandy Lane Hotel (Barbados), she has an incredible network of contacts across the globe which she plans to tap into to open up internship opportunities. She was inspired to become an ambassador for the foundation after participating in the 40th Anniversary Thames Kayak Challenge and hearing about the life changing work the charity does. She is a skilled rower and is training for the 2022 Womens Henley Royal Regatta.
MJ, as she is known as, is an Assistant Director of Sales at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hotel company. Her steadfast passion for sales and marketing started during a gap year which led her not on a backpacking adventure but instead to Harvey Nichols and the start of a career in luxury retail and hospitality.
Working for brands such as Fortnum and Mason, the Sandy Lane Hotel (Barbados), she has an incredible network of contacts across the globe which she plans to tap into to open up internship opportunities.
She was inspired to become an ambassador for the foundation after participating in the 40th Anniversary Thames Kayak Challenge and hearing about the life changing work the charity does. She is a skilled rower and is training for the 2022 Womens Henley Royal Regatta.
Michael Ferndale has a wealth of experience in helping board and management teams with leadership, assessment and executive search working extensively across the private, government, sports, not-for-profit and wider public sectors.
As a headhunter he established the Board Practice at Harvey Nash and chaired the Harvey Nash Group Advisory Board. He has also worked for Korn/Ferry International and Whitehead Mann where he was a member of the board, consumer/retail and public sector practices.
He was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and The University of Dundee where he graduated in Scots Law (LLB).He has previously served on the Commercial Committee of the Lord’s Taverners and also sat on the Museum of London’s Development Board.
In 2016 he completed the 257 km Marathon des Sables (the MdS takes place in the Sahara desert and is known as the toughest foot race in the world) to raise money to give young disadvantaged people a sporting chance. He completed the 2017 London Marathon running/shuffling backwards for the same charity. In 2021 he completed 150 km in reverse in the five capital cities of the United Kingdom and Ireland to raise money for the first Annual Schools Reverse Day.
How people can get involved. Please contact Alex Bassan
Our celebrity supporters
Bryan HabanaSouth African Rugby Union Player
“Rugby, like most professional sports, teaches many life skills but the thing I love the most is the camaraderie not only between team mates but with the opposition as well. My young leaders will bring people together and work together towards a common goal.”
Chris GayleWest Indies International Cricketer
“Cricket is a powerful sport, it changed my life. I was given the tools and support to succeed and I want to share this with young people who have nothing. I have a simple approach and I want these young people to see that simple can help you achieve great things.”
Darcey Bussell CBEFormer Royal Ballet Principal Dancer
“The power of dance in transforming the lives of young people cannot be overstated, achieved regardless of language or social background. I wholeheartedly encourage efforts to get young people dancing.”
Ian WrightFormer England and Arsenal Footballer
“So inspired by the work of The Change Foundation’s Street Elite programme, it proves the power of great youth work.”
Fitz HallFormer Premier League Footballer
“These programmes are a great opportunity for young people, a second chance to make a success of their lives.”
Ian McKinleyItalian Rugby Union Player and Visually Impaired Rugby Ambassador
"I lost the sight in my left eye during a game of rugby. For me aged 20, it was hard to deal with but not as hard as some of the sociaI issues young people face today. I believe strongly in the values within the game of rugby and I know the Change Foundation has been built around those same qualities. I look forward to being part of this positive movement."
Andy Robinson OBEFormer England Rugby Union Player and World Cup Winning Coach – Visually Impaired Rugby Founding Ambassador
“Being involved with the Change Foundation has been a very enjoyable experience. I have been Inspired by the dedication of the staff and the attitude from everyone to try new activities in order to change their lives. I am full of respect for the time and energy put in by The Change Foundation team to break down barriers, challenge negative beliefs to create opportunities for people to succeed.”