Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell
Life changing work…
“Each year I am inspired by the commitment of the ever evolving Change Foundation team. They are daring in their ability to challenge themselves to reach the hardest to reach, they thrive on innovation driven by our young people and most of all they show excitement in everything they do, bringing with them limitless opportunities. Whether you are a funder, partner, friend or young person, The Change Foundation have the wealth of experience to help you tackle social issues and break down barriers. I’m excited about what new innovations the charity will create next and immensely proud of the charities life changing work, thank you for continuing to support us.”
Director of Design and Impact
Corporate Services Director
Head of Programmes
Head of Business Development
Women and Girls Programmes Manager
Disability Programmes Manager
Community Programmes Manager
Trusts and Foundations Manager
Disability Inclusion Manager
Women and Girls Programmes Manager
Senior Coach Mentor
Impact and Insight Officer
Senior Coach Mentor
Senior Coach Mentor
Communications and Event Officer
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.
Alex is a senior Business Manager at Bloomberg LP, a global financial software, data, and media company, where he has held a variety of key strategic, development and marketing roles since 1993. Alex is also Chairman of Westley Richards (Holdings) and its 3 manufacturing subsidiaries. As well as a strong track record in business strategy and product development, Alex has considerable experience in finance, risk, technology, regulation and governance as well as investing in and supporting early stage businesses and social enterprises. Alex has an Economics degree from St. Andrews and is a member of both Merchant Taylors’ and MCC.
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.
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.
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.
Greg Galstaun is a Key Account Director at Oracle, specialising in retail technology. Married with two young boys, Greg became interested in becoming involved in the charity after attending an event and being bowled over by the approach taken and the success stories. Greg has always felt that he was lucky with the opportunities he has been given in life and wants to be able to help provide opportunities to others. Greg is passionate about rugby, cricket and occasionally attempts to hack his way around a golf course.
Until April 2017, Mike was a senior partner at Moore Stephens, a top-10 UK accounting firm and global network. Mike was managing partner for 12 years at successful mid-sized firm, Chantrey Vellacott, and led the firm into a merger with Moore Stephens in 2015. Mike has worked with clients in the charity and not-for-profit world over many years, mainly advising on financial and commercial management. Mike lived and went to school in Stepney in London’s East End and experienced first-hand the powerful benefits provided to young people by family support, decent housing and personal self-confidence. Mike is proud to be an ambassador for the Change Foundation and its fantastic work in this area.
Mark Mear is a Sales and Operations Director, specialising in Financial Services, Personal Insurance and Travel. With a teenage daughter and pre-teen son of his own, Mark has a passionate interest in the power and positive influence that Sport and the Arts can bring to the lives of young people, and is delighted to have joined the Ambassadors team at The Change Foundation. Mark is a sportsman himself and still plays Hockey in the Surrey Open League, is a qualified FA coach and a lifelong season ticket holder at Crystal Palace. He has also been known to ‘tread the boards’ in a number of local productions, both singing and acting - though perhaps not with the triple-threat ambitions of dancing as well…
Peter Thomas is the European marketing director for Accenture looking after all their marketing and communications teams across mainland Europe. He has over 30 years of communications experience in the technology industry having grown up in the technology PR agency world handling major clients such as Cisco, Motorola, HP and Oracle globally and across Europe. He first joined Accenture in 2005 as UK/I Marketing director and spent 4 years in the role until he was enticed away to join the RFU as Corporate Communications Director. It was during his time there that he was able to see the profound impact sport can have on the young and disadvantaged, and although he has since rejoined Accenture (in 2012) getting involved with the Change Foundation is his chance to make a small contribution in this area. Personally he was a journeyman rugby club player at Wasps and the HAC and has recently taken hockey back up. He also occasionally tries to cycle, swim and play golf but not at the same time. He lives near Winchester in Hampshire with his wife and three daughters and various assorted animals.
David has nearly 30 years’ experience in Private Banking and Wealth and Investment Management. Having spent over 25 years at Coutts, he has been with Brown Shipley since 2014 and manages full service private client relationships for high net worth individuals and families. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute. Outside work David is a family man with a wife and three children. He is a very keen sports fan (and player still on occasion!).
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.
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.
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.
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.”