From our President to Patron to our Board of Trustees, Chief Executive and staff, Ambition has a dedicated, expert team providing support to youth organisations, so we can make a real difference to young people's lives.
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
The Duke of Gloucester became our President in 1974, following in the footsteps of his father, Prince Henry.
The title of the Duke of Gloucester has been associated with Ambition, Clubs for Young People and the National Association of Boys' Clubs (NABC) since Queen Elizabeth’s uncle HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, became President of NABC in 1926.
The Duke was not merely a figurehead to the charity, but was active and untiring in his work for clubs. His belief in the cause was clear when he said in 1930, “I can indeed conceive no greater task and none that is more urgent than the provision of clubs in which boys may find opportunities for development which would otherwise be denied them.”
Paul Elliott CBE
Paul became Ambition's Patron in 2013. The former England international footballer and Chelsea captain, who went on to become a trustee of anti-racism campaign Kick It Out, is helping raise the profile of our work supporting 450,000 young people through our network of diverse youth organisations.
A passionate champion of opportunities for young people, prior to receiving his CBE for services to equality and diversity in football in 2012, Paul was awarded a MBE in 2003 for services to youth football and anti-racism initiatives.
Paul first worked with Ambition as host of our celebratory evening in 2012 launching our new brand, three-year strategy and quality standard for youth organisations, Ambition Quality.
Emma joined Ambition in September 2016 from her position as CEO at Reynolds Training, an education provider working with young people in London and the South East.
In her earlier career, Emma was Chief Executive of Landmark, a youth education charity, and before that she was Head of Donor Services at Tearfund, the international aid charity.
On being appointed at Ambition, Emma said, “I am thrilled to be taking up the position of CEO of Ambition. In a complex and rapidly changing environment I look forward to working together with our staff, members and trustees to support young people to make the most of opportunities and overcome challenges.”
Board of Trustees
Wayne Bulpitt, Chair
Wayne founded Active Group Limited in 2002 after careers with Nat West and CIBC and continues to be its controller and Executive Chairman. At the same time as building a successful business, Wayne has been a passionate supporter of social entrepreneurship, especially in the support and development of young people. He founded The Youth Commission of Guernsey & Alderney, which provides innovative universal and targeted youth services in his local community.
Clive Sparrow, Treasurer
Clive is an interim director and strategy consultant who provides consulting and programme management services at Board level for clients having to negotiate their way through significant financial challenges and change. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, together with professional qualifications as a chartered accountant. Clive is also a Trustee of The Childhood Trust, a charity that supports vulnerable children living in poverty in London.
We are very pleased to have Olivia on our board of trustees, Olivia is the Head of Regulated Lending and Mortgages at Barclays Bank. One of her passions, through community work, is to support women return to work after a career break. She is a regular panellist for the Law Society and helps run CV clinics for women who are returners to law.
Aaron works as a Business Manager for Global Markets Consultants (GMC), a management consulting firm in the City of London. Previously Aaron has worked for an MP and advised charities in policy, public affairs and advisory roles. He dedicates much of his spare time to fundraising for charitable causes, having completed the Three Peaks Challenge and the London Marathon.
Currently employed by Norfolk County Council as the head of 11-19 strategy & commissioning within children’s services, Tim has responsibility for leading the development of commissioned services for young people, reflecting his experience in youth and community work within a number of local authorities.
Chris is Chief Executive of YouthFed, a regional charity that delivers employability, educational, engagement and infrastructure services to young people and youth groups. It is the country’s largest local delivery partner of National Citizen Service, supporting over 2,000 young people annually. Chris has considerable experience leading projects designed to improve access to training, volunteering and employment.
Alastair is the current IT&S Operations Director at BP. Alastair joined BP to build a centralised IT function that controls costs, drives efficiencies and provides programme oversight and governance. In addition to his full-time role, Alastair is coming to the end of an MBA at Henley Business School. We are delighted to have him joining our board of trustees.
Matt has worked in financial services for over 20 years and specialises in leading large transformation programmes and managing significant-sized teams in multi-regional structures. He is a Principal Consultant at Holley Holland and has previously held senior positions at RBS, Deutsche Bank and PWC in a variety of roles.
Anne is a senior lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth specialising in Company Law and Corporate Governance. She is also the Business Services Leader for Business Law and Corporate Governance at Portsmouth Business School. Anne has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 30 years and was awarded an MBE in 2012 for her services to young people.