Catrin Anderson, Jonathan Freeman MBE and Duncan McCourt join the NCS Board
Three new board members have been approved by His Majesty the King to join the NCS Trust Board for a three year term effective 1 December 2023. NCS Trust extends a warm welcome to Catrin Anderson, Jonathan Freeman MBE and Duncan McCourt.
Catrin is an experienced people leader in dynamic, innovation-led organisations, having worked at Zoopla Property Group, Dyson and Amazon.
Catrin joined Houseful (previously Zoopla Property Group) as Chief People Officer in 2019 where she has been the driving force behind significant organisational and cultural transformation. Previously at Dyson, Catrin led a global team during a period of high growth and significant change, including the establishing of the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. Beforehand Catrin spent 5 years at Amazon, working with senior leaders across the full portfolio of businesses in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Catrin is an active advocate for the development of young talent and the creation of opportunities where young people can learn, safely make mistakes, and explore their potential. Having recently assumed responsibility for Environmental, Social and Governance at Houseful, she has supported the promotion of the company’s partnership with both Future Frontiers and the Mayor’s Fund for London. She has coached several young people, offering guidance to enable them to realise their personal, academic and sporting potential.
Born and raised in West Wales, Catrin has a MA in French and German from Cambridge University and speaks four languages. She is a proud mother of two, a hockey player, marathon runner, avid rugby and football fan, and part-time surfer.
Jonathan Freeman MBE
Jonathan is an award-winning CEO committed to social impact with a track record of leadership across the charitable sector, private sector and Senior Civil Service.
Jonathan is founder CEO of the CareTech Foundation, the leading corporate foundation in the social care sector that supports and champions the social care sector, care workers and those living in care through its four grant streams. He is also Group Sustainability Director of specialist care and education provider CareTech Ltd, the first holder of this role for the company and, indeed, the UK social care sector.
Jonathan is also Managing Director of Earlsbrook Consulting, providing strategic consultancy support to corporates, charities and philanthropists. He was previously Managing Director of Mosaic, the then HRH The Prince of Wales’s youth mentoring charitable initiative, and before that a member of the Senior Civil Service.
Jonathan’s voluntary roles include: Chair of Trustees, Carers Worldwide; Governor (trustee), The Legal Education Foundation; Founder Chair, Social Care Sustainability Alliance; Vice-Chair of the cross-sector charitable Championing Social Care initiative; and Remuneration Committee, St. Anne’s College, Oxford University.
Jonathan was recognised with an MBE for charitable services in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2021.
Duncan is a Partner at Brunswick Group Advisory Ltd, helping international businesses deal with complex political and regulatory issues.
Duncan joined Brunswick from the UK Treasury, where he was Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to former Chancellor Rt Hon Phillip Hammond MP, providing advice on, among other issues, Brexit, financial services and healthcare. He also served as a Special Advisor to Phillip Hammond in his then capacity as the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Duncan was campaign director and office manager for Andrea Leadsom MP from 2010 to 2015 and, before that, was chief executive at MCA Ltd. for five years, a management consulting firm, providing managerial and strategic advice to large companies. He also worked in European equity strategy for Credit Suisse and JP Morgan Chase in London, and consulted at the World Bank and KPMG in Washington, D.C.
The NCS Trust Board is made up of a diverse group of senior leaders with varied skills and experience. Catrin, Jonathan and Duncan will join existing board members Deborah Tavana, Nick Hurd, Jacquie Nnochiri, Amanda Timberg, Darren Xiberras and Harris Bokhari (Chair).
We would also like to say a huge thank you to our outgoing Board members, Sir Ian Livingstone CBE, Tristram Mayhew, Ndidi Okezie OBE and Ashley Summerfield for their valuable support for NCS.
Harris Bokhari OBE, Chair of the NCS Board, said: “I am excited to welcome Catrin, Duncan and Jonathan to join me and the other Trustees. Their breadth of expertise in the commercial, charity and private sectors will bring further diverse experience to the Board as we continue the exciting work of transforming the Trust and delivering our vision of a country of connected, confident and caring citizens where everyone feels at home. Never have the young people of our country needed NCS more than they do now.”
Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS Trust, said: “I am thrilled to welcome our new Board members to the NCS Trust. This is a key moment for the Trust as we head into 2024 and all of the opportunities a new year will bring. We have much to focus on and all of our board members play an important role in helping to shape the Trust performance and impact as we continue to support young people, helping them to become world ready and work ready.”
For more information about NCS Trust's latest Board appointments, please visit the NCS website.
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NCS offers a range of experiences for young people that support them to become world ready and work ready — through growing their confidence, independence and skills; connecting them with people from all walks of life; and empowering them to make a difference in their communities and wider society.
Over the past decade, more than 800,000 young people have benefitted from an NCS experience, dedicating over 18 million hours to community based social action, while gaining invaluable life experiences.
NCS is managed and supported by NCS Trust, our central team who are constantly working to make sure that NCS delivers impactful experiences to as many young people as possible. NCS is funded by the UK Government through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a core part of the National Youth Guarantee.
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National Citizen Service Trust is registered in England and Wales with Royal Charter Body number RC000894.
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