The A Team

THE A TEAM

As the demand for our work grows so too does our operational team and we thought it was time you met them!

JANE KENYON – FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jane is our Founder, figurehead, brand attractor, voice and strategic visionary. She takes our message to the corporate and business world; is our key PR spokesperson; she speaks at events all over the UK, develops new products, recruits and motivates the team, leads our team of Ambassadors, heads the development and delivery of our Stardom programme; is our social media queen; leads our brand and marketing activities and delivers some of our day events.

Find out more about Jane here

GILLIAN VAN LAARHOVEN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gillian joined the Executive Board in April 2015 with a focus on getting us ready for growth.  She leads strategic development in terms of systems, finance, structure and funding and looks after all our procedures in relation to our Advisory Board and third sector funding bids.

For Gillian’s detailed biography click here

KATHERINE BIRCH – SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT & LIAISON MANAGER

Katherine was born and brought up in the North West and she LOVES it!

She began her career working with young people on social justice campaigns before training to be a solicitor and practising as a family lawyer for a number of years. However, working with young people has always been Katherine’s passion and it wasn’t long before she ditched the corporate world and returned to her roots – using her skills to advocate for young people and teenagers.

Katherine has been a Big Sister, event volunteer and an Ambassador at Girls Out Loud and is delighted to now step up and join the A Team!  As our School Engagement and Liaison Manager she is looking forward to bringing the Girls Out Loud brand of inspirational dynamism to teenage girls everywhere!

Likes: coffee, talking quickly, getting excited about Girls Out Loud WORLD DOMINATION

Dislikes: traffic, high heels, technology problems, casual sexism.

HELEN COPE – EXECUTIVE PA TO JANE KENYON

Helen joined the team in February 2016. Her role is to support the Executive team across all areas of the business including marketing, database management, PR and general admin. She is an organising genius and keeps us all in order.

TRACEY THOMAS – LOCAL LEAD, BIG SISTER PROGRAMME, MERSEYSIDE

Tracey is the Local Lead facilitating our Big Sister programme in schools in Merseyside. Tracey is also one of our Ambassadors and has supported Girls Out Loud from the start. She runs her own Marketing & Events company and teaches women how to set up home based businesses. She is also a University mentor in 3 universities across the North West

SARRA SMITH – LOCAL LEAD, BIG SISTER PROGRAMME – GREATER MANCHESTER

Sarra is our latest Local Lead managing Big Sister programmes in Greater Manchester area. Born, raised and living in the North West (with a brief stint in Sydney), Sarra started her career working with young people in education and after many years recruiting in the public sector managing accounts and teams and then working in education publishing sales she is back doing what she loves, informing, advising and nurturing young people. She has a particular passion to guide young girls and help them feel empowered and confident.