Meet our dedicated and wise group who currently sit on our Advisory Board. They meet with our Executive team four times a year to discuss strategy, connections and plans for world domination!
Rebecca is passionate about female empowerment and gender diversity and believes that those in privileged positions have a responsibility to make a difference. As a child, she attended an all girls grammar school on an assisted place for a good education, which left her feeling like the poor kid in the corner on free dinners. This did however give her a sense of aspiration; she knew what she didn’t want and exactly what she did!
From here, Rebecca felt university wasn’t for her and started her career as a tax junior in Bury on £60 per week. She has since worked her way to Tax Partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill. As a qualified Chartered Tax Adviser, Rebecca speaks regularly at in-house seminars and contributes to the firms’ briefings and publications.
Her motto is ‘don’t wait to be asked – drive your own career and create your own opportunities’. She believes that self belief is everything and sometimes we all need a little help to recognise how good we actually are, which is one of her reasons for becoming an Ambassador and Big Sister for Girls Out Loud. She is keen to help girls that have not had the same advantages in life as others, and help them discover the opportunities out there.
Rebecca has been married for 21 years and takes each day as it comes – we are delighted to welcome her on board!
Nikki is a director of Fourth Day, a public relations agency with offices in Manchester, London, Paris, Berlin and Casablanca. She advises private and not-for-profit organisations on their communications strategy, incorporating media and influencer relations as well as crisis or issues management.
Nikki began her PR career in 1995 and co-founded Fourth Day in 2002. Since then has trained and mentored numerous graduates and young professionals who want to build a career in the PR industry.
Fourth Day is a corporate supporter of Forever Manchester, the community foundation for Greater Manchester, and Nikki has also served as a North West Board Member for Action for Children’s flagship fundraising event, Byte Night. Held annually, Byte Night is a coming together of corporate communities to raise money to tackle youth homelessness.
As a director of Girls Out Loud’s official PR agency, Nikki is excited by the opportunity to extend her support by joining the board and playing an even greater role in communicating the amazing work done by Jane’s team and the wider Big Sister network.
David is very proud to be the first male to be appointed to the GOL Advisory Board. David is an experienced school leader and first came across Girls Out Loud as Principal of Oasis Academy Oldham. David is now Principal of an all boys Academy in Liverpool but remains committed to the GOL’s work. Over the last 20 years David’s career has seem him teach Physical Education in one of the early leading Specialist Sports Colleges, teach in an international school in Hong Kong, lead a local School Sport Partnership and then later work for the highly esteemed Youth Sport Trust as the national lead for School Sport Partnerships. Having gained exceptional experience in his subject area, David wanted to take these skills back to the front line of education and one day lead a school but only where schools may have been seen as being on the margins of society. In 2009 David successfully joined the Future Leaders programme which is designed to develop leaders for challenging urban schools. In 2012 David very proudly became the Principal of Oasis Academy in Oldham and subsequently merged two predecessor schools together into a state of the art building and led the school out of an Ofsted category of concern. Girls Out Loud was an integral part of this plan.
Girls Out Loud holds a very special place in David’s heart, not just because of the life affirming and nurturing work it does with some of the most marginalised young women in society but also because he was first introduced to the programme by his best friend, then herself a Big Sister. Sadly his friend, Rachel passed away a year later and its with her devotion, love and inspiration to the cause in mind, that David wishes to support Girls Out Loud in her memory and honour.
Sue has spent the past 36 years working in social care with families, women and children in a variety of settings including criminal justice, child protection and residential therapeutic care.
Alongside her role at Girls Out Loud she maintains involvement in a charity in Nepal for women and children, in particular she is sponsoring a women in to work programme in Nepal, is on the board of www.birdhousefund.org a regional charity supporting vulnerable women and also runs a private therapeutic practice in Bolton.
Sue’s knowledge of working with vulnerable teenage girls is invaluable to Girls Out Loud. Her advice, training and support around our Child Protection strategy, Big Sister training and future growth is essential.
Kirsty is an equity partner at DWF (Lawyers) where she heads the Employment and Pensions Practice Group nationally. She has an excellent reputation in her field advising both public and private sector clients at employment tribunals with a particular specialism in unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistle blowing claims. Her team have been nominated as employment team of the year 3 times in the last year and she is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.
Kirsty will lead on all matters legal at Girls Out Loud bringing her wealth of knowledge to the table and enthusiasm for our cause. As a new mother who has just adopted two girls who have had a difficult beginning Girls Out Loud fits her values and she is looking forward to the opportunity.
We currently have vacancies on our Board for women of influence in politics, internet entrepreneurship and corporate fund raising. If you would like to help us grow Girls Out Loud to become the number one organisation inspiring teenage girls to greatness in the UK, please get in touch with our Founder Jane Kenyon today for an initial chat.