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
CAROL SAVAGE – STARDOM COACH
Carol describes herself as a small, straight talking northerner with sense of humour and an empathetic ear!
She started out wanting a career in the sports sector which quickly changed after a chanced meeting which gave her an opportunity to work in the voluntary sector, supporting charities and developing their volunteering programme. Seventeen years later and now a qualified Coach and NLP Practitioner Carol coaches young people in schools. She believes that with appropriate support everyone has the ability to aspire and reach their own potential. Her passion is to help young people believe and achieve this.
The most recent and exciting ‘chanced’ meeting Carol had was with Jane Kenyon which led to the opportunity for her to become a Stardom Coach with Girls Out Loud. Carol is really enthused and looking forward to know how many years and the direction this next journey will take her.
Likes: laughter, silliness, learning new things, genuine people, sport, TV
Dislikes: snakes, disingenuous people, unfairness, inequality
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.