Meet our Board We would like to introduce you to our Board members Brendan O’Keefe - Managing Director I am the Managing Director of Epic CIC. I was formerly a Senior Probation Officer with London Probation Service, I joined RBKC in 1998 to lead the then pilot Youth Offending Team, one of only eleven in the UK at the time. I joined the Youth Support and Development Service in 2005 and in 2011 I began the project that eventually led to the creation of Epic CIC, the UK's first youth service mutual. I have been appointed as a Cabinet Office Mutuals Ambassador and advise local authorities on the creation of public sector mutuals. I am also a visiting lecturer at the University of London. I hold a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and a level seven ILM accredited qualification in strategic management. Marla Shapiro - Non-Executive Director I am the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Video-on-demand (VOD) Innovator Voddler, based in Stockholm, Sweden. I have worked across the full range of digital media – print, music, film and TV – in a variety of sales, strategy and business development roles both in the US and Europe. Today, I’m predominantly focused on B2B licensing of Voddler’s proprietary VOD technology, seeking strategic partnerships with large content owners and other technology companies. I have an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. At Epic, I function as the NED Chair and provide business development and strategic advice to Brendan and the team. Saurav Mitra - Non-Executive Director I have a solid financial background having qualified with a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm, worked in Finance and Audit roles in energy trading super-majors such as BP, and now as Vice President with Barclays Investment Bank. Social impact experience includes membership of the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association, and ongoing advisory work on social impact financing. I envisage strengthening Epic’s financial management, and helping it flourish as a social enterprise. Alishia Williams-Gayle - Youth Sport Development Officer-Events/ London Youth Games BTO I work for Epic Sport and my main focus in my role is managing the sports events in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This includes The Rowing Challenge, London Mini Marathon, Cross Country and coordinating the London Youth Games for RBKC. Alongside this, I coach archery, assist in running a successful coaching bursary scheme and deliver Sport Leader courses in some of the schools. My role on the board as a staff elected rep is to be the ears, eyes and voice for the Partners in Epic and represent them at the board meetings. Steve Hunt - Theme Manager for Epic Youth I am a professionally qualified Youth and Community worker and have been working in youth services for almost 15 years. My current role is that of Theme Manager for Youth which involves operational oversight of Epic’s Youth Services, which currently consists of our youth centres, detached and outreach teams, the Achievements Team and the Citizenship and Participation Team. In addition to this I am responsible for managing our 2 voluntary sector partners Earls Court Youth Club and Youth Action Alliance. I have been actively involved in the Epic project from the very beginning. I was elected into this role as Executive Director when the board was in shadow before spinning out in Jan 2014. In addition to this I have led on the Project Working Group that produced the report which ultimately formed the basis of Epic's constitution. Peter Board - Science Teacher and Data Lead for Epic Learning I have worked for Epic Learning as a science teacher for four years, during the launch of EPIC, and the gaining of independent school status. I retrained as a teacher after a varied career following on from my science degree. I originally worked providing strategic consultancy services in technology and IPR marketing, and setting up partnerships to bid for research funding from the EU. I then moved to a thinktank managing collaborative technology projects between industry, government and academia. Finally, I Government’s communications and marketing arm, followed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency before my teacher training. The skills I hope to use most to benefit Epic and my partners are my strategic thinking, communications experience, and knowledge of partnership working and bidding for funding. Sion Davies - Relationships, Sex and Education Officer I have worked for Epic CIC since we became an employee led mutual. My role is based within the Health team and I coordinate the sex and relationships education programme. Which includes the project management of the umbrella project and the coordination of the sex and relationships education training programme for Tri borough professionals. Before Epic CIC I worked in Children's homes in Manchester as a residential child care worker, for 5 years. I then worked as a youth worker in Bolton working with young people people aged of 6 - 19. Using the experience that I have gained over the years, I have developed a fresh and unique delivery style that is engaging and fun.