Meet our Board Epic operates under the terms of its Articles of Association and is governed by a Board of Directors. We have assembled a high-quality Board of Directors to govern the activities of the enterprise. The Board consist of an independent chair person, our Managing Director, four non-executive directors and five elected staff representatives. Expand We would like to introduce you to our Board members Brendan O’Keefe - Employee Executive Directors 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. Paddy Radcliffe - Non Executive Chair I have worked at CEO, senior executive and board-level, leading and supporting change and transformation across a range of organisations and sectors, from national charities and public bodies through to social enterprises and SMEs. I have also worked in the private sector, consulting at senior divisional/functional leadership level with the likes of Unilever and Rolls Royce. The bulk of my work has involved strategy and organisational development, and the creation of effective leadership and governance structures. I was a partner and consultant at Telos Partners, and Head of Operations (International) at On Purpose, the leadership development social enterprise. Earlier in my career, I worked for Tequila, the international marketing agency group (part of the TBWA network), as an account director in London and then a member of the management team in Cape Town. I have an entrepreneurial streak, including a (successful!) appearance on ‘Dragons’ Den’, and have recently started ‘The Campaign’, exploring and developing ways to build trust in our public leaders and institutions. I have an MA (Hons) in French, an MSc in Marketing, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. I live in west London with my wife, an actor, and young daughter. After a year on the board, I became Chair of Epic in November 2018. Caterina Resca - TYS Key Worker Young Mothers I currently run the support programme for young mothers in Kensington and Chelsea. My team supports the personal development of these young women as individuals, as mothers and as partners. We have just won the Epic Award for Best Team for the significant impact we make on the life of the young people.My career started in Italy, following an MSc in Business Administration, I moved quickly into Communications and Marketing for a major fast food retailer. I used my analytical skills in the development of successful seasonal product campaigns in a multi disciplinary team. A new adventure into the Media side of business brought me to London 13 years ago where negotiations and people skills became my bread and butter.In order to refine and develop softer, personal skills; I started volunteering for a local charity. I retrained as a SEND teaching assistant and worked in a local secondary school until I joined Epic in 2018. I am currently volunteering at my son's primary school in the Parents and Friends Association and also in my local church.To the Board table I bring my inquisitive mind, my attention to detail, my passion for numbers and my ability to see things through. 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. Zeena Gordon - Lead Careers and NEET adviser. I currently manage a small team of Careers Adviser within EPIC CIC. We offer CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) in the community as well as delivering CEIAG and targeted services in school.From April 2018 - December 2018, I managed the NEET ( Not in Education, Employment and Training) contract for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. During this time, we regularly meet the monthly CLC targets, resulting in the NEET and Not Known targets being within or exceeding the CLC targets. For our final data destination results we achieved 6.7% to CLC 8.4%. From January, I have continued to manage the CEIAG trading services in schools and CEIAG and NEET work within the community and Golborne Youth Centre.Most recently the team and I was nominated for several EPIC Star Awards. I won the award for ‘Helping EPIC grow and being more successful organisation’.I am currently an active Safeguarding and KS1 Link Governor, for a South London Primary School. For 2 years, I sat on a Housing Board, as a Resident Representative and within the Finance committee. With over 10 years experience of working within youth and adult CEIAG; volunteer and mentoring, targeted and specialist youth provisions and education. I enjoy empowering service-users to see, overcome, reach and achieve their goals and aspirations. No matter how small they maybe - because to them it could make a huge difference. Kimberley Abbott - Non Executive Directors I am CEO and founder of Social Impact Innovation, a company who unleash the collective power, knowledge and resources of the social, private and Government sectors to help create impactful, sustainable and scalable social innovation. We currently lead projects with the United Nations, education sector and FinTech.I was previously Engineering Innovation Lead at Thales UK, and leader on international and large scale tech projects and was named in 2017 Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35, & 2018 Tech Women 100.I have experience in social impact as previously Founder & CEO of social enterprise, Roka, which aimed to break the cycle of poverty in rural India through economic empowerment of women & education.In 2015 I was selected as a civil advisor on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and in 2016 received the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work. In 2013 I was recognised by the Financial Review and Westpac, where i was announced as one of Australia’s top 100 Women of Influence. Terry Brewer - Non Executive Directors Terry is MD of Comparatus Ltd, providing independent commercial and procurement consultancy work to public sector organisations. Current key roles include leading on Commercial and Procurement activity for the London Grid for Learning and key assignments for the Local Government Association including work on a Strategic Supplier Relationship Programme. Terry is also Head of Public Sector Delivery for the Social Value Portal.Until June 2017, Terry was Divisional Director Commercial, Contracts and Procurement at LB Harrow and also run LB Brent’s Procurement Team under a fully shared service. The shared service also provides services to other organisations. During Terry’s time his Harrow procurement team achieved CIPS Corporate Accreditation. Prior to this he was respectively Chief Procurement Officer for the London Borough of Camden with a staff of 35 across 4 Hubs based in different departments, CEO of Firebuy, a national buying agency for the Fire Service and Head of Procurement for London Fire Brigade. In these roles he negotiated a number of high profile PFI and national projects. Sue Rush - Non Executive Directors I am currently Consumer & Market Insight Director for Unilever. I have spent my career in marketing and worked for various companies including Kimberly Clark, Heinz and United Biscuits and also as a Advertising Agency Planner. In more recent years I have become involved in company and marketing strategy – my latest assignment has been for Unilever Prestige helping from a marketing perspective to acquire and integrate several prestige skincare and haircare brands to the portfolio. I have three children one of whom is severely autistic and now lives in a resident home – when my son was younger I was actively involved as a Governor at his special needs school and also had multiple dealings with the LEA to obtain the best outcomes in terms of his specialist education requirements. I am passionate about developing people and currently mentor a number of young colleagues in my work environment.