Meet The Team

Board of Trustees

CHAIRMAN: Roy O’Shaughnessy (03 November 2017)

Roy is the Chief Executive Officer of Capital City College Group. Responsible for their leadership & growth, he also manages the interface between the Board of Trustees and the Executive Management team. Roy is focussed on developing external relationships so we can build an organisation that transforms lives. 

VICE CHAIRMAN: Fred McCrindle, OBE (03 November 2017)


Fred spent over 30 years in the Further & Higher education sector, latterly as Principal & Chief Executive of two major colleges.  He is a Chartered Engineer and has worked in the Aviation Industry.  Fred is former Director at RSMTenon, accountants and business advisors, advising clients within the Government and Public Services division. Fred has substantial experience in governance, IT and change management, he is a former member of the FEFC and LSC regional committees and has chaired various regional and national education, information technology and systems reviews. Fred is also a trustee of the Ways and Means Trust, based in Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire

COMPANY SECRETARY: Maria Thomas (03 November 2017)

Director of Partnerships – Wales, Head of Partnership Management at Shaw Trust, Chair of Trustees at Welsh Women’s Aid, Trustee of Victim Support and Co-Chair of ERSA AELP Offender Related Services Forum. 16 years’ experience in Welfare to Work & Social Justice. Maria has always been focussed on responding to emerging policy and strategies of the Welsh Assembly & UK Government by leading and shaping delivery models that meet the needs and is fit for purpose for some of the most vulnerable in society.

TRUSTEE: Michael Steel (03 November 2017)

Michael is the Managing Director for Kiwi Education Ltd which is a national apprenticeship training provider delivering qualifications to young people in a variety of sectors. An entrepreneur at a young age, Michael has worked within the disability arena for many years and is also a past National President for Junior Chamber International UK.

TRUSTEE: Sarah Beckwith (19 December 2018)

Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor providing strategic advice on property portfolios. She has extensive experience of negotiating rents and leases for both investors and occupiers. Sarah has an in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution procedures and is a qualified Arbitrator. Sarah has over ten years’ experience of being a member of boards on not-for-profit organisations, including being the National President of Junior Chamber International (JCI) UK in 2016. Using the skills she developed in these organisations, she regularly delivers training sessions on the subjects of public speaking and leadership.

TRUSTEE: Dean Fieldus (19 December 2018)

Dean is the Managing Director of Kytoco Ltd, a Program & Project Management Consultancy providing specialist project management resources focused within the Telecommunications sector. As well as having more than 20yrs project management experience (delivering regulatory compliance, business change, product launch, systems migration & revenue assurance projects), he was also Chairman of the Seaside Hospital Radio charity for 8yrs. Dean’s focus is on implementing an integrated social media strategy for Yateley Industries, to maximise our online presence and enhance our fund raising potential.

TRUSTEE: Mark Allen (16 April 2019)

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has over 30 years’ experience in the UK long term insurance and pensions sectors. He currently serves as the Chief Risk Officer for Sun Life Financial of Canada (UK) Limited and has previously operated up to and including board level in a number of UK financial services companies.

Executive Management Team


An experienced Operational Leader in the Disability & Welfare to Work Sector with a background of working in Supply Chain Management & Further Education. Sam has worked on Department of Work & Pensions contracts since initially joining Shaw Trust as an Operations Manager in 2012, and subsequently joining CDG – WISE Ability as Deputy Director. Prior to this she worked for over 8 years on Education Skills Funding Agency contracts within Adult Learning & Further Education across England. Sam was most recently the Director of Delivery at Wheatsheaf Trust & the previous Deputy CEO at Yateley Industries for the Disabled. 

    • Finance Manager – Janet Higginbotham
    • Contracts & Estates Manager – Jo Higginbotham
    • Factory Manager – Jo Mandeville
    • Business Development Manager – Mark Hughes