Our Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for the strategic development and long term vision of LEAF and bring a range of specialist skills to the role. Every one of our trustees and advisors works in an objective and independent way. This means that they make decisions free from sectorial influence and have no formal interest with any of the companies that fund us. Find out more about our independence .

The trustees will also monitor and review the ongoing needs of the charity and they may extend membership and co-opt trustees with specialist skills where they are identified as being required.

Our trustees are both Directors of the Company and Trustees of the Charity.

Our Board of Trustees

They are: Neil Dube, Jenny McWhirter, Tim Hull and Paul Oginsky

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Paul Oginsky

Paul Oginsky Assoc CIPD is the Chief Executive of the Personal Development Point organisation.

A founder of two youth charities Weston Spirit and The Young Adult Trust, Paul writes and speaks extensively on the concept of personal and social development.

Paul advisors governments, political parties, charitable trustees, local governments and large cooperate organisations on effective personal and social development.

As the architect of programmes such as National Citizen Service (UK Government), On your Marks (Dame Kelly Holmes Trust), Reach for the Sky (Sky TV) and Just Ask Me (O2) Paul is widely accepted to a leading authority on youth development.

“Paul Oginsky has a fantastic track record of inspiring a generation of young people to live lives of purpose and achievement,”
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP.

Paul is a founding trustee of Lifeskills Education and Alcohol Foundation (LEAF) grant making trust and a governor of the DV8 school in Walthamstow.
He once won £20,000 on a TV game show, he has run 10 marathons and parachuted 84 times. He is happily married and has a son aged Lee 21 and daughter Siobhan aged 19 years.

Dr Jenny McWhirter

Dr Jenny McWhirter is an independent researcher and writer.  Her interests in the health and wellbeing of young people began in her twenties when she was a part time youth worker and continue as a researcher, parent and foster carer.  Jenny worked as an academic at the School of Education at Southampton University where she led the MSc in Health Education with Health Promotion and taught PSHE education on the secondary PGCE course.  During this time she led several major curriculum development and evaluation projects in PSHE education, the results of which are to be found in publications for teachers, local authorities and in peer reviewed journals.

On leaving academia Jenny worked for two major charities (DrugScope and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) as an education advisor.  In these roles she was responsible for promoting evidence based practice and policy making, including developing Drugs Guidance for the Police Service and Drugs Guidance for the Youth Service.  Jenny has been chair of the Drug Education Forum and the Drug Education Practitioners’ Forum.  At RoSPA she was involved in road safety research and evaluation and reviewed the evidence base for effective practice in safety education.  Recently Jenny was invited to provide research and evaluation advice to the PSHE Association.

Now in her sixties, Jenny continues to research and write about the health and wellbeing of children and young people.  She is a co-author of ‘Understanding Personal Social and Health Education in Primary Schools’ written for student and newly qualified teachers.  Her current research concerns the impact of parental alcohol and drug misuse on the wellbeing of children and young people.

Jenny brings to LEAF a commitment to seeking the highest possible level of evidence– and to ensuring this evidence informs both practice and policy – independently of commercial or political influence.

Neil Dube

Neil Dube began his civil service career in the Office for National Statistics, working on the publication and presentation of labour market and national debt data before moving to what is now the Department for Education in 2003.

Policy work he has been involved in there spans the children’s workforce, 14-19 qualifications, neighbourhood renewal and social exclusion. During a secondment to Sheffield City Council in 2005, he established a new team to strengthen policy and decision-making through the better use of information and intelligence.

In the last two years he has been the Department for Education’s policy lead on substance misuse and youth crime, and has championed the use of evidence-based practice.

Shortly before this work moved to the Home Office in 2013, he began a partnership with Mentor UK to give practitioners who work with young people practical advice and guidance on evidence-based approaches to drug and alcohol education and prevention. He now works on early years and wraparound provision in schools.

Tim Hull

Tim has worked with schools, colleges and local authorites for more than 30 years as a teacher, lecturer and adviser.

As managing director of CSN Consultancy (1993 – 2013) he developed and co-ordinated the healthy school programme in Essex (1999 – 2011), which continues to form an important part of the local public health strategy.

Tim has led a variety of local, national and international projects.

Some have been broadly based whole school initiatives.

Others have involved the development or evaluation of more specific programmes, including lifeskills approaches to alcohol education.

Evidence of what works and the need to address the complex issues and pressures in education and health has been central to Tim’s work in promoting the health and well-being of young people.

Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon is a trustee of LEAF. He joined the organisation in 2015 having previously been a commissioner on the Commission for the future of volunteering and an advisor to the National Citizen Service policy group. Joseph is a chartered accountant working for a big 4 firm providing advisory services in the public and private sector.

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