Keith Blanshard (Chair)

A retired director of an international manufacturing group, Keith brings a wealth of business expertise and experience to The Island’s Trustee Board. In the course of his career, he has been involved with a number of charitable organisations, including The Prince’s Trust, and has himself served as a mentor giving him first-hand appreciation of the support that Island volunteers provide.

Bob Purrington (Secretary)

Bob has over 26 years’ experience of youth work, including ten years as a youth justice officer and more than three years as a qualified social worker. He has expertise in mentoring having overseen the development of York Youth Service’s nationally acclaimed Network 2. Bob recently retired as Lead Operational Manager for the Youth Service in York.

David Fletcher (Honorary Treasurer)

David is a retired chartered accountant who previously worked for many years as Financial Secretary for the Diocese of York, and for other organisations before that. He was brought up in Huddersfield and is married to Mandy.

Andy Herbert – Trustee

I am currently the Headteacher at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School in the North area of York, and previously served as Headteacher at Fishergate Primary School which is in the centre of the historic City of York. I especially enjoy working to support families in vulnerable circumstances and believe this is vital to ensure children are able to learn and make progress in school.
Prior to this I was the Deputy then Head of a small village school, Skelton Primary School, just outside York and before that I taught at Lakeside School in Clifton Moor. I studied as a teacher in London and began my career in some challenging schools in Lambeth.
I am married with 3 children, one now studying law at University and two still at school, with the youngest at primary school. We all worship together at York Baptist Church where I have a variety of leadership roles.

Jo Wraith (Trustee)

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Jessica Haslam

Jess has worked for over 25 years in the field of disability. She trained as a teacher of the deaf, and worked in homes, schools, and clinics with children and their families from diagnosis through to 19 years of age. In her current role as Head of Integrated Services for Disabled Children, Jess is co-ordinating integrated services to improve outcomes for disabled children and young people, and their families.

Geoff Dodd (Trustee)

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Geraldine Casswell

Geraldine was a consultant clinical psychologist working at CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Having worked in this field for over 30 years, she is very aware that providing support at critical times can help a young person make positive choices for their lives. This promotes for the young person a sense of being able, and of being worthwhile, which, in turn, helps the whole family.

Dr Nick J. Watson

Nick was a volunteer mentor with The Island between 2011-2014. In his role as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Culture and Religion at York St John University, he has pastoral leadership role. One focus of his research explores the role of family breakdown (especially fatherlessness) and well-being in sport, and how sport can be used as a vehicle to mentor and nurture children and adolescents through health relationships.

Joanne Thompson

I am currently Head of Human Resources at York St John University where I have worked since 2010. Prior to this I worked for 10 years in the charity sector in a variety of HR roles. I have also worked in Human Resources for both health and local authority organisations.

I studied Social Policy at the University of Nottingham and have since completed a number of post graduate studies including HR Professional qualifications and a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching with Teesside University. I am married with 2 children, both at secondary school.