About The You Trust
About The YOU Trust
The YOU Trust is a charity working in Hampshire and Dorset who for over 30 years has been providing flexible care, support and advice services centred on the people we support.
Last year (2015/16) we provided support to over 25,000 people in such specialist areas as Homelessness, Learning Disabilities, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Mental Health, Older Persons, Young People and Advice Services.
We are an organisation of passionate and determined people who want to make a difference.
Our vision is for everyone who is in need of our advice, care and support to have the tools and resources they need for their journey towards the life they want.
YOU provides people with the help they need to realise their dreams of independence, security, stability, happiness and freedom. We help people in our communities who need care, support and advice due to poverty, homelessness, disability, age, ill health or abuse to have the life they want.
We have 5 key values running through our organisation influencing everything we do, they are: Person-Centred, Trustworthy, Excellence, Innovative and being Can-do.
How our organisation is run
We are governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for directing how we as a charity are run, help us to make sure we are achieving what we set out to accomplish as part of our mission, and decide future plans for the charity. Our Trustees are an integral part of our charity as they ensure we strive for best practice through regular visits to all our services; attend Board and Committee meetings to share their specialist knowledge; and review our policies and procedures to ensure we are functioning within the legal and financial requirements of a charity.
The Trust Board meets every quarter to undertake the business of the charity. We also have several Committees to specifically focus on different aspects of the charity’s work. The Committees are as follows:
- Trust Executive Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- Finance and Commercial Committee
- Organisational Development Committee
- Performance & Quality Monitoring Committee
Honorary Life President
Tessa Short was born in Oxford, then went on to study in Yorkshire where she studied Dance and Physical Education with Earl Fitzwilliam. She started a teaching and examining career before marrying a Naval Engineer and moving to the outback of Australia. After two years, Tessa returned to the UK to start a political career as a Local Councillor and the Mayor of Fareham. After a year Tessa then became involved with Local Community organisations and was our Chair for 16 years.
Graeme Quar is Chairman of the YOU Trust. Graeme qualified as a solicitor over 30 years ago and is Head of Commercial Law at Hampshire solicitors Biscoe’s. Graeme has climbed the five highest mountains in Africa and is a season ticket holder for Manchester City.
Vice Chair and Chair of Organisational Development Committee
Ann came to the UK from South Africa in 1970, working first in book publishing and then as an academic lawyer. She was Dean of Business School at Portsmouth University School for ten years, followed by interim posts as Dean of two other University Business Schools. Voluntary work now includes Director of a small charitable company and Editor of the Worthing ‘talking newspaper’ for the blind and partially sighted.
Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Commercial Committee
John Rowlinson joined the Board of Trustees in 2000 after retiring as Commercial Director of one of the GEC of companies. He chairs the Finance Sub-Committee and is Treasurer of The YOU Trust. His recreational pursuits include gardening, singing and playing Bassoon with The Meon Valley Orchestra.
Chair of Performance and Quality Monitoring Committee
Penny worked as a College Lecturer in the Sixth Form sector.
Volunteering has included being an Appropriate Adult helping young people in police custody, assisting at a club for Asian seniors, primary school governor and an editor of a village magazine.
James is a retired Chartered Accountant. He is a Director of YOU Trading and a Trustee, and James is also a Governor at Cams Hill School. James has been a member and past President of Fareham Meon Rotary Club, as well as being a past President for Fareham Round Table.
James enjoys being part of community service projects.
Louise has known The YOU Trust for several years and admired the work that it does and the way that the Trust treats it’s staff. She is delighted to have been appointed as a Trustee of the Trust in March 2017. Louise joined the Trust at a very exciting time for the Trust and looks forward to contributing to its continued success.
Louise is a consultant solicitor, specialising in employment law and data protection.
Sara is originally from Birmingham and moved to Portsmouth 10 years ago to study English Literature at Portsmouth University. She has worked at Portsmouth City Council since moving here in Children’s Services and now in Adult Social care, where she is the lead on Information and Advice.
Sara will be graduating with a Masters in Marketing and with her new-found free time, she will be spending it with a good book and her dog.
Steve Pitt has worked in social care for 40 years. He was Regional Director with the Social Services Inspectorate and Director for Adult and Community Services with Dorset County Council. Nowadays he is a freelance consultant, and a Knowledge Transfer Fellow at the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University.
My Learning Cloud Limited
My Learning Cloud Limited, formally known as YOU Trading, is a limited company and social enterprise operating as wholly owned by The YOU Trust. It is governed by a group of Directors who meet several times a year at My Learning Cloud meetings. The company operates My Learning Cloud which has been in existence since September 2012 and is now a leading online solution for delivering training via technology throughout the Care, Support and Health sectors. The Care Certificate produced by My Learning Cloud is the only online solution endorsed by Skills for Care in the UK.
Jo Grinsted has over 20 years of experience in B2B commercial contracts, drafting, negotiation and their management for telecommunications, IT, internet services, complex system integration, software, oil, gas and MOD, in the UK, Europe and US. She took over as Chair of My Learning Cloud Limited in 2015.
Nicola has over 20 years experience at the helm of the YOU Group, a leading charity providing individual support, personalised care and advice services to over 25,000 people every year in the south of England. A self-motivated, confident, well organised individual with extensive experience as a Third Sector Chief Executive, Nicola is an innovative, experienced and highly respected leader.
James is a retired Chartered Accountant. He is a Director of My Learning Cloud Limited and a Trustee, and James is also a Governor at Cams Hill School. James has been a member and past President of Fareham Meon Rotary Club, as well as being a past President for Fareham Round Table.
James enjoys being part of community service projects.
Joanne has spent 30 years in the IT industry and until recently, running a Managed IT Services business in the Portsmouth area. In 2017, Joanne embarked on a new personal direction and career of Professional Speaking, together with a Training & Consultancy business with a focus on Diversity & Inclusion around Transgender Equality.
In 2017 Joanne became a Trustee of The YOU Trust and shortly after a Director of My Learning Cloud Limited. She is also a Trustee of Round Table Children’s Wish and of Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity.
Joanne being with her, 20 years of hands on commercial expertise as well as her IT skills and is looking forward to helping My Learning Cloud reach its full potential and support its aims.
Senior Management Team
The Senior Management Team is made up of our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Finance. They work closely with the Trustees and the Heads of Departments in order to fulfil YOU’s mission statement and deliver our vision.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicola has over 20 years experience at the helm of the YOU Group. After graduating in Politics from Reading University, Nicola worked for the health service and then in a learning disability service before joining the Trust in 1996. Nicola is a graduate of the National School of Government’s Top Management Programme and was voted The News Business Personality of the Year as well as winning the prestigious Marks and Spencer Sieff Award for her work with businesses in the South East. She is also the Chair of Trustees at Highbury College, Portsmouth.
Director of Finance
Paul joined our team as Head of Finance in June 2017. Paul is a creative, driven and forward thinking qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years experience in finance operations. He takes great enjoyment in providing well presented information and being involved in the ‘reasons why’ behind financial numbers, working out why some things tick and others don’t. His Can Do attitude fits perfectly with YOU core values and we’re very pleased to welcome him to the team.
Service Department Heads
Our services are organised under our three Heads of Department, each leading their teams with a wealth of experience and expertise to provide the very best support to the people we help.
Head of Hidden Violence and Counselling Services
Tonia is head of our domestic violence and abuse services.For over 20 years she has been involved with children, families and individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse or living in the shadow of addiction.
Tonia is passionate about using her skills, knowledge and experience to guide and influence the development of services and the people working at YOU to ensure we offer the best to everyone we work with in our communities.
Head of Older Person and Disability Services
Alison is head of YOU’s Older People and Disability Services. All her working life she had worked with people and is passionate about service quality; what that really means to someone and how we can make people’s experiences of our services the very best of times. This is and always will be the focus of her departments’ work.
Alison is a qualified coach with 30 years of experience of leadership in social care services. She’s committed to walking alongside people as partners in their journey in their life, building on their strengths and skill to achieve their goals.
Head of Health and Homelessness
Michelle is our Head of Health & Homelessness at YOU. She has worked with people, supporting them with their health and homelessness needs throughout her career.
Michelle and her team are driven in delivering a quality service to each individual needing support, placing the person at the heart of what we do through person-centred principles, offering people support they want to reach their goals in life.