Hello. Welcome to NYBEP and its Board of Directors.
Following well-respected guidance from the Institute of Directors about the main responsibilities of company Boards, the NYBEP Board works to:
  •  Establish vision, mission and values
  •  Set strategy and structure
  •  Delegate to management
  •  Exercise accountability to shareholders and be responsible to  relevant stakeholders
There are currently six company Directors, including the Chair, Deputy Chair, and CEO. Directors are professionals with extensive senior experience in fields and sectors directly relevant to the core mission of the company. Their backgrounds include large private sector businesses, schools, higher education, science and technology, and a Chamber of Commerce.
The Board periodically reviews its structure, and appointment of additional Directors is always possible as the company evolves.
All members of the NYBEP Management Team attend Board meetings and contribute fully, and significantly, to the deliberations. As you will see throughout this website partnership working is the essence of NYBEP – and this is as true of the Board as the rest of the company.


Richard joined the Board of NYBEP in 2005 as a representative of Nestle, and in his time on the Board has worked very closely with the management team to help the company through a time of considerable change. While at Nestle, Richard worked for some years in manufacturing and supply chain before taking up senior roles in HR.
Richard now works as a Director of a small consultancy specialising in coaching and leadership development in both the private and public sectors, and continues to coach HR specialists and provide HR guidance to organsiations especially those going through periods of change. In addition to this, he has been a Governor of a school in North Yorkshire since 2010, initially being asked to help it through a period of significant under performance, and became Chair of Governors two years later.



David has been working in secondary schools since 1987 as a Teacher of History, Head of History, Head of Humanities, Deputy Headteacher and latterly as a Headteacher. He has led two North Yorkshire schools, Nidderdale High School in Pateley Bridge from 2005 to 2010 and has been at Scalby School in Scarborough ever since.
He has been a GCSE Examiner and a Consultant Leader providing mentoring support to new school leaders, a member of the North Yorkshire Outdoor Education Committee and because of his keen interest in sport, is the Chair of the Scarborough and District School Sports Association.



Sue held the position of Chief Executive of NYBEP between 2007 and 2017 having successfully led the organisation through significant change. The thread running throughout Sue’s career has primarily been the personal development, career planning and progression of young people.
Sue started working in York as a Careers Adviser in 1982 and progressed to manage a range of services including Wakefield Careers Guidance Services; corporate outplacement and careers management; education publishing and economic and policy research.
As well as now serving as a non-executive Director at NYBEP Sue is also a Trustee with the Ebor Multiple Academy Trust.



Brought up in Yorkshire and educated in Yorkshire & London, Susie started her career in the hospitality sector which was followed by running her own business prior to joining the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce in 2002.
Susie started at the Chamber as the Events Manager and became Commercial Director before the Chamber merged with its counterpart in Leeds in 2008.  A further merger took place in 2014 to create the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce with offices in York, Bradford & Leeds.
Susie is Head of the York & North Yorkshire Chamber which involves representing members’ interests with key local, regional and national decision makers.  She also heads the Chamber’s events team across the patch.
Susie is extremely committed to the Chamber’s work in helping Yorkshire businesses to be successful.



Charles has worked in science for over 25 years investigating the causes of new and emerging plant health diseases after studying for a Ph.D. in the mushroom industry.  In 1993, he was voted the Young Mushroom Scientist of the year a title that he still holds to this day!  More recently, he has been involved in the skills agenda for Defra and the Government Office of Science developing a new programme of work ‘to inspire the next generation of plant health scientists’.  As a STEM ambassador he is passionate about getting the next generation involved in science and outdoor fieldwork.  From his own experience, early intervention is key in ‘firing the imagination’ and helping to ‘open doors’ to careers in science.
In his role as a plant health consultant he has worked widely with government, NGOs, industry, voluntary groups and citizens in developing good biosecurity practice and raising awareness of plant health issues.
As a parent of two teenage children he has a good understanding of the challenges faced by young learners and their parents as they progress through their school life and think about the future.



Tom joined the board in 2010 as a representative of Aviva, and has since then held a number of senior roles in Financial Services organisations.
His involvement with NYBEP started back in 2006 as part of the team developing the award-winning Starting Blocks programme, focused on raising employability for young people leaving care. Education, entrepreneurship and employability remain important to Tom inside and outside of NYBEP.