Eleanor Harrison OBE joined as Chief Executive in September 2020. She has a wealth of experience leading non-profit teams around the world.
Before joining Impetus, Eleanor was Interim Chief Executive of Safe Passage International, using strategic advocacy and litigation to open and defend safe, legal routes to sanctuary for young people seeking asylum. Previously Eleanor spent six years as Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK; an award-winning global charity challenging traditional aid dynamics; using new technology to enable better access to funding, skills and learning for local organisations everywhere.
Prior to this Eleanor ran a charity in Kenya for five years helping street connected children and their families build better lives for themselves and led innovative programmes for refugees and young people in the UK. Eleanor holds an MA in International Relations, University of Queensland and an MA in Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2016) in the UK in recognition of her services to International Development.
Hamid is the Chief Executive of Star Academies. He has led the Trust since its inception. Hamid is passionate about the highest of ambition for children and young people from the most disadvantaged communities across the country and this vision has guided the philosophy of the Trust and his work in particular. Hamid, as a National Leader of Education, is a member of several national and international strategic educational and policy forums. In this role, he has contributed to the development of strategies and programmes as diverse as teacher training, leadership development, community cohesion, curriculum reform and social mobility. Hamid is committed to the development of a strong and world-class academy sector and actively works to improve its reputation.
In recognition of his service to education, Hamid was awarded a CBE in 2015.
Junior is a social entrepreneur, campaigner and youth leader. In his early 20’s, Junior was sentenced to 12 years in prison for serious drug-related offences. It was while in custody, seeing the cycle of re-offending and helplessness of other inmates, he vowed to prevent what happened to him from happening to others. On his release, with the support of the St Giles Trust, Junior founded the award-winning SOS Project. What started in 2006 as a small pilot project in Southwark grew to become the largest ex-offender led project in the country; helping thousands of young people make a safe and sustained exit from serious violence and criminal exploitation through county lines.
Naomi is responsible for running Catch22’s operations, spanning children’s services education, employment, apprenticeships, social action and justice.
Naomi has 15 years’ experience in both strategic and operational roles in the public and private sectors. She joined Catch22 in May 2008. Prior to joining Catch22 Naomi worked across a range of projects delivering and managing youth work, early intervention and prevention services for young people at risk of social exclusion.
Nick Pearce is professor of public policy and director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath.
Previously, Nick has been head of the No 10 Policy Unit, director of the IPPR think-tank, and a special adviser in the Home Office and Department for Education and Employment. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and chair of trustees at Tavistock Relationships.