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The Board of Trustees is made up of a group of volunteers committed to shaping and developing the centre’s work.

Their experience and knowledge span Media, Corporate, Local & Central Government and are an invaluable asset in ensuring that New Horizon is at the forefront of service delivery to vulnerable young people.


Jon Snow (Patron)

Jon Snow quoteJon Snow served as Co-ordinator of New Horizon from 1970-73. He has been a member of the management committee since then and Chair since Lord Longford handed over to him in 1986. He works as main Presenter of Channel 4 news. He is Deputy Chair of the Media Trust; Chair of Tate Members; and on the Board of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


Matthew Reed (Chair) 

Matthew served seven years as Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, developing  Square Matthewits social justice focus, overseeing a major strategy review and further growing the charity's capability to support young people who are facing multiple disadvantage and exploitation.  Before that, Matthew was Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and a director of Christian Aid.  Prior to moving into the charity sector, Matthew was a parish priest.


Gemma Rocyn Jones

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Gemma has spent the last 10 years specialising in financing and strengthening the organisational resilience of charities and social enterprises. At The National Lottery Community Fund Gemma combines a focus on strategy with finding new ways for social investment to deliver positive outcomes for vulnerable people. Gemma's first volunteer role came as a new graduate working in the city when she became a governor of an inner-city primary school. This passion for helping children and young people realise their potential led her to join New Horizon in July 2019. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Clore Social Fellow and an accredited coach.


Paula McDonald

TrusteePaulaMcdonaldPaula McDonald, CBE, is Deputy Director at the Cabinet leading on the Public Bodies Reform programme within the Efficiency and Reform Group. Her team coordinates the review programme, advising ministers, including the Chief Secretary and Prime Minister, on actions for improvement.   With over 25 years in the public sector, Paula has a background in social policy and economic development, employment promotion and human resources. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office she had been a senior manager in local government, with responsibility for service quality improvement, strategy and resources management.


Hu Clarke

TrusteeHuClarkeHu has had 30 years’ experience of working within the helping professions, has been involved in youth and community, health promotion, teaching/training and mental health. He is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and currently lectures part-time. Hu is passionate about supporting, enabling and empowering young people to actualise their full potential.  He feels that New Horizon is a great project which tries to even out the playing field and thus allows all those who may be disadvantaged or at risk to achieve and thrive within a positive caring environment.


Ellie Roy

TrusteeEllieRoyEllie Roy has worked at senior level in public sector management and policy roles including Chief Probation Officer, Director of Crime Reduction for London, National Director for Crime Reduction, and Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board. Ellie has wide experience of the adult and juvenile criminal justice system from her work in the community and in prisons, and has a keen interest in taking positive action to prevent offending. She has been a Trustee at New Horizon since 2009. 


Jenny StokerJenny

Jenny Stoker, a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst, has worked in mental health for many years, most recently in the voluntary sector at The Anna Freud Centre where she was joint lead of the child psychotherapy service. She also brings to her role previous experience early in her career as a social worker and as a researcher on housing policy.


John Williams


John is a senior financial services professional and currently heads up the wealth planning division at Credit Suisse in the UK. He joined the Board of Trustees in September 2017 and is looking forward to using his experience and passion for supporting disadvantaged young people in his new role at New Horizon’


Martin Dibben

TrusteeMartinDibbenMartin has worked in a variety of high end, high volume establishments covering experience in restaurants, conference and banqueting, business in industry and outdoor catering. Having run his own restaurant Dibben's in Smithfield's market for six years, Martin is now General Manager of Searcy's at the Barbican. 


Kate Hawthorne

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Kate is Senior Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis for Royal Bank of Scotland, having previously worked for Ernst & Young and Scottish Widows. Passionate about education, Kate's skills are a great benefit to NHYC's work in youth development, women’s issues.


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