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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 a Judicial Appointments Panel Chair, a Board Trustee and a Non-Executive Director, working with a number of organisations in the youth, education and social care sectors.  As a Senior Civil Servant, she led on Workforce, Leadership & Public Bodies Reform programmes in the Cabinet Office, coordinating major policy reviews across Whitehall and advising ministers and Prime Ministers. Paula has a background in social policy and economic development, employment promotion and HR planning. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office she had been a senior manager in local government, leading on quality reviews, strategy and resources. In her early career she established community initiatives to create employment opportunities and positive social change.


Hu Clarke (he, him, his)


Hu has had 35 years’ experience of working within the helping and caring professions, has been involved in youth and community, health promotion, teaching/training and mental health. He is a qualified psychosexual and relationship therapist and clinical supervisor. Hu is passionate about supporting, enabling and empowering young people to actualise their full potential and he has been involved with New Horizon for over 27 years being a former worker and now a trustee.  He feels that New Horizon is a great project which tries to even out the playing field, allowing young people to achieve and thrive within a positive caring and supportive 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. 


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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 Nedbank Private Wealth 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 financial services professional and chartered accountant currently working in Risk at Natwest having previously worked in Finance and a start up digital bank within Natwest. Prior to Natwest Kate 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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