Sian Searles; B.Sc. (Hons) – Chair of Trustees
With a professional marketing background, Sian Searles’s working life has focussed on supporting large and small companies to increase their sales revenue and market image. Her UK clients have ranged from large corporate entities including Sainsbury’s, PwC, and News International, to small innovative start-up businesses. Sian has also founded and grown a number of business development companies involved in the sourcing and generation of qualified sales leads for clients. For nine years she and her family lived in Australia where she established client relationships with leading companies, among which were Deloittes and Australia Post. Sian served on the Victorian Advisory Board for Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity that provided support for hospitalised children of all ages. On her return to the United Kingdom, Sian became a Trustee of WYC in 2019, and is the Trustees link with WYC’s ambassadors who provide valuable fund raising help. She has two grown-up children, and lives in central Winchester with her husband and the world’s friendliest Labrador.
Dr John Lander PhD.; B.A (Hons); FCIB – Trustee
John Lander worked for one of the joint stock banks for 30 years culminating in an appointment as a Corporate Finance Director. He then joined the Board of a public motor group and subsequently became Director of Finance at an independent school. During the latter stages of his working life John began studying with The Open University which led to a B.A. (Hons) degree in 1995 and the award of a PhD. in 2000. In retirement he chaired a large Cornish housing association, and served as a non-executive director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and as a governor of Truro and Penwith College. Since moving to Hampshire in 2019, John has continued his writing which now comprises over twenty books and papers, mainly concerned with 19th century nonconformist church history and the Cornish teetotal movement. In addition to being Chair of Winchester Youth Counselling since November 2021, John is a governor of the Sparsholt College Group and a non-executive director of Winchester Housing Trust Ltd. John and his wife have three children and six grandchildren, four of whom have attended Hampshire schools.
James Murphy ACA CTA – Treasurer
After leaving 6th form in 2013 and spending a gap year mountain biking, James Murphy began a career in tax and accountancy and qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser under the ACA/CTA joint programme in summer of 2019 whilst working for Rothmans in Winchester. James currently manages a tax team and has a particular skill in building strong client relationships and delivering specialist advice to a broad range of businesses and families.
Outside of work, James is a keen weightlifter and dabbles in all manner of outdoor sports from trail running, bouldering and stand up paddle boarding. He lives in Downton, Salisbury with his fiancée, their rescue chickens and a very energetic Labrador.
James became a Trustee and Treasurer of Winchester Youth Counselling in April 2021.
Andrew Simpson; Dip. CIOH (Chartered Institute of Housing) – Trustee
Andrew Simpson’s whole career has been associated with housing, working for local authorities, housing associations and charities in support of those in housing need or suffering from homelessness. He has spent time at Southampton City Council, Reading Borough Council, Hyde Housing Association and Housing Solutions, before becoming Area Director for YMCA Fairthorne Group overseeing housing, childcare, and youth services within Hampshire. In March 2018, Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Winchester Housing Trust Ltd, a housing charity that is expanding its provision of affordable and social housing within Hampshire and further afield. He has always had a keen interest in the provision of affordable housing, and the protection of tenancy rights for residents. Andrew became a Trustee of Winchester Youth Counselling in May 2018, and is also Chair of Governors at Ludlow Junior School in Southampton. He is married with two children.
Jamie Robinson – Trustee
Jamie started his career in the banking and finance industry and then established himself in Project Management. He has managed projects in all three sectors, public, private and voluntary.
Locally, Jamie managed Unit 12, a community centre in Winnall, Winchester. Jamie played a huge part in transforming the centre and turning it into a profitable social enterprise that continues to have a huge positive impact on the local community. Unit 12 won ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ at the 2021 Winchester Business Awards. Jamie has also been involved in establishing the BeWyse project, an online resource which provides information for young people around services and local activities. Jamie currently manages The Mayflower Studios in Southampton where he continues to develop his community focused ethos.
Jamie has also worked with schools and projects coaching Football, Gymnastics and PE and sharing his enthusiasm for sport.
Kayleigh Ryan – Trustee
Kayleigh is one of two WYC Trustees under the age of 30, bringing enthusiasm and a youthful perspective.
Kayleigh is the New Homes Coordinator for Steele Raymond LLP, Relationship Representative for South Hampshire Junior Lawyers Division and runs ESC Learn2Swim.
Kayleigh has experience in organising large scale events for charities, sponsors and corporate businesses as well as having recently started up a well-being committee within her firm.
Kayleigh provides a legal perspective, providing connections with other professionals within the industry.
Alison Day – Trustee
Alison is the Associate Director for Children’s Complex Care for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group and Associate Director for Maternity & Children’s commissioning for South-East Hampshire. Alison has strategic, operational management and clinical expertise gained over the past three decades working in NHS provider trusts and most recently within the Clinical Commissioning Group.
Alison’s history includes building strong partnerships and Integrated service models across complex systems whilst leading the Children’s System Transformation Programme that mobilises services with measurable benefits for children and families. Alison provides valuable insight into NHS and Local Authority policies, procedures, structure and advises on topics including engagement, co -production, safeguarding and the clinical care needs of children and young people.
Debbie Lockett – Trustee
Debbie has been a driving force in local charity work, establishing FirstBite in 2016. FirstBite is a community focussed social enterprise using surplus food to fight food waste and promote healthy lifestyle practices to combat social isolation and improve wellbeing. This project also provided support to vulnerable groups and individuals through workshops and volunteering opportunities at the FirstBite café and local community events. Debbie has valuable experience and knowledge of delivering community services, supporting, training and managing volunteers and raising funds through events or grants and directing the research and evaluation of social impact projects.
Debbie is well connected in the Winchester district with links to many charitable organisations and an awareness of local need.
WYC receive CPRE Award for Nature Therapy