Our patron – George Clarke

George Clarke is an architect, creative director of George Clarke + Partners, and a founder of TV production company Amazing Productions. George is the presenter of several very successful series for television, including Channel 4’s Restoration Man and The Great British Property Scandal and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

George says:

“I was delighted to agree formally my role as patron to Knights Youth Centre in 2016 and to support the wonderful work that is being done within the community by the KYC team. I, like many others, feel the importance of centres like Knights are vital to the social and mental wellbeing of young people within our communities and charities like Knights Youth Centre provide not only a safe place for young people to meet, but manage and run the extensive outreach work done within the wider local area.

“I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to everyone who supports Knights Youth Centre and hope we can continue to have your support over the coming years to ensure the focus and dedicated work in the community can continue.”

STAFF

Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson

Head of Youth Services

Michelle Marquis-Brorson

Michelle Marquis-Brorson

Centre Manager

Sharna Gayle

Sharna Gayle

Youth Worker (Juniors and Girls)

CHAIR & TRUSTEES

Millicent Grant

Millicent Grant

Chair

Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Trustee

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders

Trustee

Martin Long

Martin Long

Trustee

Rev John Marshall

Rev John Marshall

Trustee

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Trustee

John Saunders

John Saunders

Trustee

David Dowie

David Dowie

Trustee

Biography

I have worked in young people’s services both in the voluntary and local authority sector for the last 40 years. My last post was manager of Integrated Youth Support Servic.es in Medway in North West Kent where I managed the Youth Service, Youth Offending Service and commissioned the Information Advice and Guidance Service for young people.

I was asked to take up a trustee role at Knights YC when I retired in 2017. My Trustee role is that of Quality assurance and young people’s voice.

On retiring I wanted to keep an involvement with grass roots young people’s services and the opportunity at Knights YC was one that I had no hesitation in accepting.

Young people’s services are required to provide a safe space for young people to socialise with the opportunity to get informal advice, guidance and support to vulnerable young people 8-19 years, who are at risk of a challenging community environment, peer pressure or family dysfunction.

I would like for knights YC to become an organisation that enables young people to fully participate in the decision making processes that guide the youth centre and to put young people’s voice at the heart of its work.

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Trustee

Biography

Rob joined the Board of Trustees as Treasurer in 2016 where he is responsible for the overall management of the finances, including budget creation and approval, finance processing, the production of interim reports and approval of the year-end annual accounts. Although not a qualified accountant, he took on the role after retiring from a 35-year career in banking.  This began with eight years in branch banking, including three years working with business and corporate clients with the associated analysis of balance sheets and accounts. This was followed by a move into the bank’s IT department, first as a systems analyst working on customer accounting systems, followed by eight years project management experience in which he was involved in both staff recruitment / management and controlling / reporting on budgets ranging from £75k to over £1M.  His work concluded with twelve years involved in strategic architecture and high level banking systems design with extensive involvement in both presenting to, and participating in, internal governance boards with their associated controls and risk management at all levels within the bank.