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

 Kemi Adeshina

Kemi Adeshina

Senior Youth worker & Girls work lead

CHAIR & TRUSTEES

Millicent Grant

Millicent Grant

Chair

Biography

As chair Millie has oversight for overseeing the direction and good governance of the club. She grew up in South London and has had a long association with KYC.

She first started voluntary youth work at KYC as a leader in the seniors section then joined the management team. She was vice chair for a number of years before being appointed Chair. She is a Chartered Legal Executive – and is the 2017/18 President of her professional body.

She won the UK Legal Diversity Award for BSN Lawyer of the year 2017 and was Recognised as a 2017 Woman of Achievement by Women of the Year. She has trained and practised as a personal and executive coach and has used her skills and experience to support the youth Centre and participate in training as part of TYLAP (KYC’s Trainee Young Leader Apprenticeship Programme).

She is committed to creating an environment where members can be inspired and supported to develop and fulfil their potential.

Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Trustee

Biography
Chris Giles – Service Delivery Trustee at KYC – with an extensive background in Probation & Youth Justice.

Currently working as a project & development officer within youth justice teams in Lewisham & Brent Councils. Sees KYC as a catalyst to help young people enjoy themselves and realise their potential. Enjoys life – walks – music – and the odd cream cake!

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders

Trustee

Biography

I started out as a young volunteer youth worker at the Knights in 1973! Having run teams, projects and holidays for over 25 years, I eventually became Chair. I am now still as involved as ever in my new role looking after the Centre.

I love this place and the work it does for the local community. Having recently retired from a 40 year career in children’s social work, I am as busy as ever! Thank you to everyone who helps us.”

Martin Long

Martin Long

Trustee

Biography

Martin is a Chartered Engineer with an MSc in Project Management from Reading University. He spent 15 years with a consultant engineering firm Arups.

In that period he lived in London, Los Angeles and Istanbul. He joined property developer Stanhope as a development director in 1998 where he led three major commercial office developments in the City. In July 2013 Martin became a freelance development manager and formed his own company called Ashfold.

Most recently he completed the development of a new £10 Million pool and sports centre at Windlesham House School in Sussex. Martin lives in Wimbledon and has two children in secondary school.

Martin is the son of Leslie Long who was part of the leadership team when the Youth Centre first relocated to Streatham Place in 1959

Rev John Marshall

Rev John Marshall

Trustee

Biography

John has been a KYC trustee for a number of years, supporting KYC’s faith and spiritual input. He is currently a voluntary Assistant Priest at St James Clapham at Kings Acre Church, a position he has held since 1995.

He is a spiritual director for Spidir – Disocese of Southwark. Spidir is an informal ecumenical Christian network promoting spiritual direction.

John has also been a special needs teacher specialising in children and young people with severe learning difficulties, in school, community education.

He started youth work as a volunteer with Clapham Youth Centre between 1974 and 1989 with a 2 and a half year spell at Cowley Recreational Institute before starting training for Ordination.

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke

Trustee

Biography

Simon is the Vice Chairman at KYC and helps with strategic oversight. He is also a freelance photographer and project manager with experience in construction, humanitarian aid, and expedition leadership.

Before embarking upon his current career he spent 5 years as an army officer in the RIFLES and spent time on operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In his spare time, Simon enjoys mountaineering, reading, and running and has completed both London and New York marathons. Having been introduced to KYC while on secondment City Hall from the army in 2010 he attended residential trips to Devon and Cornwall, and having seen the life-changing work done here has stayed involved ever since, becoming a trustee in 2016

John Saunders

John Saunders

Trustee

Biography

Member of the Finance team.
Now retired following 40 years working in the London Insurance market with large Corporate clients.

I have now been involved at Knights for over 50 years. Initially as a member, I then became involved as a Volunteer on various club nights moving on to become the Team Leader of the Inters and Senior sections.

For the last 20 years plus I have served as a member of the Management Team/Trustee Board. Knights is well and truly part of my DNA and is a great place to work and help the young people of Clapham Park

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.