Cultural Services Manager, Mansfield District Council
Dame Asha Khemka OBE, DBE
Principal and Chief Executive West Nottinghamshire College
Executive Chairman – Fibresand International
Managing Director of Hewitt Card Ltd
Owner and Director Musto Limited
Relationship Director – Barclays Corporate
John Kirkland OBE
Group Chairman – Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd
Martin Doel OBE
Chief Executive – Association of Colleges
Managing Director – Mansfield 103.2
Writer and educational consultant
“I joined the Inspire and Achieve Foundation in January 2012 with a background of working in both the charity and commercial sector. After gaining a geography degree from Sheffield University, my career started in an urban regeneration company in West London. My strong interest in social and community projects led me onto Street League where I was head of Funding and Development. With a desire to polish my business and financial management skills, I worked on the commercial management of large construction projects before returning to the charity sector with a determination to help charities to run effectively and efficiently, whilst not compromising their good work. I now lead and manage the Inspire and Achieve Foundation, and I’m enjoying every minute of it!”
Youth and Outreach Officer
“In 1998 I was the founder member Sorted, a Mansfield based support service for drug and alcohol users. In 2001 I began working for Action Housing as a substance misuse worker and I was working with high risk offenders. My next role was with Framework, where I worked as a housing officer, helping vulnerable people who needed support around housing issues or homelessness. I saw the good work the IAF team were doing over 2013, and how they were passionate and enthusiastic about changing young people’s lives, and so I jumped at the opportunity to work for them in September 2013. I am by no means perfect, and I’ve made my fair share of mistakes in my youth, and I see this role as an opportunity to stop young people from making the same mistakes. I understand many of the issues facing young people, and I just want to help where I can, and give something back to the Mansfield community.”
Progression and Programme Manager
“I started my career in Sheffield supporting offenders with housing issues after completing a criminal justice degree at Liverpool John Moores University. I then gained a promotion to team leader and moved to the Mansfield and Ashfield area where I have managed various teams, offenders, general needs, mental health and vulnerable adults.
The two most recent contracts I worked on made me start to look at youth unemployment and the effects it has on the young person and their local communities. As the daughter of a miner, and being brought up in a mining village I’m aware of the effects the pit closures and traditional factories had on young people’s aspirations and employment opportunities.
When I was based at Outram Street supporting young people with their housing issues, the staff members there were inundated daily with young people in desperate situations. When I started to talk to the young people I found that they didn’t know where to start and some practical help mixed with good quality information, advice and guidance changed their lives.
I am committed to developing Inspire and Achieve so we can start to support larger numbers of young people in a wider area, into employment, training and education. I’m enjoying working with the young people massively and look forward to delivering the next Accelerate programme.”