Meet the Trustees

The Board of Trafford Youth Trust

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Could you be one of our new Board Directors?

Thank you for your interest in Trafford Youth Trust.

To express your interest in this opportunity, please email a cover letter and a CV (if you have one) that combined outlines:

  • why you would like to become a board member
  • how you can bring specialist skills, knowledge and experience to help lead the organisation as we grow
  • how you are connected to Trafford

We are particularly keen to diversify our board so we would particularly welcome applications from leaders from less represented communities, such as:

  • people living with a disabilities
  • people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority heritage
  • Younger leaders (aged under 35 years' old)

Please note that board member positions are unremunerated.  Training and CPD opportunities are provided to board members.

Please find attached a copy of the

Board Directors' Role Profile

Applications can be emailed to


We look forward to hearing from you!




Lesley Davies, Chair

Lesley Davies is the Principal at one of Manchester’s leading educational providers, Trafford College.

Former Senior Vice President at the UK’s largest awarding body, Pearson UK and previously Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of experience in education to the region.

Prior to joining Pearson, Lesley worked for the Association of Colleges (AOC), where she was Deputy Chief Executive. Her background is in teaching, in inspection and in policy development. Before her role at AoC she was National Director for the Framework for Excellence and Quality at the Learning and Skills Council. At the Adult Learning Inspectorate she was responsible for the national inspection programme and the organisation’s commercial division.

Lesley has also worked extensively overseas, advising governments on the introduction and development of vocational education systems and quality assurance and improvement mechanisms. In 2015 she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH The Queen for services to education.

Lesley is the Chair of Trafford Youth Trust, and is also the Chair of the UK Skills Partnership Group.


John Lamb, Deputy Chair

John Lamb is a Trafford Councillor representing Ashton Upon Mersey, which he has done since 2004. John is the Executive Councillor with responsibility for Communities and Partnerships and is a non-executive director on the Trafford Housing Trust, a director of the Trafford Leisure Community Interest Company as well as being a Director of the Trafford Youth Trust.

John is also Chair of the West Trafford Learning Partnership which is the governing body of two schools: Ashton on Mersey High School and Broadoak High School in Partington.


Rev. Roger Sutton, Deputy Chair

Roger is a Baptist minister who served in Altrincham for over 22 years. He was a church based youth worker in the early years of his ministry and then oversaw a large church community in Altrincham that served hundreds of young people on a monthly basis, resulting in the establishment of the award winning community centre “the Hub” with a major area devoted to young people.

He was the first ever Chaplain to Manchester United FC and is now the Co-chair of the Trafford Partnership, the organisation that brings together the public, private and third sector across the borough.

His heart is to see all young people reach their potential and have every opportunity to succeed so that we can build a more sustainable and loving society for the future.


Jill Colbert

Jill has spent all of her career in public services, mainly working with children and adults; she has been a youth justice social worker, an HIV prevention outreach worker, and managed a large service for young people missing from home, sexually exploited and unaccompanied asylum seekers (as part of a national charity).  For the last 10 years she has worked in two different local authorities leading integrated commissioning. Jill is a senior manager in Trafford Council responsible for children and adults social care and public health.

Jill has got significant experience of commissioning services and bring that understanding to the Trust, to shape decisions about what and how to buy services for young people. Jill feels lucky in her career to work with children and families in a whole range of settings and she has always tried to listen and learn from them.

I like to spend any time I have when I’m not at work with my family, and I am a member of Manchester Triathlon club (not that I’m any good mind you) and take part in triathlons, and various runs and cycle rides.


Michael Cornes

Mike Cornes is a Trafford Councillor and has represented Davyhulme East since 2002. Mike is currently the Deputy Executive Member for Communities and Partnerships and a Board Member of Trafford Leisure Community Interest Company in addition to his membership of Trafford Youth Trust.

Mike joined the Executive in Trafford in May 2008 and held portfolios until 2015, including those of Education and Children’s Social Services. He became Chairman of the Board with responsibility for children looked after by Trafford when it was established in 2010 and stepped down from that role in October 2016.

Aside from Trafford Council, since 1980 Mike has been involved with several fundraising organisations that benefit people, including children both locally and nationally, in addition to assisting with the annual Urmston Charity Bonfire for the last 15 years.

Mike became a school governor in 1992 and is Chairman of Davyhulme Primary School Governing Body.


Nikki Bishop

Nikki's bio is on the way soon


Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn is an energetic and delivery focused Business Director who leads Hays IT in the North West region of UK. Hays IT is one of Europe’s largest and most successful IT recruitment companies and part of the global organisation Hays PLC.

Chris has had international experience in both a military and commercial capacity. He is currently a Parent Governor at St Ambrose and has a deep passion for personal and professional transformation.

He believes that all people have much more capability than they realise and is keen to assist and support young people realise their full potential and hence his interest in Trust Youth Trafford. Chris lives with his wife and two children in Cheshire.


Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones has 25 years experience in delivery and training for young people’s services around the country across all sectors. He has developed and led direct services in centres, street and community based settings in London and Manchester and has expertise in youth involvement / participation; detached Youth Work and service transformation.

After 15 years working in London, Kevin returned north to become the Development Director for the national charity Young Advisors prior to commencing his current role as Youth Manager for Trafford Housing Trust.

He has lectured in Youth and Community Studies at Bolton, Manchester and Mikkeli (Finland) Universities, is Chair of the Federation for Detached Youth Work and a Trustee for 42nd Street, Manchester.


Adrian Mills

Adrian is responsible for the day-to-day management of BBC North at MediaCityUK - the BBC's largest creative digital hub outside of London, and home to 3,000 staff, working in all genres.  He is a member of the senior leadership team which ensures that the audience, creative, financial and operational benefits of the BBC North are delivered. 

Adrian began his career at the BBC, directing and producing children's and schools programming, including The Really Wild Show, Record Breakers and Play School. Inn 1191 he relocated to Toronto, Canada and became Head of Children's, Youth and Daytime for CBC Television, Managing Director of CBC's online service and Executive Director of Programming for CBC Radio. 

Adrian has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education and child psychology.  He is a voting member of BAFTA, an International Emmy Award winner, Deputy Chair of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, and a governor of The Manchester College. 


Aaron Saxton

One of Manchester’s most accomplished teachers, Aaron made the move from mainstream education to head up training and development at the award winning hosting firm UKFast in 2013.

During his 12 year career in teaching Aaron became the face of modern education – fronting the Training and Development Agency’s national recruitment campaign ‘Get into Teaching’. He was also recognised as a National Ambassador for Teaching.

Spending seven years as a teacher and Head of ICT at The Dean Trust in Greater Manchester, Aaron played a key role in the development of the computer science curriculum, online learning environments and strengthening links between the schools and local businesses.