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Wendover Youth Centre Trustees 

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Trustee and Safeguarding Officer - Kazeem Olayinka (he/him)

Passionate and energetic Youth Work Manager/ Programme Manager with over 14 years experience in the Youth Sector.  Kaz has been described as an extremely influential and positive mentor by those who have worked with him. He is looked up to and inspired by young people. He oozes optimism, inspires individuality and encourages excellence.

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Treasurer – Paul Hammett (he/him)

Paul, who first became involved with youth work at St Mary’s Church in 2000, completed a degree in Youth & Community Work in 2008 as part of which he founded the Amazing Donkey Youth Club in 2006.  When Bucks County Council made cuts to their youth provision budget in 2011, Paul and the committee that ran Amazing Donkey were approached and helped to form the charity that now runs the Centre. 

Since graduating, Paul also qualified as an Accountant and has been the Centre’s Treasurer since the start and this experience alongside his youth work knowledge, has enabled the Centre to access funding in support of our activities.  Running his own practice gives Paul the opportunity to be involved with the WYC which, at one time or other, has seen him performing most aspects of its operations.  Whilst Paul has continued to be involved with Amazing Donkey, he has also helped to develop and deliver the broadening range of activities at the Centre and particularly enjoys being involved with the annual Youth Festival which started in 2015. 

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Secretary - Miranda Frost (she/her)

Miranda has been Secretary since 2021. She has lived in the area her whole life. She has been involved with the Youth Centre for several years.

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Tessa Churchard (she/her)

Having grown up locally Tessa moved back to Wendover from London in 2010 and was invited to become a Trustee in 2017.  Tessa is passionate about helping young people to thrive and achieve their full potential. Tessa has worked as a professional actress in theatre and TV for over 20 years, she is also a qualified primary teacher and has taught in a variety of settings including main stream and hospital schools.

In 2015 Tessa started a Drama Club at the WYC to combine her two loves - drama and teaching.  ‘Drama Hub’ now has 7 classes teaching drama to children and young people from Reception to A level.

Chris Hunt (he/him)

Chris is a Wendover lad and has been working with the Youth Centre as a sessional worker since 2018. Chris has a degree in Sports Coaching from Buckinghamshire University and is currently a PE teacher at John Colet. In his spare time, he assists with our Thursday and occasionally Friday youth sessions. He is passionate about sport and is a keen footballer and cricket player. He brings high energy; enthusiasm and the young people enjoy engaging with him.

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Rev'd Nadine Rose (she/her)

Nadine joined St Mary's Church, Wendover in November 2019 as Associate Priest and shortly after that had the privilege of becoming a trustee of WYC.  At St Mary's Church, Nadine works with families, children and the church Youth Minister.  She is a Mum and a Nana and brings that experience to the role of Trustee!  She is passionate about ensuring all young people are given opportunities to build their confidence, self-esteem and build life skills while having lots of fun.

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Keith Lavine (he/him)

Keith moved to Wendover in 2007 just after the birth of his second child. He has three children that use or have used the Youth Centre. His eldest child was the reason he got involved with WYC when she started attending Amazing Donkey. At that time the influx of new members meant new volunteers were desperately needed and the rest is history.

He has been regularly volunteering and enjoys interacting with the young people. He became a Trustee in 2021.

In his work life he manages people from different backgrounds and upbringings and volunteering with the youngsters at the WYC holds quite a few similarities!

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Julie Williams (she/her)

Julie lives in Wendover and is involved in volunteering to help contribute to the wonderful community that we all live in. Julie was motivated to become a Trustee of WYC as she believes in the power of investing in our youth. Being able to assist providing a supportive and enriching environment for young people, where they can learn, grow, and thrive is something Julie values enormously. She is passionate about providing opportunities for youth to develop essential skills, gain confidence, and realise their full potential. Julie’s hobbies currently include surfing, skateboarding and travelling - she’s trying not to grow up too much as it’s a trap. By actively engaging in the governance and decision-making processes of WYC, Julie is committed to fostering an environment where young individuals can explore and develop hobbies and interests. Her goal is to uphold inclusivity while ensuring the centre's ongoing ability to make a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of youth within the community.

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