After 15 years working mostly with senior teams of organisations large and small throughout the UK, helping them develop their leadership and team-working skills, he decided to reconnect with his core motivation for greater social justice and use his skills and knowledge to assist those in our society perhaps most in need yet least able to access them. And so The Colour Works Foundation was born. Together with Liz, Giles helped establish the Foundation in 2018.
Giles is an experienced facilitator, qualified executive coach and an accomplished motivational speaker. His fresh and informal style is certainly engaging, and whether working with senior executives of multinationals or young offenders, his messages come across loud and clear – developing your emotional intelligence is critical to getting the most from your relationships, making better decisions and fulfilling your potential.
Liz has worked for several years as a leadership training and development consultant both with private and public companies.
She is an experienced coach and mentor with a proven record of developing individuals and teams to develop their decision-making skills and team-working, resulting in higher levels of performance in the workplace.
As a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner, she has a history of helping both teams and individuals to understand themselves and their relationships through the lens of personality and has experienced the transformation this can make to those involved.
Through her work with The Shine Project, she has extensive experience of, and links with, the voluntary sector. As a Shine Coordinator, she has worked with young women to increase their confidence and self-esteem so that they recognise their potential and view themselves and others as beautiful, valuable and unique.
Ambassador and Trustees
Ambassador – Rachel Woodward-Carrick
Rachel has over 30 years’ experience of education and training in the UK and overseas. In her current role as Director of Bournemouth University International College, she enjoys engaging with students from around the world, and supporting them as they prepare for university-level study in the UK.
Rachel recognises the potential that The Colour Works Foundation has to transform the lives of young people and helps to promote our work and raise awareness of TCWF at every opportunity.
Chair of Trustees – Karen Powell
Karen Powell has spent over 25 years working within further and higher education, mostly working on projects which promote widening participation for all students.
Whenever she can, Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, often outdoors, walking in Dorset and further afield, or getting wet (sometimes intentionally!) on the water.
She is very pleased to be a trustee for TCWF, supporting this innovative development programme which reaches out to the socially-excluded and helps them develop their own self-belief.
Secretary – Sue Craft
Sue comes from a long and varied career within the private sector. Over the 30 years that she worked for Procter & Gamble she took on leadership roles in finance, health and safety, site facilities management and operations and is keen to bring her knowledge and process driven mind to the TCWF team. Since retiring, Sue has actively sought voluntary work which not only enabled her to provide help and support to people who were either vulnerable or struggling but also allowed her to use the wealth of skills she acquired during her working life.
Sue is married to Harry. Together, they enjoy holidaying either abroad or within the UK. Sue loves staying connected to her wide circle of contacts, and you will often find her in a local restaurant catching up with friends old and new.
Financial Director and Treasurer – Alun Davies
Alun Davies has spent over 25 years as an engineer within the heavy industry sector and has spent a fair amount of time flying to far-flung places around the globe that sound a lot more glamorous than they actually are!
A committed runner, he has learnt to appreciate the necessary balance of skills and effort required to develop into a competent, if not especially fast, runner.
He looks forward to seeing TCWF further help young people to learn and develop their skills to maximise their potential.
Trustee – Pana McGee
Known for turning difficult schools around, Pana has held two headships in inner-city London, transforming under-achieving establishments into ‘schools of choice.’ She retired from headship after a 40-year career in the State Education system. A trained leadership coach and mentor, Pana has also amassed a portfolio of voluntary work.
Pana is perhaps most proud of her role in spearheading the building of a new school, drawing on her skills in negotiation, project-management, and dogged determination. The first carbon-neutral school to be built on metropolitan open land, the site provides unparalleled facilities for a deserving and frequently under-served community.
Pana believes that her two daughters (and the thousands of children who have been in her care) have taught her everything of importance!
Trustee– Shenel McLawrence
Shenel has spent over 10 years working in Higher Education, lecturing in Marketing, having previously worked at JP Morgan and Lloyds. Her current role involves teaching and mentoring students from first to final year, in both an academic and pastoral capacity. Working as a Trustee for TCWF will enable Shenel to apply her experience in a strategic manner to help further develop their goals.
In her spare time, Shenel spends time with her husband and teenage daughter normally watching Marvel/DC movies and planning their next family adventure.