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Business Development Leader

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 2017. 

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.


CEO and Designated Safeguarding Leader

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.

In 2013 Liz completed her diploma in Youth Work Practice and this has driven her desire to support young people through the work of The Colour Works Foundation.

Through her work with The Shine Project, she has extensive experience of, and links with, the voluntary sector. As a Shine Coordinator, she works with young teenagers to increase their confidence and self-esteem so that they recognise their potential and view themselves and others as valuable and unique.

Trustees and Ambassador

Chair of Trustees – 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.

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 of the Colour Works Foundation, Karen Powell

Trustee – 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.

Trustee and Safeguarding Lead – Peter Simpson

Peter spent nearly 40 years in the financial services industry leading and coaching teams in a variety of product management, risk and governance roles.   Having seen at first hand the value in helping teams and individuals to better understand their skills, strengths and development areas he is excited to be involved with TCWF supporting young people achieving their potential.

In his spare time Peter is a keen golfer and also tries to get to a few exercise classes each week.  He also enjoys the trials and tribulations of supporting Birmingham City Football Club.

Trustee – Dave Keep

Dave spent over twenty years as an engineer in the Royal Air Force working in the UK and overseas and then embarked on a second career in industry selling communications systems at home and abroad.   He is now enjoying life in Dorset working locally as a part-time business consultant.

Away from work he is a keen runner and walker and spends as much time as possible travelling around the UK in the family camper van.

He is now delighted to support young people building their futures, something he also benefited from as a youngster.

Trustee Grace Benham

Trustee – Grace Benham

With a background in people leadership and engagement, Grace is passionate about building inclusive environments and cultures that cultivate talent and development opportunities.  She is so pleased to be a part of TCWF, helping those who may not have the opportunities others have to reach their potential.

Alongside her full time job at the RNLI, she also leads the STEM programme for the RNLI, and co-founded and leads the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area STEM Steering Group.  Within these programmes, she champions both women and disadvantaged young people, each of whom have less opportunity to access engineering careers and STEM advice.  She also sits on the STEM Learning Regional Advisory Board and spends time volunteering as an Enterprise Advisor.  

In her spare time Grace teaches yoga, and is a keen ultra marathon runner

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.

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