HAY is fortunate to have a committed Board of Directors who strive to ensure that the charity operates as effectively as possible. Currently, our Board of Directors is made up of the following people:
Mary Longhurst (Chair) – An experienced communications, marketing and public relations consultant with over 30 years of experience. A director and business owner with a broad and diverse range of industry experience, including animal health, FMCG, food and drink and consumer durables. Marketing and PR experience is supported by academic qualifications, including an MSc in Public Relations, an MBA and a PhD in CSR and its Communication in Multinational Companies in the UK and India.
Muzamil Tahir (Treasurer) – Muzamil is a Senior Accountant with many years’ experience working with small organisations, and wanted to become involved in charity volunteering. He provides financial expertise and support to the board of directors. In his spare time he likes to keep himself fit and enjoys playing cricket.
Dr Amrit Sachar – Amrit has been an NHS consultant psychiatrist working in North west London since 2005. Her work is mainly in the area of integrating mental health into the management of long-term conditions, developing and delivering award winning services and training, as well as influencing and contributing to national policy in this area. She has extensive operational experience in managing NHS services and ensuring quality in the face of financial constraints. She has a particular interest in how communities can provide safe and nurturing environments for young people to thrive, which is what drew her to work with HAY’s excellent team. She is also on the Board of Trustees for an environmental charity in mid Wales that promotes eco-therapy especially for young people.
Cherryl Martin – Cherryl is an award-winning marketing, comms and business ops leader with 20+ years management experience working globally for blue chip multinationals, innovative tech start-ups, high-growth SMEs and ground-breaking third-sector charities. Now a business owner in her own right at Wonderland Ventures, Cherryl previously held senior corporate roles with FTSE 100 companies such as Barclays, Pearsons, Informa, Lehman Brothers and Viacom. A BA (Hons) graduate of Yale University with postgrad credentials from NYU, Cherryl is a Fellow of the Institute of Data and Marketing (The IDM). With husband Paul and miniature schnauzer Finn – Cherryl, a native New Yorker, now proudly calls West London home.
Bally Dhaliwal – Bally is a Senior Grants Manager for a well-known Trust Foundation. Her specialisms include governance, management and capacity building support. Extensive experience in policy and grant making within London local government and for the Lottery. BA (hons) in Social Policy and Post graduate Diploma in HR Development and Consultancy.
Francesca Hooker – Francesca is a deputy headteacher at a Primary school in Hounslow, as well as a governor at one of its Secondary Schools. She has been teaching in Hounslow for many years at a variety of schools across the borough. She is highly motivated and driven to achieve the very best for all pupils and families in her community.
Rachel McAdam – Rachel is an experienced and committed Head of Partnerships for an employability charity. She is responsible for building strong business relationships with clients, working closely together to achieve long-term goals and objectives. As the mother of teenage daughters, she is passionate about helping young people build the skills required for working life and creating equal opportunities to improve their lives.