Sharon Fudge, Chair
I have 30 years experience in financial services, working closely with customers to help them grow and expand their business vision. I am an avid networker and love connecting with people. I became a trustee at The Suit Works as I believe the support they provide plays a huge part in helping individuals reach their full potential.
Steve Elwood, Treasurer
Working for the Cultural Industries Quarter, I worked with Vanda when they supported her when she was setting up The Suit Works. Having worked in the 3rd sector for 20 years, and seeing how valuable the service was, I knew I wanted to get involved. The role of treasurer was a natural fit due to my financial background. It’s great to be a part of a service that has supported so many people back into work.
Jan Harwood, Governance Trustee
Having had a career in the public services in a variety of roles and across many departments, I have always been aware of the difficulties people face when unemployed and looking for work. I joined The Suit Works to support the growth and ambition of the charity and its been a joy to see it flourish and to see the team help so many people on their journey to employment.
Alexis Foster, Trustee
I am a researcher at the University of Sheffield, specialising in evaluating third sector organisations, including supporting them to develop their skills and systems to be able to demonstrate their impact. As part of my work, I have evaluated national services for people experiencing loneliness, supported organisations to develop service-user questionnaires and written funding grants. Before becoming a researcher, I worked in and with third sector organisations, developing and delivering support services including to carers and people facing socioeconomic barriers. I was interested in becoming a trustee as enjoy supporting smaller organisations with their development.
Ben Wright, Trustee
My background is in financial services, across a wide variety of roles. Recently I’ve become more aware of the growing unemployment issue facing society and I wanted to use my experience to try and make a positive difference. What drew me to The Suit Works was its ethos of giving people a “leg up” rather than a “hand out”. Clients leave with not only a great outfit for interviews but more self confidence to help them in whatever they choose to do.
Liam Pearce, Trustee
Growing up on a council estate, the eldest of five children to single mother, Liam has lived experience and knows first-hand how a suit can make you feel and be perceived by employers. He is committed to increasing social mobility in the area and ensuring people get the same opportunities no matter their start in life. As a trustee, he wants to focus on ‘when a suit is more than a suit’ and how Suit Works can help prepare their customers for the interview.
In his day job, Liam is a communications professional, having worked at a PR and social media agency specialising in the luxury sector before moving to the Civil Service a communications manager. Liam has worked with a number of different national charities including: British Youth Council, YouthNet, Children’s Rights Alliance for England and 4Children.
In his spare time, Liam enjoys playing rugby for his local team and spending time with his wife and friends.