Keith Smith OBE
Keith Smith OBE, founding Chair of Aylesbury Youth Action, is our Honorary President.
Richard is an retired business executive and family man who has chaired AYA for over 10 years. Richard's personal priority has always been to bring a strong youth focus and drive to AYA. The Trustee's and Richard's role are to be the Guardians of the organisation; to enable it to provide what young people want and to support local communities.
He is keen to see local volunteer bodies develop and thrive, with AYA offering great opportunities to young people locally. His role as Treasurer sees him focusing on AYA's compliance with Charity Commission and funder requirements for clear financial information.
Stacey has been involved with AYA for 10 years - firstly as a volunteer, then as a summer project worker whilst at university. Stacey has been a Trustee for two years, recently becoming Secretary. She is training as an Architect, currently studying a Masters at the Royal College of Art, London.
safeguarding officer & Trustee
Simon works in the Community Engagement and Development Team at Buckinghamshire County Council and is passionate about volunteering and helping young people reach their potential. Simon was previously manager of Aylesbury Youth Action for more than seven years.
Data Protection Officer & Trustee
Rich is married and lives in Aylesbury with his wife, 2 dogs and 3 guinea pigs. He currently manages projects for the UK's largest airline and has worked in technology for over twelve years. Rich puts his tech skills to good use to build websites and develop an online presence for a number of charities.
Jason is an account director at the IT research and advisory company, Gartner. He is passionate about helping young people to realise their potential, through volunteering. As a trustee, he has a particular focus on AYA’s strategy and fundraising activities
Pat Shelley has been CEO of London Youth Support Trust (LYST) since October 2016. Previously Pat spent 25 years in Local Government managing a range of services for young people including youth, Connexions and teenage pregnancy services. He has a passion for working with and developing opportunities for young people.
Jade started volunteering at the age of 14 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award, and was soon getting involved in every project she could. Becoming a Trustee aged 17 allowed her to see behind the scenes of AYA, and she love being able to add a volunteer's perspective.
Business solutions analyst and financial planner. Previous charitable experience as trustee and fund raiser for young people with severe disabilities in Aylesbury and disadvantaged in Kenya. Delighted to now be involved with AYA for enablement of life opportunities for and positive contributions from young volunteers of all abilities & backgrounds.
Don is interested in helping young people realise their potential, explore their interests and develop their strengths; while learning about and helping to build their community, by volunteering and enjoying the fun. Don likes encouraging others to discover the wonder of our shared world and to take responsible action for it.
Stuart is the current Community Development Manager for BCC Youth Service and have been with the service for 8 years now after qualifying as a Youth Worker due to his passion of wanting to help and improve young people’s lives.
As an AYA Representative he looks to build a stronger partnership between AYA and BCC.