Our Board of Trustees are dynamic and dedicated individuals who are experienced in entrepreneurship, business, charity, HR, finance and leadership. They freely give their valuable time to provide governance and strategic direction and to ensure our resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to further our charitable objects as set out in our governing document.
We are also committed to having at least two young people aged 18-24 on our Board.
"For me joining Opera was an easy decision to make. Giving money to a good cause is great, but to also be able to use my skills and experience to help deliver a positive outcome for a less fortunate, but truly deserving young person, is a tremendous privilege and felt like an absolute duty."
"Every person has a talent or at least an ability that for some comes to the fore easily for others it needs to be nourished and developed. In Opera I see a charity with the goal of nourishing the talent and abilities of our young people to help them blossom and grow so that they fulfil their potential. I hope that through working with Opera, I can in some small way help to advise and support Opera to really make a difference to the lives of the next generation and in doing so help them optimise their career opportunities and their abilities."
"SThree and women in recruitment are proud to support Opera. As an industry we are in a privileged position that enables us to impact individuals career opportunities and to encourage hiring organisations to tap into unrealised potential."
"The opportunity to fulfil your potential is something that should be available and awarded to all, not just to the privileged few"
"The opportunity to be involved in the design of an initiative to develop life changing career options for young people in our society who would not normally have an access route, was something I definitely wanted to be a part of. This is very close to my heart. Research shows that young people who are financially disadvantaged, are less likely to do well in school and go on to further education. This is something that needs to be addressed. I believe Opera can help make that change."
"The work that Opera will be doing will be transformative to the lives of young people. It's so easy to forget that not everyone's path is straightforward and that with the right support and guidance, we can help more young people at a crucial turning point in their lives. I'm deeply committed to the work that Opera will be doing and the difference the charity will make to our future generations."
"Youth unemployment remains a vital long term issue, so it was a delight to be asked by Esther to join Opera. I bring over 20 years of global recruitment experience to the table and a decade of experience as a trustee, so I'm very much looking forward to being part of the team who make a difference to this very worthwhile cause."
"Having founded The Big Issue in the North, I know how much work has gone into Opera over the last six months. I am delighted to be able to offer my support and to watch it grow."
"Supporting young people is a big passion of mine. After leaving school I was told I couldn't take on a sales role as I didn't have a degree. Through hard work and determination, I am now the CEO of Yourfeed - supporting the new generation workforce in embracing their personal brand, realising their potential and showcasing their talent everyday. I am proud to lend my support to Opera."
"Life is all about opportunity. It's about taking those that are given to us, but more importantly it's about creating opportunities for others. For me, Opera embodies that spirit. Giving young people a chance, young people that need hope and the opportunity to improve their lives through work. I cannot start to describe how proud I am to be a Founding Pioneer."
"I am proud and honoured to be a founding pioneer of Opera. Esther is an inspiring leader and I am passionate about the work she and we, as recruitment business leaders, can do together to help young people explore their career opportunities, ultimately giving them a better future."
"There's clearly a huge opportunity for the recruitment industry to use it's expertise to help young people. And we are lucky to have an outstanding leader in Esther to corral us all into meaningful action. I'm delighted to be involved and excited about the potential of this venture."
"Being a Founding Champion of The OPERA Global Youth Foundation is a unique opportunity for the TeacherActive team to unite behind a common charitable goal, giving us the platform to further support the local communities we currently work alongside and make a real difference to young lives."
I wanted to do something positive and practical for young people who want to work. In the short time I have worked alongside recruiters to build Opera, I have been totally blown away by their energy, enthusiasm and generosity. I see an industry made up of thousands of individuals who spend every day helping people find work and I believe that if we can harness that collective power, we can make a tangible and lasting difference to thousands of young people who deserve our support.
I am a freelance FD with specific expertise within fast growth, rapidly changing businesses within the recruitment sector. In addition, as MD of Aristar Financial Consulting - an outsourced finance business focussing on the SME recruitment market, my whole team are generously donating their time and skills to run Opera's finance department because we all share a passion for doing more to support young people.
Piers Collins UK Partnerships Manager
Rosie Ellis UK Partnerships Manager
Ian Jordan COO (volunteer)
Luc Simmons, Alex Hayes, Craig Hammond, Kate Edney Volunteer finance team - Aristar Financial Consulting
Darren Ryemill Opus Professional Services Group CEO
Tom Glanfield LHI Group CEO
Simon La Fosse Founder & CEO, La Fosse Associates
Jason Uppal Co-Founder, TeacherActive
Paul Huntingdon Co-Founder, Serocor Solutions
Logan Naidu Founder & CEO, Dartmouth Partners
Mark Baker MD, Claremont Consulting
Chris Hunter CEO, Ringham Hunter
Phil Ridgwell MD, Core Atlantic
Michael Whitfield Co-Founder & CEO, Thomson Online Benefits