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NCS Trust is a not-for profit social enterprise established to shape, support, champion and lead a thriving National Citizen Service.

We are a Community Interest Company registered in England and Wales with registered number 08235117. Our registered office is at 1 Silchester Road, London, W10 6EX

NCS Trust Board of Directors

Stephen greene


Stephen is co-founder and CEO of RockCorps, an enterprise that uses the power of music to inspire people to volunteer and give back to their community. RockCorps has supported over 2,000 partners in the non-profit sector, working directly with more than 150,000 volunteers across 5 continents and inspiring millions more. Stephen is originally from Portland, Oregon and previously held the position of Executive Director at The Fowler Center, a Michigan-based non-profit facility for people with developmental and physical disabilities.

Executive directors

The Executive Directors of NCS with responsibility for the day to day running of the NCS Trust are Michael Lynas Chief Executive Officer, Natasha Kizzie, Marketing & Communications Director, and Will Gallagher, Operations Director.

Michael Lynas, Chief Executive


Michael Lynas was appointed CEO of NCS Trust in January 2014, after joining NCS as Director of Strategy in February 2013. Michael joined NCS from No.10 where he was a Senior Civil Servant in the Policy Unit. In addition to his central role in establishing NCS, his main work was on civil society, culture and philanthropy. Michael has previously worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Co. He has an MA in politics from Cambridge University, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.


Marketing & Communications Director

Natasha is a youth marketing specialist with over 13 years broad category experience in the private sector. Most recently Natasha was Head of Entertainment for Arnold KLP. She was the strategic business lead responsible for creative ideation for all entertainment new business account wins: Guinness, Smirnoff Ice, Hennessy, Orange UK, Orange group, Nokia and Bacardi. She has a successful track record conceiving and delivering youth and young adult 360 cross-channel communications campaigns that drive awareness, consideration and engagement.

Will Gallagher

Operations Director

Will joined NCS as Operations Director in June 2015. Prior to NCS, he was Special Adviser to the Justice Secretary, where he provided strategic oversight of the Transforming Rehabilitation reform programme and procurement. Will also has experience working in the voluntary sector, where he helped organisations applying for social investment; and in the private sector, where he ran a group of motor businesses. He has a degree in Law and Politics from Cambridge University, and spent a year at the Judge Business School there too.

Non-executive directors

The Executive Directors are supported by an outstanding group of Non Executive Directors comprising talented and experienced members from the across the public, private and voluntary sector. All of these Board members have a passion for NCS and our country’s young people.

Dame Julia Cleverdon

Vice-Patron of Teach First & Vice-President of Business in the Community

Dame Julia Cleverdon is Vice President of Business in the Community and was appointed by HRH, The Prince of Wales, as a Special Adviser to The Prince's Charities. She is also co-founder of Step Up To Serve.

Julia serves as Vice Patron of Teach First, whose mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields. In addition Julia is Chair of National Literacy Trust.

Martina Milburn

CEO Prince’s Trust

Martina is Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, a leading youth charity. The Trust works with more than 58,000 disadvantaged young people each year and sees more than 75% go into training, employment, education and volunteering. Prior to joining The Prince’s Trust, Martina was Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need. She Co-Chairs the Youth Action Group with a Minister from the Department for Education. The group includes voluntary sector organisations and nine government departments. She also sits on several other bodies which support the work of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

David’s political career dates back to his election as a councillor in Sheffield at the age of 22, he was elected to Parliament in 1987. He became Education and Employment Secretary in 1997, Home Secretary in 2001, and Work and Pensions Secretary in 2005. Currently, as well as working on behalf of his constituency, David has a passionate interest in citizenship and contributes to a number of voluntary and not-for-profit organisations including founding the Future For Youth Foundation that creates meaningful, supported eight-month volunteering and social action placements for young people out of work, education or training.

Nick Farnhill

CEO Poke Digital

Nick is a founding partner of POKE, a creative ‘practice’ focused on delivering original and effective interactive communications and service solutions across all digital platforms and channels. Current clients include EE, Aurum Holdings, Skype, Diesel, Firefox, Mulberry, Ted Baker and BBC WorldWide. He is also founder and co-chair of Internet Week Europe and the Lovie Awards.

Shaun Whatling

CEO Redmandarin

Shaun Whatling has 20 years’ experience working In marketing for both the public and private sector including as co-founder of the world’s leading and largest action sports agency. Shaun is now the CEO of the strategic consultancy Redmandarin.

Alan Hirzel

Chief Executive Officer, Abcam

Alan has over 20 years of global business and leadership experience. Now at Abcam, Alan spent 14 years with leading management consultant Bain & Company, advising a wide range of global brand executives on consumer and marketing strategies to help achieve growth targets.

John Harley

Former Partner EY and former Chair of Groundwork

John was a Senior Partner in EY until his retirement in 2011. He chairs Groundwork (London), he is Deputy Chair of the University of Brighton and sits on HEFCE's Audit Committee and is also a Panel member for the Competition Commission. John has also recently become Chair of Trade River Finance Limited, chairs the Kent Investor Network and also chairs the Becket Trust, an affordable housing charity.

Sue Gray

Director General of Propriety and Ethics and the Private Office Group

Sue joined the Cabinet Office in the late 1990s. Before joining the Cabinet Office, Sue worked in Transport, Health and DWP covering a range of roles which included both policy and front line delivery.

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NCS youth Board

In addition to the Board of Directors, the NCS National Youth Board has a key role in working with NCS Trust to ensure that the voice of young people is at the heart of NCS.

The NCS National Youth Board consists of 21 NCS Leaders from last year's cohort, supported by five alumni from the previous year's board. They represent every English region as well as Northern Ireland, and work with nineteen Regional Youth Boards across the country