Carrie Longton is co-founder of Mumsnet, an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 17 years it has become the UK’s busiest and most influential network for parents with over 12 million monthly users. In 2013 Carrie was listed 7th in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour’s Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. Prior to Mumsnet Carrie was a TV producer who worked with Clive James for almost 10 years. She lives in Hampstead with her husband and three children and attends Lighthouse London. She is co-chair of the Spear Ambassador programme and is passionate about the impact Spear can have on individuals and the community.
Elizabeth Knight is a journalist and reporter with over a decade’s experience working for the BBC, Channel Four and ITN. She began her career in New York, reporting on arts and entertainment stories for BBC News and continued as a reporter and presenter in London, on the shows Liquid News, Celebdaq and BBC Three News. She’s best known as one of the last regular presenters of BBC’s The Money Programme. Libby has four children and lives in Highgate.
Kate Oakley has worked in HR and Talent Management for over 20 years, and two things still give her a thrill: matching people with their dream jobs, and making a real difference through coaching. During her career she have reviewed thousands of CVs, conducted hundreds of interviews and devised several recruitment processes and whilst this is her paid profession, she also wanted to use this experience to help those who needed it most. She was introduced to Spear by a mutual friend and the fit for her is perfect. She has seen first-hand the huge impact they have on young people’s lives in such a short time and feels lucky to play some small part in that through coaching, mock interviews and assisting in training sessions.
Michelle Cheung has been working in finance for the past four year, having changed careers from academic research. Over the past 10 years, Michelle has worked with young people through her numerous tutoring positions and as a diversity mentor and coach. She was introduced to the Spear Programme by one of the Trustees and has been motivated by seeing first-hand the positive impact the Spear Programme has had on young people and is passionate to contribute and support Spear Camden.
Marika Freris started life as a scientist in molecular biology and then in clinical research at the Wellcome Foundation. She moved after 6 years to join Hill and Knowlton PR company where she latterly ran the healthcare group. She was subsequently European Managing Director of Churchill communications and then Oxford Clinical communications. In 2000 she set up her own agency Galliard Healthcare Communications, which was sold in 2016. She is now committed to her charity trustee work, supporting Spear which is one of the most worthwhile and valuable programmes and the study of plants and trees.
Stephanie Warshaw is a professional opera singer, performing in the UK opera houses and music festivals as well as internationally. She is also chair of the board of trustees of The Orion Symphony Orchestra, a training orchestra for young musicians.
Manju Malhotra had had a progressive 22-year career with Harvey Nichols, the international luxury fashion, beauty & hospitality retail business, which she has led as Chief Operating Officer since 2018 and prior to that, she was the CFO. Amongst her accolades are Asian Women of Achievement 2019, Ambassador for Women of the Future Network and being recognised by The Evening Standard as one of London’s most influential people as well as Retail Week’s Power List and Drapers Fashion Retail Power 100. Manju enjoys dedicating her personal time to Spear Camden and is passionate about the sustainable positive impact it has on the lives of under-privileged and less fortunate young people in London.
Lady Jennifer Leigh
Julia Balfour Lynn
Kate Bowes Renna