Teresa Folkes, Director of Client Services
Previously, Teresa was Director of Operations at the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI). There she was responsible for ensuring the high standards and integrity of the professional body membership services, accredited qualifications, and IRCA personnel certification schemes. This included bringing to market five new QCF qualifications for the Quality Profession. In addition she has strong business to business experience in the provision of training services and quality assessments to a range of businesses from small independents to blue chip multinationals.
Jessica Stone, Development Manager London & the South East
Jess came to The Prince’s Initiative from Age UK where she was a Programme Manager responsible for a government funded contract supporting inspections of health and social care services. Prior to working for Age UK Jess was a Project Manager at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust where she had responsibility for business planning and development and a large scale government contract that supported enterprise within 14-19 education.
Terry King OBE, Development Manager North
Before joining The Prince’s Initiative, Terry was Project Manager for the Princes Trust on secondment from the DWP. She was awarded an OBE in the Queens Golden Jubilee Honours 2002 for her work in tackling poverty among pensioners, her project capability and for inspiring and coaching other women. Terry brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience and looks forward to championing The Prince’s Initiative in the North.
Nicky Templeton, Development Manager Midlands
Nicky is an experienced business, funding, marketing and people development specialist and mentor. She has previously worked in marketing management with The Royal Bank of Scotland and National Australia Bank. With more than ten years’ experience in the business education arena, Nicky has designed and delivered award winning business and enterprise growth programmes and is looking forward to developing The Prince’s Initiative in the Midlands.
Genevieve Drinkwater, Development Manager South West
Genevieve joined The Prince’s Initiative from Outset, where she worked as a SFEDI accredited Business Advisor and Marketing Manager. Previously in her career she has worked as an Operations Manager in the e-learning sector; managing the delivery of training contracts to employers nationwide, as part of a government-funded initiative to up-skill the nation’s workforce. Coupled with the experience of being self-employed and assisting the running of a family business, Genevieve comes to The Prince’s Initiative with a wealth of enterprise experience from all angles.
George Smith, Development Manager Scotland
A business professional who has worked for over 20 years across the social and economic scene in Scotland, George has specific experience in business start-up and growth services. His key skills include; finance, business planning and sales & marketing. George is delighted to be working for The Prince’s Initiative and to be part of the ‘renaissance in business start up in Scotland’, assisting the people now in their 50s and 60s who want to start their own business and who have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to their business venture.
Rosemary Gooder, Volunteer Manager
Rosemary is an experienced volunteering programme/project manager. Before joining The Prince’s Initiative she worked as a manager for Richmond CVS and Camden Volunteer Centre, following several years working in HR for US investment bank, J P Morgan, and London Business School. Most recently her work in the voluntary sector has focussed on supporting a wide range of voluntary sector organisations; from small volunteer-led community groups to national charities, providing advice and supporting best practice in the setting up, promotion and management of successful volunteering programmes.
Jo Drury, Client Services Administrator
Before joining the Prince’s Initiative, Jo worked for Cancer Research UK as an Applications and Awards Officer in the Strategy and Research Funding Directorate. She was responsible for administrating and managing grant applications from the scientific community. Before working at Cancer Research UK, Jo was an in-store Customer Service Manager for Sainsbury’s and was nominated for Customer Service Award in 2005. Jo has always been in a customer service role and trained in the hospitality sector. She enjoys being the first point of contact for clients and helping them on their journey into enterprise.
Barara Baidoo, Client Services Administrator
As a Client Services Administrator, Barbara helps The Prince’s Initiative’s clients have a pleasurable experience working with the charity. Her role involves assisting our clients on their journey from registration to supporting them while they are on a course and being matched with a mentor. Before working at the Prince’s Initiative, Barbara worked at Santander bank and interned within the internal communications departments at John Lewis and Barnardo’s. Barbara enjoys working for a charity as she feels she is contributing towards a good cause.
Yana Kyuchukova, Client Services Administrator
Yana plays a key role in providing administrative support to the Prince’s Initiative’s operations. In her role she ensures all clients receive support from the first moment they contact the charity up until they are self-sufficient in running their business. With over five years’ experience in administration and customer service, Yana is able to cater for diverse clients’ needs and establish effective relationships. Striving to bring about positive change is a leitmotif of Yana’s everyday work. Previously she has worked in the banking and retail sectors in Bulgaria.
Georgie Nelson, Head of Fundraising and Partnerships
Georgie joined The Prince’s Initiative from Cancer Research UK, where she was a Major Donor Fundraising Manager. She has extensive experience in fundraising and raised over £1million whilst at Cancer Research UK. Georgie also has a strong events and marketing background from her experiences working at Wanderlust Travel Magazine as both a Sales and Digital Media Executive.
Rachel Donkersley, Fundraising Manager
Before joining The Prince’s Initiative, Rachel was Head of Public Sector Fundraising for The Prince’s Trust in Yorkshire and Humber. Her previous roles have included project management for West Yorkshire Police and account management for the Natwest bank. She also works with and supports local arts and theatre organisations in a voluntary capacity. Rachel brings to the charity her experience of European, statutory and Charitable Trust fundraising to help secure additional funding for The Prince’s Initiative across the UK.
Steven Fifer, Communications Manager
Steven has substantial experience in communications, previously working in the property, police, engineering and foreign exchange industries. Steven joined The Prince’s Initiative at the beginning of 2013 and has responsibility for the charity’s external communications covering media relations, social media and the charity’s website. Outside of work, Steven is a Chairman of a charity in North-West London helping people with learning disabilities.
Caroline Peppin, Marketing and Communications Executive
Caroline previously worked for innocent drinks where she was responsible for office co-ordination and events, but decided to swap smoothies for a career in marketing and communications. After gaining experience through a communications internship with Macmillan Cancer Support, Caroline joined The Prince’s Initiative, where she has responsibility for website updates, managing social media engagement, as well as direct marketing campaigns and producing marketing collateral.
Francesca Sidoli, Public Policy Executive
Francesca joined The Prince’s Initiative from the Association of MBAs where she led public affairs activity, resulting in the successful lobbying of the UK Border Agency. She has also worked for the Government Relations team for the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) and with Conservative MP Esther McVey, now Minister for Disabled People and Robin Harper MSP, then leader of The Green Party in the Scottish Parliament. Francesca’s main responsibility at The Prince’s Initiative is to put into place a stakeholder engagement strategy with key-decision makers across the country.