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.

Dean Kelly - Chair
Founder, RealiseMe.com

"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."

Gerald FitzGerald - Treasurer
Chief Operating Officer, Morgan McKinley

"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."

Natasha Clarke - Chair
Women in Recruitment & Managing Partner, Sthree

"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."

Phil Goodwin
Managing Director, Phil Goodwin Consulting Ltd

"The opportunity to fulfil your potential is something that should be available and awarded to all, not just to the privileged few"

Charlotte Sword FCIPD
Global HR Director, Foster+Partners

"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."

Natasha Wallace
Director of People & Development, Hoare Lea

"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."

Keith Potts
Founder & CEO, Talenetic

"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."

Anne McNamara
Director, Shine Bid Services

"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."

Jack Parsons
Founder & CEO, YourFeed

"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."

Darren Ryemill
Founder & CEO, OPUS Professional Services Group

"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."

Tom Glanfield
CEO, LHi Group

"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."

Logan Naidu
CEO Dartmouth Partners

Founder and CEO of Dartmouth Partners. A notable track record in recruiting across financial services but with a particular focus on M&A and Private Equity. Whilst running the firm from a strategic perspective, I continue to be very actively involved in execution.

Rob Browett
Managing Director, TeacherActive

"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."


Esther O’Callaghan OBE
Founder & CEO

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.

Paul Glynn
Finance Director (volunteer)

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.

Teri Etherington
UK Business Development Director

Having spent my entire adult life working in and around the recruitment industry I have to say am immensely proud to be a part of it. I truly believe the collective power of the recruitment industry can take ownership of OPERA and the opportunity it presents to tackle youth unemployment head on. Giving young people the inspiration they need to transform their own lives.

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

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