Meet Our Board of Trustees

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William Hoyle (chair)

William Hoyle is founding Chief Executive of techfortrade, a Technology for Development charity that he established in 2011. Prior to techfortrade he spent 7 years as Chief Executive of Technology Trust a UK based social enterprise and charity. Under his leadership Technology Trust grew to serve over15,000 UK charities; connecting them with the technology solutions needed to manage their organisations. William’s previous career includes over 25 years in senior roles in the Financial Services and technologysectors. In addition to his trustee role at Business Launchpad, William is also a board member of Warsaw based Fundacja TechSoup and a trustee of Guidestar International.

Amma Mensah

Amma Mensah is the founder and executive director of the youth led social enterprise, Beyond the Classroom (BTC). BTC exists to augment the UK school curriculum through the delivery of life-skills programming, with an emphasis on using the performing arts, media and youth leadership. Amma is also a non-executive director of Tutors United, an education social enterprise, training university students to provide affordable tutoring to those who need it most. In addition to this she is a trustee of Business Launchpad, a youth enterprise support charity, helping under thirty year olds to start their own businesses. To make an even greater social impact, outside the BTC programme delivery, Amma also shares her experience in social enterprise development by supporting the strategic planning of other social sector organisations. Her clients in this regard include the Impact Hub, the Kemi Malaika Foundation and the Young Lambeth Cooperative. Not content with her activities in the UK, Amma has been asked to help steer an initiative to build and establish a new school in Senegal, West Africa to support and develop delivery of good quality education by the local people. Before pursuing BTC on a full-time basis, Amma was a deputy team leader at Southwark Council. She has also held a number of front line roles in youth development, including teaching, outreach and mentoring.

William Sceats

William Sceats is a Management Consultant with comprehensive experience of transforming organisations from an IT and Operational perspective. With over 17 years’ experience accrued from a wide range of clients, industries and geographies. William brings this knowledge to support Business Launchpad. Specific areas of expertise include Strategy Definition & Effectiveness, Transformation & Cost Reduction, People Leadership & Development, Coaching & Change Management, Project & Programme Management.

David Gordon

David Gordon is a solicitor who is advises businesses on wide range of commercial legal issues. He was trained in house in a UK Retail Bank and since 1998 he has been based in London and developed his legal skills in both banking, commercial and property law – with stints at top city firms – gaining the ACIBS banking qualification during this time. He has helped companies from start up to raising finance of up to £50 million combining unique skills of finance and commercial legal advice. More recently he has acted for a wide range of owner managed business based both in the UK and abroad on company sales and purchases. David also gives training sessions on a variety of legal issues. He is dual qualified in both Scots and English Law. Specialist areas include property, banking/ financial, employment, contract, leisure, catering, IT and management consultancy. The firm provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ for SME’s and owner managed businesses requiring professional calibre legal support services with a friendly, efficient and personal approach. Recently the practice has been “highly commended” in the “innovation category” of the Guardian “Green Awards” sponsored by Wandsworth Borough for implementation of a paperless office system. Outside of law he enjoys playing golf, the Cello and ran the London marathon for a second time in 2005. David is 38 years old, married and lives in Battersea with his wife and daughter.

Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne has 17 years of experience within the voluntary and public sector supporting and developing marginalised people on their road to self-development and wellbeing. She left the world of finance in 2007 to focus on making a positive difference in her community. As a qualified Advice and Guidance Practitioner and Freelance Trainer, her frontline experience includes: empowering and facilitating NEET’s in their pursuit to get back into education and employment at City of Westminster College and Shaftesbury Young People; managing and delivering a Life Skills programme with homeless people at The Passage; mentoring vulnerable adults and young people who are at risk of homelessness for Centrepoint; delivering financial awareness programmes to young people aged 16-25 in schools and youth organisations for Mybnk and coordinating projects for people with mental health disorders at Kensington & Chelsea Mind . Yvonne won the Gold Behaviour Award in November 2011 as a Volunteer Mentor at Centrepoint for being ‘inspiring, professional and innovative’, demonstrating her commitment and drive to helping vulnerable people.

Judith Roscoe

Judith Roscoe started her association with Business Launchpad (BLP) formerly known as Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre when the builders moved in to convert the original and preceding premises and organisation for BLP & TBC, in November 1987, at 28 Tooting High Street. She has followed and supported the ‘life’ of BLP & TBC through many funding initiatives & 5 Chief Executives before Stuart started in 2016. She was in post during the premises search in the 1990s to secure premises for managed workspace which would form a basis of ongoing funding when the prevailing culture of revenue funding for such ventures from both London wide & local government ceased. She worked for Wandsworth Council for 22 years, predominantly as the Deputy Economic development officer until she retired in 2009. Her relation with BLP & TBC continued as a trustee, including a year as interim chairman. She currently works as the part time manager for Garratt Business Park industrial estate BID, in Earlsfield. As part of her local involvement, she is a member of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce, and attends the Battersea Power Station Community Forum which relates to her role representing TBC on the Tooting town centre partnership. She also has a professional qualification from the Member Institute of Personnel and Development (MIPD).


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