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Peter Redfern (Chairman)

Pete was appointed as a Director and to the post of Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, the UK and Spanish housebuilder in July 2007. Pete was previously Group Chief Executive of George Wimpey Plc and, before that, successively held the posts of Finance Director and Chief Executive of George Wimpey’s UK Housing business.

He has significant financial, operational and management experience, gained from his various roles in industry and from his time at KPMG. He is also a Trustee of the homelessness charity Crisis and was a director of the board of the Home Builders Federation until September 2017.

He lives in Oxford with his wife Claire and has five children


Peter Coleman (Treasurer) is a well-rounded company director and has held a number of senior positions in financial services companies including Finance Director and Commercial Director. He is currently Chief Executive of Positive Solutions, a £75m turnover business which he recently sold on behalf of former shareholder Aegon UK. He is a Chartered Accountant by trade and has worked with various Big 4 firms specialising in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy.  Peter lives in Bristol and has two young children. He has a love of the outdoors and his hobbies include surfing, hill-walking and mountain biking.


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Tom McPhail works for Hargreaves Landsdown in Bristol and is one of the acknowledged experts in pensions in the UK, regularly appearing on the national TV and radio on pensions issues. Tom first encountered our work through having a team in the Invesco Highland Challenge – which he has participated in for three consecutive years - raising over £20k. Tom brings strong business experience and a keen eye for detail. Tom lives with his family at Westbury-on-Trym.


Julie Day

Julie Day is a founding director at Gifted Philanthropy Ltd, where she works with clients across the Third Sector to develop their fundraising stories and marketing materials. She began her career with a Midlands advertising agency, before moving to Australia to manage her first fundraising campaign for the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Julie went on to lead successful capital fundraising projects in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, before returning to the UK in 1996. Since then, Julie has worked as a teacher, subject leader and community service co-ordinator in secondary schools, before joining gifted in 2016. Julie is also a qualified course leader with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).

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Amanda Cole has spent most of her career working in advertising agencies for various brands such as Dulux, Thomas Cook, Evian, Marks and Spencer, Johnson and Johnson. Her primary role was helping these companies develop their brand and communication strategies and campaigns. However more recently she has been working  in the heritage/ charity sector and is now Head of Marketing for the Royal Horticultural Society.


Mike Hughes has been involved with Youth Adventure Trust since 2006 through participating in many of the fundraising challenges held each year, and has seen first-hand the tangible difference the charity makes to young people.

Mike is a Non-Executive Director for a subsidiary of a UK Insurance Company as well as helping to set up a new regulated financial services business in Bath. He joined as a Trustee in 2014 and as well as experience of working for many years on various Boards, his main focus for the charity will be on marketing . Mike lives in Bristol and enjoys mountain climbing, cycling and triathlons.


Craig Diamond

Craig Diamond is a qualified lawyer, working as in-house legal counsel for Hargreaves Lansdown Plc.  In addition Craig is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and is the Company Secretary for the Youth Adventure Trust.

Craig first became involved with the Youth Adventure Trust in 2013 when he competed in the Invesco Highland Challenge and he has continued to compete in challenge events in support of the Youth Adventure Trust since then. Craig lives in Bristol and enjoys taking part in a wide range of sports and is currently training to compete in the UK Ironman competition.

Suzanne McGladdery

Suzanne McGladdery has been a volunteer with the charity, and taken part in fundraising activities, since 2005.  As a qualified Social Worker since 1989 she has worked in Child Protection in Inner City London for a variety of Local Authorities, with the NSPCC providing Child Witness Support to children giving evidence in Criminal Courts and undertaking Organised Abuse Investigations with Scotland Yard Paedophile Unit.  

Suzanne has lived in Bristol since 2003, supporting foster families and providing and developing Life Story Work Services, and is currently independently employed as a Therapeutic Life Story Worker for children who are adopted.   Suzanne enjoys running, climbing and mountain biking.


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