Staff and Volunteers

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Jane joined Essex Youthbuild in 2014 as an Instructor, taking over as Chief Executive in May 2016.  Jane's previous experience includes running her own horticultural business and working in investment banking in London for 20 years.



Tracey has been with Essex Youthbuild since 2010 and is an Administrator with particular responsibility for finance.  Tracey is also involved in running the schools side of our programmes.  Tracey previously worked for the Ministry of Justice as a Court Clerk.

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Paul joined Essex Youthbuild in 2015 after a career spanning 35 years working for Thurrock Council initially as a carpenter and joiner and latterly as a manager of the breakdown and repairs department.  Paul is our Carpentry Instructor and is a lead on Trade School.



Helen is an Administrator with particular responsibility for managing our qualifications, liaising with City & Guilds and Gateway Qualifications.  Helen also oversees the smooth running of Trade School, our free after-school activity.  Helen previously worked as an HR Advisor in the NHS.



Joining in 2014, Ian's career began with bricklaying working on new build projects, later moving on to the maintenance and refurbishment of property in a multi-trade role for Thurrock Council where he worked for 25 years.  Ian runs our multi-trade skills offering including painting, plumbing and tiling.



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John has spent more than 30 thirty years teaching English to 16-19 year olds in further education.  Now retired from further education, John joined Essex Youthbuild in 2016 as Literacy Tutor.

John works one-to-one with our students on their literacy skills and delivers Gateway Qualifications.


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Andrew has spent his working life in the construction industry and is a former regional Health & Safety Adviser for David Wilson Homes.

Andrew volunteers with us, working with students to gain the Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment, a necessary pre-cursor to gaining a CSCS Card.  He also assists with health and safety matters in the workshop.