Our Board

The Youth Zone is governed by members of the business community who volunteer their time to support a Senior Management Team, as well as the local authority who together unite to ensure the success of the Youth Zone. Each member of the Board brings their skills and experience to assist the Inspire in achieving its aims and objectives.

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Andrew Turner MBE

Chairman of Inspire Youth Zone

Andrew Turner, Chairman of the Chorley Group, one of the largest volume Nissan dealers in Europe, is our Chairman at Inspire Youth Zone.

Chorley Group was founded from Andrew’s home in 1989 trading as the Bugle Inn Motor Co. However, his sights were firmly set on developing a reliable brand of family business, devoted to serving the north-west with well priced cars and a service to be trusted. This was quickly evident when the first Chorley Group Nissan showroom opened and became the largest volume Nissan dealer in Europe.

Since, then the group has gone from strength to strength, acquiring sites in multiple north-west locations and developing a family business that is trusted and respected throughout the country.

CHRIS SINNOTT

Chorley Borough Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Chris Sinnott, is a trustee and board member for Inspire Youth Zone and has been instrumental in the success since opening.

Chris is an extremely enthusiastic manager working in the public sector. He has significant experience in leading change and improvement across local authorities. In addition, he has a successful track record in developing successful partnership working and engaging and communicating with residents and other stakeholders.

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Jim Carter

Deputy Chairman

Jim is a passionate Chorley resident, having moved here from Belmont in 1994. He has been a board member from the beginning. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire.

Jim’s background is in property development and construction. He joined the Eric Wright Group in 1986 initially as Development Manager and became Deputy Chairman in 2010, having been CEO.

In addition to his employment, he has been extensively involved in regional and national property related organisations. He chaired the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ management board for 6 years and was awarded the President’s Medal for his service. He was a trustee of the University College of Estate Management and was made an Honorary Fellow for services to property.

Locally, he was a board member of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, chaired the Central Lancashire City Deal and is currently engaged in trying to establish a Youth Zone in Preston.

A law graduate and practising Chartered Surveyor, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his role as a trustee of Inspire.

Neale Graham

Neale is an experienced business leader with a track record of operating, scaling and exiting technology businesses spanning 30 years.

Chorley born Neale has lived in the Borough all of his life, married with two grown up children both of whom completed their education in the area. Neale is passionate about the work of On-Side and is fully committed to helping the young people of Chorley.

During his time in business Neale founded and built several successful technology businesses – lately in 2000 founding 2ergo Group plc which he grew to become an international business with offices Globally. The business listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2004 – Neale left the in 2007 to concentrate on his passion for advising and funding early stage technology businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Neale also has several Non exec and chair roles.

Neale was awarded Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” for technology in 2004.

Gwynne FURLONG

Gwynne has over 40 years’ experience as a qualified professional in business, involved primarily in the commercial property industry. He has been a partner in professional practice and has been a Director and MD of both private and publically listed companies. Gwynne’s last post prior to retiring in 2008 was as a Director within the Asset Management division of Close Brothers Plc. Merchant Bank.

Gwynne is also a Non-Executive Director with two north-west based Housing Associations one of which specialises in providing independent living for the disabled and people with learning difficulties.

Gwynne is a Trustee of a locally based charity providing opportunities for the local community to become involved in Art, Dance, Music and Drama, and he is a part time CEO of the national charity Regain which specialises in helping those who have become paralysed/tetraplegic through sporting accidents.

Matt currie

With a background in accounting, banking and venture capital, Matt assists the team with Finance / Treasury related activities at Inspire. Matt is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Deloitte, and subsequently went on to work in the Leveraged Finance team at RBS.

Following this, Matt moved into the world of private investment, managing and leading a wide range of investments into fast-growing companies at Seneca Partners. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Management with Accounting & Finance.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys watching and playing almost all sports, although predominantly football and golf, as well as spending time out and about with his two dogs. Matt also mentors a young person at Wigan Youth Zone.

Heather AUST

Chair

Inspire Chorley Youth Zone has close ties with CG Professional and have cemented that further with the appointment of Heather Aust to the Board in 2021.

Heather qualified as an employment law specialist in 2008 and developed her career in Manchester at a top 100 UK law firm as part of a Legal 500 Tier 1 team. She joined CG Professional as Partner in November 2020.

Providing support to clients across wide ranging industries including in the charity sector, Heather advises on day-to-day HR workplace issues and larger restructure and litigious matters. As such she is well placed to support the Board with people issues including recruitment and retention and sits on our Remuneration Committee.

Heather has always taken a pro-active stance to Corporate Social Responsibility, previously being involved in the University of Manchester’s Legal Advice Centre and participating in Young Enterprise schemes.

Heather provides Inspire with her legal expertise from her office a stone’s throw from the Youth Zone. She is motivated and enthusiastic to support young people in the local area and in assisting Inspire Youth Zone and the Board in achieving their objectives to help make a difference.

Ryan powell

head of operations

Hi, I’m Ryan and I’m the Head of Operations at Inspire Youth Zone.

Email: ryan.powell@inspireyouthzone.org