The role of the Trustee

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity.

Nationally, there are just over one million trustees who come from all different walks of life.

Trustees’ Week from 12-19 November is an annual event to showcase the great work of trustees and highlight opportunities for people to get involved and make a difference.

Become a Trustee

We are currently recruiting for new trustees to add to our board. This is an exciting opportunity for the right people who share in our values and vision to help us grow into a creative and dynamic organisation which puts looked after young people at the heart of everything we do.

A first-class board offers a broad mix of skills with motivated individuals from a range of different backgrounds which complement one another. We are particularly keen to recruit trustees with a fundraising background, governance and operational expertise, and/or care experience. All other skill sets will be considered.

If you are interested in finding out more, please visit here.

Current Trustee Brett Service, who is a care leaver himself, says Live Unlimited Trustees should be prepared to be inspired and to make a big difference to young people.

Current Trustee Jack Newton says it’s amazing to see how a small grant from Live Unlimited can make such a huge difference to the lives of the young people the charity helps.

Our Board of Trustees

Could you be the latest addition to our amazing Board of Trustees? Live Unlimited currently has six trustees that sits on its board. These are:

John Hooton

John has been CEO at the London Borough of Barnet since May 2016. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the government and public sector division, looking after a range of clients in local government, the NHS and the charity sector.

John moved to The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in 2004, initially as a finance manager, moving on to assistant director of finance.

He joined Barnet Council in 2010 as deputy finance director, and became Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015, overseeing finance and support functions, as well as the commercial and transformation, performance, strategy and governance teams.

Linda Burbidge

Linda is the Finance Manager for Barnet’s Family Services and the Treasurer of Live Unlimited. Linda has worked in the public sector for many years, mostly in local government but also in the NHS. She has worked for Barnet Council for almost 14 years. Most of Linda’s career has been in a social care finance environment, both with children and adults.

Linda says she feels privileged to have been asked to be involved with setting up the Live Unlimited charity and is excited about contributing to helping young looked after people.

Katie Harber

Katie is a detective superintendent in the Met Police and is head of crime and safeguarding for Barnet. Katie has been a police officer since 2003 with previous roles in close protection, public order, the Flying Squad at Finchley and was staff officer to a previous head of the police inspectorate, HMIC. Katie sits on the London Executive of the Police Superintendents Association and is a member of the Association of Senior Women Officers (ASWO).

Lee Robinson

Lee is Commissioning, Strategy and Policy adviser for the London Borough of Barnet. He provides strategic policy development support within Children and Young People and the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, relevant Governance and Partnership Boards. Part of his role includes leading on and supporting the development of commissioning strategies to achieve the council’s strategic ambitions.

Lee is also a member of a voluntary organisation that mentors young children – helping to guide and inspire school pupils, improving confidence and self-esteem which inevitably has positive effects in their lives elsewhere.

Jack Newton

Jack Newton is a passionate advocate for all young people to have the opportunities necessary to pursue their dreams and ambitions. He is an Executive Headteacher at the Underhill School in Barnet. He enjoys playing football and reading in his spare time.

Brett Service

Brett is the care leaver representative on the board of Trustees for Live Unlimited. As a Barnet care leaver himself, Brett understands the positive impact the work of Live Unlimited will have on the young people who access the services offered by the charity.

As well as being a trustee for the charity, Brett is also the Virtual School Apprentice and his role is to support other care experienced young people with their education.

Brett says that it is a privilege to be part of a charity that works to inspire Barnet’s care experienced young people.