Anita Kerwin-Nye

An accomplished charity leader, author and expert in education and inclusion, Anita Kerwin-Nye is a long-time advocate of enrichment activity, in and out the classroom. Bringing 25 years’ experience in the sector, Anita joined YHA in 2018 as Director of Strategy & Engagement, having founded The Communication Trust and Whole School SEND. Anita’s priority is to maximise the charity’s reach and impact on young people’s health, wellbeing and development.

Anita runs AKN Consulting and founded Every Child Should; championing access to rich and rounded experiences in childhood.

Anita mentors several teachers and charity leaders and has a particular interest in how both front line practitioners and service users can influence policy and practice. She can be found on Twitter being provocative, pushy, positive and progressive in, broadly, equal measure.

Anita lived the gig economy before it was a thing. Became a social entrepreneur before it became fashionable. And was a flexible worker ahead of it becoming a legal right.

Dr Matt Overd

Matt has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years with considerable experience of managing and developing programmes, leading strategy development and implementation, facilitating improvement initiatives, outcomes assessment and organisational change. He is particularly interested in improving outcomes for young people and has developed outcomes based strategies and planning processes for organisations such as the Red Cross, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the National Youth Agency.

Matt provides consultant support for interim and turnaround project management, strategic and annual planning support, organisational and process improvement, outcomes planning and evaluations and financial modelling and organisational development for re-organisation, downsizing and mergers. Until recently he was also CEO of a small conflict defusing education charity.

Matt has a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management, a degree in Process Engineering and a PhD in Chaos Theory. He a qualified youth worker, trainer, assessor and coach and has experience in counselling and befriending. He is a fellow of the RSA and has been a charity Trustee and was the subject expert for an Outcomes and Evaluation module of a Masters programme at the University of East London.