Founder & Director
Having seen at first hand the amazing support that the Parkinson’s Disease Society provided for his father, Matthew has been involved with charity fundraising in varying forms. One example is spending his honeymoon cycling through Lebanon to raise funds for SOS Villages. Matthew has a particular interest in charities that provide help and support to young people.
How did Jumpstart Youth come about?
Matthew was moved to found Jumpstart Youth by the lack of opportunity facing many young people. There are a number of fantastic youth charities but he felt there was a gap, in particular with how disadvantaged young people across the globe could be given valuable experience and opportunities through enterprise. Specifically, if young people were given money and advice to set up a business project then they could learn so many skills which would help them in the future.
Matthew felt that creating a business project in the real world would develop young people’s communication, management and organisational skills. They would need to budget for the project, decide upon roles, strategies for marketing, advertising as well as sales and take the responsibility for owning the project. They would learn about what they could achieve. So many key lessons and life experiences are experienced through entrepreneurship; why not use enterprise as a force to help young people!
And so the idea of Jumpstart Youth was born – to empower and inspire young people through enterprise.
Clare Bradley works for the St Giles Trust as the Contract Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk for Through The Gate Services across the region. St Giles Trust provide resettlement services to those prisoners released to Norfolk and Suffolk from HMP Norwich, Wayland, Hollesley Bay and Peterborough (Women’s). Before joining St Giles Trust in January 2016, Clare was the Suffolk Area Coordinator for the NSPCC’s Schools Service. She was responsible for a team of staff delivering programmes to primary school aged children around keeping safe as well as developing their understanding of what constitutes abuse and where they can go to for support. Prior to working for the NSPCC, Clare worked for the Youth Offending Team in Norfolk for 11 years with young people involved in the Criminal Justice System
Mikey Baxter works within the HR function of one of the world’s leading insurance brokers. Aside from helping colleagues in his day to day job he is also a Charity Champion within the organisation and helps fundraise. He has a wealth of experience in helping others reach fundraising targets and has had his own personal experiences fundraising, for example raising thousands of pounds by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Prior to forging a career in HR, Mikey worked for a national charity where he was involved with developing events and projects.
Instead of going to university Mike took time out to travel the world doing any job he could in order to gain practical and life experience. Years later he found himself in England where he used his inherited skills to gain financing to start his own business. Mike is the director of two businesses in Norwich, and is always looking for new opportunities.
Jim is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience. After qualifying in London with a major firm of accountants, he worked in a variety of industries in financial management roles, before becoming self-employed in 1991. From then until his retirement in 2013 he operated as Good Financial Management, working as an External Financial Director with a small portfolio of owner-managed clients. He has helped many such companies, both well-established and start-ups, not only with financial advice and management information, but business planning and strategic direction.
By background Alan is an educationalist having worked in comprehensive schools for 25 years, including a year as a Commonwealth Exchange teacher in Australia. He continues his involvement in secondary education as an Associate Tutor, for the School of Education and Life Long Learning at the University of East Anglia. Currently Alan works part-time for a local government charity, where he is responsible for training and development programmes for elected members. He is also a member of the editorial board of Local Economy, based at South Bank University.
Alan has been an elected member of Norwich City Council for nearly 25 years holding a number of senior positions including, for the past nine years, responsibility for the city council’s budgets as Cabinet Member for Resources. In May 2015 he was elected as Leader of the Council.