“Educating a New Creative Class”

Our Trustees

Where would we be without our trustees? Leading professionals across the creative, communication and education industries give their time to sit on our Board of Trustees. They meet six times a year to discuss our direction, strategy and any big decisions we need to make. They guide, advise and make sure we’re always doing our best for the students, schools, agencies and organisations we work with. Two of our trustees first joined us as students taking part in our projects. Since then they’ve graduated onto our Scholar’s Council, where they’re helping us shape our foundation’s future.

Ted Smith
Chair

Ted has joined us as a new Trustee to provide cover for Trevor, whilst he takes paternity leave and then starts a new job.  Ted is an experienced organisation development consultant, owning UKHR.com Ltd.  He’s worked at Glaxo, MRC, Wellcome Trust and has been a trustee at Wysing Arts and was the Chair at Herts Careers.  You’ll find him at festivals, travelling or taking photos at sports fixtures.

Chris Harris (a Trustee of The Ideas Foundation)

Chris Harris
Co Vice-Chair

Chris is a big advocate for access to marketing and creative careers for young people from less privileged backgrounds. He’s worked as a Marketing Director in the Automotive, Financial Services, Luxury, Travel and Telecoms sectors and represents brands on the Board. When he’s not working, he’s usually travelling (especially to Italy) or fixing something (he’s an enthusiastic DIY-er).

Pauline Wilson, Trustee (photograph)

Pauline Wilson
Co Vice-Chair

Pauline is our newest trustee. She is Operations director at Virgin Holiday and often arrives at our board meetings with suitcase in tow. Pauline is also a director of Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean.

Mark Lainas (a Trustee of The Ideas Foundation)

Mark Lainas
Co Vice-Chair

Mark is Chief Innovation Officer, Europe for BBDO Worldwide. Mark knew from an early age that he wanted to follow a creative career. He is dyslexic and is keen to encourage neurodiversity in the sector. Mark’s worked with an impressive range of clients over his careers– Mars, Coca Cola, Dove, Nestle, Tesco, and Kelloggs.

Trevor Johnson (Chair)

Trevor Johnson

Trevor is our newly elected Chair.   He has been working at Facebook for the past 11 years, starting as one of the first employees outside of the United States – and since then has had various senior, global roles; and has recently taken on the role of Director of Market Operations for Instagram, leading the Instagram business across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Naomi Desalegne, Trustee (photograph)

Naomi Desalegene

Naomi graduated from the Ideas Foundation Scholars’ Council and she’s got a degree in graphic design and media from the University of the Arts London.  Until recently she has been working at Dare as a Junior Planner and is now on the move to AKQA. She’s also a creative mentor. Naomi chaired our most recent event at Number 11 Downing Street.

Jenny Wilkinson (a Trustee of The Ideas Foundation)

Jenny Wilkins

Jenny was headteacher of one of our first pilot project schools in Hackney. She’s now helping the alternative creative school for 13-19 year olds, the Ideas College, with its development. And she supports real-world learning charity, Hackney Pirates and 21 Billion Education Business Partnership.

Robin Wight CVO (Founder)

Robin Wight CVO
Founder

Robin is our colourful Founder. It is Robin’s passion for nurturing future creative talent and his personal drive that has been central to the Ideas Foundation. Robin is the Wight in WCRS and has been the brains behind iconic ads for BMW, Orange, Canon, 118118. When not championing the IF Robin is a gentleman farmer and a Lt Colonel in the TA.

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