Toby Netting - chair
Toby has been a director and on the board of Zest since November 2013 and was elected chair at the start of 2017. Toby works locally as a solicitor/director in a law firm with a number of offices across the region. Having come to Sheffield in 1991 initially to study, he has, like so many students, remained in the city to live and work. Toby is involved in Zest to support one of the local communities that requires health, sport, youth, library and employment opportunities and would struggle to access those services if Zest did not exist. Not being from the third sector, Toby brings wider sets of skills and experience that add value to the board and the organisation as a whole.
Abdul is a local resident and businessman who was been the Chair of Zest from 2005 - 2017. Abdul is also a Trustee of YAFA, a local Yemeni charity. Abdul is committed to improving the opportunities open to local people, including young people and sees the importance of Zest to the local community.
Dave is Head of Business Development for Key Fund Investments, a social investor operating across the North of England. With over 20 years’ experience of social enterprise and community development he has learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work in community engagement and regeneration. Dave previously spent 5 years as a consultant after 13 years working for social enterprise business support specialists SCEDU in Yorkshire, his last 5 years there as Chief Executive. Dave has also always maintained an active engagement in community organisations having served on the board of a number of local charities and social enterprises covering childcare, recycling and finance. Dave is also a member of The University of Sheffield Enterprise Advisory Board.
Toby has been a director and on the board of Zest since November 2013. Toby works locally as a solicitor/director in a law firm with a number of offices across the region. Having come to Sheffield in 1991 initially to study, he has, like so many students, remained in the city to live and work. Toby is involved in Zest to support one of the local communities that requires health, sport, youth, library and employment opportunities and would struggle to access those services if Zest did not exist. Not being from the third sector, Toby brings wider sets of skills and experience that add value to the board and the organisation as a whole.
Liton joined the Board of Trustees at Zest in October 2015. He was a local resident for over 10 years and has extensive professional experience across key sectors including health and social care, employability, advice and guidance. He was responsible for the business growth and operational performance of a UK based national health and social care provider; leading bid and operational teams to win and operate Direct Payments contracts across 12 Local Authorities and also led bid teams to secure a flagship Carers Advice and Guidance contract. He led the expansion of employability programmes across India, South Africa, Brazil and mainland Europe - most recently he lived and operated in India leading a team of 65 people across six states to design and deliver a pioneering rural skills delivery contract awarded by the Government of India to train 8,370 young people from rural communities.
Helen works for NAVCA as head of Membership; her previous experience includes work for a registered Social Landlord as Enterprise and Marketing Manager as well as working for Business in the Community. Helen lives nearby and has been a trustee since 2012.
Laura has been a trustee since December 2015. Laura grew up in Sheffield and has lived in the local area since 2011. She became involved as she felt that Zest was an amazing resource for our community and she wanted to support Zest’s work. Laura currently works for a trade union giving legal advice. Prior to this she worked in advice centres in Sheffield in Sheffield Hallam Students' Union and Sheffield Citizens' Advice.
Tom lives in Upperthorpe and has been a trustee of Zest as a local resident since July 2014. Tom works as a policy research officer at the University of Sheffield having previously worked in politics for a Member of Parliament. As a local resident Tom sees the hugely positive impact that Zest has in the local community and got involved to do what he can to help that to continue. Tom uses his professional experience and background of working with key stakeholders in the city to help identify new opportunities for Zest and to help resolve issues affecting the organisation.
Kathryn has been a member of the Zest Trustees Board for 1 and a half years. Previously Kathryn was a member of the Zest Senior Management Team, with responsibility for Zest’s Children and Young People programme for 4 years. Kathryn currently works for South Yorkshire Sport (since 2013) having worked within Sport Development for 10 years in a range of different roles. Kathryn is passionate about developing sporting opportunities for children and young people, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Kathryn is keen to use her experience to help shape the Zest Youth and Communities programme, ensuring young people have access to high quality opportunities. Kathryn also has a keen interest in supporting young families within local neighbourhoods, improving quality of life and advocating healthy active lifestyles.