Our Senior Leadership Team

Mike King

Mike King

Chief Executive Officer – Executive Leadership Team

Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Releasing Potential, having founded the organisation in 2001. Mike is a PE teacher by training and is qualified in a range of outdoor activities at the highest level. Mike still enjoys teaching, and when he can delivers Outdoor Education across the Releasing Potential School as well as professional training as part of the Releasing Potential Institute. Mike has strategic responsibility for the School and for the organisation as a whole.

Catherine Brennan

Catherine Brennan

Senior Executive Officer – Executive Leadership Team

Catherine joined Releasing Potential in 2012 as Operations Manager for what was then a small charity. Catherine’s background is in education, having taught in secondary, tertiary and Higher Education settings. She has worked with vulnerable young people for many years in a range of day services and residential programmes. Catherine oversees all operations for the charity and for Releasing Potential School, and is responsible for Human Resources and Safeguarding across the entire organisation.

Jane Skinner

Jane Skinner

Chief Financial Officer – Executive Leadership Team

Jane has been at Releasing Potential since its beginnings as a small charity in 2001. Jane oversees all finances for the organisation and works at our Havant base of operations alongside the rest of the executive team. Jane’s background is in finance, and she has worked for a number of organisations in senior management positions.

Jane Skinner

Steve Skinner

Releasing Potential Enterprises

Steve has been at Releasing Potential since its beginnings as a small charity in 2001. Steve oversees a number of small businesses as part of the organisation’s growing portfolio of not-for-profit enterprises. Steve’s background is in engineering, and he has previously worked in business settings in senior management roles.  Steve supports the work of the School, ensuring work placement opportunities are open to students by maintaining profitable small enterprises.

Jane Skinner

Lara Penfold

Head of School – Releasing Potential School

Lara is a qualified teacher and heads up the Releasing Potential School, our registered alternative provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Lara also oversees the Releasing Potential Explore programme, which caters for children and young people on an outreach basis. Lara manages a team 25+ staff including the school’s own leadership team and subject leads. She is responsible for the School curriculum as well as a range of other areas within the School.

Jane Skinner

Alex Gray

Head of Professional Services 

Alex joined Releasing Potential in 2016 having worked for many years as a Lecturer in Higher EducationAlex manages the operational and strategic elements of a number of services across the organisation including Releasing Potential Mediation and Releasing Potential Institute. Alex works closely with Releasing Potential School to ensure staff have access to a range of training and development opportunities, and co-ordinates and teaches on courses from Levels 2-7 with the organisation and externally. She is also responsible for data, web services and marketing.

Our trustees

 

Our trustees generously give up their time to guide and support Releasing Potential as it seeks to grow and move forward. They are enthusiastic about the work that we do and open to new ways that we can develop as an organisation. They embrace the ‘critical friend’ role, asking all the right questions, ensuring that our executive team have thought through their plans and vision for the future. Our trustees are an integral part of Releasing Potential’s decision-making, safeguarding, and financial processes.

Elise Eminson

Alexis Brooker

Chair of Trustees

Alexis  is the newest trustee to join the team, currently the Chief Operating Officer of a local software business, Alex has a degree in Astrophysics from Cardiff University and is an experienced manager and company Director. Alex is passionate about STEM and runs the Chichester Raspberry Jam, a local community group where people of all ages learn to code.

Paul Suter

Trustee

Paul has the skills essential to any board: a way with numbers. As Finance Director of a local business he provides guidance and support with budgeting and spreadsheets.  As Chair he provides a wise voice and a steady hand, and has been instrumental in recent decisions around focusing the charity’s work on our central mission to support young people.

Sheila Roberts

Trustee

Shelia comes to us with a wealth of experience working as a Justice of the Peace and voluntary member of the Sussex Youth Offending Team. She has also has spent much of her energy over the years supporting voluntary and community sector organisations and has a keen interest in Restorative Justice.
Kate Palmer

Kate Palmer

Trustee

Kate works in Social Care, so brings an understanding of the background and home life of the young people we encounter to her role as a trustee.  An experienced Social Worker, Kate is enthusiastic about the ways in which the work of Releasing Potential can create better options and outcomes for young people and families.
Elise Eminson

Elise Eminson

Trustee

Elise joined the board of trustees in 2016, and serves on the educational steering committee for the Releasing Potential School. Elise is an experienced secondary school English and Drama teacher and holds a PGCE and an MA in English Education. She has also run her own education business and is a mother to four children. Elise is currently studying for a PhD at King’s College London; her chosen area is talk-based teaching and learning.
Elise Eminson

Jo King

Trustee

Having been there at the birth and spent most of the last 20 years as part of the Releasing Potential family in one way or another, Jo isn’t quite ready to step away just yet.  As a former teacher and a Governor of a local mainstream Primary school Jo continues to get involved with the Education Committee bringing her love of processes and data, along with insights into Ofsted, and governance in a mainstream settings.   She welcomes the opportunity to stay connected and to continue to take her part in supporting and growing opportunities available to those young people who need them the most.

Address:

Releasing Potential
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court
Ridgway
Havant
Hampshire
PO9 1LS

Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 04622100

Telephone:

023 9247 9762

Email:

info@releasingpotential.com

© Releasing Potential 2017

Havant

Chichester