Simon Whitfield has been a trustee of IRT since 2001. He is the founder and Managing Director of a leading conference and exhibition organising company that is soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary. He brings this experience to IRT, most notably in business and financial management, strategic planning, marketing and HR. He is married with two children and lives in Oxfordshire where is a governor of Lord Williams’s School in Thame.
Chris Muwanguzi has been CEO of Family Matters Institute, (a research and educational based charity) since October 2013. He formerly headed up service delivery at the Family Matters Institute before being appointed CEO. Before this Chris had worked at Coram group for nearly 9 years, heading up a number of services including the award winning boys2MEN project, a satellite service that worked closely with Social services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in 9 boroughs across London to provide accessible services for young men at risk and their families. Chris was also involved in setting up Family Intervention Projects in Camden and Islington as well as developing leading innovative interventions to engage with priority and excluded families. This included working with parents in prison, families affected by drugs and alcohol, and working with young people in gangs. Chris also headed up Coram’s youth at risk project in Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham, which provided experiential life and social skills workshops alongside creative therapies for some of the local authorities most vulnerable children and young people. He also worked as a consultant supporting a number of local authorities in inner and outer London to set up innovative ways to engage with fathers and has advised the UK government whilst serving on various panels regarding children and fatherhoo
Mairead King joined the IRT Board in February 2012. She worked for the BBC for over ten years, managing major strategic contracts and relationships across a diverse portfolio including transmission, studio productions, business services, creative services and future media services including BBC’s iPlayer. Mairead was also London chapter leader of ‘Room to Read’, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programmes focused on literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read’s programmes have impacted over 6 million children to date. In 2010 and as part of a two year career break, Mairead visited Room to Read’s programmes in India. In 2009 she volunteered with ‘Global Volunteer Network’ in Nepal, living and working in a local orphanage and teaching in a local school. She has also worked as a producer in broadcasting in Ireland, Bulgaria, Poland and Belgium. She is currently Head of Account Management, Corporate Partnerships at Save the Children.