Who we are

TRUSTEES

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Vassos Alexander

Vassos Alexander is one of the best known sports presenters in the UK. He’s heard by over a million people every morning as part of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. He’s covered seven Olympic Games and commentated on everything from tennis to triathlon, diving to darts..
A seasoned endurance runner with a sub-3hr marathon PB, he has completed some of the longest and most gruelling races on earth.
And he’s the author of two bestselling books on running, Don’t Stop Me Now and Running Up That Hill (both published by Bloomsbury).
He lives in London with his wife Caroline and three children.

Vassos has always been a passionate advocate of the positive impact of movement on mental health, and is thrilled to have been invited into the stormbreak board of trustees. He’s really excited about how this brilliant charity can help build mental resilience in many, many, many young people.

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Paul Sinton-Hewitt

My background

I'm the founder of parkrun, the free weekly timed walk, jog or run, managed by volunteers in local parks around the world and changing the health and wellbeing of the communities where you live. I'm a husband, father, grandfather, runner, cyclist, and swimmer and I most enjoy spending time outdoors with my friends.

Why I am on board with Stormbreak

Stormbreak is the natural extension to everything that I have strived for these past fifteen years. I have always wanted everyone to 'find their best' and felt this was most easily achieved through a number of interventions. activity, the outdoors, friends and community. Stormbreak addresses all these issues but targets their interventions at children, when we have a chance to prevent mental health and wellness issues from starting in the first place and allows children the opportunity to learn, from an early age, how to deal with difficult, often misunderstood and complex issues.

My role at Stormbreak

As a Stormbreak Trustee, I am hoping to use my experience of building parkrun to help grow the organisation and its impact. I aim to bring all my experience and learnings to bear.

What I am looking forward to

I am most excited about seeing the adoption of the Stormbreak concepts at schools across the nation and witnessing the change this will facilitate in the nation.

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Liz Yelling

My background

I love to be active and running is a huge passion of mine… running just happened to take me to 2 x Olympics and gain me a bronze at the Commonwealth games in 2006. Having a life long passion for running has enabled me to become a running coach, as part of a business I share with my Husband Martin - Yelling Performance. I also love to be creative, from drawing, painting, upholstery and anything to do with interiors. I have recently set up an interior design partnership for called Twobirds interiors.

Why I am on board with Stormbreak

I am on the board for Stormbreak as I think the mental health of our young people is so important. As a mother of 3 children, I can see that the technological future in addition to all that life has to throw at our children today, means we need to equip them with a great mental tool box for life.

What I am looking forward to

Seeing the practical application of Stormbreak in schools and seeing the positive outcomes to the children.

 

STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL DELIVERY

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Anji Andrews

My background

Anji is a former primary school teacher with 14 years of experience teaching ages 4-11 in the North East of England. A specialist Early Years and PE leader, Anji moved into running coaching and running event communications. Anji is a writer and content creator as well as the area trainer for GoodGym in Newcastle.

Why I am on board with Stormbreak

Seeing the impact of running on her own mental health and that of others, Anji is looking forward to seeing the effect of Stormbreak on the lives of young people. Anji is excited to be making a return link to education after a few years away.

My role at Stormbreak

Social media content and communications- helping to shout a little louder about the wonderful work of Stormbreak.

What I am looking forward to

I think Stormbreak is a real force of good in schools for both pupils and their teachers. I'm excited to be part of such an important movement in education.

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Rebecca Brennan

My background

Rebecca, has over 20 years marketing experience combined with a passion in behaviour change. Currently Managing Director of Cubo, one of London's longest standing independent creative agencies based in Soho.

Why I am on board with Stormbreak

As a passionate runners and adventurer Rebecca knows first hand how the power of movement can create better, emotional health and well being. Running for over 18 years, Rebecca has completed over 70 marathons and 20 ultra marathons across the world from the Alps, Nepal and Jordan.

My role at Stormbreak

Rebecca and Cubo are supporting Strombreak through designing and productising the tools for teachers to use everyday to create the Strombreak intervention so it becomes a positive habit and create ongoing change.

What I am looking forward to

Working with a great team of talented and passionate people to make a difference and see that first hand, the impact we can create together.

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Kit Burden

My background

I am a partner at global law firm, DLA Piper, and have been happily married for nearly 25 years, with two wonderful daughters.

Why I am on board with Stormbreak

I believe that mental health is an essential issue for our society, and you can never start a programme to help safeguard it early enough. Stormbreak's endeavours offer a priceless opportunity to contribute to the future of our children and their generation.

My role at Stormbreak

I will be looking to help Stormbreak with legal and contract advice, as and when required.

What I am looking forward to

I look forward to seeing Stormbreak's offering take shape and fly!

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Judy Willits

Judy is a pharmacist who has spent many years working in both the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry. Her expertise in NHS policy and experience in marketing, communications and training led her to set up her own consultancy 15 years ago.

Judy has always enjoyed sport and is a keen runner, recognising the importance of being active to maintain a healthy balance in a busy life of work and family. She has a personal interest in mental heath and well-being in young people.

Judy works in a project management role at Stormbreak to help keep things on track.

She is proud to be part of the Stormbreak family and looks forward to the day when we can roll Stormbreak out across the nation.