TRUSTEES & AMBASSADOR
The board of Trustees and Ambassador bring a range of fantastic skills and a common passion to the Futurestars project.
BOARD DIRECTOR OMA GROUP
CSR / FUTURESTARS DIRECTOR OMA GROUP
BOARD DIRECTOR OMA GROUP
SENIOR ASSOCIATE BIRKETTS
MANAGER LOVEWELL BLAKE
SHIPPING & LOGISTICS MANAGER
CHAIRMAN & TRUSTEE
Gary is Suffolk born and bred. A life-long Ipswich Town supporter, no one has greater pride in his Suffolk roots than he does. From humble beginnings earning his stripes as a dock runner in the port of Felixstowe, business success in shipping & logistics in West Africa followed. Gary likes doing business, and good business. He is particularly keen to see people identify and develop their talents to become successful in their own right. Thanks to his success in business, Gary is keen to give something back via a charity which helps children in West Africa develop their sporting abilities and greatly enhance their quality of life.
DIRECTOR & TRUSTEE
Simon joined Ipswich Town as a player in 1987 and went on to play 330 games scoring 56 goals. He was part of the team that won the Second Division Championship and promoted to the inaugural Premier League in 1992. He was voted Ipswich Town’s player of the season in 1996 and retired in 1998. After 19 years working for the Ipswich Town Academy Simon was appointed Futurestars director in 2017. He has visited West Africa many times over the last few years and is the driving force behind the expansion of the project
A director at founding partner OMA Group, Carine is originally from Benin, lives in Ghana and has seen the project evolve from the early days. She believes that it is a duty to put something back into the local communities in West Africa particularly with children who represent the future of the region and has a particular interest in seeing that funds are properly allocated in the schools. Following the words of the great man archbishop Desmond Tutu “to do little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of goods put together that overwhelm the world’’.
CLERK & TRUSTEE
A Senior Associate and Co-Head of Charities and Social Enterprise at Birketts law firm in Suffolk, Liz has helped dozens of organisations throughout the UK and overseas launch or develop their services. “Having been involved in setting up the charity, I am delighted to have now been given the opportunity to help as a trustee during these important early years. Through my nephew I have some understanding of the benefits of sports coaching and it is fantastic to be involved in a charity that is providing those great opportunities to underprivileged children in West Africa.”
TREASURER & TRUSTEE
A Manager at Lovewell Blake LLP, an independent regional accountancy firm, Paul is based at their office in Bury St Edmunds. He has worked for the firm since leaving school and advises owner managed business on many accounting and tax matters. “When Simon asked me initially, I jumped at the chance of being involved in such an excellent project, having followed its progress since the start. Futurestars has really changed lives and as the work continues is eaching out to more people in West Africa which is incredible”.
Bryan is a Shipping and logistics manager and has worked in the industry for the past 45 years. It was through hipping that Bryan met fellow trustee Gary Miller. “A friendship began and on one of our many sporting days out, the basic idea of Futurestars was formed. I have visited Ghana and Togo on numerous occasions and have first hand knowledge of the difference the charity can make to the lives and wellbeing of the local children.” Bryan has been involved in coaching junior football from under 8 up to senior level and is an avid supporter of Ipswich Town.”