SAY HELLO TO TEAM LAUNCH IT
The wonderful team working behind the scenes, guiding young entrepreneurs through out their journeys.
Chief Executive Officer
I spent 25 years in Local Government working in Portsmouth, Stoke-on-Trent, and London. During this time, I managed a range of services for young people including youth, Connexions, targeted youth support and teenage pregnancy services. My last position was as Strategic Manager (Assistant Director) for Young People’s Services with Southwark Council in London.
After taking voluntary redundancy I moved into the voluntary sector as CEO for Launch and have been busy moving Launch It from a London based organisation to one which is expanding across the country. I have a passion for working with and developing opportunities for young people, particularly those who are dealing with social or economic challenges as I lived experience of facing these challenges myself.
In my spare time I like to take my Cocker Spaniel, Arnold, out walking, going for a run, and watching Brentford FC win (occasionally!)
LIANNE CARR WYLLIE
Enterprise Manager, Dundee
I grew up in the St Mary’s area of the city. After leaving school I studied music performance before spending 15 years managing a busy jewellers in the city.
My passions outside of work are singing & performing in a local band, teaching singing to kids, and running my own Princess Party Business.
I joined Launch It Dundee in 2019 and find the charity so inspiring as we get to meet and help support young talented individuals with bright futures ahead of them.
When I was younger I would have loved to have been part of the Launch it Programme, I think I would have liked to have had my own recording studio!
I also likes chilling when I can with my husband Paul, daughter Mia and two Persian cats Coco and Snowball.
Enterprise Manager, Neasden
A proactive problem-solver who works well under pressure. Good at prioritising tasks, organised and creative. Firm believer in “what can be done today should not be put off until tomorrow”. I am a self- driven individual who always sees tasks through. Personal achievement makes me proud, driven and determined to achieve more.
After taking voluntary redundancy from the local authority, as a Youth Development Officer for 10 plus years, I’ve been on a few business ventures of my own. This has ranged from setting up and running an Alternative Schools Provision, being apart of a voluntary sector Educational Welfare company and growing my own logistics company.
I am equally passionate about working with young people, as I am about business and creating your own opportunities. Being apart of Launch IT has enabled me to combine the two.
I enjoy socialising, spending quality time with family and friends. I have a lust for motorcycles and find adrenaline rush activities highly fulfilling. My happiness derives from making others smile and enjoy entertaining. In my spare time I often organise social events, I also have a great passion for renovation and DIY.
Enterprise Manager, Paisley
My name is Sarah and I am the Enterprise Manager in Paisley. I graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2019 from the University of Aberdeen. After graduation, I got a job working for a dating agency for adults with learning disabilities. I am very passionate about helping young people achieve their different goals and dreams.
For five summers, I worked at a summer camp in America. Many of the kids I worked with were either remission or going through treatment of different cancers or blood disorders. This was hugely rewarding and has really spurred on my drive to make a positive change.
I am excited to help and motivate young adults achieve big things with their business.
Outside of work, I love walking my black Labrador Kobe and hanging out with my friends.
Area Manager, North London
At Launch It, each day is a learning curve and a day to make a difference to someone setting up in business. I previously worked for myself, and I have also been involved with community cohesion resulting in building my own home. The lessons I learnt were teamwork, discipline, determination and overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals.
My role is managing the smooth running of our workspaces and providing a comprehensive business support package. I am level 5 Sfedi qualified in Professional Business and Enterprise Support and received an Enterprise Life Achievement and Professional Recognition Award in 2019 for my contribution to small businesses.
My interests are cooking, reading, going to the cinema and keeping healthy; I run 3 times a week.
I am also an avid Arsenal supporter!
Development Director, London
I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people. I previously worked as a music leader in schools, pupil referral units and at a youth music charity. There, I delivered sessions on music production and the music industry as part of a foundation degree course, in partnership with Westminster University. Simultaneously, I was working as a session musician and songwriter, touring the UK and Europe.
I started with Launch It in 2016 and really enjoy seeing the creativity and passion of our entrepreneurs.
When I’m not working, I’m a mum who also writes songs and goes cold water swimming!
I have been working with Launch It since the beginning of 2017. I am responsible for all of the financial management of the charity and also assist with advice on general business management to the Trust and their young entrepreneurs.
I also currently run the Money Matters Training for the Trust and provide on-going support to the businesses related to their accounting systems.
I am a Chartered Management Accountant and have worked in industry for over 20 years. For the last 15 years I have been running my own accountancy practice with my husband and a staff of 5. I deal with many different types of business and assist many new businesses in their first years. This experience means I am able to support the young entrepreneurs as well as the Trust with up to the minute information that I use for my other clients.
I am very passionate about the work of Launch It and the people they support.
When not working I enjoy cooking and traveling. I also enjoy spending time with my family of six men (including my husband and the cat!).
Marketing & Communications Manager
I’m the happiest when I can put a smile on people’s faces; when I’m able to bring a little creativity and positivity. I think kindness is the most beautiful thing.
As marketing and communications manager, I intend to bring just that along with the learnings and experiences I’ve had throughout the last 12 years from working with some of the world’s most reputable brands, ad agencies and a migrant & refugee support non-profit. Moving to London in 2021, I made the decision to re-align my career path from corporate to non-profit, with the hopes of being able to make greater, more meaningful impact on people and communities.
I spent most of my life in the Philippines where I grew up and enjoyed many summers under the sun (also, the most pristine beaches one can ever imagine). I lived in Singapore for three years before moving here in London. Needless to say, both places are now home to me too.
I’m a loud and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, husband to the loveliest human I know, a writer, vocalist and drag artist, performing in queer spaces around town. I do my best to use my voice to help educate, fight inequalities and eradicate hate of all forms.
Enterprise & Volunteering Manager
As the Enterprise and Volunteering Manager, I am excited to bring my skills to this role.
Over the years I have worked with various businesses and organisations to transition towards their desired goals. I am enthusiastic about creating positive change in the world and believe that volunteerism plays an essential role to many successful enterprises.
I am dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices in their industry to succeed and inspiring volunteers that their contributions can make a positive impact.
As a person who enjoys spending time with my family and friends. I value the importance of relationships and human connection. I believe that the bonds we form with those around us are what makes life meaningful and fulfilling.
Sarah is an administrator, access support worker and practising artist. She studied BA and MA Fine Art at University of the Arts London. Before joining Launch It in February 2022, she worked in admin roles at UAL, a solicitor's firm, and the disability arts charity sector. She is passionate about accessibility, as being neurodivergent is a big part of her identity, and is especially keen to support clients with neurodivergence and invisible health conditions.
At work, she takes great interest in supporting monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, signposting young people to various opportunities, and assisting the staff team the best she can.
Sarah has supported the Launch It virtual Next Generation programmes and is based in our London centres.
Development Director, Out of London
In 2008 I joined Launch It as an Enterprise Manager in Tottenham. During my time here, I have retrained in fundraising and am now undertaking the role of Development Director as we fulfil our strategic vision of starting more charities and centres across the UK.
I have always been interested in enterprise and used to run my own crew catering business. In 2006 I started working for the Princes’ Trust and found that I had a real passion for working with young people and in particular empowering young people to build a great life for themselves.
Out of work I am a busy mum of three and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and socialising with friends and family.
I set up my first business “Dreams Unlimited” aged 22 as a freelance children’s wall muralist and painter of children’s furniture, specialising in nurseries.
In my first year I became a runner up in the Shell Livewire young entrepreneur’s competition and won a cash prize. I was very grateful to my mentor and promised one day I would pay back the privilege.
Whilst painting a mural in a house in Chislehurst, the client’s Interior Designer, approached me and ask me to design and complete a themed window in her design showroom in London. I was soon offered a job and trained as an Interior Designer. Within 4 years I became the showroom manager and, on her retirement, and sale of the business the senior designer for the new owners.
I worked closely with Hamiltons International Ltd, a top end furniture and accessory showroom in Chislehurst, assisting my clients in the selection of luxury made to order home décor. After year I was asked to set up an Interior Design company under the Hamiltons ‘umbrella’ as their Interior design Director, furnishing homes for the rich and famous worldwide. Within 10 years I became the Managing Director and owner.
During my career I have always enjoyed volunteering, especially with the young. I became a Talent Match Mentor for the Prince Trust and a volunteer steward for the Arts Council.
In 2019 after nearly 30 years in business, I decided to retire and work part time as an Industry Liaison Officer at Canterbury School of Visual Arts. I had all the experience, knowledge, and contacts to help new creatives in their career paths. This quickly became a full-time post, where I successfully enabled over 250 students per year, to engage in worthwhile and meaningful work experience. I co- wrote the self -employment programme, which is delivered to all 8 business units in the East Kent College group and ran a work ready club for my budding entrepreneurs.
During COVID-19, I set up a mentoring business for people that had been furloughed, made redundant or needed to diversify due to the pandemic. I still run this today.
Working as a Launch It Enterprise Manager in Kent is my next challenge which I can’t wait to succeed at.
In my spare time I like to visit art exhibitions, go to the theatre with friends, and spend time with my 3 grown up children and their partners, my 2 grandsons and my little dog Lulu.