Catherine Brown practised as a barrister for 15 years at Kings Chambers, Manchester, working mostly in the field of personal injury and industrial disease, representing clients in the County and High Court, as well as providing advice in writing and in person. She also became involved in the recruitment and training of junior barristers and mentoring people from underrepresented backgrounds who wanted to enter the profession.
After a career change 6 years ago, she turned her attention from the law to personal and professional development, retraining as a coach and facilitator and developing a portfolio career also encompassing roles on regulatory tribunals. She specialises in taking the skills and knowledge from the courtroom to a wider arena, helping experts and other witnesses understand what is expected of them in the legal process but also developing courses and workshops around confidence and communication.
"Having come from a working-class background to qualify as a barrister, I was immediately drawn to the mission of the charity when I helped my former Chambers in supporting one of their projects. The passion of the young people and those working with them on behalf of RECLAIM really left an impression and I did some further training with them before having the opportunity to become even more involved in furthering their work as a Trustee."
Monica is the founder of MM Creative Solutions; a consultancy that provides strategic business and organisational development support for organisations seeking growth in nuclear and other regulated sectors. She has successfully worked with organisations of all sizes (microbusiness through to multinationals) that deliver: professional services, engineering and construction services and technical services. Monica has worked in the nuclear sector since 2003 and she is a Chartered Chemical Engineer. In 2019, Monica co-founded the not for profit initiative Diversity and Inclusion in UK Nuclear.
Access to opportunities and the chances for talent to shine is not always equal. The important work RECLAIM does advancing youth leadership, instilling confidence and enabling access to greater opportunities, challenges the status quo and helps make change happen. Monica is keen to help this important mission and becoming a trustee is a way in which she can actively support.
Raakhi has over 15 years’ experience working in international development and is currently CEO of The Circle NGO, an organisation focussed on the rights of women and girl’s and founded by singer-songwriter and activist Annie Lennox. She previously led the Ambassador and Leadership functions at Oxfam and Unicef UK covering a breadth of fundraising, communications, advocacy, and campaigning initiatives.
The daughter of working-class, first-generation immigrants, Raakhi is passionate about equal opportunities offered to young people from these backgrounds.
Vic spent the first part of her career working with students and young people from a wide range of backgrounds, first at Staffordshire University Students’ Union before moving on to the National Union of Students. After the student movement, Vic joined Save the Children UK where she held various roles in the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division, and in her final 12 months sat on the Executive Leadership Team as Strategy Director.
Passionate about the agency of children and young people, the key highlight from her time at SCUK was getting more children involved in the campaigns of the organisation. Vic has recently moved back to working with students as the Interim CEO of the University of Exeter Students’ Guild.
Outside of work, as well as bring on the Reclaim board, Vic is the Chair of the New Economic Organising Network (NEON) an independent network of activists. To relax Vic likes to swim, and can usually be found in one of London’s many Lido’s.
"As a woman who grew up in a working-class household on various council estates across the north of England, I know first hand the importance and impact of the work that Reclaim does. I wanted to become a trustee at Reclaim to make sure that more working-class young people are supported to achieve their full potential."