Meet the Board of Trustees

At TOKKO, we are governed by our Board of Trustees. The Board meets regularly and is responsible for setting our strategic direction, as well as for our overall governance and overseeing our management – making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first.

Our board safeguards the charity’s assets – both physical assets and intangible ones, such as its reputation making sure these are used well and that the charity is run sustainably.

Trustees don’t get too involved in the day-to-day running of the charity. They delegate this to the staff, led by the Executive Manager. Instead, they play the role of a ‘critical friend’ to the Executive Manager by giving support and by challenging – in a supportive way – to help them manage effectively and support events and activities.

New trustees are chosen in consultation with the full Board, making sure that, collectively, the Board has the diversity, skills, contacts and experience needed to enable us to operate effectively. If you feel that you have something to offer our charity at board level then please get in touch to start the conversation.

Meet the board and find out what motivates them to volunteer for us.

Phil - Chair of Trustees

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

‘We all need support at times, as we grow through life and I may not be as gifted as the Tokko team in giving this support, but as a board member I can support them, so they will always be there to support you, come and say hello.’

Justin

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

We have posed the question to Justin and will update here soon…

Usman

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

‘The work of all the staff and volunteers at Tokko is so important. They inspire the future generation making sure they are ready to be the Residents, Leaders and Changemakers of the future. Being a Board member allows me to give back and support Tokko by ensuring a young person’s voice is heard on many of the topics the board discusses that directly affect them.’

Bronwen

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

“I have always been interested in enabling young people to have the best opportunities for their personal growth. To me through TOKKO and the excellent staff team I can ensure young people can access a range of positive activities, bespoke support and opportunities for them to grow.”

Jenny

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

 

“I have had the privilege of working with young people in Luton for 15 years.  In this time I have seen young people achieve through adversity, aspire and become the next generation of parents and professionals, create, empower and teach!  There is so much to learn from our local young people if they are given the opportunity to grow.  I believe TOKKO can play an important role in supporting our young people to be the best version of themselves, and I want to be part of this journey.”

 

Asma

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

We have posed the question and are awaiting Asma’s words of wisdom… watch this space.

Matthew

Trustee

What motivates you to volunteer as a board member for TOKKO?

“Having worked in local organisations supporting young people for several years, I understand how impactful services like Tokko can be, creating opportunities for young people, making positive changes, raising aspirations, and challenging discrepancies often labelled with the town.”

  • “They have helped me to meet new people and put myself out into the real world comfortably.”

    Mentoring client

  • “TOKKO did not just help me; they saved me from destroying myself.”

    OK2B Client

  • “My time at Tokko was informative, ideal and overall impeccable”

    Work Experience – Chiltern Academy

  • “We are in a better place now because of the kindness of you and your team shared to us!”

    Family supported during the pandemic

  • “Thank you for everything that you’ve done for me.”

    Inclusion Project Client

  • ‘I felt I was not being judged.’

    Young Person – OK2B Project

  • ‘I trust the workers, and I never felt judged.’

    Young Person – Young Parents Project

  • ‘I am in a much better place.’

    Counselling Client

  • ‘Thank you for helping me let go of things to feel better.’

    Counselling client

  • ‘If it wasn’t for TOKKO, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’

    Angel

  • ‘TOKKO saved my life.’

    Freedom Programme Client