UK Executive Committee

Jonathan Townsend

UK Chief Executive

Jonathan Townsend

Jonathan re-joined The Prince’s Trust at the end of 2019 as the Interim CEO. He is working for the Trust on secondment from Prince’s Trust International where he has been Chief Executive since January 2017.

Prior to which he spent four years working as Director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England. Jonathan will undertake the Interim CEO role at The Prince’s Trust until a full-time appointment is made.

Prior to working at the Prince’s Trust, Jonathan worked in the drinks and hospitality industry for 26 years, during which time he worked for companies including Bass, Scottish and Newcastle and Heineken in Senior Management positions for the last 14 of these. The work was mainly in the UK but for three years it involved the licensing of brands from across the world for sale in the UK.

Tara Leathers

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Income and Innovation)

Tara is wearing a black flora top and has a bob hair cut.

Tara Leathers has worked at The Trust since 2005, first as a volunteer and then in the Corporate Partnerships team. She then spent two years in Mumbai working as India Development Director for Human Rights Watch, before returning to The Trust as Director of Fundraising in 2013.

Prior to her work for non-profit organisations Tara worked in publishing for 10 years, initially at Euromoney Institutional Investor plc running international investment conferences and later at Dennis Publishing, where she was publisher of a group of consumer technology magazines.

Tara was educated in Economics at the University of Manchester and in 2013 at the University of Singapore's Public Policy School where she took executive training in non-profit leadership.

Ian Jeffers

Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Design and Delivery)

Ian is wearing a white and blue checkered shirt smiling.

Ian joined The Trust in 2009 as the Director for Northern Ireland and was appointed Operations Director in March 2016.

Ian started his career as an engineer and then moved to the world of Sales and Marketing.  Ian was previously Managing Director of ASG PR and became the chairman of the Institute of Public Relations in Northern Ireland. He was also part of the founding team of CableTel (Virgin Media) in Northern Ireland and subsequently became Managing Director for Cambridge Cable, the CEO of ntl Ireland and the Managing Director of ntl in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2005 Ian took a year out and became a watch leader on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. On his return from the high seas he took on a series of interim leadership roles before joining The Prince's Trust.  Ian is also a Board member of The Probation Board of Northern Ireland. 
 

Kim Cleland

Director of People and Learning


Kim spent the first 15 years of her career in the drinks industry, working initially for the brewery and pub company Marston's and latterly Diageo, the premium spirits business. During this time she was able to build experience across a number of HR disciplines and developed a particular passion for Talent development and Organisational change. After delivering in a highly commercial environment Kim chose to move to the third sector, with her most recent experience being at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently as Director of People and Learning at The Prince's Trust where she has 'the privilege of using my commercial experience to enable people to deliver their best work in service of the strategy'. 

Group Roles

Simon Major 

Group General Counsel

Simon joined The Trust in February 2017 and assists Dame Martina Milburn with the governance of The Prince’s Trust Group, he also leads the Legal, Governance, Risk and Internal Audit functions of The Prince’s Trust.

Simon is Company Secretary of The Prince’s Trust, Prince’s Trust International and Prince’s Trust Trading Limited.

Previously Simon was General Counsel & Company Secretary at WWF and prior to that Deputy General Counsel at Save the Children.

Simon started his legal career specialising in international finance law with a particular focus on infrastructure projects in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

He has a MA in International Peace and Security and the role of the UN Security Council.