Andrew Beale

Andrew Beale

Chair

Andrew has been a trustee of Youthscape since 2007, and chair of the board since 2009. He is the Managing Director of Beales Hotels, a family business that dates back eight generations to 1769 (www.bealeshotels.co.uk). Youthscape has been a big part of Andrew's life – he describes it as "an amazing organisation filled with brilliant people, and with such an exciting future." When not doing any of the above, he can be found messing about on the River Great Ouse in his boat, or walking and climbing in the Alps. He lives in Luton with his family.

Mike Bacon

Mike Bacon

Vice Chair

Mike started work with Arthur Andersen as an audit assistant in their Manchester office and progressed from there to become a tax manager. In 1990 Mike joined General Motors as Vauxhall Motors tax manager and over the years was promoted to become GM Regional Tax Counsel for Northern Europe. In 1999 Mike joined KPMG as Partner in charge of their Milton Keynes office before moving to London as KPMGs head of Restructuring Tax. Mike retired from full time work in 2014. He continues to  provide  tax advice to corporates on a part time basis whilst attempting to reduce his golf handicap and attending as many Derby County matches as he possibly can.

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes

Now retired from a career in local economic development, Chris has lived in Luton for 30 years and has been a supporter of Youthscape since its foundation. He now brings his experience of working with the statutory sector to the Board, supporting the development of stronger links with local and national government. He says: "I’m excited by the proven, positive impact on the lives of young people in the town and the innovative approaches the staff keep developing."

Christine Boyd

Christine Boyd

Christine retired from teaching in 2010 after a career spanning 35 years. She spent her entire career in Luton, firstly at Denbigh Junior, then Sacred Heart Primary, and finally St Margaret of Scotland Primary where she was headteacher for 18 years. A reader and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family and St Jonn’s Catholic Church, she has been married to James for 43 years, and they have two grown up sons and one granddaughter. Her other interests include golf, cooking, reading and travel, and she's currently the junior organiser at South Beds Golf Club. Christine has been a trustee for four years.

Revd Andy Gardner

Revd Andy Gardner

After a long career in ‘High Tech’ and having been part of Soul Survivor Watford Church since it started, Andy made the short journey up the M1 and is now Curate at St. Mary’s Church in Luton.  He is married to Joanna who is a teacher, has two grown up sons and enjoys hill walking and Scuba diving (but not both at the same time). Andy studied Physics at university and has recently completed a Theology degree at St. Mellitus college. He is passionate about helping young people be the best that they can be and is looking forward to bringing his experience in both business and church leadership to the Youthscape board.

John Good

John Good

John came to Luton in 2011 to work for Stopsley Baptist church as their youth director. He has a long-held passion for working with young people and has spent the last 12 years working alongside them in different capacities. He joined the Youthscape board in 2013 because of a belief that that churches should be equipped with the tools that will allow them to engage effectively with young people. He says: "Youthscape’s different areas of expertise and the resources they provide will aid the church move forward in a time when young people really need its help."

Ruth Mawhinney

Ruth Mawhinney

Ruth has been a journalist and editor for ten years and is currently the Editor of Christian Today, the UK’s largest Christian website. She was previously Editor of Christianity magazine. Ruth lives on an estate Kings Cross, London with her husband Stephen, and they are in the early stages of planting a church there. She became a trustee of Youthscape in 2014 and has been particularly engaged in the areas of branding, identity and organisational health

Lucie Shuker

Lucie Shuker

Lucie joined the trustee team in 2016, although she has been a fan of Youthscape for much longer. She is a Senior Research Fellow in 'The International Centre' at the University of Bedfordshire which specialises in understanding and improving responses to child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking. Lucie has a young daughter and when she gets a night off can often be found enjoying live music at The Bear Club, next door to Bute Mills.