Vice Admiral Mike Gretton
Chairman of Youth Options
Mike was in the Royal Navy for 34 years, enjoying 5 commands at sea including HMS INVINCIBLE. He then went into youth development as Chief Executive of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He maintained that interest in World Challenge, and as a Trustee of Tall Ships Youth Trust. He has been a governor of 3 schools. Mike is the retired Chairman of Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust.
Mike is leading a project to return a World War II ship from Egypt to Liverpool as a memorial to the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-45.
Mike studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford. He lives near Winchester with his wife: they have 4 grown up children and 5 grandchildren.
James is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he has worked for 20 years. He is an ICAEW qualified accountant. He has experience of many sectors and industries, in particular he coordinates various of PwC’s global relationships with private equity investors, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he oversees PwC’s pro-bono support to a number of charities across the UK.
Prior to becoming a trustee and deputy chair of Youth Options in 2011, he was chair of trustees at Dreamwall, a charity specialising in working with looked after children. He worked closely with Youth Options prior to the merger of Dreamwall and Youth Options in 2011.
He studied Accountancy and Economics at Exeter University. He lives just outside Farnham in North East Hampshire with his wife and two young children.
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Richard joined Exxon in 1974 in the Controller’s Department of Esso UK’s Refining and Marketing Division as a financial analyst. He has had extensive financial experience in Exploration and Production, Refining and Marketing, International Marine and Chemicals businesses and has held various key managerial and executive positions in these areas. As well as assignments in the UK, Richard has worked at Exxon’s Corporate HQ in New York.
Richard retired from ExxonMobil in 2009 and is currently Treasurer of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society and a Trustee of Youth Options. He is married with 3 grown-up children and lives in a village near Winchester.
Peter Davidson trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in central London and has spent his career involved in commercial property investment and development in the UK and internationally.
Peter has a strong interest in education and as a member of the Court of the Haberdashers Company has served as a governor of most of their schools and is currently closely involved with their expanding Academies programme.
As Chairman of The Wilderness Foundation UK he is committed to their programmes of youth intervention covering both disadvantaged children as well as leadership programmes for girls, wilderness trails for conflict affected minorities and the conservation and restoration of wild places.
Serving as a Trustee of the Union Jack Club in London recent activities have included the modernising and adaptation of our 280 bed hotel for serving and retired other ranks military personnel especially for those disabled in recent and on going conflicts.
Lucy’s career has included investment banking at Goldman Sachs, corporate social responsibility at Business in the Community, and youth development work at Raleigh International. Lucy studied geography at Cambridge University, and is Chair of Trustees for Manda Wilderness Community Trust, a small charity in Mozambique, as well as being a trustee of Hampshire Youth Options. Lucy is currently studying for a degree in Garden Design at Sparsholt College and does part-time garden design work. She lives in Winchester with a husband and 2 young daughters.
Caroline’s career has been focused in major multinationals including Unilever, Pfizer and Cadbury. Caroline’s expertise is within the marketing and sales area with a track record in leading global and pan-European initiatives and running businesses with full P&L responsibility.
Caroline currently consults for a number of organizations in the UK and Europe.
Caroline is a business graduate of the City of London and Thunderbird International Management School, Arizona.
Caroline is a Councillor for Winchester City Council, Chair of Sparsholt Parish Council and Churchwarden alongside her role as a Trustee of Youth Options and member of the Finance Committee.
Caroline was born in the New Forest so is very familiar with Hampshire and now lives in Winchester with her husband.
Mike was a Ministry of Defence Senior Civil Servant, having retired in September 2013. He has significant experience in strategic development, budgeting and project management. He has used these skills in the charity world (he was seconded to Catch 22 in February 2012), including establishing outcome measures for not-for-profit work. Mike has fundraising experience with the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers, and with Catch22 from corporate organisations, High Net Worth individuals and Trusts.
Charles is a business leader (former investment banker; expert in commercial and security risk; exploration and mining) in UK and overseas. Charles also served 14 years as an Army officer.
He has an interest in expeditions (led and fundraised a world first crossing of the Taklamakan Desert in China). Charles current interests are a portfolio of commercial intelligence, part time mining in South Sudan and voluntary activities: in particular a young person’s charity.