Staff & Trustees

Meet the team

Stephen Thomas

Lead Facilitator/Mindfulness Practitioner

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Stephen is a qualified Paws b Mindfulness in Schools practitioner. A keen yogi, Stephen is an integral part of the Success Club team. Stephen says, “I’m on a mission to develop young people’s emotional intelligence”.

Kyle Xavier

Facilitator

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Kyle or Mr X as he is fondly known by students was a primary school P.E Teacher. He has been working with Success Club for the last year. He’s a mentor for disenfranchised young people in the Enfield and Tottenham area and has a personal training business.

Kyle says ‘ My aim is to inspire and develop the young minds of this generation’.

Joe Allen

Facilitator

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Joe is the newest member of our facilitators. He has over 20 years experience of working with children and young people in a multitude of different roles and he is in fact an FA qualified referee.

Joe says, “There’s a reward when working with young people. Promoting their health and wellbeing is my motivation for teaching”.

Judith Ollivere

Monitoring and Evaluation

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Judith Ollivere has been an English teacher for over 20 years. She has worked in a wide range of establishments and roles during that time, including teaching EAL in Italy; KS3 Drama and EAL in London; Examiner for AQA English Literature and KS3 English Coordinator at Alexandra Park School. From it’s establishment in 2016, Judith has been working part-time with Success Club as chief copy editor. Since 2017, she has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the Success Club system of evaluation, which includes the creation of a skills criteria assessment model; termly collection of both qualitative and quantitive data as well as scrutiny of both sets of data in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the Success Club interventions on both a formative and summative basis. Judith has always had a strong belief in the importance of teaching ‘learning skills’ alongside academic subjects in order to better prepare students for the world outside the classroom. She has witnessed first hand the impact of Success Club and is delighted to have been able to develop a robust system to ‘prove’ it.

Abdul Abdillahi

Volunteer/Technical Support

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Abdul is an aspiring software and web developer who currently deals with the technical side of Success Club. Previously a former pupil of Success Club CEO Tony Dallas during his school years, Abdul has used his experience from school, college and university to provide technical insight and solutions for various projects.

David Douglin

Data Analyst

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David has over 35 years of experience delivering RBSG projects has included representation at Payments Industry forums, Payments GDPR delivery, Cash Centre Systems replacement and Asset Protection and Divestment Programme(s) delivery. Now retired from RBSG, “I am proud to support the Success Club in a Data Design/Analysis role, which allows me to give a little back to this wonderful Charity that is aimed at empowering our youth.”

Tony Dallas

CEO and Founder

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Tony has worked in and around London with school communities and families for over 40 years. Starting out as a volunteer youth worker at the age of 16 he has gone on to work as a peripatetic youth worker, sports development coach, inclusion manager for Crime Concerns Mentoring Plus, a facilitator and storyteller for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. He was youth advisor for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (John Prescott) and Associate Director of Participation for the Children’s Commissioner for England (Sir Al Aynsley Green)

Tony believes his experience in these different and diverse roles has been invaluable and taught him that no matter what the setting or circumstance every young person has a story to tell and all we as adults have to do is learn to listen.

He is a qualified Paws b Mindfulness in schools’ practitioner and also a Mindfulness Now teacher for adults.

Tony says: ‘Being the CEO of Success Club is a career defining realisation! We have a great opportunity to listen and a platform in which to coach and support young people to be the best they can be thus make a positive impact in their lives.’

Our Trustees

Rob Challis

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Married with five grown-up children Rob’s career has spanned over 50 years initially in the financial services sector where he was a senior director and latterly chief executive in several large, global financial institutions. He is Chief of staff for philanthropist Sir Harvey McGrath and Director of Tangent Synergy.

Rob has been an invaluable supporter of Success Club and instrumental in it’s setting up as a charity and we are honoured to have him as our Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Marva Rollins OBE

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Marva Rollins retired from headship in August 2019 after 24+ years, with 5 years of leading a Junior school and 19 years leading a large primary school in London. Marva is currently Director of Rollins Education Consultancy Ltd which supports school leaders in all aspects of leading schools successful. She also coaches future leaders in all areas of preparing for senior leadership interviews and is a regular conference speaker. She has been an active voice for equality and equity over the past 40 years. Marva is currently a Patron of The Reach Society, Trustee of Success Club charity (Mindfulness in schools programme) and Governor of two primary schools.

Christopher Cuddihy

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Director of UK Government Relations at Pearson, responsible for developing and leading all aspects of the UK Government Affairs strategy, including all external engagement with Ministerial and Parliamentary stakeholders within Westminster and Whitehall, and relationships with broader education sector stakeholders. Before joining Pearson Christopher was a Director at Lexington Communications where he led the Education & Skills practice. Previously Christopher spent a number of years working in Whitehall at the Department for Education in a combination of Private Secretary and policy roles across Schools, Further Education and Skills and Higher Education policy.

Jeffrey Defries

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Jeffrey Defries is the founder of the online careers charity icould. Formerly chief executive of the specialist careers organisation CRAC, Jeffrey’s career has included senior management posts at the Institute of Cancer Research, the Science Museum, London Business School and the NHS University. Jeffrey has been an advisor to the European Foundation for Management Development. Now retired, he is currently chair of the Children’s Literacy Charity.

Elisabet Coffi Smith

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An Afro-Catalan Primary School Senior Teacher, Elisabet has worked in a range of educational settings in Haringey and Enfield. She is a strong advocate for children and families living and studying in some of the most disadvantaged areas. She currently leads the whole school curriculum which gives her the opportunity to develop the national curriculum and enrichment activities which enable children to strengthen their resolve to use education as the tool to success and to have pride in their heritages.

Since arriving from Spain 21 years ago she has committed much of her time to volunteering with the local community, supporting families in London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield.
With a Master’s degree in Special Needs and Inclusive Education, she has as a passion for inclusion, equality and diversity in the classroom, and the wider community.

A staunch supporter of Success Club, she has been able to observe the positivity of mindfulness on the attainment and emotional wellbeing of the children in her year group. She has been trained by the CEO to deliver sessions and formally assess the positive impact, collating quantitative and qualitative evidence. Elizabeth is fully committed to the principles of the charity.

“I believe every single child can achieve and succeed in life, we just need to develop their ethical and emotional intelligence as much as their intellectual

Ken Enisuoh

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Ken is a management consultant, entrepreneur and corporate director with over 30 years business experience. After beginning his career at global consultants Accenture, he has delivered across a breadth of industries from start-ups to regulators (Bank of England) regulated industries and charities (Cancer Research UK).

He is currently CIO for Life Champions Connect; a digital wealth management business based in London.

Prior to becoming a Trustee on the board, Ken was a passionate supporter working with Success Club advising the CEO on developing a number of strategic and operational initiatives.

“All children can succeed; their success benefits us all.

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