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PRESS RELEASE : Jacquie Nnochiri and Deborah Tavana reappointed as Board Members of the National Citizen Service Trust [October 2023]

The press release issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 16 October 2023.

Jacquie Nnochiri and Deborah Tavana have been reappointed by HM The King as Board Members of the National Citizen Service Trust for three years from 1st January 2024 to 31st December 2027

Jacquie Nnochiri

Reappointed from 01 January 2024 until 31 December 2027.

Jacquie has had an influential career in mainstream education and Pupil Referral Unit setting. She has had numerous roles in mainstream education including Head of Year & Head of Department. Jacquie is passionate about giving young people, especially vulnerable students the knowledge, opportunity, and the exposure to networks and to give them the tools to improve their further education and future work opportunities. Jacquie has consistently championed the cause of young people, especially those who are most vulnerable and the most marginalised.

Jacquie has extensive knowledge of the education sector, she is capable of identifying and advising on new challenges, initiatives, and opportunities and to bring a broader perspective to the decision-making processes.

Jacquie has collaborated with many external stakeholders. Her role as academic lead brings her into close contact with parents and carers, local authorities, social workers and other outside agencies.

Jacquie is a mentor for students @QMUL- the School of Business & Management. Jacquie is a Volunteer for the Youth Offending Team as a Referral Order Community Panel Member. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the IMB board.

Deborah Tavana

Reappointed from 01 January 2024 until 31 December 2027.

Deborah started her career with Legal & General and has held executive roles in Williams & Glyn Bank, Resolution, Swiss Re and General Electric. She has experience in a range of leadership roles covering Human Resources, Communications, Governance, Legal and Operations and has also undertaken consulting and advisory work on both a regional and global basis. In addition, Deborah served for 13 years as a member of the Employment Tribunals.

Her career has always been guided by a belief in the importance of creating organisation cultures that value the whole person, whether colleague, customer or client. Deborah now works independently as an executive coach and management consultant. She joined the board of NCS in 2021 and is Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee. She also serves as a trustee on the board of United Response, and sits on the board of Kore Labs, a UK based fintech firm.

Deborah is a graduate of the University of Bristol, holds an MSc from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She balances her work alongside a busy family life with four children, enjoys swimming, photography and learning to play the piano.

Remuneration and Governance Code

Trustees of the National Citizens Service Trust are not remunerated. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Jacquie Nnochiri and Deborah Tavana have not declared any significant political activity.