Our Trustees

YPAS has an experienced and dedicated board of trustees who volunteer their expertise to benefit the charity and the children, young people and families it serves.


Andrew Kerr (Chair)

Andrew has been a member of YPAS's Trustee Board since 2006 with a background in community participation and the strategic development of adult mental health services.  Andrew is employed by the CCG (Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group). Andrew has strong relationships with colleagues across statutory and voluntary sectors and has extensive experience of system and organisational development MSc in Health Promotion, research and Policy Change.  


Helen Fessey (Vice chair)


I have been a trustee & vice chair since 2006 
I am a kinship carer responsible for 3 grandchildren under 10. My day job is working for the NHS.
I first became involved in the work of children & young people through the CAMHS Partnership Board as a parent representative. I believe passionately in prevention of mental ill health of Children and young people.
I am also the Chair of a Carers Support Group.
I hope that through my perspective I can continue to develop YPAS, and realise its aim & objectives are for the good of the organisation. It's a pleasure working with my fellow trustees, managers and ultimately the fabulous Young People.


Ali Herdman


Ali Herdman is an Organisation Development consultant and Executive Coach specialising in helping Organisations and Leaders thrive.

Ali has an MBA from LUMS and is an alumni of the Advanced OD/HRM programme Columbia University, New York.

In her 20 year private sector career she held senior HR and OD positions in Financial services FTSE 100 Companies before setting up her own consultancy.

Ali believes strongly in helping everyone realise their strengths and unlock their potential and is a passionate advocate of YPAS's work in providing support and opportunities for Young People.

She has been a proud trustee since 2012 and brings her business, commercial, OD and HR expertise to the board.


Nici Konnigs


I've been a board member since 2014. My motivation to become a trustee at YPAS was that I wanted to support an organisation working with children and young people in need. When I met with CEO Monique Collier, I knew straight away that YPAS, with its outstanding levels of commitment and passion, was the organisation I’d been looking for.


Running my own events consultancy, I see my role at YPAS as a “fresh” pair of eyes, looking at the organisation from outside the health sector. I’m excited that my expertise comes to good use helping to plan YPAS events such as the organisation’s 50th birthday celebrations.


Ann Jones


Ann has a long experience of working in multi-agency health and social care settings with adults, families, children and young people. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked in a range of roles the majority of her experience being in Child and adolescent Mental Health Services as she is passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people and their families to support their development and functioning into adulthood.


Ann’s core skills are underpinned by her wealth of experience of working in the public sector, as a clinician, service manager, joint commissioner and regional development worker CAMHS. Recently she has led on service improvement and redesign, whole systems change, toolkit and product development on a local, regional and national basis. Ann is committed to ensuring that quality improvement is based on knowledge and understanding of service users’ needs and that the user is at the centre of ensuring that changes are made to enhance their experience; as well as the delivery of outcome focused care based on individual need.


Ann’s breadth of knowledge and expertise enables her to work in partnership with individuals, teams and organizations from a range of sectors, ensuring a collaborative approach to change. Educated to MSc level and with significant knowledge of strategic and change management she brings a strong analytical focus to her work in service improvement and professional development. 


Anna O'Hare


I am originally from N. Ireland and have a degree in law from Queen's University Belfast. I have worked as a solicitor in Liverpool since qualifying in 2005.

During that time I have worked as a criminal defence solicitor specialising in youth court work and I am passionate about helping young people in need.

I now work within the public sector and have been a board member since 2015.

I am committed to YPAS and all it stands for and am proud to be a board member.


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