A welcome note from the Chair of Trustees:


I’m Simon Wright, Chair of the Trustees at Youth Emotional Support Service.  My association with YESS began when the charity was formed in 2011.  I was Head of House working at Thomas Alleynes High School where Julie Bird was the school counsellor.  Julie had the vision of setting up YESS to fill a gap in the provision for young people in the area, due to the closure of Uttoxeter Mind.  I had an insight into the emotional needs of young people from my role as Head of House and because I am passionate about the need for emotional support for young people I had a conversation with Julie about ways I could become involved.  I have now been Chair for six years and I have seen the way the charity has grown and developed, and the positive impact we have had on local children and young people.


From those early years, six years ago, YESS has developed into an organisation that provides support beyond the confines of Uttoxeter; we now have a team of therapists, youth participation workers and wellbeing practitioners working across Burton, Cannock and Rugeley.  I feel immensely proud of how the organisation has grown and the reputation we have developed as an effective provider of mental health support.  I am excited to continue to oversee the strategic direction of the charity as we continue to support children who are experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.


Other members:

Magali Dale

Sue Chambers

Rev Charles Dale

Laura Wright

Sam Wright

Zdzislaw Krupski

Jay Wilson


The Board of Trustees:


The Board of Trustees determines policy and, together with senior staff at YESS, sets the strategic direction for the charity.  Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the organisation, ensuring it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up.  The Board of Trustees is supported by a series of Sub-committees which look at specific areas including Personnel; Social media & IT; Fundraising; Policies & Procedures and Audit and Risk.  


The trustees meet 12 times a year to oversee the running of YESS and make key decisions.  If you have an interest in children and young people’s mental health services, and would like to contribute to our continued growth then I invite you to register your interest in becoming a member of the board of trustees.  We are looking for committed individuals to work with us and play an active role in the management of YESS.  To find out more please contact us via email at