Chief Executive

Gaynor Quilter

Gaynor has worked in charities for over 30 years. Principally working with young people in a range of sectors including, homeless, learning disability, parenting and mental health.

She was the CEO of Alone in London and set up the first homeless family mediation service in the country. After 10 years she led on the merger with a larger national charity. She returned home to Leicester in 2010 to lead Apex-Works.  She has extended the support, learning and job offer of Apex to include projects that work with homeless people and  those with a learning disability.

In the 1980s Gaynor spent time in West Africa learning how theatre can be used as a community participation tool. She remains committed to creative ways that support service users to find their own voice and ensure that they are in control of their own lives. Gaynor knows how essential it is for service users to gain meaningful employment to build their confidence and self-esteem. She sees the services that Apex-Works delivers  as enabling service users to practise, learn, gain skills and experiences that will lead to a more fulfilled, healthy and ideally happier life.

Gaynor is a trustee of a care and support charity in London, a mediation CIC and trustee of Reaching People, a local consortia.


We are supported by a dedicated Board of volunteers who have a range of experience and bring many strengths and skills to the team.

Chair of the Board

Jocelyn Foster 
Joss joined the board of trustees in 2007 and also acts as a trustee for The Disabilities Trust. She is a strategy, marketing and innovation specialist with a career spanning numerous sectors but with a particular interest in health and quality of life issues. She has represented the Royal United Hospital in Bath as Commercial Director since July 2012. Prior to that her experience has included commercial consultancy to SMEs and senior strategic roles within a variety of environments including Kent County Council, the Royal Mail Group and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Board members

Keith Whittaker

Keith joined the board in September 2009.   He has been Deputy Principal responsible for Curriculum and Programmes at Leicester College since August 2007, having joined the College in 2004.  Prior to this he was Vice Principal at Henley College Coventry, where he worked for ten years. Keith has held posts as an education officer in two local authorities and worked as a teacher in FE, adult education and a secondary school. He is also an accredited Ofsted inspector.

 Edward Moore
Ed has been Treasurer of Apex for eight years and chairs the Finance Sub Committee. Ed lives near Hinckley and works as a senior audit manager for Grant Thornton in Birmingham. Ed passionately believes in the work carried out by Apex and values the positive impact it has on its service users.


Jenny Hand

JennyJenny is CEO of LASS, an organisation that provides support, information, empowerment and advocacy to people affected by HIV/AIDS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. LASS works with partners to promote positive sexual health and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. She is also Director of LASS Social Enterprise ‘Well for Living’ that was established in 2010 to help LASS Charity diversify our income and extend our reach by sharing our experience in HIV health and social care with people experiencing other long term health conditions. LASS was highly commended in the NationaL Charity awards in 2011 and gained recognition as one of the 10 best health charities in the UK with an Impact Award in 2013.

Jenny has been involved in strategic developments focussing on young people and adult guidance through 20 years work at Connexions and prior to that the National Youth Agency and local youth services in Coventry and Leicester, and more recently trying to influence decision making with Voluntary Sector CEOs locally.

Jenny joined Apex board in 2008 and is pleased to be involved in the governance of a cutting edge local Charity committed to improving lives of people who need our support.

Maggie Pankhurst 
maggieMaggie joined the Board in April 2010. She currently works as a consultant in organisational development, working with not for profit organisations mainly in the international development sector. Maggie worked in further education for many years, firstly as a lecturer in accountancy and later as a vice principal at Henley College Coventry.

Maggie is also a trustee of BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) and Skillshare International.


Tristram Hooley
Tristram Hooley is the Head of iCeGS where he is responsible for overseeing the development of the research and education programmes run by the Centre. He has been involved in research, teaching and education in and around higher education for most of his career and has particular interests in careers, doctoral education, social capital and the role of technology in research, teaching and guidance.

Tristram is a member of the UK Careers Sector Strategic Forum, a Winston Churchill Fellow of National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC), an expert adviser to icould and serves on the editorial board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. He also writes the Adventures in Career Development blog at:

Malcolm Maguire

macMalcolm has been undertaking research into aspects of employment, education, training and the labour market for over 30 years, with particular specialisms in: the youth labour market; vocational education and training; employers’ recruitment strategies; lifelong learning; career guidance; and employee development. Since 2007, he has been the Director of Maguire Policy Research.  Previous posts include Director of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC), and Co-director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies at Leicester University.  He has published widely on a range of education, employment and training related topics, and was formerly a trustee of the Guidance Council.