MAC-UK Board of Trustees have appointed Steph Taylor as the new Chair to lead the organisation into its next chapter:

"I am delighted to become Chair of MAC-UK and to be able to take forward the excellent work of the outgoing chair, Heather Barker, who has achieved so much in the 7 years she has led the Trustee board. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Heather, on behalf of my colleagues on the Board and on behalf of the young people, volunteers and staff at MAC-UK, for her commitment and courageous leadership that has meant MAC-UK stands as a respected organisation still true to its founding mission.

"In 2008, we set out to find a better way of delivering mental health services to excluded young people. Ten years on, we have clear practice-based evidence of what works, tested across a range of settings, and we've started to explore a variety of ways to share this to change policy and practice. Our job now is to build on this so more of the services young people need become "easier to reach." 

"We have the right skills, experience and talent in the team and across our network of supporters to achieve our goal: being Chair will be about leveraging this to maximum impact and keeping young people’s experiences at the heart of everything we do.

"As we move forward into our second decade our fantastic CEO, Sinem Cakir, who has delivered so much within MAC-UK, first as a manager of a MAC-UK project and over the last three years as the CEO, has decided it’s the right time to move on. Sinem will be missed and it will be my first priority, with the Trustee board, to recruit a new CEO who can work with MAC-UK’s young people, staff and supporters to build on our progress so far. This is a fantastic opportunity and we look forward to finding an exceptional candidate and introducing them in due course. Sinem will be with us until the end of the year allowing for a smooth transition and handover period which will of course be supported by the excellent team which remains in place.”

Steph Taylor

Chair of MAC-UK

About our new Chair

Steph is a qualified careers adviser with a psychology background who has worked extensively with excluded young people in informal settings. She is passionate about co-designing projects that bring together the support young people need at the right time and in the right way for them, and about securing the system change that needs to take place to help more young people thrive. She has worked with MAC-UK in a variety of ways over the last 7 years and joined the Board in December 2017.

Currently a Senior Manager in Philanthropy at Charities Aid Foundation, Steph leads a team providing strategic advice to charities and donors. She designs grant-making programmes with philanthropists and companies and undertakes business reviews with charitable organisations of all kinds; focussing on governance, strategy and income diversification. Prior to this she was Assistant Director at Catch22 and led the Big Lottery Fund's Talent Match London programme; with responsibility for ensuring the programme has impact beyond the life of the funding to change the way that all young Londoners receive employment support. 

Steph has held a number of voluntary roles in governance and delivery positions across a wide range of charities and currently sits on the Independent Grants Committee for BBC Children in Need. She holds an MBA and a Postgraduate qualification in Advice and Guidance, and is an RSA Fellow.

Read more about MAC-UK's Board of Trustees.