Helen Marshall

Chief Executive

Helen leads on the strategic vision of Ambition and oversees all operational developments.

Helen has 25 years’ experience working at senior level in the private and public sectors.

Helen started her career as director of Thomas Miller & Co, a mutual insurance company in the city of London. In 1997, she changed direction to work in the voluntary sector, becoming Head of Foyers at East Thames Group. Eight years later, Helen set up a new charitable business unit for the organisation focused on social regeneration of local communities through employment and training opportunities.

Prior to joining Ambition in 2010, Helen was a partner in Carter Marshall, a consultancy specialising in working with housing associations, contractors, charities and further education colleges.


Barry Williams

Director of Strategy & Membership

Barry leads on strategy development and membership support, expanding Ambition’s consultancy services, whilst ensuring the organisation builds influential links with government departments and key stakeholders. Barry has worked at Ambition supporting our members since 2004, evolving the membership services within this time to increase strategic support, whilst increasing the income the Membership team secure.

Barry’s focus for 2016 is to continue to improve the membership experience through more relevant and timely communication, implementing simpler renewal processes and providing services or support based on specific members’ needs; all designed to evidence greater return on investment for our members.



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