The people behind MonKeyBusiness Foundation

 

Paul Monk

Managing Director

Paul has extensive experience at Board Level in a variety of Grocery industry companies. In addition, he is responsible for Inventabrand Consulting providing top-level consulting services to many businesses in the Grocery Sector. Paul is passionate about his fund-raising activities.

Lauren Monk

National Development Manager

Lauren is Paul's niece and shares his passion for education and inspiring young people to reach their full potential. Having graduated not too long ago she brings a good insight about the challenges faced by young people now trying to carve out their careers. Since graduating with a law degree, Lauren has spent time working with the Walt Disney and BBC legal teams and most recently worked in a sales role for Mars.

Julie Sneddon

Julie spent 20 years in senior executive roles with The Walt Disney Company. She has extensive experience in delivering results and managing complex businesses in fast paced and evolving markets across the UK, Europe and North America. Her breadth of knowledge spans the Retail, Consumer Goods, Media and Entertainment industries. Julie left school at 16 and is passionate about helping students succeed in their further education and career goals by sharing her personal journey, and giving ideas on how to succeed in today's workplace.

Debbie Armogie

Operations Manager

After a career in radio sponsorship, Debbie has spent 10 years as a Researcher for a Consumer Goods Executive Search Consultancy. Her network and experience in CV writing, job seeking and recruitment advice has been of great help in developing the Working Options programme.

Jason Leonard

Ambassador

Jason enjoyed a hugely succesful rugby career with England and the British Lions. He is now passionate about helping young people achieve their potential.

Ian Botham

Ambassador

Sir Ian Botham is an internationally recognised personality who has, at various times in his career, been a professional footballer, cricketer, charity fundraiser and television commentator.

Botham is remembered as the best all-rounder that English and World cricket has ever seen. He was the first man to score a century and take ten wickets in the same match and has featured every year since his retirement in the Wisden best ever World XI. Since his retirement from cricket, Sir Ian has continued his involvement in the game joining the commentary team for Sky Sports cricket, as a columnist for the Daily Mirror and as President of the Professional Cricketers Association.

Ian was awarded the OBE for his services to cricket and charity in 1992 and awarded a knighthood in 2008. Sir Ian’s famous charity walks have secured his place in the nation’s heart. As President of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research he is determined to beat childhood leukaemia, and the chances of surviving Leukaemia now, has risen from 20% to 80% largely as a result of the £10m that Sir Ian has raised. He is a Laureus Academy member and also a brand ambassador for Jaguar, Nike and Shredded Wheat.

Outside of cricket, Sir Ian has many hobbies including travel, wine, golf and fly-fishing. Sir Ian’s ability to engage with the man on the street and the Chief Executive gives him true National and International recognition.

Board of Trustees

Paul Monk

Trustee

Naynesh Desai

Naynesh Desai is the Senior Partner in a Mayfair firm of solicitors DDO and has been in practice for over 25 years. He advises and acts for a vast array of retailers throughout the United Kingdom, many of which are privately owned and operated family businesses. He also advises several large hotel groups in the United Kingdom. Naynesh has been the Chairman of The Bunbury Dinners which raises money for The English Schools Cricket Association for many years and acts for many high profile celebrity sportsmen and is on the Board of Ian’s Botham’s “Beefy’s Charitable Foundation.

Sufian Sadiq

Sufian is Business Course Manager and Career Academy Coordinator at Luton VI Form College, an institution he attended as a student. He is actively involved in fund-raising and manages a project developing vocational education for poorer communities in Malawi. Sufian is extremely positive about building relations with employers and as a Trustee of MonKeyBusiness Foundation hope to develop strong links between industry and education.

Robert George Dylan Willis MBE

(born Robert George Willis on 30 May 1949).

Chairman

Known as Bob Willis, is a former English cricketer who played for Surrey, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal and England.

A right-handed and aggressive fast bowler with a notably long run-up, Willis spearheaded several England bowling attacks between 1971 and 1984, across 90 Test matches in which he took 325 wickets at 25.20 runs per wicket, at the time second only to Dennis Lillee. He is currently behind only Ian Botham as England's leading wicket taker. Willis took 899 first-class wickets overall, although from 1975 onwards he bowled with constant pain, having had surgery on both knees. He nevertheless continued to find success, taking a Test career best eight wickets for 43 runs in the 1981 Ashes series against Australia, one of the all-time best Test bowling performances, in the famous 1981 Ashes series against Australia.

Willis captained the England team in 18 Tests and 28 ODI matches between June 1982 and March 1984. Under Willis' captaincy England won seven, lost five and drew six Tests, and won 16 of the ODIs. Botham recalled Willis as "a tremendous trier... a great team-man and an inspiration", as well as the "only world-class fast bowler in my time as an England player." The editor of Wisden wrote of him in similar terms: "His indomitable service to England is handsomely reflected in his great collection of Test wickets. Although often beset with aches and pains, he never spared himself when bowling for his country."

Retiring in 1984 following a Test series against the West Indies, Willis found later work as a commentator with Sky Sports. He remains an often-heard broadcaster, a published writer and an occasional critic of the modern game.

Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is the CEO of Aegis Media Americas & EMEA. With a vision centered on convergence, Morris has been instrumental in designing Aegis Media as a forward-thinking agency group that operates in a highly collaborative way with no silos enabled through a one P+L structure. His bold move first produced dramatic growth at Aegis Media Americas and he added EMEA to his remit in the summer of 2012. Following the acquisition of Aegis by Dentsu he was appointed to the Dentsu Aegis Network Board.

Under his leadership Aegis Media Americas added over $6 billion in new business wins  from Gillette, Red Bull, Relativity, Diageo, The Home Depot and Disney, Macy’s and Sony Play Station and spearheaded the largest win in industry history with  General Motors. He also drove the acquisition of leading digital agency Roundarch to join Isobar.

Following an early career in fashion and corporate identity, Mr. Morris joined the media industry in 1992 as Marketing Director of BBJ. In 1999, when BBJ was fully acquired by Aegis he set up and chaired and drove the global interactive strategy of the Group. His leadership and foresight led to his appointment as CEO of the digital division of Aegis in May 2003, where he devised and implemented the strategy to launch Isobar which became the first truly global digital agency network.

In 2011, Morris was named Executive Of The Year by MediaPost and also an Online All Star by OMMA.  In 2005, he was voted one of Advertising Age’s Top 10 Global Marketers to Watch. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Ad Council and Advertising Week, sits on the Facebook Global Client Council and is a contribuor to the Wharton Ad2020 Project. He was previously Chairman of the Aegis PLC Sustainability Committee and also serves on the Project Board for Sustainable Consumption for the World Economic Forum where he is a regular speaker. He is also a non Executive Director of Guardian Media Group.