Our staff

pfeg’s staff come from strong backgrounds in education, industry and the public sector. pfeg became part of Young Enterprise in 2014, and now shares a London office with the Young Enterprise team. Find out more about YE and the wider team at www.young-enterprise.org.uk, or call or email pfeg (020 7330 9470 or email info@pfeg.org) or contact the staff below to get the support you need to plan and teach financial education.

Michael Mercieca - Chief Executive

Michael Mercieca was appointed Chief Executive of Young Enterprise in April 2012.  He has overseen a period of financial and operational growth including in September 2014, the merger of the Personal Finance Education Group (pfeg) into Young Enterprise.  Michael is currently Chair of the European Chief Executives for not for profit organisation JA Worldwide.  He was previously Director of Finance & Operations at The Prince’s Trust which he joined in 2003, with responsibility for Finance, Corporate Support Services, Programme Design and operations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Michael began his career in manufacturing at GKN and Racal before switching to the media sector, joining BBC Worldwide followed by Sky and then various independent film and TV production companies including Mentorn.  Through his own firm, Media Gap, Michael has advised companies such as Yellow Pages, NTL (now Virgin Media), Cable & Wireless and The Co-operative Bank.  He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Institute (FCMA).

Steve Stillwell - Head of Education

Steve Stillwell joined pfeg in December 2013 as the Director of Business Development before becoming the Head of Education. He has spent over 35 years working in education. Steve began his career as a secondary school teacher before becoming an education advisor for a local authority in North London. This was followed by 10 years at the Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick. Steve joined the Financial Services Authority in 2001 to lead on its work to help raise the financial capability of young people across the UK. Over the past 12 years he has worked closely with many stakeholders – including pfeg – as part of the emerging national strategy for financial capability being led initially by the FSA and then the Money Advice Service. Email: steve.stillwell@pfeg.org

Russell Winnard - Head of Programme & Services

Russell began his career within the financial services industry, before moving into teaching and then education consultancy. His time teaching highlighted the need for all young people to have a financial education and prompted the decision to move into consultancy in this field. Russell has a wide range of financial education experience including resource writing, development and delivery of CPD, and providing direct support to schools, local authorities and other organisations. Prior to his current role Russell has worked with pfeg in both an employed and freelance capacity since 2006. Email: russell.winnard@pfeg.org

Braden Clamp - Services Officer

Braden joined pfeg in December 2012 as an administrator within the services team. He is responsible for a range of duties including the Quality Mark resource accreditation process, editing the website and customer service. He recently moved to London from his hometown of Vancouver. Prior to his role at pfeg, Braden worked in the environmental industry providing custom waste solutions for corporate clients. He recently graduated from the University of British Columbia, where he studied sociology. Email: braden.clamp@pfeg.org

Judi MacLeod - Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Judi joined the pfeg team in 2012 as Tracey’s PA, having previously worked as HR and Office Manager for a social enterprise. As well as supporting colleagues, Judi also takes care of office management for pfeg, and manages the admin side of the pfeg Forum. Before moving to the voluntary sector, Judi spent 12 years working in Human Resources, including working as the HR Director for an AIM listed media company, and as HR Manager for a large print company. Judi has also worked as General Manager for an entrepreneur, Communications Manager for an interior design company, and Regional Coordinator for one of the largest technology companies in the world, so brings many other useful skills and experiences to pfeg. Email: judi.macleod@pfeg.org


Liz Booth - Senior Programme & Services Manager

Having joined pfeg as a project administrator in 2008, Liz’s role developed and expanded to Projects Coordinator in early 2011, then onto Projects Manager in 2012 and finally on to her current role as Senior Programme & Services Manager. Liz has worked on all six My Money Weeks and has been integral in reenergising the pfeg Volunteer Network. Before pfeg, Liz obtained a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology in 2005, and travelled extensively around New Zealand and Australia. Email: liz.booth@pfeg.org

Elle Cradock – Projects Coordinator

Elle joined pfeg in March 2013 as part of the Programmes and Services Team. She has a background as an educator both in the UK and Africa. After graduating SOAS with an MA in Social Anthropology, she entered the not-for profit sector, writing fundraising proposals and coordinating youth projects. Email: elle.cradock@pfeg.org

Sally Van Wyk - Financial Administrator

Sally was born on the Isle of Wight but spent most of her life in South Africa. There she worked for a non-charitable organization dedicated to educating underprivileged children. She returned to the UK in 2006 and joined pfeg as Financial Administrator. Email: sally.vanwyk@pfeg.org

Sally Thomas - Projects Manager

Sally joined pfeg in June 2014, and oversees the pfeg Centres of Excellence programme. Prior to this, she worked within the xl programme at the Prince’s Trust for 2 ½ years as a programme executive. The xl programme worked with schools and centres for 13-19 year old young people that were disengaged with education, focusing on re-engagement through informal learning.  Sally attended Brunel University where she received a BSc (Hons) in Tourism Management. Email: sally.thomas@pfeg.org 

Alison Tsang - Project Manager, LifeSavers Pilot

Alison Tsang  joined pfeg in April 2015 as the project manager for the LifeSavers pilot project, run in partnership with the Church of England and Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL). The project aims to work together with primary schools, churches and credit unions to set up savings clubs, and embed values-based financial education in the school and wider community.

Prior to LifeSavers, Alison spent 6 years at charity Quaker Social Action, working on a financial education project “Made of Money”  helping low income families talk about money and the stress it can cause. Her background is in youth & community work, having previously worked for a youth volunteering charity Trust Youth. Email: alison.tsang@y-e.org.uk  

Alison Wakefield - Project Manager

Ali joined pfeg in May 2015 as part of the Programmes and Services team to oversee a range of the projects including resource development and the My Money Week competition. Prior to pfeg, Ali spent 5 years working for Kaplan Test Prep, as an Academic Manager, recruiting, training and managing teachers and working on various education and training partnerships with schools and universities in the UK and abroad. Ali attended Leicester University where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Language. Email: alison.wakefield@y-e.org.uk

Charlotte Churchill - Education Services Manager (Financial Education)

Charlotte joined pfeg in August 2015. She oversees the services offered by pfeg including ASKpfeg, the Quality Mark and pfeg’s professional development offer. Prior to pfeg, Charlotte spent four years managing projects in the public and not for profit sectors at the National Literacy Trust, Imperial War Museums and the Museum of London. Previous to this she worked as a teacher in a  London primary school for four years. Charlotte has a BA (Hons) in Arts Management and Primary PGCE from London South Bank University. Email: charlotte.churchill@y-e.org.uk

Tripta Bains - Project Officer

Before joining pfeg, Tripta worked at a national advocacy charity supporting and empowering children and young people in care. She also worked at a legal charity supporting clients who fell outside the scope of legal aid. Prior to this, Tripta studied (BA) LLB Law at the University of Westminster. Email: tripta.bains@y-e.org.uk

Mohima Akthar - Project Officer

Mohima studied LLB Law at City University. Before joining pfeg she worked as a Project Officer in the youth services of QUIT a smoking prevention charity which aimed to teach young people about the dangers of smoking through various programmes. This was mainly through the Smoke Free Family Life programme which was delivered nationwide to both primary and secondary schools. She also volunteered at Toynbee Hall which is a charity that helps local community members resolve legal issues that they may have. Email: mohima.akthar@y-e.org.uk

Our freelance team

pfeg uses a network of freelance education consultants across England to deliver its work in schools and local authorities. To contact any of our freelance consultants please email info@pfeg.org or call 020 7330 9470.