Our Trustees

Solve It relies on the hard work of its Trustees. Here is a little bit about them!

Cathi Maryon - Chair of Trustees

I've been working in the charity sector for over 20 years in the UK and overseas, and in recent years I've focused on poverty, social exclusion and homelessness. The use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS- often known as 'legal highs') is a growing concern among the homeless and vulnerable and Solve It's purpose, to raise awareness in this area, encouraged me to get involved. 

Our 3-2-1 Decision Making project is an integral part of our strategy to give young people the skills and tools to assess risk and make their own informed choices.  We help people understand the dangers and thus reduce harm, and I'm proud to be a Trustee, where I can be a part of the essential work we do.  


Kevin Shapland

With an ever growing demand for the delivery of services by the third sector the importance of committed and effective Trustees is critical to the success of any charity.

Being a Trustee provides the ability for volunteers to utilise skills gained during one’s life for the benefit of others and at the same time be part of a team dedicated to helping others.

The role of Trustee comes with responsibilities but also provides individuals with the opportunity to contribute something back to society and, certainly in my case, a feeling that I have been able to make a difference.

Daniel Owens

Becoming a trustee of Solve It has opened my eyes to the very real dangers of so-called legal highs and the impact they can have on families up and down the country. 

Legal highs are a growing problem yet very few people really understand what they are, where they are sold, who takes them and the potential harm they cause. Helping to communicate those dangers has proved extremely rewarding, getting the message out to both young people and their parents that just because they are legal does not make them safe.

The Solve It team has worked incredibly hard to secure Lottery funding to help run a new project taking this even further and as trustee it’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a team that’s really making a difference, educating young people about the dangers involved with taking these substances and ultimately saving lives.

Oliver Jelley

Oliver Jelley is a former award-winning journalist who now runs a successful PR agency.

Orange Juice Communications has quickly established an impressive track record of achieving excellent local, national and trade media coverage for its clients. The Brixworth-based agency works with two multinational companies and has been shortlisted for a prestigious, national PR award for a high-profile campaign.

Olly has four years’ background as a regional journalist where he achieved an enviable track record for reaching the front page and was recognised by being crowned Employee of the Year in 2005. 

Added to this, he has five years’ experience in public relations prior to setting up Orange Juice Communications, including working for a London PR agency.


Mark Tompkins- Treasurer

Mark has been treasurer for the charity since 2013.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England Wales after qualifying in 1997.

Mark worked in the assurance practice of KPMG in Reading and London between 1997 and 2008 before moving into industry with the Medical Device company, Smith & Nephew plc.

Between 2009 and 2014 he worked in their Group Office as Head of Financial Reporting before taking on the role of Vice President of Finance Operations in North America during 2014.

Mark is married with two children.


Joseph Okanlawon- Secretary

I am positive I made the right decision by joining Solve It as a Trustee in July 2015 among the various options I was presented with after attending the Volunteer Fair in Northampton. I got attracted, and then retained, by its vision as well as its values of Accountability, Integrity & Honesty and Transparency which runs through the charity, especially at the Executive Committee level, constituted by members who have remained highly dedicated and committed.

The opportunity to attend the highly successful 2nd National Psychoactive Substances(NPS) conference on the 25th June, 2015 in Northampton, co-sponsored by Solve It, which focused on effective ways of addressing the threats associated with the use of New Psychoactive Substances really brought my attention closer to the real dangers faced by fellow parents/carers and our young people. The health and socio-economic implications of the use to the larger society cannot also be overemphasised hence NPS is a challenge to everyone. Since then, the government has responded positively by enacting the New Psychoactive Substances Bill which came into effect on the 26th May, 2016.

I came into Solve It at the time when it just received timely funding from the Big Lottery which is being prudently utilised for the intended purpose in Northamptonshire under the impactful 3-2-1 Decision Making Project for which targets are being met and surpassed. I am really pleased to be contributing my quota derived from my board level experience, both in business and charity organisations within and outside the UK, to the realisation of the vision of Solve It and its funding partners as well as impacting my community.



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