The Talent Tap Management Team

Naomi Ambrose

CEO

Naomi joined The Talent Tap as CEO in 2018 from a career in Corporate Communications, most recently as a Director at Fisher Productions. Naomi has overall oversite of the charity, its direction and ultimate impact, ensuring that every new initiative is imbedded in the needs of those The Talent Tap supports. Having worked the majority of her career in the corporate sector, Naomi has a strong understanding of the importance of networking and communication both skills she uses and imparts to Talent Tap students. Naomi is a Trustee for The Blagrave Trust and an Enterprise Advisor for The Careers and Enterprise Company. She is passionate about giving young people the futures they deserve. Naomi likes/needs to run and loves a challenge!

Vicky Hill

COO

Vicky has been part of the Talent Tap team since 2021. She joined as Operations Manager –  supporting relationships with our students, alumni and partner schools – and has since become COO. She is a qualified accountant, having gained her ACA at Littlejohn Frazer (now PKF Littlejohn), and supports the Talent Tap with her financial and corporate experience, as well as bringing her organisational skills and attention to detail.
Prior to joining The Talent Tap, Vicky was a Senior Analyst for Liberty (a Lloyd’s managing agency) in London, working on their investment portfolio and broker capital requirements. Outside of The Talent Tap, she volunteers as both a school Governor and as a Trustee of a local charity. She loves to cook and spend time with her family.

Vicky Hill

Caroline Rogers

Office manager

Caroline joined The Talent Tap in September 2021 as administration support. She maintains our database, supports the residentials and fundraising events, and gives general support for the office team. She has a background in Construction and Facilities Management, as well as administration and is very adaptable.
During her spare time is very involved in Guiding, running local units for Brownies & Guides and holds Division and County posts. She also is keen on amateur dramatics and often takes part in the local musical and Christmas productions.
Although Caroline has not been to university herself her two daughters have, and she is passionate about supporting young people in their higher education years to enable them to gain confidence to achieve their potential and reach for the stars.

AJ Reus

Committee

AJ works in the European Investment Banking at William Blair, advising private equity clients on cross border M&A transactions. AJ started his career at PwC in London, before spending 3 years in Hong Kong in the M&A team. Outside of work, AJ is a keen sportsman and traveller, combining the two where possible, following England and the British & Irish Lions abroad. AJ was previously a qualified tennis coach, and still plays socially, but focuses on golf and skiing in his spare time. AJ holds a first class degree in Business, Accounting and Finance from Newcastle University.

Jaspar Crawley

COMMITTEE

Jaspar is Director of Institutional Investment at the World Gold Council, having spent the prior decade sales trading in commodities, mostly financial metals, at UBS and Deutsche Bank.  Before finance, Jaspar was a British Army Officer (Queens Royal Hussars) and saw service active in Iraq.  Jaspar read History (BA Hons) at Newcastle University.

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope PFHEA

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope PFHEA

COMMITTEE | ADVISOR

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope PFHEA is a committed and enthusiastic educationalist with three decades of cross sector experience (FE, school and HE) in teaching, teacher education and educational leadership. Her commitment to championing the importance of, and developing new ways of thinking about, learning and teaching was recognised when she was awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 and the National Enterprise Educator Award in 2014.

The author of over 75 papers, reports, articles and books, Tanya uses her position to raise the profile of educational isolation. Her current research explores the complexity of educational isolation and the effect of this on school experience and improvement for coastal, rural and small schools in England. The findings have included particular issues, which has resulted in further research and development of interventions, such as on early career teacher retention (RETAIN project) and have resulted in her advising the DfE on the Early Career Framework and Teacher Retention and Recruitment Strategy.

Tanya has also used her research findings to inform professional development with teachers and educational leaders (e.g. NEEA, 2014; Social Mobility Commission, 2017, supporting school leaders in Cornwall to consider the challenges of working in a coastal area), as have others (e.g. Ambition School Leadership, 2015; Regional Schools Commission South East and South London 2017, Durrington Research School 2017-18, Education Endowment Foundation 2019 – RETAIN foundation for ECF pilots).

Simon Francis

COMMITTEE

Simon is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Leveraged Finance at Citibank. He sits on the Capital Markets Executive Committee. He was previously a Managing Director in a similar role at Credit Suisse. Simon has a BA from Cambridge University in economics. He is a passionate believer in Education in the UK and is on the board of trustees for The Aldridge Foundation. He has been involved with The Talent Tap for 6 years. 

Simon Francis

Rob Easton

Committee

Rob Easton is Global Account Director for Amazon Web Services. He joined Amazon in April 2016, managing some of the world’s leading Oil and Gas customers. Rob began his career with a degree in Engineering from Nottingham University, then joining the HP graduate program, learning everything possible about sales and marketing across the IT industry. In 2013, Rob moved to Google to head up the UK&I Cloud business building a solid team partnering with many system integrators and VC investors. In 2015, Rob was brought in by startup DataStax as Vice President of Northern EMEA, leading a successful team over a 15 month period. Outside of work, Rob is a keen golfer & squash player.