Our Team 

Jennie White

Chief Executive Officer at Level Trust (CEO)

I feel extremely honoured to be the CEO of Level Trust;

It is a responsibility that I take very seriously. I spent many years as a senior leader in education working in a variety of settings including: custodial and secure units, mainstream primary and secondary schools and alternative provision. I have been a part of the Level Trust team since 2021 and my favorite part of my job is working with our amazing staff,trustees and volunteers to support children and families across Luton. In my spare time you will find me walking my four dogs, reading or watching Strictly!

Our staff team

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Kerri Porthouse

Deputy CEO

kerri.porthouse@leveltrust.org

Kerri Porthouse

I have spent many years working within the public sector. At 18 years old, I joined the Police Force and spent a number of years policing on the front line. I then moved into education, primarily focussing on safeguarding and supporting children and young people. I have two young children myself, who keep me busy and I love to spend time outdoors exploring with them. You may also find me exercising or with my head in a book.
Boteko Litombe

Community Engagement Manager

boteko.litombe@leveltrust.org

Boteko Litombe

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Gabi Sampson

Youth & Schools Project Worker

gabi.sampson@leveltrust.org

Gabi Sampson

My role as Youth and Schools Project Lead at Level Trust means that I get to work directly with schools and children across Luton. Running SMASH, our holiday provision, is a huge privilege and is something that I thoroughly enjoy as we are able to positively impact a large number of children every holiday. My favourite part of the job is seeing the children having fun and making memories.
Shevon Fearon

Delivery Team Coordinator

shevon.fearon@leveltrust.org

Shevon Fearon

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Kim Ansell

Uniform Exchange Shift Supervisor

kim.ansell@leveltrust.org

Kim Ansell

I run the Uniform Exchange and Learning Locker. As a mum with three children, I know what it's like trying to get everything the children need for school. You just get what they need and they grow, it breaks or they lose it! It can be really hard to find the money to replace or buy new things when there’s not much left after you’ve paid your bills. I like helping people and I get to know lots of families on my estate. I'm known as the uniform lady (!) and people say hello when I'm out with my family or walking my dog.
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Leeann Clarke

Uniform Exchange Shop Assistant

leeann.clark@leveltrust.org

Leeann Clarke

I feel extremely grateful and honoured to be a part of the Level Trust. I first started as a volunteer and enjoyed it so much I applied to be a member of the team. I was a stay at home mum since the birth of my daughter 7 years ago and finally decided it was time to get out there! I’m so glad Level Trust took a chance on me-it’s an amazing charity. My favourite part of the job is seeing the smiles and laughter on all of our customers’ faces when they get the uniform they need; it makes a big difference. I also love working alongside my amazing and thoughtful colleagues. In my spare time I love watching the soaps and reading real life magazines
Jade Halsey

Uniform Exchange Shop Assistant

jade.halsey@leveltrust.org

Jade Halsey

Amar Azam

PR & Communications

amar.azam@leveltrust.org

Amar Azam

Catherine Farrell

Grants & Trusts Fundraiser

catherine.farrell@leveltrust.org

Catherine Farrell

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Donna Davie

Clerk to the Board of Trustees and Bookkeeper

donna.davie@whittakerplane.com

Donna Davie

I work for Whittaker Plane and alongside Level Trust. I am passionate about helping people and I enjoy working behind the scenes to make sure businesses run smoothly and efficiently. Originally from Chicago, I have now called Luton home for over 15 years. When not working, I can be found with my two kids or inside the pages of a good book.
Mark Plane

Accountant

mark@whittakerplane.com

Mark Plane

Our trustee board

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Altaf Hussain

Chair of Trustees

Altaf Hussain

Altaf is the Principal and CEO of Luton Sixth Form College, the oldest and one of the largest and best specialist sixth form colleges in the country supporting the dreams of over three thousand highly ambitious young professionals.

Altaf is convinced the future UK Prime Minister will come from Luton Sixth Form College – you read it here first!

Fowzia Ahmed

Trustee

Fowzia Ahmed

Wasim Akhtar

Trustee

Wasim Akhtar

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Anisah Akthar

Trustee

Anisah Akthar

Anisah graduated from UCL with a degree in Education and Philosophy and started her career in the field of admissions.

She is now Head of Student Experience and Corporate Communications for Luton Sixth Form College and is the youngest female, ethnic minority Head of Department in the history of the college.

Anisah is a strong advocate for Luton and showcases the town on a national platform, something which she describes as a privilege.

Bina Briggs

Trustee

Bina Briggs

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Chris Curtis

Trustee

Chris Curtis

Chris is the Chief Executive of Youthscape, a national youth charity based in Luton. His work has focused on supporting young people’s development in areas like mental and emotional wellbeing.

In his spare time he’s a bit of a Mac nerd and a member of The Magic Circle.

Mostaque Koyes

Trustee

Mostaque Koyes

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Sufian Sadiq

Trustee

Sufian Sadiq

Sufian Sadiq is the Director of Teaching School at Chiltern Learning Trust, with responsibility for overseeing two regional Hub areas in the South East of England. Chiltern Teaching School are one of the largest providers of CPD to the sector nationally.

He is a passionate activist within the educational landscape around race, equity and inclusion. He is a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered College of Teaching, as well as a Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

He plays an active role in numerous charitable organisations as a Trustee and also holds key governance roles within educational organisations.

Rachel Warwick

Trustee

Rachel Warwick

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As a team we…

  • Are committed to true partnership working, believing it brings about the best results.
  • Treat all people, especially those affected by poverty, with the utmost dignity.
  • Believe that all children deserve to be safe, happy and have fun. We also try to have fun ourselves!
  • Are generous and give other people the best of what we have to offer.
  • Are passionate about Luton, enjoy all its great attributes and see our work as contributing towards making our town even better.

LEVEL TRUST STORIES

Destiny’s Story

Destiny lives with her brother and mum but not her dad, because he’s in prison. At school, she likes maths but she doesn’t like it when other children are mean. She told us, “I only have friends because of my mum’s friends’ children.” Even though…

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Farah’s Story

15-year-old Farah noticed that her school shoes were starting to get too small for her. She wore them for a couple of days but they started to really hurt her feet. Farah comes from a large family with 5 other brothers and sisters. Mum can…

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Frank’s Story

Frank has had a hard life. The lines on his face and the tooth decay tell it without words. He arrived at the Uniform Exchange with a bag containing his daughter’s school blazer and jumper. Sinead, his daughter, was struggling with mental health issues and…

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