Take A Deep Dive Into The People Who Support The Power Up Foundation

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Simon G. Hyde

Leadership experience:

A Qualified Engineer provided business improvement consultancy in leadership, motivation, team leader development, team building programs to all types of industries including the public sector, finance institutions, waste sector, food industry and Manufacturing. A recognised change manager in strategic and operational development for short and long term programmes.

About FAUN Zoeller

FAUN Zoeller (UK) Ltd intends to be at the forefront of developments in hydrogen for transport, helping meet the challenges of decarbonisation and maximising the potential opportunities of the Government’s programme. ECOTEC Group, the leading suppliers of lift systems and waste collection vehicles in Europe, currently employs 3500 employees and produces over 8500 units.


Louise Laxton

Louise has been a teacher for 35 years in a variety of roles and subjects. She retained and became the careers lead, advice and guidance counsellor At trinity high school and Sixth form centre in 2014. She has always tried to put the needs of the pupils first and to encourage them to aspire and use their potential.

She feels that the ‘power up’ is yet another wonderful and appropriate strand of support that helps the pupils become successful in some ways.


Julie Dyer

I am a mother of two grown up children (23 and 28) and my job role is that of an accountant. I came to accountancy late in terms of my career, only taking my first exam when I was 32. I am part of the senior management team of an engineering business where 150 people are employed and so use many different skills on a day to day basis. I am passionate about supporting young people in the development of themselves and their futures and am a trustee on a local charity which focuses on delivering this support. In my private life, I am married, have a dog and love going for walks with her.


Darren Houlcroft

Mentor, Trustee and co-Founder of The Power-Up Program. Following a career change program, now Business owner of Houlcroft Wealth Management following a 20 year career in Telecoms. Passionate about supporting our future generations through Mentoring and improving their Financial Education.


Mark Ridings

Mentor and Trustee. Was Mentored himself.


Katrina Kerr

Mentor and Trustee. Operations Director for RIFT Actuators a manufacturer based in Malvern. Brings strong mental wellbeing and commitment to grow the foundation to reach as many mentees as possible.



Hello, my name is Avielle and I am the new Power Up Administrator. I am really excited to help Power Up and my looking forward to starting my journey here at Power Up and all the knowledge and invaluable experience I will gain from this. I am here if you have any questions or queries as well and will be more than happy to help to the best of my ability.

Training Provider

Dr Rob Milford

Dr Rob Milford is the Managing Director and Founder of Milford Research and Consultancy Ltd. His company is a multi-award-winning business consultancy and recently won the runner-up for the Institute of Leadership 2023 Supporting Young Leaders Award.

He seeks to support the public, private and charity sectors by bringing expertise in corporate governance and collaborative working to the organisations. This includes tackling some of the most challenging organisational initiatives, such as, shared services and collaborative transformation.

He supports several local community projects including the “Power-Up” Mentoring programme as the trainer and author of the mentor toolkit; and the BOSS programme with University of Worcester for business students to create new sustainable businesses. He is currently an Enterprise Adviser and mentor for a school in Worcestershire, a Worcestershire Ambassador, Trustee for Sight Concern Worcestershire. He is also a visiting lecturer in leadership and business for several universities.

The programme will remain completely mentee centric and will provide qualified enthusiastic and passionate mentors. It will focus on positive outcomes giving self belief, confidence and energy for self expansion for the mentees.

Contact Info

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+44 (0) 7368 334847

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