Jessica Smith at the Buy Social exhibition at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Poached Creative has three directors, made up of one executive director and two non-executive directors.

Staff and volunteers take part in an annual away day to plan our work.
Big Issue online journalism trainees feed back through meetings and surveys.

Our board

Jessica Smith – Director

Jess brings to Poached Creative more than 15 years’ experience working in media, charities and non-government organisations. With a background in journalism, her more recent roles at the NHS Confederation and Shelter saw her writing for diverse audiences and managing publications in complex environments. She is a trustee for homelessness charity Hackney Doorways.

Stephen Brough - Non-executive director

Stephen Brough co-founded Profile Books, publisher of Lynne Truss' Eats, Shoots & Leaves, with Andrew Franklin in 1996. Profile's authors include Alan Bennett and Mary Beard and it has long-standing publishing relationships with, among others, The Wellcome Collection, The Economist and Oxfam. In 2015 it was Independent publisher of the year. Stephen is a qualified barrister who also worked for the Consumers' Association and then The Economist, running its in-house book publishing company.

Mark Laverty – Non-executive director (Finance)

Mark is a Chartered Accountant, with more than 17 years’ experience working in finance. He currently works for BP in Credit, performing group credit risk reporting and credit portfolio management in the Trading & Supply organisation. He was formerly with KPMG before a variety of roles in commodity trading at Armajaro, an Agri trading house and supply chain manager which specialised in sustainability in Cocoa and Coffee. He has volunteered for Raleigh International in Ghana and as a mentor for Mosaic in a primary school, and is looking to use his Finance background to help Poached to efficiently manage a growing enterprise.

How we are governed

We are governed by the terms set out in our Memorandum and Articles, with a strong emphasis on ensuring that we're acting in the best interests of unemployed and disadvantaged people who wish to work in creative communications. To do this, we:

  • hold away days with all staff, trainees and volunteers at least annually to provide an opportunity for them to help shape our future direction
  • conduct training evaluation and exit interviews for each round of training we run
  • provide opportunities for staff and volunteers to contribute through our weekly team meetings.