Meet the Team
Dominic joined YoCO in February 2023, after 5 years with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He has a strong connection with Oxfordshire having been a Development Officer for Oxfordshire Council as well as trustee for Oxfordshire Youth. He currently works with 12 schools in the county through his role as Founder of School of Outdoors.
“Throughout my career I have always encouraged young people to challenge themselves to gain new skills and experiences. I am delighted to accept the role as CEO with an organisation that aligns with my personal values and passions. I look forward to building on the already strong foundations YoCO has developed over the last 5 years. YoCO is more relevant than ever in today’s world with cuts to local youth provision and the residual impact of the last few years on society. I look forward to working with the young people, volunteers and partners over the coming months”
Rachel Warren joined YoCO as the Operations Manager in February 2021 to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the programme. She acts as the main conduit between the Trustees, Youth Groups and the Alumni group, as well as handling external enquiries and communicating with YoCO supporters, partners, the media, local councils and charitable enterprises.
Previously, Rachel spent over 25 years working for a global advertising agency in London, where she held a range of Media Director roles working with multi-national FMCG brands. Most recently she was a Senior Operations Director gaining extensive experience in project management, delivering commercial and operational excellence and building strong client relationships.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager
Gail has worked with Duke of Edinburgh participants for over 25 years and joined YoCO in 2021 to guide its young people through the Awards. A qualified teacher, Gail currently works in a similar role in an Oxfordshire school and enjoys spending time outdoors either swimming, cycling or walking when away from the classroom. She is committed to seeing young people develop and grow in confidence through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and YoCO is delighted to welcome her to the team.