Trustees and Advisers

Quentin Nason

Ben Antell

Wendy Challen 

Vincent De Lorenzo

Scott Eaton

Avis Hawkins

Marileen Koppenberg

Valerie Laing

Melanie Saluja

Marco Schwartz

Quentin Nason
Founder And Trustee

Quentin is the Founder of City Pay it Forward and a volunteer.

Quentin has worked in the finance field for over 25 years. Quentin enjoys working in the local community especially when it comes to collaborating with schools and teaching children the basics of financial literacy through his charity City Pay it Forward. His passion for financial literacy education came as a result of teaching his own children the importance of being informed and careful when making financial decisions.

As a Vice Chair of Governors at a local school, Quentin has had the opportunity to work and mentor year 6 students, especially in mathematics.

Quentin is also very active in his community and is always looking for ways to make a tangible impact on the next generation.

Ben Antell
Special Adviser

Ben currently works as a Regional Director in United Learning. Before taking up this post, Ben worked for two years as an Executive Principal in United Learning, supporting schools in Bournemouth, Poole, London, Manchester, Portsmouth and Kettering. Previous to taking up this post, Ben was Head Teacher at Glenmoor and Winton Academies in Bournemouth. These two schools have become two of the highest performing schools in the country and subsequently judged outstanding by Ofsted in 2018/19.

Ben has been involved in the City Pay It Forward initiative for three years and believes strongly in the vital importance financial literacy now plays in all young people’s lives. Being able to budget, plan and understand the importance of effective financial management is crucial for everyone. With money now available at young people’s finger tips and at the touch of a button there can be no better time to educate them about financial literacy.

Wendy Challen
Special Adviser

Wendy has been involved in primary education for almost forty years. She has been a Head Teacher at a London-based primary school for over 25 years. She now works with schools on developing best practices, particularly in SEN education and is a governor of a primary school as well as two prep schools in Sussex and Cambridge.

Her interest in financial literacy developed over the years while teaching mathematics. Wendy observed how children who did not always connect or understand the concept of numbers would light up when she introduced the subject of money and its relevance to essential everyday life. Children who had initially struggled to understand fundamental maths basics realised the importance and fun they could have spending their pocket money.

Having their eyes opened to real life finance and the opportunity to acquire life skills in financial awareness is a tool forever. A skill for life!

Vincent De Lorenzo
Trustee

Vincent De Lorenzo has over twenty five years experience in the financial markets as a foreign exchange and bond trader, working in New York and London for various international firms.

Vincent has a long and abiding interest in financial literacy for young people, beginning at home with his own children and has been giving financial literacy presentations in schools for over ten years. He has acted as a formal and informal mentor to dozens of people in his field and is an active member of his local church.

Scott Eaton
Trustee

While currently the CEO of a small financial technology company, Scott is really a frustrated academic at heart with a substantial running habit!

A lawyer by training, he has had a thirty year career across a number of roles in finance and is committed to making sure that all young people have the benefit of understanding the basics of finance. He has four children, so understands the challenge of teaching budgeting to young people.

Avis Hawkins
Special Adviser

Avis Hawkins is the Head Teacher of Christ Church and Holy Trinity school in London, which was ranked by The Times Schools Guide 2019 as the UK’s number one state primary school.

Avis is a passionate educationalist who has worked in teaching for over 26 years and is a strong advocate for a holistic model of teaching that inspires children to love both learning and life. Her school offers a broad, enriching curriculum, with an emphasis wherever possible on cross curricular education.

Maths and financial literacy is one such crucial, core area where real life learning can be applied to classroom teaching. Introducing everyday concepts of personal finance at an early age equips children to make more informed decisions and these concepts can also be integrated into a variety of other subjects, including maths, history, geography, science and the arts.

Marileen Koppenberg
Trustee

Marileen worked in financial services for seventeen years before taking a career break to look after her children. Marileen has been a volunteer for City Pay it Forward for three years and given numerous financial literacy presentations to local schools. With teenage children, she understands the importance of teaching financial literacy from a young age.

She strongly believes in giving back to the wider community and to supporting young people through skills training and experience. She has been involved in a number of school related charities and is a mentor for teenage girls through The Girls Network and an ambassador for Relaunch London (part of LinkUp).

Valerie Laing
Trustee

After a ten year career in finance, Valerie transferred to the non-for-profit sector where she has gained operational and governance experience in a range of large, small and start up charities. She is currently a Development consultant working with a range of charities on strategy and fundraising projects.

Through her work and as a mother to two teenage boys, she sees first hand the challenges young people of all the ages face in the ever changing digital world and believes that instilling a sound foundation of financial literacy is key for very young person.

She is Governor of primary school near her home in Oxfordshire.

Melanie Saluja
Trustee

Melanie has been working in finance for over nineteen years and has been involved with City Pay it Forward since its inception.

She has found it incredibly rewarding presenting financial literacy information to many young people across different age groups and from many different walks of life, to help them understand the importance of good financial skills as a key life skill from a young age.

Through her own young children, she gets involved in a variety of voluntary activities which includes working with and teaching young people and is a member of various other not-for-profit committees.

Marco Schwartz
Trustee

Marco has worked in finance for over twenty years and has spent many years helping companies to raise capital to grow their business. He has seen the financial industry go through various seismic events and as the father of young children, is very conscious of the influence of banking and money and how it will affect their lives.

He has worked with City Pay it Forward since its inception and has seen first-hand the importance of financial literacy for children. His is struck by just how many young people don’t trust banks as institutions, something that was very different for his generation. Changing perceptions and ensuring that young people are equipped to manage their financial lives is one of his key challenges.