The Team

Baca’s team of staff are both passionate and dedicated in their support and care of our young people, aiming to work with integrity and excellence.


Mark Vyner

Mark Vyner

Chair Of Trustees

A qualified  accountant and former partner , Mark has worked with Christian Aid for 15 years, overseeing several extremely large international development projects as Head of Service Contracts and before that, Africa Divisional Manager. This work took him to challenging places across Africa, often in a time of crisis, to support the teams on the ground. He took a two year break from Christian Aid in 2018 to be CEO of local charity TwentyTwenty. Mark is our Chair of Trustees and also serves on the Baca Finance Trustee Sub Group.

Tony Buttler

Tony Buttler


Tony is a former English teacher and was Vice Principal of Bosworth Community College (now Bosworth Academy) for 22 years. Responsibilities included pastoral care and safeguarding, staff development and financial oversight of the College budget. Since retiring from full-time employment in 2012, Tony has worked with trainee teachers at Nottingham Trent University, as a CPD presenter for an examination board and as a volunteer at Citizens Advice Charnwood. Tony also serves on the Baca HR Trustee Sub Group.

Grahame Boocock

Grahame Boocock


Grahame worked for a major UK Bank for 8 years, before moving into academic life. For 25 years, he was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University. He taught on a wide range of programmes, specialising in banking and finance, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He published around 50 articles in academic and professional journals. He achieved his PhD in 2011, about 30 years too late for his career prospects but a source of great personal satisfaction. Since taking early retirement at the end of 2012, Grahame is still involved with the University, mainly in visiting students on placement. He believes passionately in maximising the employment prospects of young people. Grahame also serves on the Baca Finance Trustee Sub Group.

Louise Jarvis


Louise has worked for Baca over a number of years in different roles, most recently as the CEO.  She moved on from the charity in 2019 and now works for The Centre of Social Justice as an Alliance Manager.  Here she works with small charities, individuals and organisations across the UK to feed into research aimed at informing national policy.  Having stepped fully away from Baca for over a year, she was offered a position on the board in 2020 to support the work going forward. Originally a qualified teacher, Louise has worked for over 15 years in the charity sector, both in the UK and overseas.   She has provided advice and support to several charities and brings strong systems and  operational understanding and skills. In 2018 she completed a master’s in development management through the Open University.

Lucy Connell


Lucy Connell is Head of Fundraising at Methodist Homes (MHA), the UK’s largest charity provider of social care supporting people across Britain to live later life well.  Prior to MHA Lucy worked for fourteen years at Christian Aid starting as an intern and ending up as one of the Heads of England, working to inspire and engage supporters to join their mission to end poverty through both fundraising and popular campaigning. Lucy also oversaw a range of appeals and campaigns including co-chairing the youth work group and coordinating Christian Aid’s approach to the Lambeth Conference.  Lucy serves on the Baca Finance Trustee sub group.

Dr Andy Brackett


Dr Andy Brackett is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Within this role he works to support children and families who have experienced significant adverse life events and trauma which is having a significant impact on their mental health. Andy is also a Clinical Tutor on the University of Leicester’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Programme. He is passionate to see young people realise their strengths and potential, and to develop trauma-informed services that support young people to do this. Andy also serves on the Baca HR Trustee Sub Group.


Sarah Short


HR Manager with over 25 years’ experience across the public sector. Currently working at a regional level including all aspects of employment law and employee relations, pay and grading, equalities and HR career development. Sarah brings strengths in Strategy, Employee relations, job evaluation, pay, change management and equalities. Sarah formerly worked at East Midlands Councils as Lead Officer for East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership. Sarah also serves on the Baca HR Trustee Sub Group.

All Staff

Our dedicated and passionate staff team all have an enhanced DBS (formally CRB) and are appropriately vetted before joining Baca. Our core training package includes:

  • Child Protection
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Data Protection
  • Confidentiality
  • Support Working
  • Health and Safety
  • Equal Opportunities

Support Team

Baca’s Support Team is made up of extremely passionate and experienced practitioners with extensive understanding of the issues that surround young people who are seeking asylum, refugees, and young people who are victims of trafficking or are at risk of trafficking. We have staff members who have been Senior Youth Workers, Connexions Advisors, worked overseas in safe houses or have sought asylum themselves. This experience brings significant depth to the work we do. Many of our Support Team are studying or have studied in degrees and professional courses that are directly relevant to young people such as Youth Work and Counselling bringing theoretical understanding to the everyday work of Baca.

Our Support Team staff members are trained in Working with Challenging Behaviour, Mental Health Awareness, Drugs Awareness, Suicide Awareness, Multi Faith Awareness, Lone Working as well as specialism in Trafficking and Asylum.

Education Team

Our Education Team consists of two qualified ESOL teachers with extensive experience of working with vulnerable young people from different cultures in an English learning context. Within the team they have developed a specialist course tailored specifically for asylum seekers and trafficked children who have just arrived into the UK and have no or little knowledge of English. This highly successful course links with foundational living skills enabling New Arrivals to achieve a level of English and a thorough understanding of English culture that will enable them to positively engage in mainstream education in the future.

Office Team

No work is possible in Baca without the back up of a dedicated office team that are able to ensure our finances are in order and all the required resources are available both within the young people’s houses and at the office.

Volunteer Team

Baca is served by a number of volunteers who are able to bring their gifts and skills to the charity and support the work being done. All volunteers, like staff, have an enhanced DBS (formally CRB) and are interviewed and inducted before starting any work with the young people.

“The young people from Baca require very little support once they have moved on. They are much more prepared for...
...independent living than many others I work with. We need to duplicate this model!”
Social Worker