Jo Wells’ outgoing reflections

Jo Wells joined Blagrave as Director in 2012. Within a decade of being in the position, Jo dramatically transformed the Trust to be a much more thoughtful and intentional funder of change for and with young people. She had overall oversight over all funding partnerships and set the Blagrave Trust in a strategic direction, reinforcing our mission, and living our values. Jo had worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years before joining Blagrave and is passionate about ensuring that young people on the hard edge of injustice have a voice in decisions affecting them.

To celebrate 10 wonderful years of Blagrave under Jo’s wise and kind leadership we arranged a conversation between herself and Eli Manderson Evans, the new CEO of the Blagrave Trust. These are the final words, advice, and wisdom Jo has shared with Eli as the new CEO. The questions Eli asked Jo were shared with him by the staff team at Blagrave. The Blagrave Trust shares huge gratitude for all of Jo’s time, energy and vision.

If you are having trouble viewing the videos below, they can also be watched via our YouTube channel.



The Story of the Blagrave Trust

The previous CEO, Jo Wells who has been in the position for ten years tells us how the Blagrave Trust has developed over the years.



Message to the Sector

Jo Wells tells us her last words of wisdom to the sector before leaving the Blagrave Trust after 10 years.



Learning & Advice

Jo Wells after being the CEO of the Blagrave Trust for ten years gives us insight into what she has learnt over the years and advice moving forward for anyone in the sector.




Jo Wells gives young people and the new CEO of the Blagrave Trust Eli Manderson Evans advice on Philanthropy.



28th July 2022