Roy is a qualified Youth Worker with more than 20 years’ experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings.
He was part of the Vera Legge School of Performing Arts, simultaneously joining Pegasus Theatre’s young technician’s group. He later returned as Front of House staff. He’s performed at The New Theatre, Oxford, and with local community drama groups. Roy has workshopped with Small Nose Productions, the RSC, and KAPOW! Roy is a writer and has produced small pieces of theatre for local groups. His own debut production was performed in 2019 at The Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon to critical acclaim.
Roy trained in media and the moving image at college, was a freelance journalist, and local radio broadcaster for 15 years, gaining a national award for his presenting skills.
As Scout Leader for nearly two decades, he started two groups from scratch, attracting full membership and lengthy waiting lists. These groups remain open. In 2017 he relaunched a closed youth club which received national accreditation within months of opening, and in 2021 took over a struggling youth centre. Engaging more than 120 young people in three months, securing substantial funding, developing a clear strategy to streamline processes, and building key partnerships to benefit the locality, the charity’s future was strengthened.
He has worked in or with most secondary schools in Oxford, many of the primary schools, for the local authority re-engaging disengaged young people and improving pastoral processes, and today runs a wellbeing mentoring service, providing workshops to build confidence, self-esteem, and teach relaxation techniques to young people.
In 2023, Roy was awarded The High Sheriffs’ Award for services to the people of Oxfordshire in recognition of his work with young people.