Our People

Meet the Board

Non-executive Director
Board

Lauren Aird

Non-executive Director
Board

Lauren joins the Board having worked alongside us for nearly 2 years in her role as a Future Voices Ambassador. She currently studying social sciences and will attend University in September to study Youth Work & Community Development. Lauren is keen to bring positive change for young people, such as raising awareness of pupil referral units and supporting young people who are living independently.

Non-executive Director
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Ruth Busby

Non-executive Director
Board

Ruth Busby, is the HR Director at Great Western Railway (GWR), leading the people agenda with a focus on engagement, kindness, inclusion and diversity, and health and wellbeing.  Ruth is involved in a number of industry wide activities including Rail Wellbeing Live and the Women in Rail and RIA Equality Diversity and Inclusion Charter.  She is also co-Chair of Women in Rail South.

Ruth joined GWR in March 2018, from the Atomic Weapons Establishment, and held leadership roles in Higher Education, and the Civil Service, where she started her career in policy development.  A qualified coach, Ruth has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in employee relations, inclusion and diversity, leading organisational change, policy and employee reward.

Non-executive Director
Board

Julia Cleverdon

Non-executive Director
Board

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE is a lifetime campaigner who has worked tirelessly to promote opportunities for disadvantaged young people. As  Co-founder of the #iwill campaign, Vice Patron of Teach First and Vice President of Business in the Community, she encourages collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and the most disadvantaged communities to build a more robust and sustainable civil society.

Non-executive Director
Board

Jess Evans

Non-executive Director
Board

Jess is an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, reading Psychology and Behavioural Sciences. She has worked with the National Citizen Service in various capacities since 2018 and is currently a member of their Youth Voice Forum, where she provides youth perspectives on company strategy and project design, most notably contributing to their employability service line and Kickstart packages. Alongside this, Jess volunteers as a mentor with several access initiatives at both a college and university level, to support pupils from underrepresented backgrounds through applying and adapting to higher education.

Non-executive Director
Board

George Greaves

Non-executive Director
Board

George joins us with a background in entrepreneurialism. He is dedicated to supporting personal development through mentoring. Having held a series of roles in education, training and skills development, he is now implementing strategies that are proven to create sustainable jobs and progress careers through mentoring-based networking, which has helped thousands access employment, apprenticeships, training and career opportunities. 

Interim Chair
Board

Tony Hawkhead

Interim Chair
Board

Sir Tony Hawkhead is currently Lay Vice-Chair of the new NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a former Non-executive Director at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He has held several high-profile charity positions including CEO at Groundwork UK and Action for Children. He is soon to take up his position as Chair of trustees at Cruse Bereavement Care.

Non-executive Director
Board

Kris Murali

Non-executive Director
Board

Kris is an established senior leader with a breadth of financial, commercial and management experience spanning both the private sector and not-for-profit organisations. As Scouts Director of Finance and Resources he is responsible for the finance, HR, governance and legal teams. His oversight ensures appropriate financial control, people policies and governance so that Scouts can deliver its strategy to prepare more young people with skills for life.

Before Scouts, Kris served as Deputy CEO of the disability charity, Sense. He led the corporate support services including governance and the trading portfolio of 115 charity shops. He also served on the Board of Sense International, overseeing their operations in eight countries.

Kris has held Board positions in the UK and in the US, and is currently non-executive director at Youth Futures Foundation and Taekwondo Organisation Limited in the UK. He also serves as a Trustee at Sense Scotland and is on the finance committee of University of West London.

Non-executive Director
Board

Jenny North

Non-executive Director
Board

Jenny North is currently the Deputy CEO at Dartington Service Design Lab. Previously Director of Policy and Strategy at Impetus, she has also held positions at Relate, the Maternity Alliance, New Policy Institute and the Home Office.

Non-executive Director
Board

Laura-Jane Rawlings

Non-executive Director
Board

Laura-Jane Rawlings is the CEO of Youth Employment UK, the leading voice and expert on youth employment issues in the UK. Laura-Jane is a champion for youth employment and ensures the voices of young people are heard, providing insight and expertise to many groups such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment, she sits on two ESF National Sub-Committees; Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion and Equality and Diversity.

Non-executive Director
Board

Carla Rossini

Non-executive Director
Board

Carla Rossini is the Director of Global Operations at The Leading Edge Alliance, and a former Finance Director at Johnson Matthey Plc. She is passionate about collaboration between businesses and communities.

Non-executive Director
Board

Simon Woolley

Non-executive Director
Board

Lord Simon Woolley is a political and equalities activist. He is the Founder and Director of Operation Black Vote, the Chair of the Advisory Group to the Race Disparity Audit and is a former Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Simon was knighted in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to race equality. He was made a life peer in October 2019.

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Meet the Future Voices Group

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Subhan Ahmed

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Lauren Aird

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Cindy Boa

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Annie Bocock

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Ed Chaplin

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Joel England

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Roshan Sathy

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Plamena Marinova

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Alex Morawski

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Naomi Robinson

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Isha Shakir

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group

Max Spencer-Roe

Future Voices Ambassador
Future Voices Group
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Meet the Youth Reference Group

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Caroline Appleton

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Age:  25
Location: Loughborough, East Midlands
Occupation: PhD researcher

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
To learn new skills and to support the work of some great charities.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
Discussing how to make research findings interesting and accessible to young people

Youth Reference Group Member
Youth Reference Group

Josh Campbell

Youth Reference Group Member
Youth Reference Group

Age:  24
Location: Sunderland
Occupation: Trainee Solicitor

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
I saw this as an opportunity to share my experiences for the benefit of organisations who support young people gain employment. I have spent long periods unemployed and have had countless job rejections, so hopefully my insight can be useful.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
Sharing meaningful ideas with my colleagues who I would not have got to meet had I not been a member!

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Louise Chandler

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Age:  19
Location: Buckinghamshire
Occupation: I have currently been on a gap year where I have been volunteering as a youth colleague at Barnardo’s and sat on the Youth Voice Steering Group at the British Youth Council. In September, I am going to be studying Education Studies at Buckinghamshire New University. 

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
Being a part of the Youth Reference Group (YRG) will allow me to shape the direction of the evaluation process of the Inspiring Futures Programme, whilst allowing me to develop industry-specific skills such as digital, research and evaluation. I am excited to gain invaluable experience and broaden my knowledge in this field, to transition into a policy orientated role in the future.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
I had a limited understanding of evaluation before sitting on the advisory board, the YRG introduced me to how evaluation operates in practice. We brainstormed ideas on how to improve a variety of research questions that could be addressed. This narrowed our focus and gave us a better understanding of what research approach to take. Some methods included interviews and creating videos to explore the contribution made by the programme. I am excited for the future and keen to conclude whether young people were supported during the pandemic.

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Katie Douglas

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Age:  19
Location: Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Occupation: I go to tech and I’m studying to get my Maths and English essentials skills

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
I joined the reference group because I think I would help disabled young people to get their thoughts and opinions across. As I have experienced bad moments living with a physical disability.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
My highlight has been getting to know everyone and being part of the team.

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Nyasha Duri

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Occupation: Contractor - varied roles mainly within civic and big tech, Founder of Your Career Site, Writer, Creative, Trustee, Non-Executive Director

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
I joined the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group because I believe in doing as much as we can to make things better for our generation and the next with effective solutions to challenges. I love the respective missions of the Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in Need, plus their shared goal with Inspiring Futures to support young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment. I care about this because I have seen several others seriously affected, and experienced myself how difficult the job market often is. This is an unparalleled opportunity for important change ensuring all can thrive no matter their background.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
A highlight of being on the YRG so far has been being inspired by getting to dive into everything further: whether through engaging discussions with insightful fellow members on which actions move the needle, excellent facilitation thanks to experts from Cordis Bright + beyond, learning about Monitoring & Evaluation and more.

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Anisha Rahman

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Age:  20
Location: London
Occupation: Student studying History, Politics and Economics BA at UCL

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
Being a part of the Youth Reference Group (YRG) will allow me to shape the direction of the evaluation process of the Inspiring Futures Programme, whilst allowing me to develop industry-specific skills such as digital, research and evaluation. I am excited to gain invaluable experience and broaden my knowledge in this field, to transition into a policy orientated role in the future.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
I had a limited understanding of evaluation before sitting on the advisory board, the YRG introduced me to how evaluation operates in practice. We brainstormed ideas on how to improve a variety of research questions that could be addressed. This narrowed our focus and gave us a better understanding of what research approach to take. Some methods included interviews and creating videos to explore the contribution made by the programme. I am excited for the future and keen to conclude whether young people were supported during the pandemic.

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Fahmida Yasmin

Youth Reference Group member
Youth Reference Group

Age:  22
Location: Kent
Occupation: Third year student in the study of society and the communities which inhabit them

Why did you join the Inspiring Futures Youth Reference Group?
I initially joined the Future Youths Reference Group in hopes to gain an insight on what issues currently exist surrounding youth employment and to understand what is being done to better the situation of those affected.

What has been your highlight of being on the YRG so far?
Meeting everyone else in the group and hearing their perspectives based on personal experiences and opinions has definitely been the highlight of this opportunity! I thoroughly enjoy the group discussions. This is because I leave each of our sessions with a new outlook and in turn this role has had a positive impact on the way I engage with the material within my degree.

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Meet the Team

Directorate:
Head of Finance and Operations
Operations

Felix Adenaike

Head of Finance and Operations
Operations

Felix has worked in a variety of roles in the further education sector. He has been responsible for financial management, planning, audit and the wider corporate services. Felix has been involved in new business start-ups in the education and commercial sectors. He is passionate about lifelong learning.

Senior Evidence and Evaluation Officer
Impact and Evidence

Andrea Anastassiou

Senior Evidence and Evaluation Officer
Impact and Evidence

Dr. Andrea Anastassiou is a social researcher who is passionate about creating evidenced based change that serves to improve the lives and wellbeing of children and young people. Prior to joining the Youth Futures Foundation, Andrea worked in the fields of psychology, sociology and victimology, conducting research predominantly with children and young people targeting a range of social issues that affect their lives. At Youth Futures, Andrea is responsible for managing evaluations of funded programmes and helping to identify what works to support young people into employment, education, and training.

Senior Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Matthew Armstrong

Senior Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Matthew supports the delivery of our Impact and Development grant programme. He has almost 10 years of working in the grant making environment working with people and communities to overcome challenges and realise their aspirations. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation he worked as a Grants & Awards Manager at the British Heart Foundation, and the National Lottery Community Fund in a number of roles across the grant lifecycle.

Analysis Manager
Impact and Evidence

Andrea Barry

Analysis Manager
Impact and Evidence

Andrea is an enthusiastic analyst, interested in improving data infrastructure on underserved communities. Before this, Andrea was a Senior Analyst at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She has finished a PhD in Economics at the University of York.

In July 2020, Andrea gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee on the unequal impact of coronavirus on ethnic minorities. Andrea has also appeared on EuroNews, Bloomberg Radio, and in print to discuss issues related to employment and groups.

CEO (interim)
CEO Office

Patricia Chale

CEO (interim)
CEO Office

Patricia is responsible for delivering the next phase of delivery at Youth Futures.  

Patricia’s career spans 25 years in senior management and Board level director roles. This involves working for and supporting a wide range of national and international organisations including the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), Greenpeace International, the UK Cyber Security Council, the Lumos Foundation (founded by JK Rowling), the BBC, Save the Children and many more.  

Head of Evidence and Evaluation
Impact and Evidence

Jane Colechin

Head of Evidence and Evaluation
Impact and Evidence

Dr Jane Colechin is a social researcher with a decade of experience working on high profile labour market, education and welfare reform evaluations and studies. Jane has particular expertise in theory-led evaluations and ensuring co-design is part of evaluation and programme delivery and ensures that rigorous and youth-informed principles are used in all of YFF’s evaluation and evidence processes.

Head of Strategy and Partnerships
Strategy and Innovation

Anna Darnell

Head of Strategy and Partnerships
Strategy and Innovation

Anna shapes and delivers our organisational strategy by leading our stakeholder management and connecting insights to find solutions to drive systemic change. Key to this is developing our relationships with youth and youth employment organisations, public bodies, Government departments and employers. Anna is also driving forward Youth Voice, ensuring young people are at the heart of everything we do. Prior to Youth Futures, Anna worked in youth policy for central government, as well as in a range of frontline, policy and research roles in the charity and voluntary sector. Anna has been involved in youth and community initiatives from a young age, and outside of work she volunteers to support children and young people.

Strategy Officer Apprentice
Strategy and Innovation

Deuvaunn Darroux

Strategy Officer Apprentice
Strategy and Innovation

Deuvaunn began his career with the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, going on to volunteer with Youth Employment UK and serve as a member of Lambeth Youth Council and the London Youth Assembly. Deuvaunn passionately believes that young people should be involved in decisions that affect them. As our Strategy Officer Apprentice, he is responsible for leading our youth participation strategy and embedding it across the organisation.

Research Officer
Impact and Evidence

Talia Dundoo

Research Officer
Impact and Evidence

Talia is based within the research team and has been working on making sure that the voices and interests of young people of colour and those affected by inequality and discrimination in employment are well represented in research.

Prior to joining YFF, Talia worked for a youth democratic engagement organisation and completed a Masters in Race, Media and Social Justice.

Chief Operating Officer
Operations

James Endean

Chief Operating Officer
Operations

James was one of the initial team working with our Chair, Joe Montgomery, creating Youth Futures Foundation's governance, operational systems and policies, and leading the preparation work for Youth Futures to pass its “strategic & operational readiness” assessment by DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund. James is now responsible for Finance, IT, Legal and HR functions, supports the CEO and the Board on governance matters and is responsible for the operation of the Board’s Audit, Finance & Investment and Organisational Development committees. James has a background in company and business unit start-ups, building on his general management and finance experience at Unilever.

Senior Research Manager
Impact and Evidence

Catherine Fitzgerald

Senior Research Manager
Impact and Evidence

Catherine Fitzgerald commissions and manages research studies within the Research team and is currently leading the organisations research agenda on systems change. She is passionate about participatory research approaches and co-design and has specialist research interest in racial and intersectional inequalities in the labour market and mental health. She is an active member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group. She has over six years’ experience working for an international funder, Comic Relief, in the research and policy teams and an MSc Social Policy (Research).

Head of Grants
Grants and Investment

Gillian French

Head of Grants
Grants and Investment

Gillian sits within our Grants & Investment team and leads the development and improvement of our grant making processes and systems. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having managed UK wide grant programmes throughout her career in the charity sector, working with the Prince’s Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and more recently CITB. Outside of the office, Gillian enjoys learning piano and long walks with her family in the countryside.

Senior Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Aron Fulton

Senior Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Aron supports our grant holders with the delivery of their grants, enabling them to deliver high quality, impactful projects. He manages a varied portfolio of grant holders, with a particular focus on the Infrastructure programme. Aron began his career in Accounting and Finance, before moving to grant making with Leeds Community Foundation.

Director of Impact and Evidence
Impact and Evidence

Chris Goulden

Director of Impact and Evidence
Impact and Evidence

Chris leads our Impact and Evidence team. Previously he was Deputy Director of Evidence and Impact at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where he has worked as Head and Deputy Director of Policy and Research, since joining the organisation as Poverty Programme Manager in 2003. He previously served as a policy analyst with the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and Senior Research Officer at the Home Office. He is a current member of the Social Security Advisory Committee.

Finance Officer Apprentice
Operations

Charlie Howard

Finance Officer Apprentice
Operations

Charlie is involved in the operations and every day running of the business to help support with the processing of transactions in the company to ensure that we meet our financial obligations as a charity. He helps support the management of accurate data including the grants sector to ensure that we are in-line with our predictions mentioned in our business plan and are on track with the budgets set out each year. Charlie is also involved in a steering group with partnerships for young London – supporting many aspects of careleavers – including employment.

Strategy Manager
Strategy and Innovation

Ryan Howsham

Strategy Manager
Strategy and Innovation

Ryan supports the development and delivery of our organisational strategy to transform youth employment and is responsible for turning complex information into meaningful options to achieve systemic change. Ryan previously worked in local government, most recently focusing on developing approaches to deliver sustainable economic growth in Greater Cambridge, including responding to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Claire Jackson

Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Claire supports our grant holders with their YFF-funded projects, enabling them to get the most out of their funding journey with us. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation, she was a Funding Officer at The National Lottery Community Fund and a project co-ordinator in academia and the charity sector. She is particularly passionate about improving outcomes for disabled young people and in bridging the North-South divide.

Evidence and Evaluation Manager
Impact and Evidence

Vera Stiefler Johnson

Evidence and Evaluation Manager
Impact and Evidence

Vera Stiefler Johnson has experience in designing and implementing research and evaluation projects in social service settings across the United States and England. Prior to joining YFF, she worked in the Research & Evaluation Center at Children’s Institute in Los Angeles, managing research and evaluation projects for mental and behavioural health interventions, family support services, early childhood services, and community innovation programmes. She is interested in participatory study design; data synthesis and visualisation; and linking theory, research, and practice towards the goal of improved design and delivery of social services and policies.

Evidence and Evaluation Manager
Impact and Evidence

Alice Kedge

Evidence and Evaluation Manager
Impact and Evidence

Rosie's role and interests:

  • Particularly interested in the dissemination and implementation of learning, why I work in evaluation
  • Managing a portfolio of evaluations across multiple workstreams at YFF (not sure if you call them workstreams but like Infrastructure, WW and CF)
  • I have worked in the charity sector for the majority of my career and before that, education
  • Outside of work, I like reading and listening to music (pretty standard) and rewatching Friends & Modern Family – feel like my knowledge of these things must be close to unmatched but not sure I want that challenged!
Executive Assistant
CEO Office

Charlotte Kelsall

Executive Assistant
CEO Office

Charlotte is Executive Assistant to the Anna Smee (CEO) and Joe Montgomery (Chair) and has been in the role since August 2020. Charlotte’s main role is to provide effective business support to the Board, CEO and Senior Leadership Team. Charlotte has 10 years EA/PA experience, working mainly within the public sector and Higher Education. Charlotte is passionate about Youth Future’s vision, her career as an Executive Assistant, and her role as a PA Mentor, coach and networker. Charlotte cycles in the Yorkshire dales in her spare time, enjoys cooking and loves listening to music.

Head of Marketing and Communications
Strategy and Innovation

Helen Knox

Head of Marketing and Communications
Strategy and Innovation

Helen leads the creation and delivery of our marketing and communications strategy to grow our organisational influence and impact. Previously, Helen worked at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority as Head of Marketing. Her recent work includes coordinating the #4sparks campaign to attract Channel 4’s National HQ to Leeds, and marketing FutureGoals, the region’s flagship careers inspiration and support initiative.

Senior Evidence and Evaluation Officer
Impact and Evidence

Amanda Mackey

Senior Evidence and Evaluation Officer
Impact and Evidence

Dr Amanda Mackey is an evaluation researcher with experience in qualitative and mixed-methods research. She has particular interest in questionnaire design and focus groups. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation, she worked with STEM Learning on evaluating the STEM Ambassadors programme, and with Family Fund, a charity that supports families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Her doctoral work focused on evaluating the goals and milestones of gender equality in English cathedral choirs. Outside of work, Amanda is a hospital volunteer with the Royal Voluntary Service, and a roller derby on-skates referee.

Team Coordinator
Impact and Evidence

Tony Maher

Team Coordinator
Impact and Evidence

Tony has a background in data and systems management in charity and international development contexts. He supports the delivery of our Evaluation and Research grants and coordinates the Impact and Evidence Team.  He also has an interest in collecting punk vinyl and likes to think his record collection is unparelled.

Partnerships Manager
Strategy and Innovation

Annum Mahmood

Partnerships Manager
Strategy and Innovation

Annum is a Partnerships Manager with an interest in stakeholder engagement and collaboration. Annum supports the delivery of our Youth Futures Foundation Strategy with a particular focus on developing relationships with youth employment organisations, public bodies, employers, Government departments and young people. Prior to joining the Youth Futures Foundation, Annum worked on key initiatives such as Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps helping to shape and deliver programmes, projects and partnerships. Annum has a passion for breaking down barriers that exist in marginalised young people accessing educational and employment opportunities and outside of work actively volunteers for local charities and community organisations.

Company Secretary
Operations

Moira Malcolm

Company Secretary
Operations
Head of Policy
Strategy and Innovation

Harriet McCann

Head of Policy
Strategy and Innovation

Harriet leads our policy strategy and works in coalition with other youth employment organisations to champion evidence-based policies to drive systemic change. Previously, she was Head of Policy and Local Campaigns at the National Literacy Trust and also taught History in two secondary schools in Birmingham.

Evidence and Evaluation Manager
Impact and Evidence

Hannah Murphy

Evidence and Evaluation Manager
Impact and Evidence

Hannah manages evaluations of our funded programmes to provide evidence of effective approaches to support young people into meaningful work. She is a social researcher with experience in theory-led evaluation and participatory approaches. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation, Hannah was a Research Manager at Learning and Work Institute where she conducted research and evaluation projects spanning labour market, welfare reform and skills policy.

Head of Grants
Grants and Investment

Lekan Ojumu

Head of Grants
Grants and Investment

Lekan oversees the delivery of our ‘What Works’ grant programmes. His career, prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation, includes experience within a leading social investment fund, grant giving with a focus on young people and capacity building support. In his spare time Lekan has held charity Board positions and is currently involved as a trustee for a local youth focused organisation based in London.

Business Support Executive
Operations

Charlene Orr

Business Support Executive
Operations

Charlene is working as the Business Support Executive, providing operational support to the whole Youth Futures Foundation Team. Prior to this, she worked in the charity and non-profit sector and has experience in office management, executive support and human resources. Outside of work, Charlene practices music and art and volunteers at a local church.

Director of Grants and Investments
Grants and Investment

Matthew Poole

Director of Grants and Investments
Grants and Investment

Matthew leads the development and delivery of our grant making programmes. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise having built his career on working with people and communities with the National Lottery Community Fund and establishing Talent Match. Outside of the office, Matthew is committed to supporting and coaching young people and is heavily involved with local youth work in the West Midlands.

Senior Evidence and Evaluation Officer
Impact and Evidence

Emily Preston-Jones

Senior Evidence and Evaluation Officer
Impact and Evidence

Emily sits within the Impact and Evidence team, managing evaluations of our funded projects and examining what works to support young people into employment. She is driven by the goal of equal opportunity and is especially interested in what keeps young people in meaningful work, ensuring that workplaces are inclusive for all. Emily has a wide range of research and evaluation experience, from working with food redistribution charities through to people living with Dementia, she gravitates towards projects that have a positive impact on society.

Senior Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Louise Rands

Senior Grants Officer
Grants and Investment

Louise supports the development and delivery of Youth Futures Foundation’s grant making programmes. She has been working within the not-for-profit sector in Birmingham for almost 10 years, most recently working at a local infrastructure organisation. Her roles included contract and strategic relationship management for various programmes including a £6million Ageing Better programme and a strategic support and development programme for civil society organisations in Birmingham.

Team Coordinator
Grants and Investment / Strategy and Innovation

Rosie Richter

Team Coordinator
Grants and Investment / Strategy and Innovation

Rosie is a team coordinator working across both the Grants and Strategy & Innovation Teams. She has over 14 years of youth work experience in a variety of settings and holds a BA(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work. Alongside working at Youth Futures Foundation she leads youth sessions and holds positions as a Council Member for the Institute of Youth Work, a Trustee for The Door Youth Project, and is part of the steering group for In Defence of Youth Work.  Prior to YFF, Rosie spent a year elected as Students’ Union President at Newman University, Birmingham.

Head of Research and Impact
Impact and Evidence

Anna Round

Head of Research and Impact
Impact and Evidence

Anna Round is Head of Research and Impact at the Youth Futures Foundation. Her research experience includes extensive work on education and skills, regional labour markets and economies, and young people’s issues. Before joining YFF she worked at IPPR North, after over a decade as a researcher in higher education and in government.

Marketing and Communications Executive
Strategy and Innovation

Reena Staves

Marketing and Communications Executive
Strategy and Innovation

Reena is a communications creative with an interest in developing accessible content. She supports the delivery of our marketing and communications strategy. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation, Reena worked to influence mental health policy, welfare support and wellbeing initiatives in Scotland and England; as part of the Scottish Government’s flagship campaign ‘Think Positive’, and as Sheffield Students’ Union’s Welfare Officer. She also has an interest in audio production and has an unmatched knowledge of Desert Island Discs.

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