Matthew joined the Mayor’s Fund in October 2012. The Charity’s focus is on accelerating social mobility.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Fund, Matthew was Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners. During his time there he led the modernisation of the organisation into one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities. The Lord’s Taverners is a charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people access to sporting opportunity. Whilst its sporting roots are within cricket, Matthew helped the Charity develop strong relationships with a wide range of other sports including rugby, tennis, squash, basketball and boccia. Matthew’s previous roles include Chief Executive at M&C Saatchi Sponsorship and Director of Communications for Clubs for Young People, working with over 400,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Head of Finance and Operations
Pooja joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in May 2017 as Head of Finance and Operations with over 13 years’ experience in the Charity and Not for Profit sector. Prior to this, Pooja worked for 6 years as the Head of Finance for Genetic Disorders UK (a charity which runs the Jeans for Genes campaign). In addition, Pooja has also worked 5 years for a top 20 firm of accountants, Saffery Champness, as an auditor within the charities team.
In her spare time Pooja enjoys yoga, gardening and takes a keen interest in the conservation of African elephants, particularly in Kenya, which is where Pooja was born and raised.
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Director of the Charitable Portfolio
Kim has delivered successful grant led projects and programmes both in the public and the third sector, and has extensive experience of working with diverse stakeholder groups across the UK to both secure funding and deliver and embed cutting edge programmes.
Her primary interest is community engagement and regeneration. In particular, she has worked with local partnerships to develop solutions tackling long term worklessness. In her early career, Kim spent time working for the Princes Trust as the Northern Director of the Volunteers Programme in some of the most economically deprived areas of the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has worked at a national level on a number of training schemes including the development of Youth Training Programmes. She moved to work in east London in 2007 where she worked with the Olympic Host Boroughs leading their devolved employment, skills and schools programmes.
Kim joined the Mayor’s Fund in 2012 just when the charity began supporting school breakfast clubs. This experience has sparked a new passion to ensure no child goes hungry or is left isolated at holiday time.
Events Manager & PA to Chief Executive
Cathy is an experienced PA, project manager and events manager. She joined the Mayor’s Fund in April 2010. She leads on event management, provides PA support to the Chief Executive and administrative support to the Board of Trustees. She is also Office Manager.
Before joining the Mayor’s Fund, Cathy worked in organisational development at Guardian News and Media.
New Business Manager
Carole joined The Mayor’s Fund in April 2009. Her current role is to identify new business opportunities for our portfolio of programmes and to manage our approach to new project development in line with our strategic priorities. This includes scoping, designing and testing potential new business activities, as well as securing appropriate delivery partnerships.
Carole has over 10 years experience setting-up and managing SRB and ESF partnership programmes in the voluntary and public sectors, designing projects, developing monitoring frameworks and disseminating good practice.
She lives in south London and is the active mother of two young children.
As the Office & Communications Manager for Access Aspiration, Zu oversees the events organised within the programme. She is responsible for the social media channels as well as video and design content.
Zu is passionate about empowering young people and volunteers as a personal tutor. Prior to this she worked in television production, alongside freelancing as a children’s books illustrator.
Schools Project Manager
Hope joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in September 2015, having previously worked in the Education and Charity sectors. After training as a primary teacher, Hope worked for international charity and educational partner Free The Children, starting in Toronto before moving to their London office.
Hope has extensive experience working with schools in London and is passionate about empowering young people. In her role as Schools Project Coordinator, she now looks after some of our fantastic educational programmes for schools in London. Get in touch if you’d like your school to get involved!
Sheetal joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in September 2016. She has a background in youth work and education, having previously supported young people to develop and deliver community projects, as well as spending a year volunteering in an inner-city London school with the charity City Year.
Sheetal’s role at the Mayor’s Fund involves supporting the Schools team to deliver programmes, as well as coordinating the Youth Board. She is passionate about social change, and enjoys campaigning, writing, and travelling in her spare time.
Interim Head of Employability Programmes
Oliur joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in April 2016. He started his career as a graduate intern for the Growth Boroughs Unit working on employment and skills programmes in the Development, Games time and Legacy phases of the Olympics. He went on to became the Project Manager for Convergence, leading on the employment, skills and economic development theme for the sub-regional partnership, with an organising principle of giving East Londoners the same life chances as the rest of London.
Oliur has extensive experience of designing and managing employment and skills programmes, in addition to developing strategies and policies. He has developed an expertise of developing funding bids, most recently successfully bidding for £8m of European Funding for a programme to support people who are long term unemployed from East London, into work. Oliur later went on to manage the Mayor’s Fund for London’s Tech Up Nation apprenticeship programme.
Oliur lives in East London and is passionate about supporting Young Londoners in achieving their full potential, having himself benefitted from an employment programme at the start of his career. When he is taking a break from this aim, Oliur enjoys travelling.
Schools Project Manager
Tess Sullivan is a qualified Primary Teacher, who has worked in various London schools over the past four years. She previously worked for Barnardo’s managing the implementation of a Social and Emotional Programme in schools. Tess has only recently joined the Mayor’s Fund for London team as one of the Schools Coordinators and her role is to support schools to implement our programmes.
Tess enjoys outdoor activities and she commutes to work by bike. She is currently learning to paraglide.
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Head of Portfolio Performance and Social Impact
Sietske joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in 2015 as Head of Employability Programmes. Her role involves overseeing delivery and contract management of a portfolio of employability projects. A key part of the job includes building an evidence base of what works in addressing youth unemployment in London. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Fund, Sietske worked in international development for over 13 years where she developed specific expertise in youth employment, entrepreneurship and microfinance programming.
Michelle joined the Young London Working Team as our Caseload Officer in 2016. Her role involves providing one-to-one employability skills support to young people on our caseload, ensuring they are well prepared to secure a job or apprenticeship.
Michelle has previously worked for a social integration charity, on a volunteering and employability programme, using volunteering as a vehicle to achieve social integration. She has done some volunteering work in East Africa supporting university students on livelihoods projects. She has a strong passion for our mission around social mobility and believes every young person no matter their background, should have the opportunity to take advantage of the greatness London has to offer.
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As the Caseload Manager at Young London Working, Philippa’s role involves working with candidates to develop their employability and readiness for employment. Please get in touch if you are a young person looking for a job.
Philippa comes from a Welfare to Work background, working on voluntary and mandatory programmes and most recently worked for one of the largest housing associations in the UK on their Work Programme Delivery.
She lives in South East London and has a Pug called Lenny.
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Senior Employer Account Manager
Emma joined the Mayor’s Fund in January 2017 as a Senior Employer Account Manager. Emma has a strong background in account management and business development, largely in corporate organisations, but over the last three years took a different path and has previously worked on projects helping young people through apprenticeships and traineeship programmes to gain access to the tech sector.
Emma is responsible for engaging with employers across a range of industry sectors to unlock quality employment opportunities for our young people across London and in turn help companies link in with talented and focused young people determined to carve out a sustainable career.
When not in work Emma likes to spend time helping animals and fundraising for causes related to them and is very attached to her pet dog Pops who is Spanish. Another passion she has is music and she likes to go and watch bands when she can. In a former life Emma lived in the Far East where she had a brief stint as a model for bridal gowns!
Performance Measurement and Reporting Manager – Young London Working
Philip joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in April 2013. Since that time he has designed and developed database systems to provide dashboards and management information for the Young London Working project.
As well as computing systems, Philip has a background in accounts and qualified with the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2010. His previous roles include Finance Manager for Billingsgate Seafood School where he was responsible for writing, implementing and auditing internal finance procedures.
In his spare time Philip enjoys road cycling and is a keen amateur photographer.
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Maryan joined the Mayors fund July 2014. She works with the Young London Working team as an Administrative Officer to support and ensure the smooth running of the team. Her work includes inputting and updating candidate records, maintaining an up to date filing system as well as posting jobs on our website and twitter.
Previously Maryan worked at Off Centre in Hackney, a charity providing counselling and advice and employment service to young people. Maryan enjoys working for services aimed at helping young people. That’s one of the reasons why she also volunteered as a mentor for a year. She finds it very rewarding to help young people find their passion in life and help them work towards building a future towards it.
Senior Employer Account Manager
As Senior Employer Account Manager, Andrea is responsible for engaging with employers across a range of industry sectors to unlock quality employment opportunities for our young people. Andrea joined the fund after four years with Ingeus, the UKs largest provider of the government Work Programme. As Employer Partnership Coordinator, she was responsible for 3 delivery sites in South Essex, establishing links with employers to generate appropriate and sustainable vacancies. Acting as Account Manager to build and maintain close working relationships with a range of local employers. Analysing market trends to identify potential business opportunities to secure sustainable jobs.
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Jamie started volunteering as a youth worker when he was 17 before going on to study Youth and Community Work at university at 21. Whilst studying he gained a wealth of experience working and volunteering with young people. He has experience in managing programmes both in the charity and education sectors and has a passion for delivering services that enable children and young people to progress personally, professionally and academically.
Jamie enjoys doing new activities and learning new skills and has done courses in cheese making, butchery and whiskey tasting.
Gracia joined Mayor’s Fund for London in April 2017, having previously worked as a Sales Team Leader for ‘The Challenge’ leading a team of Engagement Coordinators in recruiting young people for National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. Following on from this she worked as an Education Relationships Manager for Young Enterprise, a finance and enterprise education charity. She led on developing relationships with businesses and schools to deliver finance and enterprise education programmes. She now focuses on developing the Primary aspect of the Enterprise Adviser Network. In her spare time Gracia enjoys reading and travelling as well as attending weddings every other weekend.
Annabel Mayor’s Fund for London in January 2017, having previously working in the Arts and Charity sectors. After gaining a BA in History, Annabel worked for Somerset House Trust, working within their Visitor Communications Team. Following on from this Annabel worked as an Engagement Coordinator for the Youth Integration Charity ‘The Challenge’. Working specifically on their National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
Annabel brings to her new role a wealth of experience, having worked with a number of schools in London on different engagement projects. Annabel is passionate about providing young people with the experiences and opportunities that will empower them to make informed decisions on the career path they wish to follow. Annabel lives in South London and is a busy mum of one.
Steph joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in December 2016, having previously worked in the Education and Charity sectors. After completing her PGCE as a Politics teacher, Steph has previously worked for the Parliament Education Service, City Year UK and for a small, international development & education charity as their UK Programme Manager.
Steph’s role involves working across the Mayor’s Fund for London team and Team London to deliver the Enterprise Adviser programme, as an Enterprise Coordinator.