Kirsty is the Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London. Previously, Kirsty spent eight years as CEO of ERSA, the membership body for providers of employability services, where she oversaw a five-fold increase in membership and a major expansion of services. She also served as Director of Partnerships and Director of Regeneration at Business in the Community, where she ran work on employment and enterprise, plus led BITC’s national delivery programmes, including a network of 100 local groups delivering regeneration, employee volunteering and pro-bono schemes. Kirsty is currently a member of Impetus-PEF’s Investment Committee, sits on a Big Lottery Fund panel and is a non executive director of an East London housing association.
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 audit supervisor 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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Sietske van der Ploeg
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.
After re-settling in London, Kylie joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in early 2018 as Executive Assistant and administrative support to the Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Fund, Kylie spent time living and working in Luxembourg, Paris and Melbourne.
Kitchen Social Project Coordinator
Maryan joined the Mayors fund July 2014. She works on our flagship holiday food programme Kitchen Social.
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.
Head of Employability and Education 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.
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 Manager – Employability Programmes
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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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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