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Mayor's Fund For London

Our Team



Oli Rahman – 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.

Philip Jolly – Provider Partnerships and Performance Manager

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.

Philip Manages the relationships with our network of around eighty provider partners to give them access to Young London Working job opportunities.

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.

T: 020 7983 5594

Andrea Willson – Senior Employer Account Manager

Andrea joined the fund in May 2016 after working in Welfare to Work for over seven years with the most recent four years with Ingeus, the UKs largest provider of the government Work Programme. As Employer Partnership Coordinator for South Essex, she was responsible for 3 delivery sites in South Essex, establishing links with employers to generate appropriate and sustainable vacancies.

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. Acting as Account Manager, close working relationships are built and maintained with a range of local and national employers. Analysing market trends to identify potential business opportunities to secure sustainable jobs.

Andrea lives in Essex by the seaside and practices yoga in her spare time. 

T: 020 7983 4934

Emma Hudson – 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!

T:020 7983 5618

Philippa Howling – Caseload Manager 

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.

T: 020 7983 5576

Michelle Besa – Caseload Officer 

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.

T: 020 7983 5745

Maryan Nuur – Administration Officer

Maryan joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in July 2014. She works with the Young London Working team. Her role is to support and ensure the smooth running of the team including 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 services to young people. Maryan enjoys working for services aimed at helping young people. That’s one of the reasons she also volunteered as a mentor for a year. It’s very rewarding to help young people find their passion in life and help them work towards building a future towards it.

T: 020 7983 6575 (Wednesday – Thursday)

George Murphy – Administrative Officer

George joined the Mayor’s Fund for London in 2016 as Administrative Officer on an apprenticeship.  The apprenticeship allows George to fulfil his potential and gain a qualification whilst doing so. Previously, his career had been in leisure where he was a Lifeguard, running Kids holiday camps and Pool Parties, and a Pool Plant Technician.

In his spare time, George loves to watch his beloved Chelsea play at Stamford Bridge and used to be a semi professional football player. He is with a part time TV extras agency.

T: 020 7983 6575 (Monday, Tuesday & Friday)

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