Adrian Barrett

Finance Manager

Adrian is the Finance Manager in the Operations Team at The Young Foundation. Adrian began his accounting career with the Public Relations agency Porter Novelli Canada and then at an asset manager, Dundee Wealth Inc in Toronto, Canada. Following 18 months of independent travel in South America and Eastern Africa, Adrian returned to the UK... Find out more

Alice Neeson

Alice Neeson

Programme Manager, Northern Ireland

Alice is part of the Amplify NI team, based in Belfast. She’s interested in connecting in-depth research with action to support the people working for positive social change in Belfast. Prior to joining the Young Foundation, Alice worked in community engagement for a national human rights organisation. She also spent several years working in the... Find out more

Amanda Hill-Dixon

Senior Researcher

Amanda is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. Her role involves developing and delivering high-quality research which tackles structural inequalities, often exploring and facilitating social innovation to do so. Amanda has a background in developing research to improve, change or disrupt practice and policy. Amanda was the Academics and Researchers Manager at Project Oracle,... Find out more

Ashleigh Hunter

Programme Officer, NI

Ashleigh is a Programme Officer for our Northern Ireland team, based in Belfast. Ashleigh has worked in the community sector in Northern Ireland for 10 years. She started her career in a Reconciliation and Peace Project where she worked closely with marginalised groups (i.e. young offenders, loyalist/republican communities, minority ethnic communities) to address issues around... Find out more

Chintan Makwana

PA & Office Assistant

Chintan is PA to the CEO and Office Assistant to the team at The Young Foundation. Prior to joining The Young Foundation, he worked in Parliament and in the civil service before working in governance and administrative roles for a number of charities and in the private sector.

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Danielle Bonner

Programme Officer, Amplify NI

Danielle is part of the Amplify NI team, based in Derry/Londonderry. She’s interested in identifying and understanding social inequalities and developing innovative community lead based approaches to addressing these issues. Prior to joining The Young Foundation Danielle worked on women’s rights and gender equality issues with a women’s community based organisation in Ireland. Her areas... Find out more

Mary Hodgson

Dr Mary Hodgson

Principal Investigator ESRC Bright Futures project

Mary is an experienced researcher and strategist working to understand inequality, social change and civic activism. She is a trained ethnographer and experienced mixed methods researcher who has specialized in running innovative and experimental research and action projects in different sectors and has carried out UK and international fieldwork. She joined The Young Foundation as... Find out more

Felicia Barrow

Finance Officer

Felicia is the Finance Officer in the Operations Team at The Young Foundation. Felicia began her career in finance with Price Waterhouse Coopers and has worked in accounts for numerous other organisations including the Competition Commission, a strategy consultant and a confectionery manufacturer. Outside of work Felicia enjoys travelling, music, reading and likes to keep fit.... Find out more

Hannah Davis

Research Officer

Hannah is a Research Officer at the Young Foundation, and works across multiple projects related to understanding the nature of communities and inequalities. These include analysing how different forms of minimum income can reduce poverty and social exclusion in Barcelona, evaluating the impact of a homeless health advocacy service in London, and working to facilitate... Find out more

Helen Goulden

Helen Goulden

Chief Executive

Helen is Chief Executive Officer of The Young Foundation. Prior to joining us in October 2017, Helen was Executive Director at Nesta, responsible for leading their Innovation Lab supporting and scaling innovation in the arts, civil society, government and education sectors. Previous roles have included work within the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions... Find out more

Iqra Farooq

Iqra Farooq

HR Officer

Iqra recently joined The Young Foundation and is part of the HR team, her role involves providing support to the Head of HR. Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Iqra worked as HR Coordinator at AEG Europe at the O2, where she supported 1,200 employees. Iqra has an MA in Human Resources Management is fully... Find out more

Isabel Young

Programme Manager

Isabel joined The Young Foundation in August 2017 as Programme Manager for Communities and Places. She is currently leading our work as part of the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change programme – a pioneering approach to community-led health creation. Projects she has worked on to date include; asset-based approaches to tackling social isolation and loneliness in Essex, the Co-op Community Wellbeing... Find out more

John Piper

Programme Manager

John is responsible for delivering Reimagining Rent, the UK’s only housing accelerator programme that supports initiatives which specifically focus on vulnerability, and those on low incomes. He also has a wider interest in developing an unbiased understanding of the UK housing crisis, ultimately tackling it through innovation, and disruptively challenging both how we define “home”... Find out more

Laura Whittall

Research Officer

Laura is a Research Officer at the Young Foundation with a particular interest in community-led action and research. She has experience in a range of innovative research methodologies from participatory action and co-creation to online ethnographies. Before joining The Young Foundation, Laura worked with a number of organisations researching issues relating to youth violence, refugees, educational... Find out more

Michael Conlon

Head of Programmes, Northern Ireland

Michael joins the Young Foundation as Head of Programmes NI.  He started volunteering locally at 16 and believes that if it wasn’t for the community spirit in his estate; his path would be very different.  Growing up in West Belfast, once a hot bed of the troubles, Michael witnessed the importance of community and belonging.... Find out more

Moira Grant

Moira Grant

Head of HR

Moira is responsible for the HR function within The Young Foundation and has worked previously in HR environments within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Moira supports The Food Chain, a London charity that delivers meals and groceries, offers cookery and nutrition classes and communal eating opportunities to people living with HIV in London and... Find out more


Monica Doherty

Reception & Office Manager

Monica is the Receptionist for The Young Foundation, and the other organisations based at our offices in Bethnal Green. Monica is the first point of contact for all callers and visitors and is responsible for the daily running of reception and managing external and internal meetings for our meeting rooms. No two days are ever... Find out more

Monica Nagore

European Project Manager

Before joining the Young Foundation Mónica worked for the City of York Council as Innovation manager. This two years were an enriching experience for her. They led “Genius Open” a transnational project to transfer our open innovation model to involve citizens in the design of the solutions for their city challenges to the cities of... Find out more

Ningqian Yang

Data Science Officer

Ningqian joined the Young Foundation research team in September 2018 as a Data Science Officer. With a background in business related statistics, she is particularly passionate about spatial data analysis.  Since joining she has been working on a diverse range of data challenges, from the analysis of ESF expenditure data as part of our Social... Find out more

Radhika Bynon

Director of Programmes

Radhika leads our work in communities, working with change makers and innovators in cities and towns in the UK and Europe to develop solutions to tackling inequality. She leads the experimentation work stream on Social Innovation Community, the network for social innovators across Europe, where we are working with innovators in 4 European cities to co-design... Find out more

Ryan Boyce

Communications Manager

Ryan is Communications Manager at The Young Foundation and joined us in November 2018. He is responsible for managing our communications activities. Prior to relocating to London, he spent the last 5 years working at Heart of England Community Foundation in the West Midlands as Senior Manager for Development, charged with increasing their profile, reach... Find out more

Shahaveer Hussain

Community Engagement Officer

Shahaveer (Shubo) joined The Young Foundation in March 2018 as Community Engagement Officer on the Tower Hamlets Communities Driving Change project. Shahaveer was born and brought up in Tower Hamlets, attended local schools and started a local business at a young age. Alongside this, he brings vast experience of working voluntarily in the borough to... Find out more

Shannon Downey

Programme Officer, Northern Ireland

Shannon is a Programme Officer with The Young Foundation, based in Northern Ireland. She is a part of the Amplify NI and Social Innovation Communities Teams. Shannon is interested in tackling inequality and discrimination in society. Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Shannon worked with The Rainbow Project and Cara-Friend, both charities who work to... Find out more


Tatevik Sargsyan

Programme Manager

Tatevik works across our innovation programmes providing project management, design and implementation of key initiatives. She manages our education innovation programmes, The Young Academy (an accelerator and social investment fund for education ventures) and Let Teachers Shine Accelerator (supporting teacher-led innovations with development workshops and coaching). She also works on Reimagining Rent, the UK’s only... Find out more

Victoria Boelman

Director of Research

Victoria heads up the research team, making sure that our work is original, exciting, robust and compelling. She oversees The Young Foundation’s diverse range of projects. She previously worked at The Young Foundation and was Principal Investigator on our ESRC funded project on high cost credit in Wales, as well as leading our work on... Find out more

Xavier Sandin

Xavier Sandin

European Project Lead

As European Project Lead, Xavier is responsible for providing financial, contractual and project management services for the OpenMaker project, which is funded under Horizon 2020. OpenMaker aims at creating a transformational and collaborative ecosystem that fosters collective innovations within the European manufacturing sector and drive it towards more sustainable business models, production process, products and... Find out more