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


Connie Muttock

Policy & Communications Assistant for Agenda

Connie joined Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, following 5 months in Brussels, where she was an intern on the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee in the European Parliament. She studied English at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where she was the college’s Women’s Representative Officer, getting involved in student activism and politics.

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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

Sandy Gulyurtlu

Dr Sandy Gulyurtlu

Principal Researcher

Dr Sandra Gulyurtlu is the Principal Researcher at The Young Foundation. She leads our pioneering research on social innovation and civic action, understanding inequality dynamics and how people across society are working to make change happen. Prior to working at The Young Foundation, she was the Head of Research for the Office of the Children’s... Find out more

Suzy Solley

Dr Suzy Solley

Research Officer

Suzy is an ethnographer and works on a wide range of research projects, including ethnographic studies in Barcelona, London, Essex and Corby related to understanding and tackling poverty, inequality and social action. Suzy is also working on a major research project for the Co-op, exploring the concept, experience and measurement of community wellbeing across the... 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

James Teasdale

James Teasdale

Head of Venture Development

James is responsible for designing and delivering The Young Foundation’s innovation and investment programmes. He leads the Young Academy, an accelerator and social investment fund for education ventures, and delivers Reimagining Rent, an accelerator for innovative solutions in housing. James has worked across a wide range of Young Foundation programmes to build the sustainability, growth... Find out more

Jessica Southgate

Policy Manager

Jessica joined Agenda as Policy Manager in March 2018. She has worked in policy, research and service-user lead campaigns in the voluntary sector for over ten years, with a particular focus on gender, youth and justice. Most recently she lead on research and policy development into girls’ experiences of public sexual harassment for Plan International... Find out more

John Piper

Programme Manager

John has a passion for education and achieving social impact through innovation and collaboration. John has previously founded three start up businesses in the Private Rented Sector, giving him first hand experience of the enablers and barriers to driving change in this sector. Prior to this John worked in Engineering, having a BEng in Chemical... Find out more

Katharine Sacks-Jones

Director of Agenda

Katharine became the Director of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, in May 2015. Prior to this, she was Head of Policy and Campaigns at Crisis where she built and led a new team which delivered change for homeless people. She has previously worked in public affairs and parliament. Katharine regularly speaks... Find out more

Lisa-Marie Jones

Communications & Campaigns Manager for Agenda

A trained journalist, Lisa has spent the past few years focusing on women and girls’ rights. Before joining Agenda, she was in the media team at Plan International UK and also volunteered at Womankind Worldwide. She started her career as a newspaper reporter, before joining Five News and later the BBC as a national television... 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

Rachel Wilkinson

PA & Office Assistant

Rachel is Personal Assistant to Helen Goulden, CEO of The Young Foundation. Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Rachel worked for an alternative provider of Higher Education, specialising in widening participation and social mobility initiatives. She led a project which looked at ways of decreasing the attainment gap between working-class students and their more affluent... 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

Shahaveer Hussain

Community Outreach Officer

Shahaveer (Shubo) joined The Young Foundation in March 2018 as Community Outreach 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

Sophie Hostick-Boakye

Programme Manager (currently on maternity leave)

Sophie joined The Young Foundation in 2008 and specialises in community-based innovation and social change, combining community engagement, action research and service design. Throughout her time at The Young Foundation, Sophie has worked on projects designed to overcome problems which have taxed communities, the public sector and voluntary organisations, and where fresh impetus is needed.... 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

Tony May

Tony May

Programme Manager, Health

Tony joined The Young Foundation in February 2017 to lead and support our health and well-being innovation work that tackles health inequalities.  Through this work Tony is seeking to promote a health creation system by building resilient communities and local movements for better health and well-being. This is where health becomes to be seen as... 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