staff

Adam Kybird

Director of Innovation & Investment

Adam joins the Young Foundation from Bridges Fund Management, a specialist Impact Investor. At Bridges he focused on Social Impact Bonds, leading Bridges’ work in homelessness through investments in a variety of charities working in homelessness prevention, the Private Rented Sector, rough sleeping interventions and support to care leavers. He also led investments into Travel... Find out more

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

Amanda Hill-Dixon

Senior Researcher

Amanda is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. Her role involves developing and delivering high-quality research which strengthens communities, 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 (now... Find out more

Caroline Yang

Intern

Caroline is an Intern in the Research Department at The Young Foundation. She has recently completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, and has previously worked at Bronx Community Solutions, a court-based social work project which aims to reduce the use of short-term jail sentences in New York City. She is interested in learning more about creative... 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

Emily Morrison

Head of the Institute of Community Studies

Emily is the Head of the Institute of Community Studies, powered by The Young Foundation. Emily joined us from the British Council where she developed the global research portfolio, spanning internationally comparative research into youth voice and policy, education, civil society, and culture. Emily has led and conducted research in the Western Balkans, the Middle... Find out more

Eve Avdoulos

Senior Researcher

Eve is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. She works across multiple projects to deliver high quality research aimed at strengthening communities and overcoming inequalities. With a background in anthropology, urbanism and architecture, Eve is committed to maintaining an interdisciplinary research perspective in all her work, drawing from methods and theories of various disciplines. She... 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

Franca Roeschert

Research Assistant

Franca joined the Young Foundation as a Research Assistant in March 2019 and has since been working on evaluations commissioned by Hackney Council and End Youth Homelessness where she engaged residents of two estates in Hackney and adolescents in different parts in the UK, respectively. Furthermore, she has conducted ethnographic research for the Royal Borough... 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

Holly Weir

Project Learning Officer

Holly is a project learning researcher at the Young Foundation, working on the evaluation of the Sport England Local Delivery Pilot in Hackney. The project’s aim is to improve the health and well-being of residents in the King’s Park ward of Hackney, through the agency of physical activity.  Holly is an experienced urban planner, who... 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

Isabelle Carter

PhD Intern Researcher

Isabelle Carter is a WRoCAH-funded PhD student in the University of Sheffield’s Department of History. Her project studies high-rise council housing in Sheffield and Manchester from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With a focus on residents’ lived experiences, it examines the ways in which mass housing shaped the everyday lives and identities of women... Find out more

Jana Tauschinski

Research Assistant

Jana is a Research Assistant at the Young Foundation, interested in understanding inequality and the role of social identities in challenging it. Before joining us, she was awarded a travel scholarship by the R&A in St Andrews in order to visit, volunteer with and record a podcast on local charities and projects that are using... 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

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

Patricia Odunewu

Director of Finance

Patricia is the Director of Finance at The Young Foundation based at our Bethnal Green Office.  Prior to joining The Young Foundation in 2015, Patricia gained experience in many areas of finance with roles across the Balfour Beatty Group and RoMEC.  Patricia is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with 20 years’... 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 & media 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... Find out more

Sanya Naqvi

Intern

Sanya is an Intern in the Research Department at The Young Foundation. She is currently completing her Undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science at McGill University. Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Sanya worked as an equity facilitator at McGill’s Residence Project, and as a Country Researcher for Casa-Pueblito in Toronto. While at The... Find out more

Sarah Faber

Head of Ventures

Sarah is Head of Ventures at The Young Foundation. Her role involves managing the Young Academy investment fund; a portfolio of 14 early stage ventures which aim to reduce inequality in education and which received investment from the Young Academy between 2014 and 2018. Sarah monitors the portfolio and provides necessary support or connections 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

Tanya Kiemo

Project Coordinator - Amplify Barking & Dagenham

Before working at The Young Foundation, Tanya worked as a project coordinator for a range of pilot projects and community development partnership initiatives in 6 London boroughs and internationally in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Romania. She has a range of experience of working with families with complex needs, delivering peer support projects and piloting community... Find out more

Tatevik

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

Tigran Sogomonian

Intern

Tigran is an Intern in the Research Department at The Young Foundation. He has previously worked as a Research Assistant on the Brexit and Big Social Data project with the University of Reading, analysing the discourse surrounding the 2016 EU Referendum and the identity-systems forged by the opposing camps in the Brexit debate. Tigran graduated... 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

Zoe Dibb

Principal Researcher

Zoe is tasked with strengthening our research approaches and building on The Young Foundation’s rich experience of working with peer researchers. She oversees a portfolio of projects that integrate ethnographic, participatory and digital research approaches. Zoe has an interest in digital research, evaluation methods, experience of designing and implementing SMS and data-based real time monitoring... Find out more