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 Framework, Refugees Welcome in Parks, B-Mincome and Amplify Youth.
Isabel has worked in a number of research, facilitation and service coordination roles in the third sector, all centred on tackling social inequalities from a holistic standpoint. This has included a social inclusion project with Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) women in Tower Hamlets, which went on to inspire her Fellowship for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, where she travelled to North America to document best practice amongst leading migrant support initiatives. She has also managed therapeutic programmes for young people affected by parental separation and divorce, and led a nationwide research project for the National Union of Students on women students’ experiences of ‘lad culture’ in UK institutes of higher education.
Isabel co-published an article for the journal Sexualities on the impact of ‘laddism’ on agency and sexualisation, and another for the journal Sociology on the relationship between lad culture, neoliberalism and the marketised university. Her consultancy work on ‘lad culture’ has included Vice UK, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHC), and the University of Lyon, France.
Just before joining the Young Foundation, Isabel was living and studying Spanish at the University of Havana, Cuba for a little over a year. During this time, she was volunteering with a grassroots community group on climate change initiatives and intergenerational exchange events across Havana. Her other volunteering work to date, includes frontline support service provision for women affected by sexual violence.
Isabel has a first class honours degree in Sociology and an MA in Gender Studies with distinction, both from the University of Sussex.