Our Management Team
Chris was previously Strategic Commissioner for Youth Services at the Royal borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) where he leads on redesigning and restructuring the youth service. JNC trained, he holds a Degree in Youth & Community studies, with an MA in Childhood and Youth: Frameworks for Integrated Practice.
With over 20 years’ experience as a Senior Manager in both local government and the voluntary sector, Chris has managed a wide range of services for children and young people, in a variety of senior Children’s Service roles across London and at County Council level, encompassing the portfolios for Early Help, youth participation, play services, Sports Development, health and arts provision.
Following ten years in Norfolk for Children’s Services, he relocated back to London (LB Hackney) and was appointed to the post of Youth Programmes and Projects Manager for Young Hackney since 2013 until more recently (2018).
Chris has tutored on intercultural dialogue as a guest speaker for Anglia Ruskin University, London Metropolitan University and the University of East London and worked as an External Assessor for Pan–European Youth Programmes and Youth Exchanges, which aim to tackle racial discrimination across Europe. He is also a graduate of the Virtual Staff College Network for future Black & Asian Leaders (BALI) and a keen advocate for Systemic Dialogue and how it can improve service design, implementation and communication.
Sector Development Director
Originally hailing from the West Midlands, with Caribbean family roots, Sandra has over 30 years of management experience that spans the corporate, public and charitable sectors.
Sandra started her career with the voluntary sector managing the delivery of highly successful youth leadership programmes at Oxford University and with the Metropolitan Black Police Association, leading to the establishment of the Young Black Positive Advocates alumni and the BTEC EdEcxel Level 2 qualification Young leaders for Safer Cities. A first of it’s kind in the year 2008.
Sandra then moved to Kensington & Chelsea and worked with serious group offenders and training and delivering the prestigious ‘AmerICan’ transformative programme to young people in Brent, Kensington and Hammersmith and Fulham, through to more strategic roles leading to working for a leading G15 Housing Association as strategic lead for Young People and Families to Area Managing a vibrant local authority youth service.
Sandra’s greatest skill is connecting people and organisations to be able to achieve synergistic results. She is a great believer in creating an environment where young people are allowed to reveal their potential and are allowed to lead.
Sandra has supported Young Brent Foundation since its inception; initially as a partner with Catalyst Gateway, (a charitable arm of Catalyst Housing Group) supporting Young Brent Foundation’s first successful bid with National Citizen Service, then as a Trustee and now as an employee.
As a local resident for 20 years, Sandra is passionate about Brent and its young people and is looking forward to helping shape the youth sector and young people’s services into a strong and effective platform for the personal and social development of Brent’s future leaders.
Ian has a wealth of experience in the travel industry, working in several roles culminating as a specialist consultant, project manager, and strategic director, implementing solutions that maximize profits and revenue opportunities for businesses and customers.
Ian has several industries leading qualifications (BA Fares 1,2,3,4, ACBT and MCBT – Guild of Business Travel Agents, Qualified Web Developer – Learning Tree, Qualified Turbo Sabre programmer, Dale Carnegie – Effective Communication and Human Relations and Best in Class Leadership Programme) and has successfully implemented large-scale, company and inter-company projects for online booking, CRM, data analysis, reporting, performance, KPIs and working practices as well as line managing teams and individuals .
At YBF Ian is responsible for the back-office functions, performance management systems and making sure everyone knows where things are at financially for both internal and external stakeholders.
Meet Our Trustees
Jennifer Ogole (Chair)
As Chair and a founding member Jennifer is a passionate, energetic, entrepreneur, and results-focused professional who is renowned for delivering exceptional results within challenging and dynamic social enterprise environments.
Creating and leading BANG Edutainment then developing into the BANG Group, instrumental in establishing five other social enterprises and coaching several young entrepreneurs and community leaders.
As CEO and founder of BANG Edutainment an organisation, she has led for 16 years. She grew up on the Stonebridge Estate in Harlesden and has a strong passion for young people and the local community. Jennifer’s key strengths are (strategic) leadership, regeneration, project design, bid writing. She has raised over £5 million in her position as CEO of BANG Edutainment.
Jennifer has extensive networks both locally and outside the borough. She is known locally as a Community Champion and has sat on boards including Brent Children Partnership, and Brent Community Safety partnership.
She is Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership, and the RSA has been a Trustee of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. As founding chair of the Young Brent Foundation. “I love working with young people; the fact that BANG is based in the community where I grew up in is a massive bonus. The people I work with are passionate about their work and truly dedicated to BANG’s mission. Seeing positive changes in young people, we work with is priceless.”
Bob is currently Services Director for Cognus Limited, a provider of education services to the families, young people and schools in Sutton and the surrounding South London boroughs. Bob has responsibility for the strategic and operational delivery of 20 different services, 150+ team members and the deployment of £40m worth of public money.
Bob is a Trustee of the YBF (Jan 2018 to date) having previously been employed (from September 2016 to December 2017) as the YBF Director of Development. At this time he held responsibility for bid-writing and income generation from the wide variety of sources available to the YBF and through the strength of the membership, developing the consortium, bringing together the talent needed to succeed and securing significant funding.
Before joining the YBF, Bob was Principal and Chief Executive at the Buckinghamshire UTC and self-employed consultant supporting various charities with the implementation and project management of National Citizen Service, ESF and SFA projects.
Previously he graduated with a BSc in Geography & Sports Science, went travelling, held a number of short term assignments before training (Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance Parts I & II) & working as a Careers Adviser between 1994 and 1999. A brief spell as sales manager in a private training company and then IT recruitment followed, before becoming Senior Contracts and Commissioning Manager for Connexions Berkshire in 2002. Over time this evolved, and Bob became Delivery Director for Buckinghamshire and then across the whole of the Thames Valley. Between 2002 and 2015 Bob sat on various boards, represented organisations as a Trustee, strategic and operational leader.
Bob is a great believer in the Young People Foundation concept, giving time and energy to support business development, leadership and HR matters for the YBF while challenging the Trustees to keep high-quality provision for young people at the heart of what YBF does.
Danny has been Headteacher at Newman Catholic College in Harlesden, North West London since 2013. Before that, he worked at St Aloysius ' College in Islington.
Danny read History at the University of Kent, graduating in 1985. He was brought up in Manchester and attended De La Salle, Salford from 1974-1981.
As Headteacher Danny has sought to establish an inclusive school ethos based on the highest of expectations and in an atmosphere of love, respect , good humour, positive community relations and the pursuit of the common good
In recent years Newman Catholic College has received significant attention for its work with vulnerable children and the high profile given to safeguarding. This has involved summer camps for Syrian refugees and close links with the Metropolitan police.
Lesley Anne Brooking
Lesley is a highly qualified education consultant and a ‘DfE External Expert Education Adviser’. She has over 40 years experience working in the education sector, with the last 15 years advising Trust Boards, Principals and Senior Leaders in Academies, Free Schools and schools both nationally and internationally. She is currently the Director of Education for the One in a Million Academy Trust, overseeing achievement and line managing both Principals in the Secondary Free School and Alternative Provision. She was the secondary specialist adviser to the Lion Academy Trust from 2015-17.
Previously, she was a Senior Strategic Manager within Essex Children and Young Peoples SEN and Psychology Service (2003-2008) and an Education Achievement Adviser with Edison Learning Ltd ( 2008-2013). These roles were preceded by 25 years of teaching and leadership experience in both Primary and Secondary schools. In addition to her Academy work, Lesley is an experienced Project Manager and has led on a number of educational projects and successful academy conversions. Lesley’s particular areas of expertise are Leadership, Inclusion, Equality & Diversity and Primary Liaison. She has led the development and production of a variety of nationally respected SEN guidance materials for school leaders and delivered training nationally and internationally.
Serena is an Accredited Mediator and highly experienced Chairperson with a demonstratable track record of success in non-profit organisational management. Highly skilled in Event Management, Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Social Media. Married to Neil Balfour, with six children and six grandchildren between them, Serena brings a wealth of worldly experience and perspectives, having lived and worked in France, Austria, New York City, Southampton, Yorkshire, London, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Scotland and Poland.
As an active business development professional Serena graduated from Shipley School, Bryn Mawr PA Foxcroft School & Middleburg Virginia before applying her management skills and experience to a number of key leadership roles, where she made a positive difference around the world in a number of key positions including Chairman of Children’s Aid Society in New York City, where she established a special summer program for East Harlem. As Trustee of African American Institute from1969 to1980. Created, Funded and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of McConnell-Tutume School in Botswana. Serena also created a Foundation Friends of Warsaw to raise funds for Oncological Children’s Hospital.
“Featured on Forbes, Julian ‘The Ultrapreneur’ Hall is the founder of a three-year-old startup called Ultra Education which has been successfully teaching entrepreneurship to primary and secondary school-aged children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The company mission is that all children and young people regardless of background or social standing have access to essential entrepreneurial education. He started his first business at 18 yrs old, having a background in technology and investment banking he is the best selling author of three business books. He’s co-written a degree in entrepreneurship and launched the UK’s first mobile game for kids entrepreneurship.”
Jayne is a qualified teacher who has worked across mainstream secondary, mainstream primary schools and in special schools. Jayne is CEO of Brent Specialist Academy Trust, a small, multi-academy Trust growing outstanding educational provision for pupils and young people in Brent.
Jayne has 30 years’ experience working in the education sector, with 22 of these being spent as Head Teacher of four outstanding special schools and two as a senior LA adviser. Jayne is a Lead Ofsted Inspector and a specialist in regards to SEND, Autism and behaviour support.
Martin‘s early career began as a qualified solicitor, working in the field of Commercial Litigation. Over ten years ago he moved into the charitable sector with LawWorks, a charity that encourages solicitors, law firms and companies to carry out pro bono work across England and Wales.
After gaining an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, Martin took up a role with London Youth, leading their outdoor learning and residential centre, Woodrow High House. Now, as Director of Residential Centres for London Youth, Martin has responsibility for leading the teams at both London Youth’s outdoor centres, as well as overseeing safety and safeguarding for the charity. The two centres welcome over 17,000 young people through their doors each year.
Abdi Farah is a director of Horn Stars a local Brent charity that uses diversionary provisions to enable young people to make better life decisions, using sport, enterprise and youth work.
As a local Brent resident for 25 years Abdi graduated from Kingston University in sport science in 2003 and then worked for Brent Council sport services for 6 years.
Abdi has been a football coach in Brent for over 15 years working with some of England’s leading name such as Raheem Sterling who all took part and won the London Youth games in which Abdi was the team manager in 2009.
Abdi also established one of the leading grassroots clubs AFC Wembley in 2007 along with Trevor Hutton and Mohammed Jama.
Abdi has been in community work for over 15 years and his passion is to enable every child to fulfil their talents irrespective of where they are from or what sort of upbringing they may have had.
Abdi was a trustee of Brent CVS for four years and a trustee for Young Brent Foundation for two years.