The Young Brent Foundation Team

Matthew band CEO Young Brent foundation

Matthew band
Chief Executive

Matthew Band has 25 years business experience including the last 15 years in the Charity Sector at an Executive and Non-Executive Director level.


With a Science Degree, Teaching Qualification and an MBA from Leeds University Business School, he was in Corporate Sales & Marketing with a US multi-national and then transitioned in to the Charity Sector, where he was Co-founder, Trustee and Chief Executive of One in a Million, an Educational Charity helping children & young people in Bradford, and also established the OIAM Free School as an Academy Trust Member.

Whilst in Bradford, he also sat on the Young Lives Bradford Strategic Group, was a Founding Director of the YLB Consortium and represented the children & young people’s Sector on the Children’s Trust Board and became Chair of the Bradford District Assembly, representing up to 3000 community organizations across the District.


Before joining the Young Brent Foundation, he was Chief Executive at Action4Youth, a Youth Sector Infrastructure Support Charity in Bucks with over 100 Members and two Outdoor Residential Centres.


Matt is accountable to the YBF Board of Trustees and for the overarching performance, outcomes, and impacts the YBF is having on the Youth Sector, the community, young people and their families in Brent.

 Claire Clottey Sector development Manager

Claire Clottey
Sector development Manager

Claire graduated with a Degree in Film and Broadcasting Production 2004 and is an international, award-winning broadcast journalist, creating written, audio and digital content inspired by her passion for culture and commitment to #inform #entertain and #inspire diverse audiences. For 3 years, she was the distinctive voice on #TheConversation a news and current affairs show on The Beat 103.6FM. She is a ghostwriter and writer for


Her warmth, energy, and empathy are undoubtedly the reason she is such a hit with anyone who crosses her path. Representing a largely underrepresented population of educated, socially active and articulate urban professionals in the western world, Claire Clottey’s voice is being heard, her face is being seen and her name is certainly being remembered, for the right reasons.


Claire Clottey is a multi-dimensional presenter with an excellent reputation for her personable manner, engaging humor, eloquent diction, refreshing honesty, and confidence. Claire was awarded the Screen Nations Digital Is Media 'Favourite Online Presenter' in 2015.

A qualified youth and community development worker (L4 LDS in Youth Work and L6 Post Graduate Certificate – NPQICL in early years leadership 2010), with over 12 years experience managing projects that support young people and their families. Specializing in working with vulnerable young people, Claire successfully supports children and young people at risk of social exclusion through mentoring, workshop facilitation and by providing training and development support to professionals working with young people.


Claire has worked as a Consultant for many charitable organizations to develop and implement strategic and operational business plans and services. Currently working as a Sector Development Manager for the Young Brent Foundation, she is mapping services, implementing the 'theory of change', advocating the needs of the youth voluntary sector whilst influencing policy development.


Some of her recent partnerships have included Freshstart in Education, Fulham Football Club, NCS-The Challenge Network and Future First.


AT YBF Claire is responsible for recruiting to the membership, support each member needs and for the promotion and development of the presence the YBF has in and around Brent.

Ian Lewin Operations Manager

Ian Lewin
Operations Manager

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.

Bob Harrison – Business Development Manager

Bob Harrison
Business Development Manager

At YBF Bob is responsible for bid-writing and income generation from the wide variety of sources available to the YBF and through the strength of the membership, bringing together the talent and skills needed for the YBF to succeed.

Bob graduated with a BSc in Geography & Sports Science, went traveling, 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 short 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 organizations as a Trustee, strategic and operational leader.

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.

Young Brent Foundations Trustees

Jennifer Ogole – Chair of Trustees

Sandra White

Julian Hall

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