Meet The Trustees

Ian Lewin Operations Manager

Bob Harrison  (Acting Interim Chair)
Bob is currently Services Director for Cognus Limited, a provider of education services to the families, young people and schools and has responsibility for the strategic and operational delivery of 20 different services, 150+ team members and the deployment of £40m worth of public money.

As Interim Chair Bob joined the Trustee board in Jan 2018. Before this as Director of Development in 2016- 2017, Bob successfully spearheaded YBF’s bid-writing and income generation activities, developing key partnerships, forging Consortiums and securing significant funding.

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.

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Danny Coyle
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.

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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.

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Serena Balfour
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.

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Julian Hall
“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.”

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Maria Del Carmen Llorente
Maria is CEO of Youth Engagement Solutions Ltd a charity in Brent working with disadvantaged young people age up to the age of 30. The charity created from a spin-off of Ashford Place youth offers training and employment services including apprenticeships and business support and interventions including Community football and Cricklewood Wanderers FC.
With an academic background in psychology, research and management Maria has been involved in advising, developing, supporting and managing training, employment schemes and social enterprise development for disadvantaged people for the last 20 years in a wide variety of settings including assisting in the assessment, training and rehabilitation of people affected by homelessness, mental health as well as supporting people with learning disabilities.
As a proactive Director of Social Enterprise London for six years and the Chair for Social Firms London and the South East of England, Maria believes passionately that employment, in its many forms, fulfils deep psychological needs, which in turn drives better mental and physical health.  That this helps define a person’s identity, social role and status.
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Jayne Jardine
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.

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Martin Curtis
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.

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Abdi Farah

Abdi formerly a Trustee of Brent CVS for four years, has served as a YBF Trustee for three years. He 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 Sports Science in 2003 before working for Brent Council Sport Services for Six years.
Abdi has been a football coach in Brent for over 15 years working with some of England’s leading names in Sport including Raheem Sterling who took part and won the London Youth games in 2009 when Abdi was the Team Manager. He also established one of the leading grassroots clubs, AFC Wembley in 2007 along with Trevor Hutton and Mohammed Jama. Abdi has served his community for more than 15 years. His passion is to enable every child to fulfil their talents irrespective of where they're from or the upbringing they've have had.

Jennifer Ogole

Young Brent Foundation would like to thank Jennifer Ogole for her sterling work in helping to shape the Young Peoples Foundation in Brent from its inception back 2016.’ Jen will continue to work with the youth and community sector of Brent especially with Bang Edutainment based in Harlesden

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