staff

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

Ajeet Jugnauth

Innovation and Investment Programme Manager

Ajeet joined our Innovation and Investment Team in August 2020 and will be managing several of our accelerator and incubator programmes for new social innovators. Following a career working across the charity, public and private sectors, Ajeet has worked with a variety of entrepreneurs to support their social impact growth and scale. This has seen... Find out more

Aldas Gustas

PA, Communications & Office Assistant

Aldas is Personal Assistant to our Chief Executive, communications and office assistant. Working across a portfolio of interesting projects and initiatives including as Board and Committee liaison, he also supports our research, communities and comms teams. He has led activities for our events including New Perspectives on Housing and Thriving Together as well as producing... Find out more

Alex Fowles

Interim Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Alex is the Interim Director of Finance and Corporate Services.  His role covers finance, HR and office management. Alex is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working in senior finance roles across a variety of industries, including telecoms, recruitment, advertising and electric vehicles. For the past eight years, he has specialised in the... Find out more

Alice Bell

Research Intern

Alice is an Intern, working across a range of The Young Foundation’s research projects. She joined us in September 2020, after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Geography BA degree. She is interested in understanding how intersectional inequalities cut across scales to shape people’s everyday lives. For instance, her dissertation used a qualitative... Find out more

Caroline Stevens

Research Associate

Caroline joined the Young Foundation as a Research Associate in July 2020 and has been working on projects related to ‘What Works’ to strengthen communities, methods for community engagement, and homeless healthcare. Caroline holds an MA in Sociology with Quantitative Methods from the University of Edinburgh, where she gained a strong grasp of social theory... Find out more

Caroline Yang

Research Associate

Caroline is a research associate at the Young Foundation with experience in programme evaluation, impact measurement and evidence reviewing. Her work with the Young Foundation has focused in part on building up the knowledge-base around participatory methods which strive to involve communities more meaningfully in the research process. She has also contributed to a number of... 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

Euan Robertson

Graphic Design Intern

Euan is a Graphic Design Intern working across a variety of the Young Foundation’s projects. He joined us in July 2020 after graduating from The Glasgow School of Art with a BDes in Product Design, which is where he developed a design philosophy that prioritises working from the ground-up. Throughout his work at Glasgow, graphic... 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

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 Manager

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 CIPD qualified.

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Isabel Young

Senior 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

Jana Tauschinski

Research Officer

Jana is a Research Officer 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

Liam Harney

Senior Researcher

Liam is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. He works on a range of research projects across the organisation, including with the Institute for Community Studies. Liam joined us with diverse experience across research, community development and community and public engagement. He completed a PhD in Geography at Queen Mary University of London on Knowledge... Find out more

Lydia Ragoonanan

Senior Associate

Lydia Ragoonanan is a Senior Associate with The Young Foundation and is currently leading the Inclusive Economy Partnership BOOST programme. Lydia is an expert in designing and running social innovation programmes. She has been Director of the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), a Senior Programme Manager at Nesta and Principal Strategist for the... 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

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

Nasima Begum

Programme Officer

Initially working in a partnership with Real DPO and The Young Foundation, Nasima moved over in October 2020 and will continue working on Communities Driving Change in her role heading up our inclusion approach, as well as activities on the Collingwood estate near Whitechapel. Nasima has been working in community development for 19 years, mostly... 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

Tigran Sogomonian

Programme Officer

Tigran is a Programme Officer with the Innovation & Investment team at The Young Foundation. He previously worked as a research assistant on the Brexit and Big Social Data project with the University of Reading, analysing the online discourse surrounding the 2016 EU Referendum and the identity-systems forged by the two opposing camps in the Brexit... 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

Zain Ali

Programme Manager

Zain joined the Young Foundation in August 2020 as Programme Manager for Communities Driving Change – a pioneering approach to community-led health creation.  Zain brings his experiences in inclusive approaches to health and wellbeing from his time at Mind in Hackney, where he worked alongside local services (including schools and hospitals) to improve access to psychological... 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

Zoë Wilkins

Programme Officer

Zoë is a Programme Officer at the Young Foundation. She is interested in understanding the social fabric that binds communities together, and how to strengthen it through local community-level action. She currently works on Communities Driving Change, Amplify Barking and Dagenham, and Amplify Youth – each of which takes a unique approach to community research,... Find out more