staff

Adam Kybird

Director of Innovation & Investment

Adam joins the Young Foundation from Bridges Fund Management, a specialist Impact Investor. At Bridges he focused on Social Impact Bonds, leading Bridges’ work in homelessness through investments in a variety of charities working in homelessness prevention, the Private Rented Sector, rough sleeping interventions and support to care leavers. He also led investments into Travel... Find out more

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

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

Amanda Hill-Dixon

Senior Researcher

Amanda is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. Her role involves developing and delivering high-quality research which strengthens communities, often exploring and facilitating social innovation to do so. Amanda has a background in developing research to improve, change or disrupt practice and policy. Amanda was the Academics and Researchers Manager at Project Oracle (now... 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

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

Franca Roeschert

Research Officer

Franca joined the Young Foundation as a Research Assistant in March 2019 and has since been working on evaluations commissioned by Hackney Council and End Youth Homelessness where she engaged residents of two estates in Hackney and adolescents in different parts in the UK, respectively. Furthermore, she has conducted ethnographic research for the Royal Borough... Find out more

Gitanjali Patel

Research Officer

Gitanjali spends half of her time working as part of the research team at the Young Foundation and the other half running Shadow Heroes, an organisation which runs series of creative workshops using translation as a means of teaching critical thinking skills to secondary school students. She graduated in Spanish and Portuguese from Oxford University... 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 Officer

Iqra recently joined The Young Foundation and is part of the HR team, her role involves providing support to the Head of HR. 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... Find out more

Isabel Young

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

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

Monica Nagore

European Project Manager

Before joining the Young Foundation Mónica worked for the City of York Council as Innovation manager. This two years were an enriching experience for her. They led “Genius Open” a transnational project to transfer our open innovation model to involve citizens in the design of the solutions for their city challenges to the cities of... 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

Tanya Kiemo

Project Coordinator - Amplify Barking & Dagenham

Before working at The Young Foundation, Tanya worked as a project coordinator for a range of pilot projects and community development partnership initiatives in 6 London boroughs and internationally in Kenya, Sri Lanka and Romania. She has a range of experience of working with families with complex needs, delivering peer support projects and piloting community... Find out more

Tatevik

Tatevik Sargsyan

Programme Manager

Tatevik works across our innovation programmes providing project management, design and implementation of key initiatives. She manages our education innovation programmes, The Young Academy (an accelerator and social investment fund for education ventures) and Let Teachers Shine Accelerator (supporting teacher-led innovations with development workshops and coaching). She also works on Reimagining Rent, the UK’s only... Find out more

Tigran Sogomonian

Programme Officer

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

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