Adira Andlay

Senior Researcher

With a specialisation in co-design and citizen engagement, Adira leads a range of mixed-method research projects, from community-led social innovation to supporting peer research training. She has a multidisciplinary background in design research, social innovation and visual communication.

Alice Bell

Senior Researcher

Alice joined The Young Foundation in 2020, having previously gained experience as a Government Social Research intern. She is enthusiastic about exploring innovative and inclusive methods to involve diverse communities in impactful research.

Amelia Clayton

Research Officer

After completing her masters in sociology, Amelia joined The Young Foundation as a research officer. Amelia has a passion for uplifting marginalised voices, especially disabled and chronically ill voices. She is also interested in research into role-playing games, and in fringe subcultures.

Ari Metos

Communications and Design Officer

Ari joined The Young Foundation in 2023, after managing events and engagement for a health
research learned society, and working as a creative producer with a London-based brand
agency.

Charlene Stagon

Head of Systems Change and Innovation

Charlene brings extensive experience leading large, complex innovation programmes across the public sector, arts and culture, health and care and local communities. She is skilled in developing partnerships that explore how people-powered innovation can create meaningful change in complex systems.

Charlotte Healy

Head of Social Business and Innovation

Charlotte’s background is working as an Economic Development Programme Manager in Local Government. She loves all things social enterprise and is interested in how we can use social innovation to create a more equal society. 

Chelsea McDonagh

Senior Researcher

Chelsea joined The Young Foundation in 2021 after working as an education policy and campaigns officer at the Traveller Movement, and a youth research and campaigns officer at Partnership for Young London. Chelsea is passionate about working with young people and changing research approaches to make them more accessible.

Daisy Webster Kincaid

Administrator

Daisy joined The Young Foundation in 2023, and is passionate about using her skills and experience within an organisation fighting for a fairer future through social research.

Daniel Farag

Director of Innovation and Practice

Dan leads our practical social change and innovation work with communities, public systems, and social enterprises. He has worked across the public, private and charitable sectors, and was previously a director of Nesta’s Health Lab.

David Heinemann

Civic Leadership Programme Lead

David’s role is to discover and develop civic leaders working to improve the health of our society. He has a background in personal and organisational development, supporting pioneering changemakers and organisations in the UK and internationally for more than 15 years.

Dr Al Mathers

Director of Research

Having previously been Director of Research and Learning at the RSA, and Head of Research at Good Things Foundation, Al is passionate about The Young Foundation’s commitment to realising a fairer future with communities, and supporting evidence-driven social change.

Elizabeth Adeyemo

Interim HR Manager

Elizabeth is an HR professional with experience in sectors including finance, education, and health. She is particularly passionate about The Young Foundation’s role in community research, engagement, and inclusion.

Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

The Young Foundation has a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We want to be an inclusive place to work, and we aim to create opportunities and reduce barriers for everyone.

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