Salma Shah

Senior Researcher

Prior to joining The Young Foundation in June 2021, Salma led SEN provisions in a number of inner-town schools, specialising in supporting disaffected learners and families. She is a social entrepreneur with a profit-for-purpose business, and was a finalist in the Muslim Women Awards’ Entrepreneur of the Year 2021.

Samanthi Theminimulle

Senior Researcher

Samanthi is interested in participatory research methods, inclusion and accessibility. In addition to her role at the Institute for Community Studies, she is is a facilitator with Civic Square and Enrol Yourself, and a trustee for the community land trust, RUSS.

Siân Whyte

Head of Strategic Design and Insight

Siân is passionate about delivering insights that enable organisations to increase their impact. She specialises in a range of methodological approaches, underpinned by research-focused BA and MSc degrees. Her role at The Young Foundation involves overseeing research and design projects for national and local clients.

Steve Chapman

Senior Associate Innovation and Partnerships Lead – Inclusive Economy

Steve’s wide-ranging career has included roles at banking firms, as an assistant director for film and TV, as the founder of a creative industries hub, and director of both a home brand and a dance fitness brand. Steve led entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham, and was director of their Ingenuity Programme from 2014.

Tania Carregha

Senior Researcher, Institute for Community Studies

Tania previously worked in consultancy for the health sector, and her background is in social psychology and social innovation. She has worked in Mexico City, Chicago, Rome and London, giving her an international perspective on community challenges. She is at her best when working creatively to develop solutions that improve people’s lives. 

Tate Gronow

Project Administrator

Tate joined The Young Foundation in the autumn of 2021. She provides administrative support for both the research department and the Peer Research Network. Tate was previously a research administrator at Tate Gallery in their Development department. She is passionate about openly discussing mental health and the ways in which we can empower ourselves and others.

Victoria Boelman

Director of Research

Having previously worked at The Young Foundation, Victoria held roles at Ofgem, Nesta and other organistaions before returning in 2018. She now heads up the research team, making sure our work is original, exciting, robust and compelling. She oversees a diverse range of projects and leads our work on social innovation theory.

Yasmin White

Senior Research Manager

Yasmin is an experienced mixed methods research manager, with a background in employment, education and social security policy. Previously, Yasmin worked at Learning and Work Institute and Ipsos MORI on a range of projects looking at social change and programme evaluation.

Zoe Dibb

Head of Research

Zoe oversees our growing portfolio of peer research projects across the UK and is focused on finding new ways we can use digital technologies to collect, store and analyse qualitative data. She previously held positions at a number of International NGOs.

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