Charlene Stagon

Senior Innovation Practitioner

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.

Felicia Barrow

Senior Finance Officer

A key member of the Finance and Corporate Resources team, Felicia is passionate about our organisation, and a gifted communicator, with expertise in operations, policy development and implementation, change management and frontline service delivery for the private, public, and charity and not-for-profit sectors. She is a Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) in Management and Leadership.

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.

Alessandra Radicati

Senior Researcher

Alessandra is an ethnographer with a background in critical development studies, anthropology and geography. She was previously at the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, supporting research on inequality in east London, with a focus on citizen science-led approaches.

Jessica Redmond

Senior Researcher, Institute for Community Studies

Jess works to ensure community voices are reflected in research and policy design. They were a policymaker at the Bank of England, held roles in government, policy research, and education, and explored youth unemployment and educational inequality as part of the Year Here Social Innovation Fellowship.

Charlotte Healy

Social Business Lead

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. 

Jennifer Clayton

Social Innovation Programme Manager

Jen’s background is in designing and delivering support and scaling initiatives for social innovators and entrepreneurs. Before joining The Young Foundation, she held integral roles in grant management delivery, challenge prize design, and business mentor brokering at UnLtd and Nesta.

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.

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.

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.

Nora Zia

Research Officer, Institute for Community Studies

Nora joined The Young Foundation in 2022, after completing her psychology degree. She has a particular interest in exploring experiences of communities that are under-represented in traditional research through creative methods.

Jenny Barke

Peer Research Lead

Prior to joining The Young Foundation, Jenny worked at the University of Bristol on community engaged research projects. She is is a chartered psychologist, and has worked across health, social sciences, engineering, arts, and humanities. She has expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

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