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Our Leadership

As a mutual, we are fundamentally owned and run by professional youth workers (70%) and Lewisham’s young people (30%). Both are represented on the board by elected staff and youth directors respectively as well as a network of staff and youth forums. We have an executive management team (EMT) with a track record in delivering youth services in Lewisham, with expert non-executives bringing with them new skillsets to help us take Youth First to the next level.

Youth First Board

We have built our Board in a careful and considered way. Experience of the social and third sectors and a commercial focus was specifically targeted to select the right Non-Executive Directors. This has brought people who are able to recognise and support the social mission but are aware of our need to grow and develop our business development capacity. This will ensure a built-in preservation instinct that forms the foundation for Youth First and offers the best chance of sustaining and improving youth services in Lewisham.

 

Paula McDonald

Interim Chair

Mash Seriki

Interim Vice Chair

Sharon Long

Interim Vice Chair

Liz Johnston-Franklin

Non-executive Director

Paulette Watson

Non-executive Director

Catriona Coleman

Non-executive Director

Susan Shakespeare

Non-executive Director

Harri-Jade Martin

Youth Director

Rhiannon Montague

Youth Director

Mervyn Kaye

CEO

Linda Brookbanks

Board Secretary

Aminata Swaray

Employee Representative

Nicola Lambell

Employee Representative

Perrie Chambers

Employee Representative

Devon Carr

Employee Representative
 

Executive Management Team

 

Mervyn Kaye

Chief Executive Officer

Shalena Haughton-Peters

Director of Operations

Jon Boagey

Director of Business Development

Linda Brookbanks

Director of HR & Governance

Lorna Service

Director of Finance
 

Operations Managers

 

Aminata Swaray

Operations Manager

Muhammad Rahmani

Operations Manager
 

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