Our board

We have assembled a skilled and experienced Board of Directors, with a mix youth services, business and social enterprise expertise and extensive links with the Lewisham community.

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 network of staff and youth forums.

We have an executive management team with a track record in delivering youth services in Lewisham, with expert non-executives bringing with them new skillsets to help us take our business to the next level.

Around this ownership participation 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 NEDs. 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 the new business and offers the best chance of sustaining and improving youth services in Lewisham.

With a governance structure that promotes youth voice and brings in expertise from others For ALL Lewisham’s young people

Our board consists of…

Non-Executive Directors

ANAND DOOBAY  – A practising lawyer specialising in criminal and regulatory advice with an interest and background in law reform and Trustee of Parent Club, a charity working with parents and children. He has had a history of supporting young people with mental and physical disabilities, experiencing loneliness and/or with debt management, asylum appeal and benefit application challenges.

PAULA McDONALD – With a background in local government  (Lewisham, Lambeth and Camden), Paula seconded to the Cabinet Office in 2002. She has been involved in workforce reform, economic and domestic affairs and public bodies reform at a national level, with a particular expertise in business strategy, stakeholder engagement and service improvement.

MASH SERIKI – Skilled in marketing, communications, internet business services and fundraising, Mash runs his own company which is a leading provider of training and learning solutions to dentists and other health care professionals. His three lifelong passions are education, communications and technology.

PAULETTE WATSON – A former teacher and current CEO of Academy Achievers, a part-time consultancy designed to support small firms in developing their businesses.  With an MBA, a postgraduate degree in education and a degree in social policy and sociology. She is an active member of the NUT’s Black Teachers Committee, Treasurer of the Newham division of the NUT, member of the Steering Group Representation Committee of VAL, Treasurer of Equalites Lewisham, Governor of Cumberland Secondary School and Assembly member for Downham.

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