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What I am working on at the moment

I am currently leading the development Young Foundation’s work in developing social movements to address social inequalities in places and health. This work employs a pioneering mix of person-centred research, community development and support for new ideas which is typically delivered in partnership with partners in the civic, private and 3rd sectors. The method seeks to build local resilience and new partnerships to tackle entrenched inequalities on the basis of insight into the priorities which matter to people and the assets they already possess.

Why I wanted to join the Participatory City GlObal Advisory

The ethos, values and methods which Participatory City is developing and testing have some significant areas of complementarity with those which I and colleagues have been working on at the Young Foundation for the past 3 years, although they remain distinct. I am very keen to explore the potential for these methods and how they can be connected.

A little bit about my background

I work at the Young Foundation, based in Bethnal Green in East London. Before joining YF, I was a probation officer, and youth offending officer for a number of years before joining the Youth Justice Board, where I was the Head of Effective Practice, responsible for developing and implementing the board’s statutory duty to identify and disseminate best practice knowledge and advice to the sector. I am a trustee of London Youth, the capital’s foremost youth organisation, and am a director at Inspire Education, a start-up providing English language courses to foreign children.