MEET THE AVENUES FAMILY
GET TO KNOW OUR FRIENDLY & DEDICATED TEAM
Fabian took on the challenge to lead the organisation as Chief Executive at a time when all public funding for youth work had been cut. Having served as Chair of The Avenues from 2010-2016 he saw first hand the potential for changing young lives and was determined to keep The Avenues open and flourishing for children and young people.
Fabian was born and lives locally; he has a 2:1 from UCL and a Masters in Urban Regeneration. A committed localist he has dedicated the last 20 years to reducing inequalities in this community.
Programme Manager (Full Time Staff)
Carol joined the Avenues as a member aged 14 and in theory never really left. Working in the city for 12 years as an Executive Assitant and Global Administration Manager, Carol always managed to sustain a part-time position as a youth worker in the evenings. In 2008 Carol decided that city life was no longer for her and took on the full-time position of Facilities and Finance Manager. Carol is a qualified youth worker holding BA (Hons) degrees in youth work and Business Management.
Finance Manager (Part Time Staff)
In 1980 Carol Bent joined the Avenues as a volunteer & within a few weeks was offered a part time role, which led to his appointment in 1984 as assistant youth worker. In 1998 Carol was made Senior youth worker, until 2014 when he semi-retired and took on the role of Facilities and Finance Manager.
Deputy Senior Youth Worker (Part Time Staff)
Coming from a background of retail management and professional counselling, Joanna joined the Avenues youth work team in 2006. 10 years and 2 babies later Joanna heads up our girls club and leads on our Wednesday Senior sessions.
Lead Youth Worker (Freelance)
In my role as a Youth Worker/Gang Intervention I lead on projects that provide education, training and employment in a variety of sectors from sport to sexual health.
Lead Youth Worker (Freelance)
Wayne attended the Avenues at the age of 13 and became ingrained into the club, which aided the transformation from youth to youth worker. Being an ex-member gave Wayne the necessary tools needed to challenge and encourage young people from their standpoint.
Freelance Youth Worker and Volunteer
Holding a degree in Media, Nicole heads up our radio project aimed at our junior members. Nicole has a wealth of experience working with young people and is an experienced DJ who has her own show. Nicole works in both the office and with the children and young people.
Youth Worker (Freelance)
Heading up our music suite Delphine supports young people with music production, song writing and lyrics. Using his wealth of experience as both an artist and producer young people continue to produce quality tracks that can be found on the Avenues icloud.
Youth Worker (Freelance)
Candice attended The Avenues as a young person and eventually became a volunteer whilst studying for her degree in Events and Project Management. Candice loves the great outdoors and is always ready to lead on a residential trip or our youth delivery at The Lydford Youth Club on a Wednesday and Friday evening.
Youth Worker (Freelance)
Ethan started coming to the Avenues as a member when he was 13 years old. Training under Basil Dawkins of Moberly Stars, Ethan is still actively competing and is the clubs Judo coach and lead youth worker for the Avenues Judo Club. Ethan is a first Dan black belt.
Youth Worker (Freelance)
I first came to the avenues when I was 14 and I grew to love going there as a teenager. Having the opportunity now to be a youth worker and give back to the community is great.
Keighley is an ex member of the Avenues and an enthusiastic young teacher who inspires young people to want to learn. Her passion is to help children and young people that struggle with their school work and may not be able to access the necessary space, equipment and resources that they need in order to achieve a higher level of attainment. Keighley loves working with young people and one day hopes to be the head teacher of her own school.
Volunteer and Honorary Trustee
Patricia came to the Avenues as a volunteer in 2015 and within a matter of months established the 121 reading club. Reading is now an embedded activity at the Wednesday after school club, where young people are introduced to new and exciting authors.
VOLUNTEER AT THE AVENUES
WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A HELPING HAND
Volunteers play an important part in supporting the staff and help to make sure we deliver the best services possible. All volunteers work under the supervision of a permanent member of staff and receive training if necessary. Volunteers vary widely in age, expertise and in their roles but they share a common high standard in character, integrity and approach to their work. We value their support and hope that, as well as contributing to our work, they also benefit from their time here. We particularly need help in our after school and Saturday clubs, in the office and with our social and fund raising activities.
Volunteers with young people require a current DBS (police) check, which we can organise if required. Applications are always welcome. If you would like to get involved you can return your application either by email or post to the address on the form. For more information you can also contact Jennie Marshall on 020 8969 9552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org> DOWNLOAD A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM
OUR DEDICATED TRUSTEES
The Avenues Youth Project is a Registered Charity (no.1090210) and governed by our board of Trustees. They have overall legal responsibility for all aspects of the charity including its finances, building, staff and activities. Our Annual report and accounts are submitted to The Charity Commission every year.
Chair of Trustees
Originally joined The Avenues as a volunteer and became a trustee 3 years ago. Living locally, she has a degree in education from London University and a diploma in learning difficulties, and has been involved in education as a teacher, tutor, school governor, and school owner. She also has experience as a director of a property company, as part of a farming partnership, and on the fund raising committee of the Rugby Portobello Trust.
Geoffrey is a recently retired senior partner of the international law firm Clifford Chance LLP. Geoffrey holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Commerce degrees from Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia and Master of Laws from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. He was admitted in practice law as a solicitor in Victoria, Australia and England and as a foreign law consultant in Japan. He practised in the London, Tokyo and New York offices of Clifford Chance over a period of more than 40 years specialising in international finance.
Virginia became involved with Avenues in 1992 and was responsible for raising funds for the current building. She has worked with the voluntary sector in Paddington for over 50 years and is a Trustee of Paddington Development Trust.
Corrina is a highly successful and experienced senior financial executive with more than 14 years’ experience leading finance, legal, and HR functions. Corrina has most recently been working as the Financial Controller of Nualtra, a company dedicated to the supply of Medical Nutrition. Prior to joining them, she was employed for a number of years as Finance Director for a major UK provider of drug and medical device databases for healthcare professionals. Corrina has a B. Comm and an LL. B (Hons) from the National University of Ireland and is a qualified accountant. Corrina is enjoying working with a professional organisation improving the lives of young people.
Joseph is People Director for BUPA since September 2019. He left his prior job as HR Director for the Post Office which he joined in 2013. In his earlier career Joseph held various HR roles within Canon, Océ and The Carphone Warehouse. He has a BA in Business Management (Uni. of Gloucestershire), MA in Human Resource Management (Angelia Ruskin Uni.) and is CIPD qualified. Outside of work he likes to keep active and captains a local boot camp team. Joseph spent a lot of his childhood attending after school clubs in West London and is very passionate about the work Avenues Youth Project do for their local community and is delighted to be a part of it.
Julia joined the Board of Avenues in 2016, having previously worked with The Avenues on a pro bono basis. She is a partner at Addleshaw Goddard specialising for over 20 years in construction and major projects in the UK and internationally. She has significant expertise in the UK development sector and her experience also extends across logistics, renewables, asset/facilities maintenance and engineering sectors, acting for both private and public sectors. Julia focuses on strategic solutions across the project lifecycle to deliver objectives and manage risks and also works with clients in resolving disputes. She has managed specialist teams within a number of law firms and is particularly interested in talent development and wellbeing. Outside of work she enjoys music, art and sport.
Cristina is a brand and marketing professional and creative strategist. After working for various organisations across a number of sectors (such as Channel 4 Television, Colors Magazine, Byron) Cristina now runs her own consultancy, advising clients in the hospitality, arts and not-for profit sector. Her areas of expertise include brand identity and rebrands, brand and marketing strategy, marketing campaigns, partnerships and events. Cristina believes wholeheartedly in the power of education and in creating equal opportunities for all children to flourish. As a local to the Avenues, she is proud to support an organization which plays such an essential role in her community.
Eartha is a former member of the Avenues Youth Project and a local resident. A leader in Education, Sports, Politics and our community. Eartha currently holds positions as an:
- Assistant Vice Principal (Education)
- Premier League Player (Tottenham Hotspurs Ladies FC)
- Vice Chair of Queens Park Community Council.
Eartha is a Woman's Premier League & FA Cup Winner, also earning several accolades such as UK Sports Teacher of the Year & Commendations from the Daily Telegraph.
Eartha is passionate about Youth Engagement and seeking opportunities to enhance their life experiences.
In her leisure time, she enjoys listening to all genres of music, going to the theatre and socialising with friends.
Graeme Russell is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and the Head of EMEA Compliance. He sits on the EMEA Operating Committee, Risk Committee and Franchise Committee.
Graeme joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 with responsibility for litigation and regulatory matters in EMEA. He was subsequently Head of Compliance in Asia Pacific and then worked in Firm Management with the Chief Administrative Officer and the Chairman of Morgan Stanley Europe until 2000. He was then European Head of Compliance at Credit Suisse and re-joined Morgan Stanley in 2007.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a litigator at Linklaters and Paines in London, having graduated with an Honours law degree from the University of Aberdeen.
Having graduated in Law LLB Hons from Brunel University, Keir has spent most of his career in business process outsourcing companies, serving many large corporate clients. Keir is currently the Operations Director at Nudge Global, a fintech company providing financial education through technology with the aim of helping people make lasting change in the way they manage their money. He is also responsible for the compliance of the company.
Keir's main passion outside work is sport, having played rugby for many years. Keir has spent the last 15 years coaching young football teams, giving everybody the opportunity to develop, both in a sporting and a social context.
Mark Wakefield is currently the Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM, having previously has a 22 year career in youth and community work in London, including 6 years as the Director of the Avenues Youth Project. Mark Wakefield is a Fellow of the RSA, is a trustee (Vice Chair) of youth charity UK Youth and of the Avenues Youth Project (including nearly 10 years as the Chair). Mark has a B.Ed (Uni.Wales), MBA (Open University), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work.
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