Philip Barron is the CEO of the YWF, the first employee who started in May 2017 to drive forward the foundation. Phil has diverse experience developing and delivering community projects in the public and private sector. Including working as an English Language Teacher in Leeds, commissioning employability programmes for the London Development Agency, managing community programmes for LandSec and volunteering for a human rights NGO in Cambodia. He is also Chair of RefugeeYouth, a small charity based in South London.

“I love working for the YWF as I enjoy bringing together people and organisations from all different backgrounds to create collaborations which make positive change for young people. Westminster has some of the greatest opportunities in the country and I want to make sure these are shared equally.”


Helen Mann is the Development Manager at the YWF working with members to ensure they can continue to deliver their projects to create better lives for children and young people in Westminster. This may be through bringing them together to working more closely on projects across the borough, offering training and support around fundraising or introducing them to partner who can support them and share their vision. Helen has worked within the charity sector for the last 15 years supporting local charities and community projects find sustainability in the disability and health sector. Most recently she worked at Healthwatch CWL championing the voice of residents using health and social care services in Westminster.

“I am excited to be part of a new organisation and to help shape new ways of working, bringing the sector together to work towards ensuring all children and young people in Westminster have the same opportunities.”


Matira is the Communications & Marketing Manager for the YWF, working to grow the reach of the YWF and share information with our community through events, social media, press and regular e-newsletters. As part of our commitment to collaboration and insight sharing across the Young People’s Foundation network, this is a dual role across both Young Westminster & Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundations. Matira joined us from the John Lewis Partnership Graduate Scheme, with experience managing a variety of teams and projects across retail and online.

“I am incredibly passionate about the role of the YPF network in co-ordinating cross-sector collaboration to deliver the best opportunities for young people. I hope to celebrate the historic youth sector we have in Westminster and urge our wider community to get involved, whilst advocating for the needs of young people and youth organisations.”


From starting out as an Ambassador to becoming an Intern in the area of marketing and communications here at YWF, Christion Wright has picked up vital soft skills which are transferable in the working environment.  He is gaining practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge to help push his career path in the right direction.

“My area of study has always been around marketing. I am currently studying international business at university and have specialized in this field of work. In addition, my passion for the public sector has been sparked by helping out the local community.”

Our Trustees

We have 8 trustees who are all experts in different fields and come from a range of backgrounds.

Shane Ryan, our Chair

Shane Ryan is the Chair of the YWF. Shane is also the CEO of Working with Men (WWM). Under his stewardship WWM have built a national reputation as a solution focused organisation offering evidence based approaches to community needs and issues particularly around conflict and transition, father’s development, masculinity and youth unemployment. Having worked in variety of inner city areas tackling drug use and managing the UK’s first mobile health care facilities for the NHS until 1995, Shane moved to the voluntary sector and into various managerial appointments in charities as well as a Home Office secondment and projects taking him to the USA and Japan. Shane has over 25 years-experience working with young people and through WWM is a frequent advisor and speaker on non-profit matters covering the entire range of his charities work nationally.

Jackie Rosenberg

Jackie is a Founding Trustee of the YWF. Jackie has an extensive knowledge of the voluntary, community and charitable sector in Westminster, having worked for or served as a trustee for over 20 years.  During the late 1980’s and early 1990s Jackie also served as an elected Councillor on Westminster City Council. Jackie Rosenberg has been the CEO of One Westminster since September 2015.  Alongside this role she is also employed by another local charity Paddington Development Trust (PDT) where she has worked as Deputy CEO since 2002. Jackie has managed youth provision at the Stowe Youth Club and the Avenues Youth Project and has contributed to a wide range of policies and procedures within Children and Young People’s services.  She has consistently and passionately fought for the rights of young people to receive quality youth services.

Hamza Taouzzale

Hamza carried out a ten week internship with the foundation and is currently a student at Goldsmiths, University of London and is studying Politics. Before this, Hamza was the member of youth parliament for Westminster, in which he represented the 15,000 young people!  He is also on track to become the youngest councilor in Westminster as he is hoping to get elected in next year’s council elections. Hamza was also involved with the foundation from its founding as he was consulted amongst other young people on the direction the charity should face.

“I really enjoy being able to make a real change to my community by helping improve the lives of so many young people!”

Neil Daly

Neil Daly is the Employer Brand Manager at EDF, the world’s largest electricity company. His focus is on sourcing, attracting, recruiting and retaining the very best people to the organisation and communicating the employer brand both internally and externally. He has won a number of awards for his use of innovation in talent acquisition and retention, implementing pioneering digital and social media strategies. Neil’s career has seen him develop the training he received as a Broadcast Journalist with the BBC into an external communications expert, working for some of the UK’s biggest utility companies. He moved into the energy sector recruitment industry as a brand communicator and digital expert, helping companies, from multi-nationals to start-ups, source and engage with candidates through brand marketing strategies and digital & social communications.

Clive Johnson

Clive is currently employed by LandSec PLC as their Group Head of Health, Safety and Security based out of their Head Office in London. As a senior leader, his role is to ensure Health, Safety and Security compliance across a very diverse property portfolio, which include Shopping Centres, Retail Parks, Leisure, Residential, Hotels and Development Projects. Over the last 17 years, Clive has been HS&E Manager for Asda Wall*Mart and HS&E Leader for BAA on the Terminal 5 Project.  Clive is an active member of the Constriction Industry Advisory Network representing the Managing Risk Working Group of which he chairs. He is also Chairman of the Construction Clients Leadership Group and President Elect of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. As well as the YWF, Clive is a Trustee of the Shaw Mind Foundation a Mental Health Charity, and more recently has been asked by the Cabinet Office to be part of their Inclusive Economy Partnership Programme focusing on Mental Health.

Rachel Akehurst

Rachel Akehurst is the CEO of Caxton Youth Organisation, a charity delivering specialist youth work provision for young people with disabilities who live in the City of Westminster. For seven years prior to this Rachel worked with children and young people in early years education, formal and informal educational settings, as well as in alternative curriculum, supporting and empowering unaccompanied asylum seekers, young people involved in gangs, homeless young adults and the traveller community, as well as those with special educational needs. A professional Youth Worker and a graduate from the University of Greenwich, Rachel has worked in both London and Philadelphia, creating educational opportunities for vulnerable young people to achieve their potential.

Councillor Karen Scarborough

 Cllr Karen  Scarborough is presently Deputy Cabinet Member for Children Families and Young People for Westminster City Council. Karen has a legal and business background and has helped to fund raise for various charities including Crisis, the Homeless Charity, St John Ambulance, Acorns Hospice for children and young people with life limiting health issues.

“The Young Westminster Foundation is a vibrant new charity to help support children and young people in Westminster to fulfil their hopes and dreams for a great future. I am very excited to be able to contribute.”

Wen Kang

Wen is a joint Treasurer for the YWF with Ravi. Wen is a qualified accountant (ACCA), with over 10 years’ experience in NHS Finance for both Commissioner and Provider organisations, She has also spend four years in Department of Health, worked on the development of the NHS financial strategy, for revenue and capital requirements. She has joined NHS England after the completion of the Msc Health Policy from Imperial College, as Senior Policy Manager, supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View, by developing policy, tools and support to enable local areas to implement accountable population-based care, to encourage integrated service for patients which links health and social care. 

“I would like to encourage more young people to think a future within NHS, there are so many opportunities and apprenticeships available in hospital and community care. Also, I am passionate about the importance of mental health for young people, and impacts to their future prospect, family life and social acceptance. More needs to be done, and I would like to be part of Young Westminster Foundation and grow together.”

Ravi Mahendra

Ravi Mahendra is the Vice Chair of the YWF. He is also a trustee at Rainforest Foundation UK. He is a Fellow Member of CIMA and ACCA and holds an MBA from the Warwick Business School. He has 20 years of experience in Practice, Private Equity, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Financial Services. Ravi’s Last role was with AIG the Global Insurer as Finance Director for a $13bn business Segment spanning over 80 countries. He was the founder of one the largest Accounting and Business Schools in Sri Lanka which caters primarily to Young adults. He has been awarded the Young CIMA Star award by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and also been featured in the Cover of Accounting and Business Magazine. Ravi is the Author of Winner Kids a parenting book. He is presently a fulltime parent who enjoys spending time with his three children. 

“I look forward to contributing to improve opportunities for Young Individuals in the City of Westminster.” 

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