Our People

Our Patron and President

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex
HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

Patron

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

Patron

The Earl of Wessex is delighted to have been asked by The Duke of Edinburgh to become the Royal Patron of London Youth, the Duke’s patronage since 1947.

HRH has long been a champion of youth causes through his charities and patronages and is a leading advocate of the role of non-formal education and learning in young people’s personal development to realise their potential. HRH looks forward to playing a strong role in supporting young Londoners over the coming years.

Sir Ken Olisa OBE
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

President

Our Board and Trustees

The London Youth Board combines expertise in youth work and education with specialist skills covering finance, risk management, organisational design and human resources.

Our three youth advisors represent young people from across our network.

The Board has three committees: finance, assurance, and nominations.

Stephen Moss CBE

Chair of Trustees

Keith Ward
Keith Ward

Trustee

Guy Davison
Guy Davison

Trustee

Louise Rodgers
Louise Rodgers

Trustee

Charline King
Charline King

Trustee

Sue Asprey-Price
Sue Asprey-Price

Trustee

Edward Hay

Trustee

Simon Turek
Simon Turek

Trustee

Stu Thomson

Trustee

David Miller
David Miller

Trustee

Sharaf Mahmood

Trustee

Kevin Holian

Trustee

Adem Holness

Trustee

Mario Washington-Ihieme

Young Trustee

Young Advisors

Jo-Ash Brown

Young Advisor

Elena Vissani

Young Advisor

Kaylem Shepherd

Young Advisor

Our Senior Team

Rosemary Watt-Wyness
Rosemary Watt-Wyness

Chief Executive

Martin Curtis
Martin Curtis

Director of Residential Centres

Kawika Solidum

Director of Engagement

Kawika Solidum

Director of Engagement

Kawika is responsible for London Youth’s communications and policy, membership development, digital and learning.

Previously, Kawika was interim Director of Communications Strategy and Engagement at Step Up To Serve, the charity coordinating the #iwill campaign, and also the Chief Executive of BeyondMe, a social enterprise that helped to match pro bono business professionals to charity projects.

His range of communications and engagement experience spans the public, private and voluntary sectors, including working for Impetus and Clifford Chance. Kawika is a trustee of The Funding Network, a charity that produces live crowdfunding events to support grassroots charities.

Danyanne Quemper

Director of Finance and Resources

Danyanne Quemper

Director of Finance and Resources

Danyanne has extensive senior leadership experience across the public and voluntary sectors and her major career focus has been to support the delivery of effective programmes to children and young people; helping them to make positive change in the communities in which they live. Danyanne is a Certified Public Accountant and an Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) and holds an MA in Corporate Governance, specialising in charity governance. 

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Zoe Mellis

Director of Programmes

Zoe Mellis

Director of Programmes
Our newly appointed Programmes Director, Zoe, initially joined London Youth in 2003 to support young people to take up volunteering opportunities in their local community as part of the government’s initiative, Millennium Volunteers. She then became Head of Volunteering before leaving London Youth to spend six months at Sport England as London Regional Manager. The wealth of knowledge gained from a stint at Sport England put Zoe in a strong position to lead our Sports Development team when she returned to London Youth in 2009 and since then she has played an integral role in the organisation’s strategic direction.

Our Youth Advisory Board

Dare London members

Dare London is a youth-led collective of young people aged 13-25, who together support the work of London Youth. They represent young people from different backgrounds, living in boroughs across the capital. Each of them belongs to a youth organisation within our network so they know firsthand the positive effect youth work has.

They are passionate about representing youth people’s views, pushing for change and better opportunities for their fellow Londoners. They represent London Youth at speaking and parliamentary events, in the media, as well as being actively involved in the running of London Youth, sitting on recruitment panels, as peer researchers and as Quality Mark assessors.