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OUR
PEOPLE





Chief Executive

Rachel Whale

Rachel is a social entrepreneur and activist with 20-years experience working in and with the social sector. Founding Director of Koreo, she has held leadership roles in a range of organisations dedicated to social impact, led consultancy projects across sectors in the UK and internationally, and founded several ventures dedicated to mobilising talent for social change.

Deputy Director

Ned Younger

Ned joined Koreo in 2010 as the company’s first employee. Since then he has specialised in talent and organisational development for social change, with a particular focus on connecting people and organisations to increase impact. He has led projects across Koreo’s ventures and consultancy work, including the 2014 launch of the Change100 programme.

Senior Associate

Tye McMahon

Tye is currently the Chief Executive of the University of West London Students’ Union. Prior to this, he led our consultancy practice and spent 18 years in senior strategy and leadership roles in the corporate and government sectors in Australia. Tye’s skills focus on facilitation, change management, strategy development and evaluation.

Associate

Daisy Bland

Daisy is a committed social change agent with a focus on people development. Before joining Koreo, she worked with homeless women, social housing communities, and NHS mental health services. Her studies have taken her through the arts, around the world, and into neuroscience in a bid to understand how people develop and grow.

Operations Executive

Khadeja Rahman

Khadeja joined Koreo in 2017. After studying Business Management at university and working for a large international charity, Khadeja joined the team equipped with project coordination skills an ensures the systems and processes across our flagship programmes are in order. Khadeja makes sure everything runs smoothly at Koreo HQ and is passionate about helping others.

Programme Manager

Kat Hau

Having started her career working in management consultancy with some of the biggest names and brands in the world, Kat moved across to the social sector in 2013. Her work is based on the belief that talented people can create positive social change, regardless of the industry or sector that they work in.

Campaigns & Consultancy Manager

Craig Pemblington

Craig joined in Koreo in 2014, having started his career in banking. Craig is a campaigner at heart, responsible for running our national campaigns to secure new talent onto our programmes, and new consultancy partnerships.  Craig is also responsible for project managing the delivery of all our consultancy work.

Associate

Keji Okeowo

Keji is a specialist in youth participation. She has facilitated programmes for a wide range of private, charity and public sector clients including Hackney Council, Southwark Council, the Commonwealth, Leonard Cheshire Disability and the University of West London Students Union. Keji works across our consultancy work facilitating workshops and delivering people development training.

Business Development Manager

Floree Zama-Neagra

Floree is a passionate community builder. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the social sector, working for AIESEC and Impact Hub Westminster. In recent years, Floree has developed an interest towards social and environmental innovation with a particular interest in systemic change, holistic living and alternative methodologies.

Communications and Consultancy Manager

Jordan Rolfe

Jordan joined Koreo in 2014 as an intern before completing the Charityworks programme in 2015. He is passionate about the power of mentoring and coaching as tools for supporting vulnerable young people. As well as mastering these skills himself, he is driven to pass them on through the delivery of our work across the organisation.

Special Projects Officer

Freya Blundell Meyer

Freya joined the Koreo team after graduating from UCL, where her interdisciplinary studies focused on literature, psychology, and digital strategy. Her interests span mental health, gender issues, and cross-sector collaboration in order to combat the persistent inequalities of society today.

Associate

Jane Garnham

Jane is an expert in mental health, housing, and co-production. She has worked with statutory providers, housing associations, and voluntary sector organisations, including Rethink Mental Illness, Sitra and Alzheimer’s Society. Jane has worked in the social sector for over twenty years specialising in people and organisational development, coaching, and consultancy.

Associate

Samantha Cooper

Samantha is an expert in Strategic Direction for social impact. She spent 20-years at BP as an oil trader, global leader, and executive. Samantha now uses her corporate experiences to develop social organisations, co-chairing the Development Board at the Young Women’s Trust and working with Impact Hub Islington on strategy and partnerships.

Associate

Priya Ghai

Priya is a Learning Designer and Facilitator who believes in the power of collective intelligence to solve some of the biggest challenges we face today. She is working on shifting the way we solve problems and design solutions to ensure they sit on the right side of history in the fight for social justice.

Operations Assistant

Kathy Brown

Kathy has responsibility for HR and Finance administration at Koreo, and plays a key role in supporting our talent programmes, with a particular focus on Charityworks. She works out of our Southampton office and makes sure we get paid, the money flows and we stay compliant across the board.

Associate

Rachel Humphrey

Rachel is passionate about businesses leveraging their resources for societal benefit. She played a pivotal role in developing and executing Barclays’ HR citizenship agenda, where she worked for 14 years, which has proven hugely positive in driving colleague engagement and supporting the communities globally. Rachel has 20 years’ experience in HR across a range of industries.

Associate

Stuart Drummond

Stuart is an expert in Local Government, having served three terms as elected Mayor in Hartlepool. He was shortlisted as World Mayor of the Year award during his service and is an accredited peer of the Local Government Association. Stuart is now the Chief Executive of a charity which provides housing and construction training for vulnerable people.

Associate

Claire Arnott

Claire is a specialist in innovation and philanthropy. She is the managing director of philanthropy advisory firm, Ten Years’ Time and is dedicated to making international development initiatives a reality. Before Ten Years’ Time, Claire worked as a senior consultant at The Social Investment Consultancy. She is also a non-exec director, trustee, and speaker of Swahili.

Associate

Lucy Hurst-Brown

Lucy is an expert in social care and learning disabilities. She has over 17-years’ experience as a CEO of the Branson Trust and Odyssey Care Solutions, both charities who support children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. Lucy is a qualified coach and a passionate advocate of life-long learning.

Associate

Sally King

Sally has over ten years’ experience working for human rights and international development organisations. She is the Director of MenstrualMatters.com, a research organisation and advisory around menstrual health. Before this Sally worked with Amnesty International, Care International and Oxfam. Sally’s previous work has focused on diversity, inclusion, and promoting transformational leadership skills.

Associate

Jaqueline Heron

Jaqueline is a qualified coach, affiliated to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council with specific expertise in building resilience. Jaqueline is the founder of The Executive Coaching Partnership and The Graduate Coaching Partnership, before which she worked at Aon Hewitt, an HR specialist, and Mercer Consulting, a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments.

Associate

Maya Bahoshy

Maya has dedicated her career to international development and youth participation. She has held strategy roles for International Medical Corps and the National Citizen Service. Maya has experience of public, non-profit and educational sectors and has worked in and with 14 different countries, giving her a truly international perspective.

Associate

Graham Atkinson

Graham is an expert in the student movement having held the position of Director of People at NUS for many years. Graham is trained in coaching, inclusive leadership, project management, and sits on the board of St. Oswalds Hospice. Graham holds an MA in Human Resource Management & Development and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Associate

Liz Lowther

Liz specialises in leadership and international development. She is currently the interim Head of Innovation and Learning at BOND and has a international background in programme management, evaluation and grant-making. Liz designs and delivers initiatives to support leaders working for social change through development programmes.

Associate

Norman Blisset

Norman has expertise in strategy, organisational change and governance. He is founder of Gallanach consultancy and holds a charitable trustee role alongside his work with Koreo. Prior to this, he was Chair at Bridge Mental and the Director of Strategy and Impact at Family Action.

Associate

Kerry Jones

Kerry specialises in strategic talent development across sectors. She is a Chartered Psychologist, with over fifteen years’ experience of working in Organisation and Talent Development. Kerry has worked in related roles for BSkyB, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The Restorative Foundation and Firstline. Kerry has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is influenced by systemic ideas, collaboration, and cultures of learning.

Associate

Jordana Ramalho

Jordana has over 10 years of experience in the social sector, with her most recent role Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities. With Koreo, Jordana contributes to projects on matters of equality, diversity and social inclusion, in the context of service delivery, recruitment, leadership development, mentoring and talent management, monitoring/evaluation and research.

Associate

Amy Pettipher

Amy has over 10 year’s experience of delivering strategic and creative projects within the corporate and non-profit sectors and for a variety of audiences, from her work in the field of TV brand design and communication for clients such as the BBC, Reuters and O2, to her role as Programme Manager and Coach for the Charityworks graduate leadership programme. Amy has worked across several consultancy projects at Koreo focusing on people and team development.

Associate

Julian Dobson

Julian is expert researcher in environmental transitioning. He is the director of Urban Pollinators working with Hampshire Country Council, Bradford Council, Groundwork UK, and Joseph Roundtree Foundation to become more environmentally sustainable. Julian is a PhD candidate, writer, commentator and researcher whose passion is to create better places for everyone.

Associate

Sara Garstecka

Sara is a Social Network Analysis (SNA) expert. Before starting her PhD in Canine Behaviour at the University of Sheffield, Sara worked with Koreo as a data analyst and researcher. She is trained in detailed network analysis and believes in the power understanding organisations to create the most effective team environments.

Associate

Natasha Chadwick

Natasha is a business psychologist with over 10 years’ experience in transformation and organisational change. She has worked in the education, employability, health and criminal justice sectors, with Reducing Reoffending Partnership, Ingeus UK, and Community Justice Consultancy.  Natasha is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner with experience of managing multiple and varying projects.

Associate

Ellie Munro

Ellie is a researcher in the history of social change. She is currently doing a PhD at the University of Birmingham in the development of the local voluntary sector. Before this, Ellie worked for the Motor Neurone Disease Association as a Policy officer after graduating from Koreo’s Charityworks programme.

Associate

Yokeu Kusnama

Yokeu is an experienced participation consultant with 15 years’ experience committed to working with and for a diverse range of young people. She has previously worked with the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Department of Health and local authorities. Yokeu is the founder of Hudle, an organisation that seeks to connect and discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Muslim and Jewish youth people in collaboration with Reform Judaism and the Islamic Society of Britain.

Associate

Shanaz Begum

Shanaz is an experienced youth participation consultant. She has 16 years’ experience working with Housing Associations and Almos to encourage young residents to become more active in their communities through leadership programmes and intergenerational projects. Shanaz works with hard to reach young people, devising programmes which empower young people and deter them from antisocial behaviour.

Alumni

Kieren Aris

Kieren joined Koreo for in 2016 on secondment. He worked on social media and communications and takes an academic interest in using digital tools in social activism. At Koreo his focus was on storytelling to raise wider awareness of key social issues.

Alumni

Tim Britton

Tim was on secondment with us from the civil service in 2016. He has a keen interest in diversity, championing equal opportunities for the neuro-atypical in particular, and working to challenge the stigma around mental health. Through his work in various parts of government, he wants to improve the way government interacts with citizens, challenging poor practice and simplifying communications.