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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.

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.

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.

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.

General 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.

Consultancy Coordinator

Beth Blackmore

Beth began her career in education and international development charities before joining Koreo in 2018. She works to support our campaigns and consultancy project management, bringing new talent onto Koreo’s programmes and ensuring the smooth running of consultancy delivery.

Special Projects Officer

Freya Blundell Meyer

Freya joined the Koreo team in 2016 and works across the curation and design of our programmes and consultancy. With an interdisciplinary background in psychology, literature and museum studies, Freya is responsible for our product development and impact storytelling, applying methods of User Experience and Human Centred Design to our work.

Campaigns & Consultancy Manager

Craig Pemblington

Craig joined in Koreo in 2014, having started his career in banking. Craig is an experienced Project Manager and campaigner, responsible for running our national campaigns to secure new talent onto our programmes and drive new business relationships.  Craig is also responsible for project managing the delivery of all our consultancy work.

Operations Executive

Jess Littlewood

Jess started out working on youth empowerment programmes focusing on creating jobs and improving livelihoods in both the UK and Liberia. Following this, she returned to gain a Masters degree in International Development Practice. She then went on to work for the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. She is passionate about youth empowerment and community engagement.

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.

Consultancy Administrator

Max Lambert

Max joined Koreo in 2018 after graduating from the University of Cambridge in July that year. As our Campaigns and Consultancy Administrator, Max plays a key role within the Campaigns and Consultancy team, working on our consultancy projects with Mind and the Health Foundation, as well as two of our flagship campaigns, 2027 and Charityworks.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.