Our people are instrumental in helping us make such a difference to the lives of young people. We’re made up of 52 team members across the UK, each and every one of us passionate about empowering young people.

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, Chief Executive Officer

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Tokunbo joined Career Ready in January 2020, following his role as CEO of the Foyer Federation.

He was a Cabinet Office appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador from 2007-2010 and invited to 10 Downing Street three years in a row to advise on diversity, youth development, and social entrepreneurship.

He was highly commended at the 2021 Third Sector Awards as a ‘Rising Chief Executive’. 

Senior Management Team
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Mark Smith

Chief Operating Officer

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Anne Wexelstein

Director for Scotland

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Jen Hartley

Director of Fundraising & Business Development

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Tom Rippon

Head of Communications 

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Adam Smith

Head of Digital

Janine McFarland

Janine Mcfarland

Head of Operations & Engagement in Scotland

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Sian Robertson

Director of Programmes


Board of Trustees

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Sandy Begbie


CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise

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James Bardrick

Deputy Chairperson

Head of Citi, UK

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Maurice Benisty

Chief Commercial Officer, DEMICA

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David Bucknall

CEO at Ineos Energy

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Olivia Cole

Educational Leadership Consultant, Central YMCA

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Mary Macleod

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David Trott

Partner, International/Global Co-Chair of Finance, Projects & Restructuring, DLA Piper UK LLP

Youth Advisory Board

Victoria Ayodeji

Shannon Todd

Marley Ahmed 

Jess Oliver

Eloise Skinner 

Cameron Spence

Beth Ward

Brooklyn Brigham 

Meet our Youth Advisory Board
Regional managers

London and East of England

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Raiesa Choudhury

Lead Regional Manager (London)

Islington, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Watford, Hackney

Sangeeta Bhopal

Barking & Dagenham, Hounslow, Camden

Menna El-guindy

Menna El-Guindy

Barnet, Lambeth, Southwark

Harika Sihota

Harika Sihota 

London Regional Manager

Johnny Soutan

Johnny Shonibare-Soutan

Greenwich, Lewisham, Paddington

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Claudia Gipson

Lead Regional Manager (Essex)


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Clare Ruffle

(Currently on Maternity Leave)
Colchester and Tendring

Caroline Fairman

Southend, Rochford and Castle Point
Nicky Paine

Nicky Paine



Erica Taylor

Erica Taylor

Aberdeen  & Aberdeenshire

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Mhairi Prendergast

Central Scotland (Fife, Forth Valley, and Perth & Kinross)

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Dawn Forester


Rose King

Rose King

Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian

Kirsty McNeil

Kirsty McNeil


Laura McFadden


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Larissa Russell

West Lothian

The Midlands, Wales, and the West of England

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Simon Page

Lead Manager

Wales & South West England

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Charlotte Wright

West Midlands

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Julia Phillips

East Midlands, South Yorkshire

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Caroline Emery

Stoke & Staffordshire

North of England

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Steve Bridge

Lead Manager

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Lynne-Marie Betteridge

Lancashire & Greater Manchester

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Karen McCartney

North East

Emma Rose

Tees Valley

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Alison Mattocks

Yorkshire & Humber

Northern Ireland

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Tony Madden

Business Development & Fundraising

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Anthony Bruton

Head of Corporate Partnerships

(Maternity cover)

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Aimi Joinson

Head of Corporate Partnerships

(Now on maternity leave)

Harriet Colley

Harriet Colley

Head of Partnership Development

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Jerry Crosby-Benin

Trusts & Foundations Manager

Scotland Advisory Board
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John Stewart, Chair

Chair of the Scotland Advisory Board

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Jenni Lang, Vice Co-Chair

Senior Corporate Affairs Manager for ASDA; Chair of Career Ready Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian LAB

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John Fyffe, Co-Vice Chair

Non-Exec Director, Education Scotland

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Sam Anson

Policy Lead, Improvement, Attainment and Wellbeing Division (Learning Directorate), The Scottish Government

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Alec Carstairs

Non-Exec Director; Chair of Career Ready Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire LAB

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Simone Lockhart

Group Commercial Director, Taranata Group; Chair of Career Ready Glasgow LAB

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Maureen McKenna

Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council

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Ruth Minnican 

Head of Corporate Relations, Diageo Supply Chain & Procurement

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Graham Rogers

Head of Glasgow Finance and Co-Head of the Glasgow Office, Morgan Stanley

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Scott Walker

Managing Director, Global Head of Accounting Operations, Blackrock