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 has a track record of executing innovative concepts, particularly within the media and youth development sectors.

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.

In his free time Tokunbo enjoys spending time with his family, competing in triathlons, and watching Liverpool FC.

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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Mahad Ali

Director of Programmes

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Jen Hartley

Director of Fundraising & Business Development

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Adam Smith

Head of Communications

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Ian Nichol

Head of Think Logistics

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Janine Mcfarland

Head of Operations & Engagement in Scotland

Regional managers


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Anthony Bruton

Lead Manager

Camden and Enfield

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Rosie Wainwright

Barnet, Bromley, Dartford, Greenwich, Hastings, Havering, Westminster

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Idris Bamiro

Barnet, Lambeth, Southwark

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Anna Trocmé Latter

Barking, Brent, Hackney, Hounslow

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Raiesa Choudhury

Islington, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Watford


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Janice Duncan

Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire

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Mhairi Prendergast

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

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Dawn Forester


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Lindsey Docherty

Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian

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Kimmy Bryceland

Glasgow & The West

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Susan Macpherson


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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

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Caroline Emery

Stoke & Staffordshire

East of England

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Sian Robertson

Lead Manager


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Claudia Gipson


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Clare Ruffle

Colchester and Tendering
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Caroline Fairman

Southend, Rochford and Castle Point
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Patience Zikhali


(Maternity Leave)

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Maxine Long


(Maternity Cover)

North of England

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Steve Bridge

Lead Manager

Merseyside & Cheshire

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Lynne-Marie Betteridge

Lancashire & Greater Manchester

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Karen McCartney

North East

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Jennifer Kitching

Tees Valley

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Alison Mattocks

Yorkshire & Humber

Northern Ireland

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Tony Madden


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Trefor Wilkinson

Head of Operations

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Angele Tilly

Volunteer Operations Manager

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Idrees Mahmud

Data Project Manager

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Dimitra Pantazi

Data Officer

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Yvonne Plows

Events Manager

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Louise Norton

Programme Manager

Angela Brown

Executive Assistant to CEO

Scotland Operations

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Laura Tanton

Operations Manager

(Maternity Leave)

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Flavie Petit

Business Support Officer

Business Development & Fundraising

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Aimi Joinson

Head of Corporate Partnerships

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Sarah Peachey

Corporate Partnerships Manager

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Anne Meriaux

Senior Fundraising Executive


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Tom Rippon

Communications Manager

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Nathalie Heatherington

Senior Communications Officer

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Emily Girvan

Creative Digital Marketer


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Guy Kassongo

Head of Finance

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Kani Primson

Finance Officer

Board of Trustees

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Sandy Begbie


Chairman and Non Executive Director

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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

Chief Financial Officer & Head of Risk, BP

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Olivia Cole

Educational Leadership Consultant, Central YMCA

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Mary Macleod

Senior Client Partner, Board & CEO Services, Korn Ferry

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David Trott

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

National Advisory Board
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John Stewart, Chair

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

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Daniel Clarke

EMEA Resource Manager, Amazon Web Services, Career Ready alumni

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Martin Doel

Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of FE & S

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Katherine Frey

Managing Director, EMEA, Moody’s Investors Service Ltd

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Rachel Glaze

UK Resourcing Lead, Aviva

Tracy Greenfield

Vice President Human Resources Business Partner, Europe Marriott International

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Mike Hicks

Principal, Catalysis Advisory

Scotland Advisory Board
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John Stewart, Chair

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

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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

Director, Inspiring Futures Foundation

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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