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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Mahad Ali

Director of Programmes

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Adam Smith

Head of Digital


Janine McFarland

Janine Mcfarland

Head of Operations & Engagement in Scotland

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Tom Rippon

Head of Communications (Interim)

Regional managers

London and East of England

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Sian Robertson

Lead Manager


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Rosie Wainwright

Bromley, East Sussex, Greenwich, Lewisham

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Raiesa Choudhury

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 Shonibare-Soutan

London Regional Manager

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Claudia Gipson


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Clare Ruffle

Colchester and Tendring

Caroline Fairman

Southend, Rochford and Castle Point
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Patience Zikhali



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Lindsey Docherty

Regional and Operational Excellence Manager

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


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Trefor Wilkinson

Head of Operations

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Angele Tilly

Volunteer Operations Manager

Idrees Mahmud

Data Project Manager

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Dimitra Pantazi

Data Officer

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Yvonne Plows

Events Manager

Angela Brown

Executive Assistant to CEO

Bethany Windsor 

Operations Manager, Think Logistics 

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Anna Trocmé Latter

Head of Impact & Continuous Improvement

Priyanka Umamaheswaren

Priyanka Umamaheswaran

Data Operations Officer (intern)

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Louise Norton

Project and Operations Manager

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Habil Rashid

Volunteer Support Officer

Scotland Operations

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Laura Tanton

Operations Manager


Steven Mcnally

Steven Mcnally

Business Support Officer

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

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Eleanor Viita

Partnerships Development Manager


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Nathalie Heatherington

Senior Communications Officer

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Emily Girvan

Digital Officer

Safee Mustafa

Safee Mustafa

Marketing Engagement Officer


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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


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

SVP Refining and Products Trading, SVP Low Carbon Trading, BP

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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

National Advisory Board
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John Stewart, Chair

Chair of the Scotland Advisory Board

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Martin Doel

Further Education Trust for Leadership Professor of FE & S

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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

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