The Blagrave Trust is run by a small team working in London and in the region.
Jo Wells, Director.
Jo Wells has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years both in international humanitarian aid overseas and in the UK. As well as working on front line operations in natural disasters and conflict around the world, she managed a policy team, has led research, been involved in multi-agency global initiatives around standard setting, and is a published academic author. Jo is passionate about ensuring that people who use services have a voice in decisions affecting them and that funding systems enable user led service design and delivery. Jo has volunteered as a Childline counsellor, and is currently a Trustee of the Essex Community Foundation where she lives and a member of Comic Relief’s Social Impact Committee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippa Knott Kos, Policy Manager.
Philippa joined Blagrave in September 2018 as policy manager. She previously worked at the Centre for Youth Impact and in the Cabinet Office’s Youth Policy team, leading their work on evidence and impact measurement in youth services, including the set-up of the Centre.
She has a background in government, public policy and research, and holds degrees from the University of Oxford and London School of Economics.
Philippa is interested in the interaction between inequality, power dynamics and service provision, and is passionate about getting services working so that people – particularly young people – have the resources and the freedom they need to create the lives they want. email@example.com
Geraldine Warren, Finance and Governance Officer.
Geraldine joined Blagrave in October 2020, having spent over ten years in various finance and coordination roles for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Alzheimer’s Society, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Crisis UK. Geraldine was previously a Trustee for the St Albans and District Foodbank and is interested in addressing and tackling barriers to social inclusion and access to education.
Tessa Hibbert, Regional Partnerships Manager.
After a career of 20 years working in the voluntary youth sector, including spells at the National Youth Agency, the Young Foundation and the Regional Youth Work Unit in the South West, Tessa joined the Blagrave Trust in 2016. She is based in Somerset, and works alongside Blagrave partners to learn from their work with young people and support successful grants. Tessa is a trustee of Off the Record, a youth counselling charity in Bath.
Edd Fry, Project Manager.
Edd joined Blagrave in a part-time role in January 2018 as the Listening Fund’s Programme Manager. He has previously been a fundraiser for a variety of different youth-focused charities and has extensive voluntary experience, as a Trustee and also delivering front-line work.
Rochell Rowe, Youth Led Change Programme Lead
Rochell joined The Blagrave Trust as The Youth Led Change Programme Lead after 8 years of experience as a youth worker, working in a range of roles in grass roots youth organisations to larger youth facing Charities. She is inspired by youth empowerment and feels passionate about supporting young people to use their voices to create change on issues that directly affect them.
Callum Pethick, Programme Officer
Callum is the newest member of our team, joining Blagrave as our Programme Officer in April 2021. He works alongside the rest of team supporting our policy, youth-led change and accountability work. Callum is passionate about changing the power dynamics that currently exist in the youth sector to ensure organisations and funders are fully accountable to the young people they aim to serve. He has worked for a variety of civic youth organisations and is a qualified facilitator. In his spare time, Callum volunteers as a mentor and adviser for various national organisations and grass-roots movements. firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Babudu – Chair of Trustees.
Peter is Head of Evidence at the Youth Endowment Fund and a local councillor in Southwark. Peter has spent over a decade in the social sector and has worked with a range of foundations, government departments and charities to help them better understand the impact of their work and how it might be improved. Young people are a major focus of Peter’s work.
Segun is a qualified management accountant and currently works for the youth charity Restless Development as their Finance Director. Previously he worked for Comic Relief as a Senior Finance Business Partner working closely with the grants team. Segun’s passionate about helping to make finance fun and easy to understand. He spent over 5 years working for Humentum as a financial management specialist training over a thousand NGO professionals in good practice financial management, strategic financial management and grant management. Outside of his professional work he is also a social entrepreneur and mentor. Passionate about inspiring young people, he is the author of a motivational book called, You Might As Well.
Clare is Head of Grants at NHS Charities Together and was previously the CEO of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. Clare was formerly the Regional Head, South and West for BBC Children in Need where she was responsible for a multi-million pound grant portfolio as well providing leadership to a team of staff and volunteers, strategically inputting into the charities policies and objectives to find, fund and collaborate to make a difference to children and young people’s lives.
Clare worked in Dance for 15 years before moving into the Charity sector holding posts including Fundraising Manager for the Jubilee Sailing Trust and Cancer Research UK. She is currently Vice Chair of Swindon Dance National Dance Agency. Clare joined the Blagrave Trustee board in 2016.
Boudicca joined our Board in March 2020. She campaigned to protect youth services in her teens: took on a role as creative Director at Brighton Youth Fest in 2019; raised awareness and funds for Audio Active – a youth charity in Brighton for their first all female production workshops to encourage other young women to study technology in music. Now she is music programmer at International Youth Arts Festival, hosted by Creative Youth. She also makes music for social change, performing her own songs and poems, and supporting grassroots organisations to bring other like-minded artists to the frontline.
Climate change activist Daze Aghaji is a 21 year-old student from London currently studying History and Politics at Goldsmiths University. In 2019, Daze became a political candidate and stood as an independent MEP candidate under the Climate and Ecological Emergency banner. She works at Extinction Rebellion Youth UK as the Regenerative Cultures Coordinator. Daze also work as a freelance consultant on environment, climate, intersectionality and youth engagement. She joined our Board in March 2020
Victor is an Associate at J.P. Morgan Chase working in the Platform Sales division. He has also dedicated his time to supporting philanthropic causes including mental health, improving educational attainment of children from working class backgrounds and youth justice. In his final year of university, he partnered with DebateMate, and taught an after-school debating club in a Birmingham inner-city primary school. As a result of this experience, he co-founded My Brothers Keepers’ Bookclub. A series of book clubs with the aim of turning boys from low socioeconomic backgrounds into the most active readership group in the U.K. He is also passionate about reforming the youth justice system and expanding the conversation about mental health to young people. In April 2018, Victor travelled as part of the British delegation to Strasbourg to report to the Council of Europe on the state of Children’s Mental Health and Child-Friendly Justice. He hopes to continue to contribute to these issues in the future.
Naomi is currently CEO of The Talent Tap, a social mobility charity supporting aspiring students from 18-24 to gain equal access to the workplace. Prior to this Naomi spent 20 years in Corporate Communications and Event Production working as a Director at Fisher Productions and at mcm Creative Group. Naomi is a director of Dust Architecture which she set up with her husband in 2010, and is no stranger to running SMEs and small charity management which will help in her role as trustee. Naomi is also an Enterprise Advisor for the Careers Enterprise Company / Solent LEP. Naomi is passionate about tackling social inequality with a focus on young people.
Barbara Ojei Agwaziam
Barbara joined the Civil Service Fast Stream with hopes of making a difference in people’s lives. She has been able to do so in a range of roles, including working as a policy advisor at BEIS, Private Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer, Head of Incident Management working on COVID-19 and presently as the Head of Parliamentary and Public Engagement. Barbara’s passion for diversity and inclusion lead to the founding of A Touch of Colour (ATOC) an organisation which seeks to drive racial equality in the workplace for which she has been selected as a Laureate of the Future by the PeaceJam Foundation. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys travelling, photography and videography – the latter of which she developed as a Barbican Young Reviewer.
A Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, Eddie is also a PhD student at the Department of Psychiatry, where he previously supported the Young People’s Advisory Group, a team of adolescents that co-produce research on mental health issues that matter to them. In March 2020 he co-founded HelpYourHighStreet, an initiative to support independent shops during the COVID-19 lockdown. Having been homeless during his school years, he deeply appreciates the importance of supporting young people in the transition to adulthood.
We work with a team of Young Advisers on our regional funding, on Youth led change, and on the Listening Fund. Young advisers set the strategic direction for the funding and make individual grant decisions. In all our work we centre the views of young people and people with lived experience of the issues we are trying to address, and we listen to young people both formally and informally in doing that.