Our Team

Elly Heaton-Virgo

Angela Dodwell

Layla Hall

Chief Executive Officer

Elly has been working in or with the children’s and young people’s sector for nearly 20 years. Her experience includes front-line work, programme development, fundraising, communications and business development. She is passionate about developing opportunities for children and young people so that they can lead their best lives.

Elly is also a Trustee with a Women’s charity which supports victims of domestic abuse, and developed her strategic experience as the Chair of the Trustee Board.

Office Manager

Angela has worked in and with the voluntary sector in Ealing for over 15 years. She has a variety of experience including early childhood and family support and education, coordination and development of third-sector organisations and supporting small business development. She joined the Young Ealing Foundation from Ealing CVS in July 2018.

Membership Development Manager

Tanya Taylor

Marketing and Communications Officer

Our Trustees

Ashwin Desai

Ashwin works in the Digital Partnerships team at Formula 1, managing the sport’s commercial relationships with social media platforms, gaming companies and telcos. He previously worked in Corporate Business Development at NBCUniversal, where he worked closely with business leaders to develop growth strategies, advise on acquisition and partnership opportunities, and launch new platforms and products across NBCU’s international business.

Daniel Bentham

Daniel Bentham is a senior executive with EDF Energy and has extensive experience operating at a strategic level in a complex and highly regulated organisation. Daniel has 14+ years’ experience across the private and public sector developing new business strategies, defining organisational structures and delivering commercial success against challenging targets. Using his skills and expertise to contribute to the wider community, specifically the young generation, Daniel was appointed a Trustee with Young Ealing Foundation in July 2018 and has oversight of Health and Safety and GDPR.

Elinor Parry-Jones

Elinor has been a trustee of the Young Ealing Foundation since June 2018. Her career has developed within recruitment, and specialising in the last 10 years in charity recruitment, working with wide range of UK charities. Having been the vice chair of the PTA at Little Ealing Primary School (where she was also a pupil), and chair of the PTA at Elthorne Park High School, whilst her children were pupils, Elinor got to understand the challenges faced by children and youth people within Ealing. Combining her HR, Recruitment and knowledge of Ealing having lived in Ealing for over 40 years, Elinor adds value to the trustee board.

Ian Jenkins

Ian is Head of Integrated Youth Services at London Borough of Ealing.

Janpal Basran

Janpal is Manager of Southall Community Alliance (SCA) and has over 20 years’ experience of working in the community and voluntary sector in Southall and Hounslow. At SCA he has led on community development, capacity building and many engagement initiatives and is keen on positive quality of life change in Southall.

Kelly Oyebola

Kelly Oyebola is the leader and founder of a local organisation, Potential Mentoring, which supports 5 to 19 year olds at risk of social exclusion, offending, re-offending, gang membership and being expelled or excluded from school / college.

Kelly is a qualified Social Worker, has worked in Youth Offending Teams, is an ex Probation Officer and now sits on the Partnership Management Board for the Youth Justice Service in Ealing. He has retained a practitioner’s understanding of the issues affecting young people, as well as successfully led a sustainable not for profit organisation.

Matt Keane

Matt is a member of the grants team at our principle funder, John Lyon’s Charity. He has the specific remit to support the Young People’s Foundations in the John Lyon’s Beneficial Area. Matt has experience of local capacity building and community investment, having worked at two local authorities in the Beneficial Area. His background includes sport and physical activity development at local, regional and national levels.

He provides support and advice to the Board of Trustees in the governance of the Young Ealing Foundation as part of his role.

Peter Shears, Chair

Peter is on the Senior Leadership Team at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust overseeing all Youth Intervention Projects. These include a range of Youth Services, Young Carers, Youth Mentoring and Disability Projects. Peter brings extensive local knowledge to the Board, having lived and / or worked in the Ealing Borough within the community youth sector for the past 28 years. He also sits on the Ealing Council Partnership Management Board for the Youth Justice Service and until recently, was Chair of the Ealing C-Span (Community Sport and Physical Activity Network).

Paul Bradford

Paul will shortly be retiring from the commercial sector, after a career in management consulting and latterly in financial services.  In his early career, he worked for Andersen Consulting and for McKinsey & Co., undertaking consulting assignments in the areas of IT, logistics and strategy.  He went on to become Corporate Head of IT at Prudential plc before moving to Standard Chartered Bank, where he has worked for the last 18 years in senior management across IT, Governance and directing major change programmes.  He brings extensive experience of governance, risk management, performance measurement and planning to the Board. Paul has lived in Ealing since 2002 (apart from four years spent working in Asia).

Simon Edrich

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