Wayne is our Treasurer, he is a qualified chartered accountant, with a long career as a senior finance professional, building that career in both the private and public sector over the past 15 years. Having commenced his career with 2 social enterprise charities in south London, Wayne went on to work for Sodexo justice, Virgin Group, Mitie, NATS, HMRC, MOJ and Interserve. In 2014, Wayne re-entered the charity sector, joining Catch22 as their Commercial Director. Wayne has stayed in the charity sector, most recently as COO at The Princes Trust, where he joined from Parkinson’s UK. Wayne is passionate about seeing young people succeed, particularly those with a challenging background, and being part of their journey to help them fulfil their potential. Outside of work, Wayne has mentored young entrepreneurs, including one who went on to become a stylist for the Jamaican Olympic team. He has also run inner city youth groups, community football teams and set up a youth night club event in South London.
Sarah is a mental health campaigner and an ambassador for the #iwill campaign, through which she promotes youth empowerment and social action. She is a huge advocate for peer mentoring as it is how she grew her knowledge of severe mental illness support and suicide prevention. Sarah‘s campaigning is rooted in policy reform for education so that schools and universities can be more conscious of how to prevent and identify students struggling with their wellbeing. Her areas of focus are LGBTQIA+ and BAME support as she draws from personal struggles growing up, and how she got through them. Sarah‘s family emigrated from India when she was young. Since then, she has lived in London and now is studying International Relations in Coventry, and pursuing a career in human rights and peacebuilding.
Robin Banerjee is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. As a Professor of Developmental Psychology, he leads the CRESS (Children’s Relationships, Emotions, and Social Skills) research lab, which investigates social and emotional development in children and young people. Robin works closely with practitioners and policymakers in the areas of education and mental health.
Gian Power ACA is an ex-Deutsche Bank and PwC employee and today is the founder and CEO of TLC Lions an organisation on a mission to ignite emotion in workplaces through storytelling. Gian started TLC Lions following a personal tragedy and today his work supports over 150 organisations globally. Gian sits on the board of mental health conference This Can Happen and is the winner of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Award 2019 and named as one of the EMpower top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives. His advisory board includes members of Harvard & MIT and Gian hosts his own round table quarterly in the House of Lords.
A social entrepreneur, experienced businesswoman, activist and mentor. Lisa is best known as the founder of Social Ark, an East London based social business set up to support social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs working in their local communities to develop their ideas and grow their businesses. Social Ark builds on Lisa’s many years of experience in running her own businesses and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs on their journey, especially those from a working-class background who are often excluded from the opportunities to join mainstream incubator and accelerator programmes.