The Kids Network is passionate about connection and driven by fun, commitment and diversity. Meet the team that makes the magic happen.
CEO & FOUNDER
Sarah has significant experience in the strategy and delivery of a number of programmes at a national level. Prior to founding The Kids Network, Sarah has developed capacity building projects for UK Youth and Save the Children. Sarah also currently sits on the board of trustees for the Coop Foundation and is the Equalities Link Governor at Carlton Primary School in Kentish Town. She has been a mentor for the last four years and describes it as the best use of her time.
James has a strong record of navigating the operational, funding and legal frameworks in which charities exist. Prior to joining The Kids Network, James worked for numerous charities, developing significant experience of project management. James also has experience working on strategic impact reporting at the United Nations, which he seeks to bring to The Kids Network. Finally, James is a founding trustee of a dogs/older person charity and has a three-year-old black Labrador named Herbie.
Minami who was born and bred in New Zealand has experience in working for a large worldwide charity supporting young people and their communities. Prior to moving to London and joining The Kids Network, she was the manager of the Youth Development team where she supported many volunteers who helped deliver programmes for children and young people. Her role here focused on creating meaningful opportunities for young people to develop their skills through volunteering and to gain relevant work experience.
Freya has extensive experience working with and supporting volunteers in different settings. Prior to joining The Kids Network, she spent time in an alternative provision school based in East London, carried out ethnographic research for a London NHS trust, and assisted with a community cohesion project in Stockport. Before that she worked in the volunteering team at a national charity, recruiting, supporting and celebrating the thousands of amazing volunteers and their dedicated managers.
Joni has vast experience managing young people and delivering programmes for children. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the United States as an Academy Coordinator, where she supported British and Brazilian football coaches who had travelled to the US to coach children and gain some valuable experience. During her time in this role, she provided training and resources to over 200 coaches to help them deliver sports programmes to thousands of children.
Douglas is an accounting and finance professional with 20 years of experience in the real estate investment industry. His role model growing up was his mother, who raised two boys as a single parent while also maintaining a successful career in public relations. Douglas has been involved with a number of charitable originations supporting vulnerable youth and the homeless, including coaching youth baseball.
Subul is easily distracted and is therefore a trained solicitor, chartered accountant and tax advisor. She has worked with a number of humanitarian and animal charities both in the UK and in Pakistan where she grew up. In her spare time she loves cooking up a storm and being active whilst attempting to convince her partner that they should adopt a plethora of animals and/or open an animal shelter.
Nigel is the Founder and Managing Director of the start-up venture Whirli. His prior professional experience was with McKinsey and Company as an Associate Partner where he specialised in Consumer Goods & Retail and commercial topics such as Growth Strategy, and Marketing and Sales. A keen entrepreneur, Nigel enjoys helping early stage organisations grow. Apart from managing his own venture, Nigel is also an avid small-time investor in other business-to-consumer start-up companies.
Natasha Friend is Director of Camden Giving, a charity that works with businesses and communities to overcome inequality, she has a background in corporate partnerships. ‘When I was growing up my role model was a family friend called Ludmilla, she had come to the UK from the Czech Republic and I was inspired by her spirit for adventure and I loved seeing my home country through her eyes.’
Amy works in the Child Safeguarding team at a large NGO; and oversees a psychological support programme that aims to educate, monitor and support staff who are exposed to trauma as part of their role. She has been involved with numerous charities for children and young people over the years and has developed a wonderful talent for making a mess, playing games, creating silly stories and tidying up messes.
Charlie works in finance and currently leads a team of 12 at RBS focussed on providing funding solutions for large companies operating in the Real Estate sector in the UK. Banking has been an ideal setting in which to hone her skills in managing a breadth of stakeholders and in bringing together teams of individual subject matter experts, and effective people management is of particular interest to her.
Naa got involved with The Kids Network as a mentor in 2018. She works in the education charity sector managing programmes for the Transformation Trust. She was elected as the first Black Woman General Secretary of the University of Manchester Students’ Union (UMSU). She was a director of both the University of Manchester Students’ Union and the University; chairing the Board of Trustees. Naa loves spending time with her mentee every Saturday and seeing London through a child’s eyes.