Young Camden Foundation



ABOUT US

Established in 2017, Young Camden Foundation is a registered charity set up to address the growing uncertainty of long-term investment in the children and young people sector in Camden and the need to build more cross-sector partnerships. Young Camden Foundation aims to provide a new model of local support for its members, which includes building capacity and better equipping the community with resources and funding, connecting and working with organisations to develop new and entrepreneurial approaches to supporting young people and championing critical issues facing the local community.

OUR TEAM

A small but ambitious team with experience of working with and in the Children and young people sector:

  • Daisy Srblin
    Daisy Srblin
    Chief Executive Officer

    Daisy joined YCF as CEO in May 2022. She was previously the CEO of the national youth social action charity Million Minutes, and has worked across campaigns, policy and advocacy at Christian Aid, Child Poverty Action Group, the Fabian Society and Gingerbread. Daisy also previously worked as a Senior Researcher to a London MP. She holds First-Class BA and MA degrees in Modern British History from University College, Durham and Queen Mary, University of London, on an academic scholarship.

    Daisy grew up and went to school in Camden, is of Croatian and Lebanese heritage, and was raised in social housing in the borough. It was Camden’s institutions, its state schools, work experience, music groups and summer activities, that enabled her to get where she is today.

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    Operations Manager
  • Wathsala Senadheera
    Wathsala Senadheera
    HAF Project Manager

    Wathsala joined YCF in 2019. She previously worked as a teaching assistant in Camden and Westminster primary schools and volunteer work at a primary school in Haringey council.

    She was born and educated in Sri Lanka and has worked in the IT sector. As an instructor and a course coordinator, she worked with primary school-age children and school leavers.

    Wathsala has a BSc Hons degree in Computer Science from the University of Greenwich and a Master Degree in Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

    After taking a career break, she decided to change her career and joined YCF as a Business Administration apprentice. In 2021 as YCF’s Project Coordinator, Wathsala helped launch the Holiday Activity and Food Programme in Camden. HAF is a national programme funded by the Department for Education. She is now the Project Manager for the HAF programme at Young Camden Foundation.

    She has lived in Camden borough for over 22 years and is a mother of three children attending Camden primary and secondary schools. Wathsala says since moving to the UK, Camden borough has offered many great opportunities that helped her to fulfil her dreams. She believes working for the Young Camden Foundation is an excellent chance to return her gratitude to the borough and to serve families, children and young people in Camden.

  • Ana Alpuente Fernandez
    Ana Alpuente Fernandez
    Membership and Communications Manager

    Ana joined YCF in May 2021. Originally from Madrid, Ana graduated from the University of Madrid and Barcelona with a BSc in Media Communication degree and worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London whilst at university. She then went on to work as a graphic and web designer for several years at National Geographic and Orange Spain.

    Ana took a gap year in 2013 to travel around the world, visiting over 15 countries, mostly in Southeast Asia and South America.

    As an active volunteer, Ana has been supporting several NGOs and local museums for more than two decades so seeking out a career in the charity sector when she moved permanently to London felt like the right thing to do. Ana has worked across membership, supporter care and fundraising at the Shakespeare’s Globe, NSPCC, Sands and The British Heart Foundation.

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  • Stephanie Griffin-Wright
    Stephanie Griffin-Wright
    Business Administration Apprentice

    I’m Stephanie, I am the business admin apprentice; I take care of standard admin tasks like managing our external enquiries and stock orders. I’m also responsible for our invoices process and expense reconciliation process. I support other members of the YCF team to help them achieve their goals like supporting my manager, the membership and comms manager, with social media posts, I also support the grants manager with pulling reports together. Currently, I am working on supporting the CEO with a wide range of tasks such as an office inventory, developing a standard operating document process and reviewing our induction process.

  • Oliver Barrett
    Oliver Barrett
    Business Engagement Officer

    Ollie joined YCF as a Business Development Officer in May 2022. Originally from Cardiff, born to Welsh and Danish parents, Ollie graduated from the University of Southampton with a first-class BSc in Politics and International Relations degree. He then went on to work in primary education for several years as a teaching assistant in a British international school whilst living abroad in the Netherlands, following which he returned to the UK to work as a copywriter and account executive for a London-based public relations agency - consolidating and enhancing the reputations of clients ranging from multinational industry stalwarts and established brand names to disruptive, independent local start-ups and non-profit organizations.

  • Kit Crane
    Kit Crane
    HAF Project Support Officer

    Kit joined YCF as a Project Support Officer in May 2022. Whilst born and raised in Camden, as well as attending primary and secondary school there, Kit spent much of his childhood sailing on the Norfolk Broads and hiking and camping in the mountains of Scotland, Wales, Spain and France with his family. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Sussex with a first-class degree in Psychology and, after university, fulfilled a long-term dream by journeying by bicycle from Camden to New Zealand over 19 months. Travelling slowly through 25 countries sparked his interest in issues of international development and he returned to London in 2019 to complete a masters degree in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS University of London. During his studies, he worked part-time in a local café in Primrose Hill and completed internships with international NGO’s such as Nonviolent Peaceforce.

  • Matthew McClymont
    Matthew McClymont
    Volunteer

Our values

Collaboration
Promote a culture of partnership working that encourages cross-sector support and the sharing of resources.
Equality
Provide those who may otherwise be left behind with the opportunity to influence the decisions that most affect them.
Community
Create and nurture connections between people and organisations that share our vision for young people.
Sustainability
Support the sector with providing high quality and viable youth services.

Through ongoing community and member feedback, Young Camden Foundation has identified three key areas of focus

OUR TRUSTEES AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

YCF is governed by a dedicated and skilled team of trustees and associate members from across different sectors, including private, public and third sector. Our governance structure includes four committees: Finance, HR and Safeguarding, Fundraising, and Grant Giving.

  • FIONA MILLAR
    FIONA MILLAR
    CHAIR

    Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education issues who writes regularly for the Guardian. Fiona has lived in Camden for over thirty years and is a governor of the two Camden secondary schools which her children attended.

  • STEPHEN GREENE
    STEPHEN GREENE
    DEPUTY CHAIR

    Stephen is the CEO and and co-founder of RockCorps. RockCorps, established in 2005, is a pro-social marketing and entertainment company. Stephen has worked to deliver social engagement platforms in 10 countries around the world; including 50 volunteer-exclusive concerts, featuring music artists such as Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Rihanna. He was founding member of the National Citizen Service, the

    UK’s largest youth program. Stephen remains as a Patron for NCS.

  • ROMAN ARBUZOV
    ROMAN ARBUZOV
    TREASURER

    Roman Arbuzov has built a career in financial services and is currently working at J.P.Morgan. Roman has also been involved with other charities in Camden focused on the well being of young people.

  • MARTIN PRATT
    MARTIN PRATT
    TRUSTEE

    Martin Pratt is the Executive Director, Supporting People and the Deputy Chief Executive for the London Borough of Camden. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in the field of Children’s Services and Education and has been involved in establishing and developing the young Camden Foundation from the outset.

  • PAULA PEET
    PAULA PEET
    TRUSTEE

    Paula has worked with children and young people since 1980, starting out as a voluntary youth worker in Somers Town. Since then she has worked continuously within Youth and Play Services within Camden and has managed a diverse range of projects across the borough. She has been involved with the YCF since it began and joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 as the sector representative for Play Providers.

  • FAAIZA LALJI
    FAAIZA LALJI
    TRUSTEE

    Faaiza Lalji has been the Director of Planning and Development at Precis Advisory, a multi-generational family property business, since 2013. At Precis, she oversees a 2.5 million sqft pipeline of projects focused on creating places for people to live and work across London, including in Camden. Outside of her professional work, Faaiza is active in arts and cultural education, and holds positions with the V&A Museum, Delfina Foundation, and the Aga Khan Museum and newly-opened Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross.

  • TOM SIMPSON
    TOM SIMPSON
    TRUSTEE

    Tom Simpson is a lawyer at YouTube based in Kings Cross. Tom grew up and went to school in Camden.

  • COUNCILLOR GEORGIA GOULD
    COUNCILLOR GEORGIA GOULD
    ASSOCIATE MEMBER

    Georgia was appointed Leader of Camden Council in May 2017 and has served as a Councillor for Kentish Town Ward since 2010. Prior to becoming leader she held cabinet roles responsible for young people, economic growth and adult social care.

    Georgia studied at Camden School for Girls and has lived in the Borough for most of her adult life. Georgia studied History and Politics at Oxford, and graduated with a master's degree in global politics from the London School of Economics.

  • DR MARTIN ABBAS
    DR MARTIN ABBAS
    ASSOCIATE MEMBER
  • ANNEKA MUNSCH
    ANNEKA MUNSCH
    TRUSTEE

    Anneka is a Partner in Portland’s Government Advisory Practice. She is an experienced government communications specialist and has worked with governments in the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia and Europe.

    She has led major reputation management and capacity building programmes for Portland’s government clients, advising leadership at the highest levels and providing on-the-ground support.

  • ABDIKADIR AHMED
    ABDIKADIR AHMED
    TRUSTEE

    Abdi Ahmed is a Youth Services Coordinator at Somali Youth Development and Resource Centre.

  • ATHIAN AKEC
    ATHIAN AKEC
    TRUSTEE AND YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE
  • CHIEF INSPECTOR MATTHEW CASEY
    CHIEF INSPECTOR MATTHEW CASEY
    ASSOCIATE MEMBER
  • FOYEZUR MIAH
    FOYEZUR MIAH
    TRUSTEE
  • NKI OGUNRO
    NKI OGUNRO
    CLERK TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES