I lead on fundraising and building partnerships with employers and organisations to offer opportunities; and in turn support them to understand the needs of diverse young people entering the world of work.

I joined Babbasa in March, just at the beginning of lockdown. A highlight to date was seeing the Youth Ambassadors in action presenting virtually (and seamlessly) their ‘case for support’ to a myriad of businesses across Bristol and securing great work opportunities. They have truly started a movement and it is so encouraging to see how employers are committed to engage with young talent!

I am blown away by level of commitment and passion of the Babbasa’s small team, and am proud to see how critical funds raised are growing our core programmes and new projects, such as Babbasa TV.

My career spans The Guardian’s education business and social justice charities, such as Business in the Community’s back-to-work homeless programme and a youth crime charity, Key4Life. My most rewarding and happiest role was my second job (three decades ago!) at the Independent’s youth newspaper, The Indy, put together by young editorial team, all under 21, alongside our inspiring and maverick editor.

My advice to young people – stay openminded and adaptable to different sectors and roles. A positive ‘can do’ approach will take you far.