Staff

The success of The Mix’s work depends on the commitment and passion of our staff. We’re a diverse bunch, with a wealth of experience and varied backgrounds. Our working ethos is based on respect, challenge and nice coffee.

Senior Management Team

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Chief Executive Officer

Passionate about digital for social good. Leader of the amazing team growing our ecosystem of information, support & community tools for young people. Gadget lover, trustee of the Harrow Club W10 & fellow of the RSA.

Zoë Bailie

Zoë Bailie

Director of Brand & Innovation

Excited to be at The Mix every day. Inspired by wonderful young people & amazing supporters. Loves daydreaming, people watching, clothes, cocktails, running, friends and family.

Donna Holland

Donna Holland

Director of Development & Fundraising

Donna’s all about engaging people in the charity – partners, funders, supporters alike. Donna wants people to be as inspired and excited about The Mix as she is. In her spare time, she’s all about cycling, art, history or playing roller derby.

Chlöe Morton

Chlöe Morton

Deputy Director of Digital Services

Passionate about people, Chlöe wields the power of digital for good, moulding the best services for us so everyone has a place to go to for support. In her spare time you will find her either volunteering with The Samaritans or in the gym!

Staff

Agnieszka Savic

Agnieszka Savic

Digital Project Manager

Agi is part of our tech team ensuring that the site runs as smoothly as possible. She is always up for a chat and brings in lots of delicious food into the office.

Aife

Aife

Youth Support Officer (Community)

Aife started volunteering for The Mix for over a year before she joined the team. As a Youth Support Officer, Aife helps look after The Mix’s online community and the volunteers that run it. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel and discover new TV series!

Alex Hopley

Alex Hopley

Digital Marketing Officer

Alex is passionate about helping young people access the information they need to make positive change. He makes sure there are at least seven photos of baby pandas falling over on Twitter every week.

Amina

Amina

Youth Support Officer

Amina joined The Mix as a volunteer 3 years ago on the helpline. Outside of work, she enjoys watching world cinema, reading, travelling, running the odd 5K and improving her encyclopaedic knowledge of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Antony Watton

Antony Watton

Hub Manager

Antony manages the Nottingham Hub, focusing on raising the profile of The Mix in the local community and recruiting volunteers for the Nottingham Helpline. Antony has two children under 6, so he is passionate about ensure young people have the skills and information to safely navigate the digital focused world they are growing up in. Antony loves collecting vinyl, watching box-sets and spending time with family and friends.

Caroline Davis

Caroline Davis

Youth Support Officer

Caroline volunteered for The Mix when it was Get Connected many years ago.  She is passionate about volunteering and is now keen to work with young people helping them access the right support at the right time.  In her spare time she enjoys visiting new places, eating out, going to the gym and long walks.

Danielle

Danielle

Counsellor

Danielle is a registered MBACP Therapeutic Counsellor and the newest member of the Counselling Team, however she is no stranger when it comes to supporting the needs of young people as she works hard to provide an empathic and no-judgemental space.  Danielle loves travelling and so far, has visited 23 different countries, ‘itching to visit more’  In her spare time she handcrafts artisan soap bars and a range of natural skin care products…

Edward Emond

Edward Emond

Advice and Training Manager

Ed’s goal is to expand and develop the training we offer; strengthening the skills amongst young people using and powering The Mix services. He's nicknamed ‘BBC Sport’ due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of useless sports trivia.

Eli

Eli

Youth Support Officer

Eli is working in the Nottingham hub, hoping to make a positive impact on young people's lives. She loves her bicycle and enjoys a good board game night and planning trips to new places.

Françoise Facella

Françoise Facella

Communications & Events Officer

A media expert with a passion for helping young people access the information they need.  Francoise likes to keep busy. Yoga, live music, books and vegan food makes her happy.

Georgia

Georgia

Helpline Team Leader

Georgia is involved in keeping the helpline up and running. She enjoys chasing the sun, attempting to have hobbies, and fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a cat lady.

Heather Devine

Heather Devine

Office Manager

Heather deals with all things HR and office related. Some say her devine intervention is what keeps The Mix running smoothly"ish"

James Pickstone

James Pickstone

Engagement and Support Manager

James helps look after The Mix's community & its amazing volunteers. When not roaming the discussion boards or moderating live chat, he can be found exploring a corner of the offline world.

Jan Mares

Jan Mares

Regional Outreach & Marketing Officer

Jan joined the Mix to create and maintain relationships with key organisations across the country and specific regions. He is passionate about supporting young people and enjoys travelling.

Katie

Katie

Operations Manager

Katie has managed our revenues and resources here at The Mix for 4 years. Katy says "Don’t ask me what I do in my spare time – I'm a mum"

Kharishma Ballucksingh

Kharishma Ballucksingh

Fundraising and Engagement Officer

Combining her passion for helping people and all things digital- it’s a match made in heaven really! When not working at The Mix, she is either volunteering with Child Bereavement UK or exploring new countries, getting stuck into the local cuisine or taking in the local sites.

Lindsay

Lindsay

Youth Support Officer

Definitely the most fashionable person at The Mix, Lindsay (with an A, not an E) keeps the helpline running smoothly. Our Geordie transplant enjoys whiskey, Bruce Spingsteen and true crime podcasts.  

Louise Jones

Louise Jones

Content Officer

Louise writes our fantastic content for The Mix and often finds herself in front of the camera. When she manages to escape, she's running, blogging, travelling, and dreaming of her future puppy - Stanley Pucci

Lydia

Lydia

Youth Support Officer

Lydia has been keeping the helpline running for over 2 years now. She is currently on maternity.

Madeleine Difford

Madeleine Difford

Corporate Partnerships Officer

Maddie is the Corporate Partnerships Officer with a mission to engage all organisations in the amazing work of The Mix and keep the office heater on all year round. Outside of work she practices her idea of mindfulness, a cup of tea, anything sugary and planning the next adventure holiday

Marcin

Marcin

Lead Developer

Marcin can make (pretty much) any code dance. Some of us suspect that he can see the world in binary - just like Neo from the matrix (Hang on... maybe he is Neo from the matrix?).

Maurizio

Maurizio

Counsellor

Maurizio works to guarantee a warm and positive space where children and young people can talk and find support. When not around The Mix he's acting in a local theatre or planning some adventure around the world.

Mike

Mike

Youth Support Officer (Community)

Mike first joined the community as a user a few years ago. After volunteering for a while he is now a fully-fledged staff member. He is often absorbed in music or a game, and also gets told (a lot) that he looks like Robert Pattinson.

Nadia Inwood

Nadia Inwood

Volunteer Development Manager

Nadia leads on the development of all things volunteer related and loves seeing the positive impact volunteering has on the lives of individuals and wider community. Nadia has two young children, so when she's not at work she's can been seen either falling asleep anywhere she sits down or running around pretending to be a dinosaur between trying to gulp down unhealthy quantities of caffeine!

Natasha Giraudel

Natasha Giraudel

Head of Marketing and Communications

Natasha is a creative and strategic doer who wants to ensure that, where possible, The Mix is by young people for young people. I love film, books, travelling, art/photography, family and friends, eating and Lego (not in that order).

Ryan Keane

Ryan Keane

Multimedia Producer

Ryan is a multimedia producer for the Mix. He works as a filmmaker and writer in his spare time, writing novels and scripts. He loves animals and has two pet rats, who are wonderful little animals that really get an unjustifiably bad rap.

Sarah Kingston

Sarah Kingston

Senior Development Manager

Sarah works with Trusts and Foundations, offering them opportunities to fund The Mix’s work. Things that make her happy include the Beatles, books, old man pubs and going to the theatre.

Simona

Simona

Counselling Manager

Passionate about supporting wellbeing and positive innovation through her work, Simona is also an enthusiastic discoverer of the world's natural and cultural heritage. You could easily find her mindfully walking around green spaces, photographing plants or discovering crafts and textile markets.

Stewart Donaldson

Stewart Donaldson

Data Analyst

Seven years into the job, Stew still loves the cause and the people he works with. He has a fan on throughout the year and is building an office larder in case the zombie apocalypse happens during office hours.

Subira Ismail

Subira Ismail

Trusts Officer

Subira is the Trusts Officer at The Mix, seeking out opportunities for Trusts and Foundation to get involved in what we do and making sure they’re kept up to date with all our amazing progress. When not at The Mix she loves  to travel and get immersed in different cultures, is a huge foodie and has a passion for human rights.  

Tess

Tess

Youth Support Officer

Starting as a volunteer, Tess joined The Mix to pursue her passion for helping young people to get the help that they need. She is also a great fan of cooking (and eating), and the occasional night of salsa dancing!

Tony Lomax

Tony Lomax

Volunteer and Training Coordinator

Tony works on developing and delivering training and working with our amazing volunteers! In his spare time, he makes short films, dabbles in kickboxing and messes around with computers.

Will Mason-Jebb

Will Mason-Jebb

Business Development Manager

Will loves engaging anyone who’ll listen in The Mix’s amazing work. Will is otherwise found watching Fulham lose or visiting parts of the world his Mum worries about.

Trustees

Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor

Chair of Trustees

Luke Taylor is the CEO of CRM and Digital for Omnicom Group. Luke joined Omnicom from DigitasLBi where he was Global CEO. Luke is also Chair of Trustees of The Mix, a leading youth charity that currently reaches 1.7million people under 25 in the UK. The Mix offers holistic advice and support via helplines and digital services with a particular focus on mental wellbeing and creates opportunities through volunteering. Luke holds a Masters degree from Oxford University.

Gearóid Lane

Gearóid Lane

Vice Chair

Following University studies in Mechanical Engineering in Ireland, Gearóid has spent his career in the energy utility industry, including 20 years at Centrica plc. He helped build a series of successful low carbon businesses as Managing Director of British Gas New Markets. He left at the end of 2012 and is now co-founder and CEO of AgilityEco, which specialises in financing and project management of low carbon housing retrofit. Gearóid joined the Board of Trustees of Get Connected (now The Mix) early in 2012 and serves as Chair of Trustees. The energy and enthusiasm of the The Mix team, and their desire to help under 25’s who don’t know where to turn inspires him every day. Gearóid has recently helped organise and himself completed a 900-mile cycle from London to Milan in support of his favourite young persons’ charity.

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Trustee

Andrew graduated in 1992 from Leeds University with a BA in Management Studies before starting his career as a Management Consultant at Bridgewater Associates.  In 1995, Carphone Warehouse beckoned and Andrew’s creative thinking and business acumen saw him rise swiftly through the ranks from Strategy Manager to securing the UK CEO role in 2001. Andrew was promoted to the Board as a Director in 2006 and became Group Chief Executive in 2013. He led the merger of Carphone Warehouse with Dixons Retail in August 2014, and was appointed to his current role as Deputy CEO of Dixons Carphone plc and CEO of Connected World Services. Andrew joined the Board of Trustees of Get Connected (now The Mix) in 2003. As one of the country’s most passionate advocates of connected technology and father of two young children, Andrew believes that The Mix has never been more relevant, channelling the power of technology to help vulnerable young people get the support they need, how and when they need it most.

Edward Wray

Edward Wray

Trustee

Edward Wray co-founded Betfair in 1999 and was its first Chief Executive. He became Chairman in 2006. Betfair floated on the London Stock Exchange in October 2010, valued at £1.4 billion. He has twice been named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. Edward stepped down from his role as Chairman 2012, and currently holds directorships at Funding Circle, Property Partner, Prodigy Finance and LMAX Limited, and is on the Board of Nesta. He is an active Angel investor.

Jessica Burley

Jessica Burley

Trustee

Jessica is a senior media professional, conversant in all media distribution channels. In 2010 Jessica was appointed CEO of m/SIX, The&Partnership’s media company formed in conjunction with GroupM in 2008. Prior to joining m/SIX Jessica was Managing Director of The National Magazine Company, the publisher of magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. Jessica was also responsible for the company’s internet division, Hearst Digital, network of 22 websites and was a client of The&Partnership. Prior to NatMags, Jessica previously held senior roles at Future Publishing PLC, Gruner & Jahr and the Financial Times. Jessica was previously a Non-Executive Director for Talk Talk Telecom Group PLC and Jacques Vert PLC. Currently Jess is a Non-Executive Director of UK Mail PLC, Quarto Publishing PLC and is a Trustee of The Mix since 2012.

Lorraine Harper

Lorraine Harper

Treasurer

Lorraine is a qualified ACA and has held a variety of tax and finance roles across a number of industries.  Currently the Director of Group Finance at TalkTalk, she supports The Mix in the role of Treasurer. Previously a member of the Board of Trustees for Berkshire Women’s Aid, Lorraine joined the charity’s Trustee Board in early 2014. Lorraine’s first encounter with The Mix was as a helpline volunteer over 10 years ago.  Her experience of hearing the problems of young people first hand and the relief that help was out there stayed long after her shifts ended.  The range of issues facing young people in an ever increasingly digital world has evolved since, but the need for help and support remains as strong as ever.

James Scroggs

James Scroggs

Trustee

James is a Marketer with rich experience in Entertainment, Youth and Technology. He's led award-winning marketing programmes for ITV Digital, MTV and SpinVox. He has founded a Strategic Marketing Hub, and HΩΩPLONDON, and also sits on the Board of C.A.L.M.

Henny Braund

Henny Braund

Trustee

Henny Braund is the Chief Executive of the Anthony Nolan charity. She was previously Resources Director at Shelter, the housing charity and draws on 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. She is a former Trustee for the Small Charities Coalition and was Chair for Aids and Housing (Health and Housing).

Christian Jennings

Christian Jennings

Trustee

Christian is the Finance Director at Moonpig. He joined the The Mix Board of Trustees in December 2014 as Treasurer.

Rakesh Shah

Rakesh Shah

Trustee

Rakesh has been volunteering at The Mix since May 2012 and is a firm believer in how the charity is trying to help children and young people across the UK. He is very active in the volunteer community; and is always on hand to help raise money and support at fundraising events. Rakesh graduated with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from Nottingham University. He now works for market leading energy and environmental commodity brokers Evolution Markets Ltd, where he heads up their IT and Operations divisions.

Founder at Large

Martyn Lewis

Martyn Lewis

Founder at Large

Martyn is the Founder of YouthNet and was our Chairperson until standing down in June 2014. He is now Founder-at-Large of YouthNet, staying involved in the organisation he founded and chaired for almost 20 years. Over 32 years as a television journalist he presented every mainstream national news programme on BBC and ITV before moving into business in 1999.