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.
Meet the team...
Senior Management Team
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.
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.
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.
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!
Head of Systems & Support
Abdul is a technical giant at The Mix. He has the ability to make any system or server bend to our will, to help us meet young people's needs.
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.
Some say he's full of originallity, others say, he's stolen this style from a once popular TV series, all we know is, he's a badmintoning, cycling, softballing, boardgamer.
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.
Youth Support Officer
Emilio makes sure all our products are working, so we can deliver support to our young people. In his spare time you’ll find him gazing at the universe and trying to figure out where we come from.
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.
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.
(Katie is currently on maternity leave.)
Kevin is a counsellor from Australia. He believes that shared human experience is powerful, & healing. So is a cup of tea, music, & Jaffa cakes mmm.
Louise writes, and often stars in, our fantastic content for The Mix. When she's not desperately trying to stop her colleagues GIFing her, she's running, writing YA novels, and dreaming of her future puppy - Stanley Pucci.
Youth Support Officer
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?).
Engagement & Support Apprentice
Mike is on a 9 month apprenticeship to develop his support and community management skills, but has been part of the community for 3 years. He’s often absorbed in music or a game, and also gets told he looks like Robert Pattinson.
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!
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.
Steph looks after The Mix where she writes advice and support articles. In her spare time she enjoys playing in punk bands and baking brownies.
Engagement and Support Officer
Steph helps to look after The Mix community and volunteers. When not online she can be found keeping busy outdoors either running, climbing, cycling and swimming and also enjoys rustling up baked goods too!
Head of Marcoms
Ollie joined in ’09. His goal is to make The Mix's services the first place young people turn before they even need help. He loves a brew... and legend has it that he is more tea than man.
Sanaz is on a lifelong mission to save young people. In her spare time she is an unapologetic sugar lover, food evangelist and cat enthusiast.
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.
Stats Man & Researcher
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.
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!
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.
Chair of Trustees
Luke Taylor is the CEO of DigitasLBi and a member of the Publicis.Sapient executive committee. DigitasLBi is a Global Marketing and Technology agency with 8,000 employees across 30 countries. Luke is also Chair of Trustees of The Mix. Luke holds a Masters degree from Oxford University.
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 early in 2012 and serves as Chair of Trustees. The energy and enthusiasm of the Get Connected 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 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 in 2003. As one of the country’s most passionate advocates of connected technology and father of two young children, Andrew believes that Get Connected 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 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 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 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 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 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 is the Finance Director at Moonpig. He joined the The Mix Board of Trustees in December 2014 as Treasurer.
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
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.