Meet our team
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 (he/him)
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 (she/her)
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.
Cara Evans (she/her)
Passionate advocate of the charity sector. Cara is an organiser at heart and loves a problem to solve. Which is why she is ideally suited to looking at the background systems to make the Mix more efficient and effective. Relaxing involves looking after the family and singing with her local community choir.
Bohdana Dock (she/her)
Data Evaluation & Insights Manager
Bohdana is passionate about understanding and helping to change society. She collects and analyses our data to help us evaluate and improve our services. She has a great passion for gardening, garden design, hiking and running.
Edward Emond (he/him)
Head of Youth Engagement
Ed’s goal is to expand and develop the opportunities we offer young people; strengthening the skills amongst those using and powering The Mix services. He's nicknamed ‘BBC Sport’ due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of useless sports trivia.
Italia Jensen (she/her)
Youth Participation Manager
For over a decade, Italia has been a passionate advocate for youth voice and continues to champion young people in every area at The Mix. In her downtime, you can often find this Kiwi exploring London and trying to find the perfect flat white. Favourite quote: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it” - Maya Angelou
Lauren Shean (she/her)
Lauren is a passionate mental health and disability activist who is working towards a career as a Dramatherapist. When she's not bringing in new counsellors, you'll most likely find Lauren chilling with her cat Edna or living her best life on a farm in Kettering.
Holly Turner (she/her)
Editorial Communications Manager
Holly looks after communications at The Mix and has a wealth of experience in editorial roles. She's passionate about supporting young people through content and amplifying their voices. Outside work, Holly enjoys yoga, tap dancing and hunting for London's best pizzas.
Jon Addison (he/him/they/them)
Jon brings his passion for all things film and video to The Mix in order to entertain, provide insight, and inspire. Dedicated to supporting young people, his content looks to empower them and give them a voice. In his free time he loves screenwriting, boxing, and exploring new culinary delights.
Argyrios Terzis (he/him)
Psychology is my great passion! I really love helping people overcome their difficulties and counselling is the best way to achieve that. Other than Psychology, I love watching movies and series, cooking, photography and playing games. My favourite quote would be: ‘Not all those who wander are lost’ - J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Mathers (he/him)
Trusts & Foundations Manager
Christopher has spent the last 8 years working with youth charities in fundraising and communication roles and is passionate about making a difference to young people’s lives. Away from work Christopher is mostly known for his love of and ability to endlessly talk about football, spending much of his time playing and watching the game whilst starting a collection of vintage jerseys.
Emily Cohen (she/her)
UI & Design Officer
Emily makes things look good and is passionate about making a positive impact for young people through her designs. Emily was inspired to begin illustrating as part of her eating disorder recovery. She loves bagels, music and activism.
Leon White (he/him)
Head of Services
Passionate about making sure that people get the support they need to thrive, feel empowered & stay well and safe. Leon oversees The operations of the Mix’s 1-1 support services: the Helpline, Counselling & safeguarding team. Not just a comic book geek, but THE comic book geek.
Helpline Team Leader
Nikki is passionate about creating safe and accessible spaces for young people to reach out for support and share whatever is on their mind. Nikki has been working in mental health for over seven years and is particularly passionate about ensuring that young people's voices are heard and that they are empowered to shape their own journeys. In her spare time Nikki is a proud cat mum of two, an active member of the LGBTQIA+ community and loves a good adventure.
Lydia Crawford (she/her)
Digital Support Worker
Lydia is passionate about reducing the stigma against mental health in young people. She recognises the importance of having a conversation with people; having someone to listen and acknowledge your feelings can make such a difference. Away from work, Lydia enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching crime dramas and going for long walks with her dog.
Digital Support Worker
Night owl Joe works for The Mix as a Digital Support Worker. He is passionate about dogs (specifically his own dog) and Gordon Ramsay. He loves being a listening ear and hates vegetables.
Andy Rayment (he/him)
Youth Engagement Officer
With a passion for equal chances and equality in education, Andy is excited to help anyone who is interested in supporting young people. Andy makes sure the volunteer journey, from application to first shift, is running like a well-oiled machine. In his spare time, Andy loves to paint. He aspires to be both as talented and as kind-hearted as his hero Bob Ross.
Theodora Panagi (she/her)
Volunteer & Training Manager
Theodora has worked in the charity sector for a decade. She is massively passionate about recognising the impact volunteers make, and ensuring they have a positive and fulfilling experience. She is a huge football fan and spends most weekends either extremely frustrated or overjoyed by her team’s performance.
Lead Helpline Coordinator
The joy of the job for Mix is getting to witness the power of talking and sharing every shift. She is also the training lead for the Helpline Team and is committed to ensuring our staff and volunteers are prepared to support any deserving young person who reaches out to us. When not working, Mix can be found continuing her studies as a Psychotherapist, at the Theatre or spending quality time with friends and family.
Molly Gorman (she/her)
Molly is passionate about making a positive difference and amplifying the voices of young people struggling with eating disorders. In her spare time, you can find Molly writing articles, volunteering or outside exploring new places.
Phoebe Mead (she/her)
Motivated by collaboration, Phoebe manages the partnerships here at The Mix in an effort to align audiences, amplify youth voice and fund our vital services. Outside of work, Phoebe enjoys visiting art galleries, lido swimming and having a good time with friends (ideally at a festival).
Simran Atwal (she/her)
Marketing & Outreach Officer
Along with taking long strolls, Simran enjoys updating The Mix social and working alongside young people to make sure their stories are heard.
Mitali Soni (she/her)
Digital Support Worker
Mitali is passionate about helping and supporting people whenever she can. When she is not volunteering her spare time counselling, she likes going out on adventures exploring new places and trying new foods.
Claire Willoughby (she/her)
I'm passionate about young people having a space where they feel heard and supported. I developed a real interest in mental health after volunteering with The Mix. In my spare time I like spending time with my family and watching reality TV.
Seem Alsasa (she/her)
Head of Digital
Goes by the nickname 'Alslacker'! Loves boxing, motorbikes, food and animals. Couldn't be happier working at The Mix leading an amazing team of tech gurus. Interested in all things digital and passionate about all things young people related.
Ekta Sharma (she/her)
Lead Helpline Coordinator
Ekta works for The Mix as a Lead Helpline Coordinator, supporting the volunteers that join us and ensuring that the helpline is a safe and supportive place for the young people accessing our helpline. Outside of work, Ekta enjoys travelling, watching everything on Netflix and running.
Jammy Brown (she/her)
Senior Finance & Admin Assistant
Jammy is the go-to person in the charity, she keeps the office running so that everyone in the team can focus on delivering our amazing services. Jammy’s perfect evening is cooking dinner for friends, paying particular attention to desert!
Senior Youth Support Officer (Community)
Mike has been involved with The Mix’s online community in different ways for years. He’s a massive film and video game geek, and can give you the episode title for pretty much any modern Doctor Who quote.
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?).
Chair of Trustees
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 and became Chair in 2020. 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.
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.
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 a Trustee of The Mix, a leading youth charity that currently reaches 1.7million people under 25 in the UK. He was the Chair of Trustees until September 2020 and still plays a vital role on the board. Luke holds a Masters degree from Oxford University.
Debbie is the Financial Director at RVU and former Commercial Finance Director at Zoopla. She got involved with The Mix at the start of 2020, after an ex-colleague of stepped back from the Treasurer position and 'matchmade' the connection. With the digital lean of The Mix (quite unusual in the charity sector) being so closely aligned to the Tech industry (which she has worked in for many years), it felt like a serendipitous connection at just the right time. The cliched 'giving something back' had a lot to do with her general interest in taking on a treasurer role, but Debbie particularly wanted to be involved with a charity that had a strong mental health focus. The Mix's focus on young people further increased the appeal of the role. Debbie has two nieces and a nephew with whom she is very close (all under 10 but rapidly growing up), and the complexities of navigating the world today for young people seem quite discombobulating! Debbie wants to do her part to help make that world a little easier for them to navigate.
Chloe is a youth expert, author and consultant and is currently working on the follow up to her successful book, Generation Z, for which she interviewed a diverse range of young people about the issues impacting them. She is a consultant on youth issues for the Mayor of London. Chloe has worked as a columnist for the Times Educational Supplement and also writes for the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Independent on issues impacting young people. Her expertise has made her a regular on TV and radio debates including Sky News, Channel 4 News, Newsnight, and Woman’s Hour. Chloe is a former teacher and cares deeply about raising young people’s voices. She is passionate about raising awareness of child poverty, gang culture and sexual exploitation. As Trustee at The Mix she will bring a huge amount of insight and expertise to the charity’s strategy, as well as contributing to content and communications; she has already featured on the charity’s website as a guest blogger.
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.
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.
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).
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.