Yvonne Field – Founder and Managing Director of The Ubele Initiative
Yvonne has more than 35 years of professional experience working with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders ranging from professional front line staff through to senior management, policy makers and planners in local, national and international government, civil society organisations and the corporate sector.
She has spent substantial periods working in organisational learning and development, change management, informal education with youth, social care, health systems.
Yvonne has an MA in Community and Social Work, a MSc in Change Agents Skills and Strategies, and professional qualifications in community and youth work, teaching and social work. She has also been on the board of a number of charitable trusts and is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIfL) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
In 2012 Yvonne was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled to Atlanta, Georgia and New Zealand to explore social leadership development in African-American communities, plus community enterprise and the transfer of indigenous knowledge inter-generationally within the Maori community.
Michael Hamilton - Programme Director
Michael has more than 20 years of experience working with young people and their communities in the London Borough of Lewisham. He developed and ran the Young People’s Health Project and has spent his working life in community development of one sort or another.
Michael has been a community worker, a youth worker, a community arts worker, radio presenter and a project manager, creating interventions in young peoples health. More recently he founded Share, Act, Think a community interest company with a remit to make individual and community interventions both impactful and sustainable, offering counseling and designing and delivering multi-layered programmes to affect issues like teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to supporting the integration of immigrant young people into the mainstream society.
Philip Udeh - Director
Philip is an alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and has worked as a community activist for over a decade. Philip founded Community Builders to create opportunities for young people to take positive social action and to improve their lives. He has also been trustee for a number of voluntary sector organisations including The Sickle Cell Society, The Challenge, and vInspired.
In 2015 Philip founded Brain Füd, a healthy energy drink with functional benefits for the mind.
Karl Murray - Strategic Advisor
Karl has over 30yrs experience of working in the field of teacher training, sport development, youth, community education, 14 – 19yrs and Connexions development, of which the last 17 years as a senior manager within the London Boroughs of Harrow and Southwark, operating at strategic directorate level.
Karl has been involved in grant/bid writing for many years in a range of capacities, including over 15 years as a Grants Managing Officer with a responsibility for disbursing funding to voluntary, community and charitable organisations (i.e. not-for-profits).
Through FW Business Ltd, Karl has been developing approaches that support and develop organisations, especially small and emerging charities, voluntary and community social enterprises.
Aisha Khan - Programme Development Officer
Aisha is a JNC qualified, Social Sciences, Community Development & Youth Work graduate. Aisha is experienced in program development, facilitation and fundraising. She serves as a Community Mentor for Aik Saath, a grassroots charity promoting peace, racial harmony and social cohesion, through teaching conflict resolution and community cohesion. She has led training sessions and workshops on Identity & Belonging, Refugeehood, Migration & Diaspora, Unfolding Prejudice, Violence against women (including human trafficking and FGM awareness), and Anti-Racism at schools, colleges and community centres.
Aisha centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She is also a board member of the Encompass Trust, for which she has led on projects around peace, dialogue, migration and refugeehood.
Aisha is committed to working to increase the leadership capacity of communities of diaspora in UK and internationally.