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Our Team

Meet the dedicated OnSide team that works tirelessly to make Youth Zones a reality.

Jamie Masraff

Chief Executive

Jamie took on the role of OnSide's Chief Executive in 2023, continuing the growth of the thriving Network of Youth Zones.

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Rob Carter

Deputy Chief Executive

In 2008 Rob joined OnSide North West and, as Deputy Chief Executive, has responsibility for facilities development in addition to supporting Jamie’s work. Rob leads…

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Alison Benjamin

Director of Fundraising

Alison oversees all philanthropic income generating activities and the Marketing team across both OnSide offices. The Fundraising team raises money from private individuals, corporates and…

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Fiona Norcross

Director of Finance

Fiona joined OnSide in July 2013. A qualified accountant, her career spans the public, private and third sectors. Fiona is responsible for managing the financial…

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Debbie Wright

Director of HR

Debbie has worked in HR for 9 years for a range of different organisations including private, public and third sectors. The majority of her experience was working…

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Kathryn Morley

Strategic Advisor

Kathryn was Chief Executive of OnSide for ten years until 2022, driving considerable growth of the OnSide Network and development of the OnSide Model. Prior…

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Jeremy Glover MBE

Senior Advisor

During Jerry’s 32 years as Chief Executive at Bolton Lads & Girls Club, the club established its reputation as a world-class facility and model of…

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Jamie Carson

Project Director

Jamie joined OnSide as Project Director in 2017 to help us deliver new Youth Zones. Prior to joining OnSide, Jamie worked in Local Government for…

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Clare Kanakides

Head of Network Support

Clare heads up the Network Support team, leading on support, maintaining strong relationships and promoting collaboration across all the Youth Zones,. Network Support encompasses all…

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Vanessa Haworth

Head of New Project Development

Vanessa joined OnSide in February 2022. She now leads ‘live’ Youth Zone projects nationally, taking them from the point of council approval up to pre-opening.…

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David Mellis

Senior Philanthropy Manager (Hammersmith & Fulham)

David joined OnSide in April 2017 with over 15 years’ experience with charities transforming the lives of young people. After 6 years at The Prince’s…

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Adam Poyner

Head of Property & Construction

Adam is a Chartered Surveyor and heads up the Property & Construction Team, the in-house developer function for OnSide’s new building projects.  Adam’s background is…

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Lee Williamson

Lee joined OnSide in January 2023 as a Project Manager in the Property & Construction Team.  He will be responsible for the delivery of modern,…

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Michael Schierenbeck

Project Manager

Michael Schierenbeck joined OnSide in December 2022 as a Project Manager in the Property & Construction. Team and has over 20 years’ experience within the…

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Andy Taylor

Network Facilities Manager

Andrew joined OnSide in 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience across all areas of facilities/building/project management, 15 of those in the public sector. He…

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Michelle Bradshaw

Assistant Surveyor

Michelle joined OnSide Youth Zones in February 2017 as Events Manager and enjoyed two years in that role. In 2019 she gained the opportunity to…

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Julia Bates

Head of Philanthropy (Capital Campaigns)

Julia joined OnSide in September 2019 and oversees the fundraising for new northern Youth Zones, leading on the capital fundraising for each, and line-manages the…

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Catherine Havers

Head of Philanthropy

Catherine Havers leads the Senior Philanthropy Managers responsible for Founder Patron support for new Youth Zones outside the south-east. Catherine also focuses time on developing…

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Michelle Moore

Senior Philanthropy Manager

Michelle joined OnSide in March 2021 after spending the past 12 years in fundraising roles in UK universities. Michelle has also worked internationally and in…

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Ochuko Adekoya

Director of Communications and Brand

Ochuko joined OnSide as Director of Communications and Brand in June 2020. Her role is to lead the marcomms team and develop and drive a…

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Greg Farrimond

Communications and Media Manager

Greg joined OnSide in August 2016 after spending six years working in the local media in Wigan. It was during his time at the Wigan…

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Sadie Riley

Communications and Brand Manager

Sadie joined the OnSide team in November 2021 as Communications and Brand Manager. Her role has a split focus, with half of her time dedicated…

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Catrin Morgan

Digital Communications Manager

Catrin joined OnSide as Digital Communications Manager in March 2021. With 10 years’ experience in marketing and communications, she has worked in the public, private…

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Cath Taylor

Safeguarding Manager

Cath has recently joined OnSide and is home based with weekly travel across the Youth Zone Network. For the last 5 years Cath worked as…

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Georgia Hannen

Volunteer Development Manager

Georgia has recently joined OnSide in the new role of Volunteer Development Manager. For the last 6 years Georgia has worked in the charity sector;…

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Pamela Tompsett

Youth Programmes Manager

Pamela’s role is to project manage all of the network projects that assist the delivery of targeted services; this can be anything from health projects…

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Chiara Mallia

HR Support Manager

Chiara joined OnSide in 2012 having previously worked in both the voluntary and public sectors in HR and operations management. Chiara is responsible for the…

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Damilola Akinfolarin

HR Generalist

Dami joined OnSide in July 2019 and has worked in HR for 5 years for different organisations in the private sector from start-ups to more…

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Zahra Naqvi

Talent Academy Manager

Zahra is OnSide’s Talent Academy Manager, ensuring an exceptional talent pipeline across the network to ultimately inspire the next generation.

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Ria Meredith

Talent Academy Officer

Ria is OnSide’s Talent Academy Officer, who works alongside the team to implement new initiatives, as well as existing ones across the Network. With experience…

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Simon Marsh

Head of Trusts, Grants and Statutory

Simon joined OnSide in 2020 as Head of Trusts, Grants and Statutory in order to secure partnerships with charitable grant funders that help further enhance…

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Sarah Shaw

Executive Assistant

Sarah joined OnSide in May 2018 having previously worked as a Company Finance Officer and Personal Assistant within grassroots football. Sarah is Executive Assistant to…

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Carrie Hallett

Executive Assistant

Carrie joined OnSide in April 2022 as Executive Assistant to the Strategy Team, alongside secretariat support to the Trustee Boards of new Youth Zones and…

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Izzy Russell

Youth Worker intern

Izzy joined OnSide in September 2021 as a Youth Worker intern on the Rank Aspire Programme supported by the Rank Foundation. She is working on…

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David Barton

Head of Openings

David started at OnSide representing the views of young people throughout the development of a Youth Zone as a Youth Engagement Manager. He has now…

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Phil Marsh

Head of Openings

Phil's role is to aid opening of our Future Youth Zone projects. Phil has spent time as Youth Work Manager at Bolton Lads and Girls…

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Chris Moore

Senior Finance Manager

Chris started working for OnSide when the only two employees were Jerry Glover and Rob Carter, back in 2009, and his role then was to…

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Migena Kovaci

Finance Manager

Migena joined OnSide in January 2021 to provide financial management and advice to our London Youth Zones –  working closely with the CEO’s and Trustees.…

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Sharon Lever

Senior Finance Manager

Sharon Lever joined OnSide in August 2022; she brings over 15 years’ experience of financial management in the charity sector. Before joining OnSide, Sharon was…

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Tino Singodia

Senior Finance Manager

Tino joined the OnSide team in January 2021 with considerable financial management experience in education, health, and overseas development charities. Previously, he trained and qualified…

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Angela Rayner-Wallbank

Finance Assistant

Angela joined OnSide in November 2017 as Finance Assistant.  Angela previously worked for a domestic appliance repair organisation in the Finance department for 22 years,…

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Rachel Morton

Systems Development & Data Insights Manager

Rachel was part of the original team at Manchester Youth Zone, where she spent five years as Administration Manager. Here Rachel developed a greater understanding…

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Duncan Hall

Senior IT & Systems Manager

Duncan joined OnSide in February 2017. His role as Senior IT & Systems Manager sees him take a lead on the implementation of all systems,…

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Barbara Hornby

Systems Training Champion

Barbara has worked in the OnSide Network since before it began, started working at Bolton Lads & Girls Club as The Mentoring Project Office Administrator…

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