Meet the team

OUR STAFF

CANDICE FONTAINE

Youth Worker

Candice is an ex Avenues member who began working as a volunteer at the Avenues whilst studying for her degree at University. She continued to work with us on a part-time basis and now leads our Girls' Hub on Tuesday evenings alongside her full-time role of Behaviour and Wellbeing Centre Manager at a secondary school. Candice is training to become a qualified counsellor and also holds a certificate in mental health first aid. She is passionate about assisting families and supporting young people in an holistic way.

CAROL ARCHIBALD

Programme Manager

Carol joined The Avenues as a member aged 14 and never really left! After graduating she worked in the City for 12 years, sustaining a part-time position as a youth worker in her evenings. Programme Manager since 2008, Carol is responsible for managing the content, planning, staffing and delivery of our programmes and activities and is actively involved in supporting numerous young people, some into adulthood. She holds a BA Hons in Youth Work and Business Management, and a Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training.

CAROL BENT

Consultant

In 1980 Carol joined The Avenues as a volunteer, then youth worker, acting as an inspirational leader, motivator and father-figure for generations of young people. In 1998 Carol was made Senior Youth Worker, until 2014 when he semi-retired taking on the role of Finance Manager. Known locally as “Ledge”, Carol is hugely respected, having dedicated his life to young people in our community, and he continues to offer valuable input as a consultant.

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DELPHINE HERMAN

Youth Worker

Heading up our music suite, qualified youth worker Delphine is a recording artist and producer. He inspires and trains our members in music production, song writing and lyrics. Young people can either dabble and develop their creative skills or go further and learn to perform and produce professional quality tracks that can lead to careers in the music industry. Del also leads our accredited music and sound engineer training programmes.

EMILIA BARAN

Finance Manager

Emilia graduated with BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the City University of London and then decided to pursue a career in accountancy. She has worked as a senior accountant for small and medium sized organisations (mostly charities) since 2012. She lives in North Paddington and joined The Avenues Youth Project in 2021.

ETHAN CAPRICE

Youth Worker

Like many of our youth workers, Ethan started coming to The Avenues as a member aged 13 and continues to live in the community. As well as working with our Juniors after-school, Ethan is the club’s Judo Instructor and Lead Youth Worker for The Avenues Judo Club, which not only teaches self-defence but channels energy and builds up confidence, co-ordination and teamwork.

FABIAN SHARP

Chief Executive

Having served as Chair of The Avenues trustees since 2010, Fabian took on the Chief Executive role after all public funding for youth work was cut in 2016. He implemented a strategy to keep the centre open and flourishing for local children and young people.
 Fabian was born and lives locally. With an MA in Urban Regeneration, he is a committed localist who has dedicated 20 years to helping reduce inequalities in this community.

FFION CHAMBERS

Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Lead

Ffion joined The Avenues in early 2019, initally as Operations Manager before moving to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning lead role. With a degree in Childhood Studies and a Masters in Psychology of Education Ffion worked for The Challenge, and as Operations Manager and Expedition Manager for Raleigh International in Tanzania.

KEIGHLEY MCNEISH

Head of Learning

Keighley is an ex-member of The Avenues, youth worker since 2005 and secondary school teacher since 2011. She is responsible for delivering accredited coursework at The Avenues, compiling learning resources and marking work. Holding a BA Hons in Education and Child Wellbeing, Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training, Qualified Teacher Status for Further Education, Keighley lives locally and is passionate about helping our children progress.

MARCUS LEON

Senior Youth Worker

Another former Avenues member, Marcus worked as a part-time youth worker at The Avenues from 2010, whilst working in education both as a SEN teacher and Inclusion Manager. Marcus was appointed The Avenues’s full-time Senior Youth Worker in March 2020 and is responsible for our senior members’ projects, adding much needed bandwidth to our delivery. He is also studying for a Masters in Appied Anthropology and Youth Work at Goldsmiths University.

NEILAH WILSON

Administrator

Neilah joined The Avenues in December 2020. A Business and Criminology graduate, and both an ex-Avenues member and former employee, after 10 years as a retail manager, Neilah came back to join The Avenues as our Administrator. She is a very family-orientated person and hopes to bring all her experiences together to support the growing Avenues family.

NICOLE FORDE

Youth Worker

With radio presentation and production an ever-popular component of our music offer, qualified youth worker Nicole heads up radio projects aimed at helping develop the confidence and skills of our members. An experienced radio DJ with her own show on The Beat LDN, Nicole holds a degree in Media, and also works in The Avenues office supporting our monitoring and evaluation work.

PADDY BARNES

Fundraising and Sustainability

With an LLB (Hons) law degree from Bristol University, a background in business, and experience in community project funding, Paddy became a volunteer fundraiser for The Avenues in 2017 after learning about its loss of public funding. He became committed to improving and sustaining The Avenues’ long-term future and subsequently became a trustee, before taking on the trusts and foundations fundraising role in 2019.

RENÉE ALLEYNE

Social Media Manager

Renée joined in December 2020 to handle the content output on our increasingly important social media channels. Holding a degree in Forensic Science and Criminology Renée is one of the newest members of The Avenues team joining in December 2020. With 7 years of working in social media management and content production from Kiss FM and Boxpark. Renée loves all things music, musicals and of course social media.

SHIVANI DODHIA

Operations Manager

Shivani joined The Avenues team in January 2020 after graduating from university with a degree in International Relations and Spanish. Working part-time in our office, she has a passion for working with young people and providing them with a safe and fun environment to develop and flourish into young adults. Shivani’s role encompasses building management, staff and volunteer training, and office admin.

WAYNE LOUIS

Youth Worker

Wayne attended The Avenues from the age of 13 and became ingrained into the club, which aided his transformation from member to youth worker. Having such deep-rooted connections with the community gives Wayne the necessary tools needed to challenge and motivate local young people to fulfil their potential.

OUR TRUSTEES

CORRINA RALPH

Treasurer

Corrina is a senior financial executive with more than 14 years’ experience leading finance, legal and HR functions. She is Finance Director for Watts Group, a firm of consultants to the property and construction industry, and previously worked in the healthcare sector as Financial Controller of Nualtra and as Finance Director for FDB UK. Corrina has a B. Comm and an LL.B (Hons) from the National University of Ireland and is a qualified accountant. She is actively involved in the financial management of The Avenues, implementing new processes and systems to assist the charity’s growth.

CRISTINA FEDI

Trustee

Cristina is a brand and marketing professional and creative strategist. After working for organisations such as Channel 4 Television, Colors Magazine and Byron she now runs her own consultancy, advising clients in the hospitality, arts and not-for profit sector. Her areas of expertise include brand identity and rebrands, brand and marketing strategy, marketing campaigns, partnerships and events. Living locally to The Avenues, Cristina believes wholeheartedly in the power of education and in creating equal opportunities for all children to flourish.

EARTHA POND

Trustee

Eartha Pond started coming to Avenues as a teenager 20 years ago. Still living in the community, Eartha is an ex-professional footballer (Arsenal and Spurs), has won UK Sports Teacher of the Year, was Global Teacher Prize Finalist in 2017, and is currently a BBC Radio Sport Summariser, international keynote speaker and the elected Vice Chair of Queen’s Park Community Council. In 2020 she launched a non-profit organisation to help improve academic achievement amongst disadvantaged GCSE students in London schools. In her (limited) free time Eartha enjoys sport, music and theatre.

GEOFFREY WHITE

Company Secretary

Geoffrey is a recently retired senior partner of the international law firm Clifford Chance LLP. Geoffrey holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Commerce degrees from Melbourne University, Australia and Master of Laws from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA. He practised in the London, Tokyo and New York offices of Clifford Chance over a period of more than 40 years specialising in international finance.

GRAEME RUSSELL

Trustee

Graeme joined as a trustee in 2019 after working with The Avenues on strategic planning through the Pilotlight programme. Graeme is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he is Head of Compliance for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an Honours law degree and worked as a litigator at Linklaters and Paines and subsequently in various roles at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, in London and Hong Kong. Graeme has various interests outside of work, including reading, sport and music and is married with three children.

JENNIE MARSHALL

Chair of Trustees

Jennie originally joined The Avenues as a volunteer and became a trustee in 2016. Living locally, she has a degree in education from London University and a diploma in learning difficulties, and has been involved in education as a teacher, tutor, school governor, and school owner. She also has experience as a director of a property company, as part of a farming partnership, and on the fundraising committee of the Rugby Portobello Trust.

JULIA COURT

Trustee

Julia joined the board of Avenues in 2016, having previously worked with The Avenues on a pro bono basis. She is a partner at Addleshaw Goddard specialising for over 20 years in construction and major projects in the UK and internationally. Julia has managed specialist teams within a number of law firms and is particularly interested in talent development and wellbeing. Outside of work she enjoys music, art and sport. In early 2020, Julia organised a fundraising concert for The Avenues, featuring our young people and stars of Hamilton The Musical.

KEIR TUTT

Trustee

Having graduated in Law LLB Hons from Brunel University, Keir has spent most of his career in business process outsourcing companies, serving many large corporate clients. Keir is currently the Operations Director at Nudge Global, a fintech company providing financial education through technology with the aim of helping people manage their money. He is also responsible for the compliance of the company. Keir's main passion outside work is sport, having played rugby for many years. Keir has spent the last 15 years coaching young football teams, giving everybody the opportunity to develop, both in a sporting and a social context.

LOUISA GREGORY

Trustee

As a general management professional with a specialisation in human resource management, Louisa has spent most of her career working in the telecommunications sector, including in customer facing roles, operations, human resources and general management roles. She is currently Chief of Staff with Colt Technology Services. After relocating to London in 2017 from Singapore, Louisa was keen to contribute to local services that support young people “getting a foot in the door”. In her spare time, her passions are triathlon, reading, cooking and theatre.

VIRGINIA ASHTON

Vice Chair

Virginia became involved with The Avenues in 1992 and, at the turn of the millennium, was responsible for the successful campaign to raise funds for the construction of the current Avenues building. She has worked with the voluntary sector in Paddington for over 50 years and is also a trustee of Paddington Development Trust.

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