Our Team

Meet our dedicated team who support all the work we do.

Our team members are based across our four hubs in the South, North, Scotland and the Midlands.



EY Foundation Team

I joined the EY Foundation in March 2014 ahead of its launch in July. Prior to taking on the CEO role I was a member of the Leadership team, with responsibility for the charity’s strategic partnerships and collaborations, the diversification of income streams and expanding work with employers. Having worked in the sustainability and not-for-profit field over 12+ years I am passionate about the potential of cross-sector partnerships and the role businesses can play in helping to drive social change. 

 

The best piece of careers advice I’ve been given? You’ll spend a large chunk of your life at work, so work in a field/sector that you’re passionate about. You might not get there instantly but keep the focus. Don’t forget about volunteering – it’s an amazing way to build up your skills and add experience to your CV.

EY Foundation Team

I joined the Foundation in February 2017 and lead on all of our programmatic activity with young people and social entrepreneurs.

 

I have worked predominately in the third sector for the past 18 years and am passionate about developing the employability skills of young people through employer led/supported initiatives.

 

The best career advice I’d give is to find what makes you tick and don’t be afraid to change your mind – career journeys are never straight or indeed straightforward!

EY Foundation Team

I joined the Foundation when we launched in 2014, and have been very lucky to be involved in all aspects of the Foundation’s work from leading programme design and delivery to the growth of our work with employers across the UK, and more recently as our Chief Financial Officer.

 

I truly believe that every person has talent no matter what their background and experiences - and every day at work, the young people we work with validate this belief, which is why I’m so passionate about the work that we do at the Foundation.

 

The best careers advice I have had was “to do what you love” – I spent many years following someone else’s dream and expectations but when I stopped to think about what I wanted to achieve , the impact I wanted to have and the difference I wanted to make, my career journey took a different and much more rewarding path.


EY Foundation Team

I joined the Foundation in 2015, and have previously had roles across our finance and operations team and delivering our social enterprise activity. My role currently is to support the team designing and delivering our strategy and the plans to implement this.

 

A key driver for me at work is the importance of opportunity, we have all been assisted by others in our career journeys and I think it is our duty to pass that on.  I believe our work is a crucial part in helping young people know enough to make the employment choices that are best for them.

 

The best careers advice I have received is that if something scares you career wise it is worth trying out. And that if you try and fail, that is a learning opportunity!

Ewan Bennie

I joined the communications team in September 2018, where I’m responsible for the Foundation’s communications and influence activity. A key motivation in my role is helping to ensure every young person has the same opportunity to succeed, no matter their background. The best piece of careers advice I have been given is to pursue your passion – it makes work much more enjoyable!

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I joined the Foundation in 2016 and lead all of our activity across the Midlands. As part of our Young People Services team, I’m responsible for working with our young people and employers to make sure they have access to diverse skills and talent.

 

As co-chair of our RaceForward working group, I also co-lead our diversity and inclusion initiatives, a strategic focus for the organisation. I ensure diversity and inclusion is embedded in everything we do to continuously strive to create an environment where all our young people, employees, volunteers and employers feel valued and have a sense of belonging. I am passionate about empowering future generations to realise their full potential.

 

My best career advice would be to find a job you enjoy and can help make a difference.


Farjana Begum

I started working at the EY Foundation in May 2015 and have been working in the Finance team since. My role involves managing all the EYFs income and expenditure in preparation for the monthly accounts.

 

I am very passionate about what the EYF does and how much we’ve achieved so far.

I believe it is very important to understand what the charity does and be supportive of the work being done in order to strive in your role and do the best you can.

EY Foundation Team

I started at the Foundation in July 2021 and my role is to help coordinate, plan and deliver the Beyond Your Limits programme.

 

My drive stems from the belief that all young people should have access to opportunities regardless of their background and also be put in positions to empower themselves.

 

The best piece of career advice I’ve been give is to be confident yet humble and say yes to the things that scare you as you will learn and grow from these experiences.

EY Foundation Team

I joined in 2016 and am part of the programmes team. My role is to develop, organise and deliver our programmes to the young people we work with across the North.

I am passionate about working with young people and helping them realise their potential, my role is incredibly rewarding.

 

The best career advice I have been given is that even if you are good at a certain job/role, this does not automatically mean it’s the right job for you. Finding a job that you excel in and enjoy is key.


EY Foundation Team

I joined in April 2021 and my role is create and deliver a program which helps social enterprises grow. I believe people can and do change the world by coming up with ideas which contribute to social progress, and I love hearing how people have taken an idea and make it into a business, big and small. 

 

The best career advice I’ve been given is "be happy". Throughout my career I have also chooses areas that I had a passion for and this has in turn kept me happy!

EY Foundation Team

I joined in February 2021 and my role is to holistically support care-experienced young people to realise their full potential by accessing meaningful pathways to education and employment.

 

I am extremely passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others, particularly vulnerable young people, and possess a wealth of knowledge and experience across a range of multifaceted settings i.e. local authorities, youth offending, and alternative provisions with particular focus around planning and delivering innovative programmes and bespoke interventions.

 

Career advice that I would share is: lifelong learning is an integral part of your development so always remember to develop a new skill(s) and share on your journey – never stop investing in yourself!

EY Foundation Team

I joined the team in 2017 and I lead the Southern Hub Team in co-ordinating the delivery of key programmes supporting young people.

 

I am passionate about providing opportunities for all young people and have over 15 years of experience in delivering and leading programmes that help achieve this aim.

 

The best career advice I’ve been given is if you are not sure what you want to do in future then the only way to find out is to seek out opportunities and learn through new experiences.


I joined the Foundation in January 2022, and my role is to coordinate fundraising strategies and support fundraising programmes for the Foundation.

 

I love the prospect of creating new ideas and methods of raising awareness of the cause, as well as interacting with potential donors, stakeholders and the young people who sign up to our programmes.

 

The best career advice I have been given is that life is too short to be stuck in a job you hate! So even if you are in one, take small steps to find what your passion is and run with it to reach your end goal.

I joined in December 2019, my role is to manage our relationships with our employer partners, supporting their engagement with young people and securing income for the EY Foundation.

 

I enjoy bringing employers together to make an impact for young people – there are so many interesting careers out there, I love hearing about them from employers and help them bring these opportunities to young people.

 

The best career advice I’ve been given is that a career doesn’t have to be a linear progression, opportunities will arise and whichever path you go down you will enjoy and learn something from it and learn more about yourself!

EY Foundation Team

I joined in March 2022 and I work in the programmes team supporting our Beyond Your Limits and Your Future Programmes in the North (Manchester, Glasgow, Midlands).

 

I work with young people to create action plans and work towards tangible goals to help them progress. Our young people have incredible goals and potential and it’s my absolute pleasure to help them realise this and boost their confidence in these action planning sessions. It’s vital that programmes like this exist so that young people can develop early networks and professional skills that will hugely equip them for broadened opportunities in the working world.

 

The best piece of career/ general advice that I regularly give is to back yourself! Confidence is the key to encouraging you to push yourself, you have to believe in yourself otherwise how can you expect anyone else to! My key tip for building confidence? Surround yourself with people who celebrate you.


EY Foundation Team

I joined in May 2021, and my role is within the Corporate Partnerships team. I find people from the working world to volunteer for speaking opportunities, to host our young people on work placements, and become partners to help fund our programmes.

 

I am passionate about making opportunities for young people more equal. I love seeing young people succeed based on merit, not just opportunity. I have worked in the charity sector for over 20 years in youth work and fundraising & partnerships.

 

The best piece of career advice I’ve ever been given: Be the best team mate you can be.  Support people in a way which helps them thrive!

James Dundas

I joined the foundation in October 2018 and my role includes engaging with schools and teachers in order to recruit for and deliver our employability programmes and workshops across Scotland whilst also working closely with volunteers and employer partners too.

 

I am passionate about supporting young people and helping them take the first steps in the early stages of their career goals and ambitions and helping them recognise and believe that they can achieve their ambitions regardless of the hurdles and barriers that they might face.

 

The best career advice I have received was “be confident and believe in yourself – If you don’t believe in yourself then how can you expect an anyone else to.”

EY Foundation Team

I joined in May 2019 and I manage a variety of programmes aimed at helping young people to fulfil their potential through employability workshops, work experience placements, and mentoring schemes.

 

I am passionate about helping young people to enhance their skills and aspirations, and go on to fulfil their career ambitions. Through my roles in teaching and programme management, I have developed a broad range of knowledge and experience within the education sector.

 

The best career advice I have been given is to make the most of any opportunities which come your way, as you’ll develop the skills and gain the experiences, to help you get to where you want to be in your career.


EY Foundation Team

I have been at Foundation since October 2018 in the role of Head of Finance, Governance and Assurance. I am passionate about numbers and how finance has an impact on other areas of the business which ultimately impacts the delivery of the Foundations objectives.

 

The best career advice I have been given is you can only grow beyond where you are if you accept where you are in the first place.

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I joined the EY Foundation in April 2021 on a Finance Secondment from EY. Since January, I have switched my focus to digital and helping ensure we make the best use of technology to support the Foundation’s goals and ambitions.

 

Numbers and data are my favourite! But more importantly I love using them in order to bring important and powerful stories to life.

 

Best piece of career advice: “If it scares you, it might be worth giving it a try.”

EY Foundation Team

I started working at the EY Foundation two years ago, joining the Programmes Team in the southern hub to support across all our programmes, delivering Smart Futures, Our Future, Employability Workshops and the Young Women’s Network.

 

I believe it is so important for young people to have the opportunities to develop their skills and confidence and be encouraged to grow their potential – similar programmes created amazing opportunities for me and I have worked to help create these opportunities since I was a young person, for a variety of organisations and charities.

 

I’ve been lucky to hear a lot of great advice throughout my career, the most impactful was a quote from Jane Goodall - “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”


EY Foundation Team

I joined in August 2019 and my role is to work closely with employers across a range of sectors to connect them to untapped talent through employability programmes and strategic partnerships.

 

I am strong believer in the need to reframe society’s thinking around work experience. Rather than viewing it as something altruistic that businesses should do to support young people, we need to recognise the incredible talent, skills and perspectives that young people have, and support employers to genuinely invest in and develop them, as their future talent pipeline. 

 

Best career advice I’ve been given? I’ve recently read Atomic Habits by James Clear in which he reminds us that every action we take is a vote for the type of person we’d like to become. This is an approach I think we can all apply to our careers as well.

I joined the EY Foundation in 2018 to develop the Foundation’s work with employers and am currently on secondment leading on the development and roll out of the new national employability programme Beyond Your Limits.

 

I have always been really inspired by the young people I’ve met across my career, having a little part in helping them achieve their ambitions, has always been hugely rewarding. I love working on new projects too and seeing big ideas come to fruition.

 

We’ve had some amazing volunteers on Beyond Your Limits sharing their experiences, they always talk about the importance of networking, being courageous and asking for opportunities like shadowing and going the extra mile to stand out.

EY Foundation Team

I joined the EY Foundation in February 2019, and I lead on the EY Foundation’s data and impact approach in relation to planning, monitoring, and evaluating our programmes and their wider societal benefit. Identifying opportunities to use our data to help drive continuous improvement is a further key aspect of his role at the organisation.

 

I have a passion for making data as accessible as possible; I’m a firm believer that harnessing data to help us ask better questions and design better solutions is the key to help drive organisational and social change. 

 

The best piece of career advice I would give is to have perseverance and never be scared to try new things as this will help you market your experience in an ever-changing world.


EY Foundation Team

I joined in June 2021 and my role is to create and deliver content for internal and external audiences and produce key campaigns, publications, and events.

 

I am a firm believer in the potential of business to contribute to social progress and enjoy learning about new and innovative mediums of communication.

 

The best career advice I’ve been given is that nothing you learn will ever be wasted, even if you end up moving in completely different directions across your career you will always make use of what you learn along the way.

I joined the EY Foundation in August 2021 after 7 years with EY - first within Financial Services Risk then UK&I Consultancy.

 

The move to the Foundation enables me to support the Leadership Team and Board of Trustees in their pivotal roles, whilst offering the personal satisfaction of contributing to a life-changing resource.

 

The best career advice I have been given is actually general life advice – to remember that people matter more than things; and to always treat others as you would wish to be treated.

EY Foundation Team

I joined in June 2017 as part of the Northern team and work on leading and delivering employability programmes for our young people. I have over 20 years of experience in charity, with a strong passion for moving and supporting young people into their next progression path.

 

The best career advice I was given was ‘’ Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations, say yes to meet new people, say yes to learning something new. Yes is how you will gain new experiences and opportunities which will help you grow’’.


EY Foundation Team

I joined the Foundation in April 2021. I spent the first few months in the Programme Delivery Team, working directly with young people and volunteers, before turning my efforts to the digital development of the Foundation.

 

Young people are the future of our society and planet. I passionately believe that all young people, regardless of background, should have access to enriching opportunities. I started my working life as a secondary school teachers, and have been in the third sector ever since.

 

The best piece of career advice that I would give is to keep your heart and your mind open. You never know what will come your way! 

I joined EYF in February 2022 as part of the Finance & Operations Team. My role is to provide administrational and logistical support to the Board and Committees and ensure EYF remains compliant with all legislative requirements.

 

I believe that upholding high standards of governance are fundamental to the integrity of organisations, and like to look for ways in which this can enhance the impact of our programmes.

 

The best career advice I’ve received was to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ because its usually in those moments that you learn the most. 

EY Foundation Team

I joined in May 2022, my role is to support the identification and development of key relationships for the Foundation. I also work across core communications activity.

 

I’m passionate about opportunity for all - that an individual’s starting point should not determine their destination.

 

The best career advice I have been given is to pursue your passion and never stop learning! It is a joy to be able to do both at the Foundation.


EY Foundation Team

I joined The EY Foundation in March 2022 as Fundraising Manager. I lead on multiple aspects of income generation including grants and trusts, events, and high value giving.

 

I’ve worked in the charity sector for 11 years and I’m passionate about raising funds so all young people, regardless of their background, have access to enriching opportunities that help them fulfil their potential.

 

The best piece of career advice I’ve been given is to be courageous and say ‘yes’ to all opportunities that come your way. Even if it feels a bit uncomfortable and nerve-wracking, never be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone as saying ‘yes’ could lead to the career opportunity you’ve always dreamed of! 

I joined in November 2021 and my role is to manage the administrative side of the programmes which ensures that our young people and volunteers are able to participate in our programmes properly.

 

I believe that everyone should have access to the same opportunities in life and am happy to be supporting those who have a harder time accessing them.

 

The best career advice I’ve been given is to talk to as many people as I can, to learn from them and see how that influences my career goals. 

EY Foundation Team

Since July 2022, I work with the Programmes Team supporting our Beyond Your Limits and Your Future programmes in the South and Midlands.

 

My role is to support, coach and and upskill the young people on the programmes into positive pathways which are sustainable, whilst also being a resource of information, advice and guide for our internal and external volunteers.

 

This role is perfectly aligned with my values and mission, as I have always believed in the power of youth voice and mentoring - and how with the right support and access to opportunities, every young person can transform their lives and break the glass ceiling.

 

On that note, the best career advice I’ve been given is “bring your authentic self to work, break glass ceilings by offering rivers of kindness and being open to learn”. 


EY Foundation Team

I joined the EY Foundation in May 2022 as the Youth Engagement Co-ordinator. I work across the EYF teams and with our Youth Advisory Board to ensure that youth voice and co-production is at the centre of our work.

 

I believe that all young people should be given the chance to succeed in life, regardless of socio-economic background, and be given the skills and opportunities to explore their passions.

 

The best piece of career advice I can give is that no one individual story is the same. We all progress and learn in different ways, and all we can do is be the best version of ourselves with as much confidence and passion as possible! 

I joined in August 2022, and my role involves influencing change and developing new ways of improving prospects for young people from low-income backgrounds.

 

I believe a holistic approach is needed to remove barriers for young people entering the labour market, which will ultimately create a more diverse, innovative, and skilled workforce.

 

The best career advice I’ve been given is to push yourself out of your comfort zone because that’s how you grow!