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
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.
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.
Director of Development & Fundraising
Donna’s all about engaging people in the charity – partners, funders, supporters alike. Donna wants people to be as inspired and excited about The Mix as she is. In her spare time, she’s all about cycling, art, history or playing roller derby.
Deputy Director of Services
Passionate about people, Chlöe wields the power of digital for good, moulding the best services for us so everyone has a place to go to for support. In her spare time you will find her either volunteering with The Samaritans or in the gym!
Youth Support Officer (Community)
Aife started volunteering for The Mix for over a year before she joined the team. As a Youth Support Officer, Aife helps look after The Mix’s online community and the volunteers that run it. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel and discover new TV series!
Digital Marketing Officer
Alex is passionate about helping young people access the information they need to make positive change. He makes sure there are at least seven photos of baby pandas falling over on Twitter every week.
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.
Danielle is a registered MBACP Therapeutic Counsellor and the newest member of the Counselling Team, however she is no stranger when it comes to supporting the needs of young people as she works hard to provide an empathic and no-judgemental space. Danielle loves travelling and so far, has visited 23 different countries, ‘itching to visit more’ In her spare time she handcrafts artisan soap bars and a range of natural skin care products…
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.
Katie has managed our revenues and resources here at The Mix for 4 years. Katy says "Don’t ask me what I do in my spare time – I'm a mum"
Fundraising and Engagement Officer
Combining her passion for helping people and all things digital- it’s a match made in heaven really! When not working at The Mix, she is either volunteering with Child Bereavement UK or exploring new countries, getting stuck into the local cuisine or taking in the local sites.
Youth Support Officer
Definitely the most fashionable person at The Mix, Lindsay (with an A, not an E) keeps the helpline running smoothly. Our Geordie transplant enjoys whiskey, Bruce Spingsteen and true crime podcasts.
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?).
Youth Support Officer (Community)
Mike first joined the community as a user a few years ago. After volunteering for a while he is now a fully-fledged staff member. He is often absorbed in music or a game, and also gets told (a lot) that he looks like Robert Pattinson.
Volunteer Development Manager
Nadia leads on the development of all things volunteer related and loves seeing the positive impact volunteering has on the lives of individuals and wider community. Nadia has two young children, so when she's not at work she's can been seen either falling asleep anywhere she sits down or running around pretending to be a dinosaur between trying to gulp down unhealthy quantities of caffeine!
Youth Support Officer
Rebecca joined the helpline in July, having completed the Charityworks graduate scheme. She supports our lovely volunteers, and is committed to providing young people with access to services, especially in relation to mental health and relationships. Outside of The Mix she enjoys doing sexual health outreach, and loves TOWIE.
Head of Fundraising & Philanthropy
Siân loves explaining the impact of our work to donors and funders, and has a real passion for our work on mental health. Previously of Liberty, Siân is a big advocate of human rights and is a Trustee at Emmaus Lambeth. Outside of work she is often found running, swimming, getting outdoors or making and eating good food.
Passionate about supporting wellbeing and positive innovation through her work, Simona is also an enthusiastic discoverer of the world's natural and cultural heritage. You could easily find her mindfully walking around green spaces, photographing plants or discovering crafts and textile markets.
Chair of Trustees
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 Chair of Trustees of The Mix, a leading youth charity that currently reaches 1.7million people under 25 in the UK. The Mix offers holistic advice and support via helplines and digital services with a particular focus on mental wellbeing and creates opportunities through volunteering. Luke holds a Masters degree from Oxford University.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Jessica is a senior media professional, conversant in all media distribution channels. In 2010 Jessica was appointed CEO of m/SIX, The&Partnership’s media company formed in conjunction with GroupM in 2008. Prior to joining m/SIX Jessica was Managing Director of The National Magazine Company, the publisher of magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. Jessica was also responsible for the company’s internet division, Hearst Digital, network of 22 websites and was a client of The&Partnership. Prior to NatMags, Jessica previously held senior roles at Future Publishing PLC, Gruner & Jahr and the Financial Times. Jessica was previously a Non-Executive Director for Talk Talk Telecom Group PLC and Jacques Vert PLC. Currently Jess is a Non-Executive Director of UK Mail PLC, Quarto Publishing PLC and is a Trustee of The Mix since 2012.
Lorraine is a qualified ACA and has held a variety of tax and finance roles across a number of industries. Currently the Director of Group Finance at TalkTalk, she supports The Mix in the role of Treasurer. Previously a member of the Board of Trustees for Berkshire Women’s Aid, Lorraine joined the charity’s Trustee Board in early 2014. Lorraine’s first encounter with The Mix was as a helpline volunteer over 10 years ago. Her experience of hearing the problems of young people first hand and the relief that help was out there stayed long after her shifts ended. The range of issues facing young people in an ever increasingly digital world has evolved since, but the need for help and support remains as strong as ever.
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.
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).
Rakesh has been volunteering at The Mix since May 2012 and is a firm believer in how the charity is trying to help children and young people across the UK. He is very active in the volunteer community; and is always on hand to help raise money and support at fundraising events. Rakesh graduated with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from Nottingham University. He now works for market leading energy and environmental commodity brokers Evolution Markets Ltd, where he heads up their IT and Operations divisions.
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.