Who we are

Leaders Unlocked enables young people and underrepresented groups to have a stronger voice on the issues that affect their lives. In education, policing, health, justice and elsewhere, we help organisations to involve the people who matter and shape decision-making for the better.

  • Rose Dowling

    Chief Executive

    Rose is the CEO and founder of Leaders Unlocked. Over the past 15 years, Rose has set up a range of initiatives to enable young people to become proactive, confident change leaders making a difference to the issues that matter to them. As CEO, Rose is responsible for our driving our vision and strategy.

  • Alev Zahir

    Senior Manager

    Within the education sector, Alev empowers students to play a leadership role and take action on social issues. Drawing on her background in education, consultancy, and project management, Alev leads programmes and partnerships, as well as being a vital member of our Executive Team.

  • Kaytea Budd-Brophy

    Senior Manager

    An experienced educator with 20+ years working in challenging environments, Kaytea leads on the Youth Commission for Leaders Unlocked, working with PCCs and police forces around the country. Kaytea manages our team of regional coordinators, and is a key member of our Executive Team.

  • Ali Roberts

    Project Manager

    Ali leads our Youth Commissions in Cheshire and other regions, giving young people in these regions a chance to influence policing and crime prevention in their areas. Ali’s guidance and encouragement means members have remained engaged in the long-term, and have grown in skills and confidence.

  • Gabrielle Jones

    Project Manager

    Gabrielle manages two important projects for us in the Nottinghamshire region – the Youth Commission and MH:2K. Gabby started as a volunteer on the Youth Commission in 2015 and since then she has progressed to become a well-respected leader in her region.

  • Kelese Hyacinth

    Project Assistant

    Kelese supports two important projects in Nottinghamshire – the Youth Commission and MH:2K. She is passionate about supporting young people to have a voice. Kelese started as a volunteer with us, while studying Youth Studies at university, and since then she has progressed to become a member of the staff team in the region.

  • Folade Lawan

    Project Coordinator

    Folade is the project coordinator for the Mental Health Foundation Young Leaders project. She is passionate about facilitating safe, non-judgemental spaces for young people to share their ideas and experiences. Folade did an internship with us during her undergraduate studies, and then joined the staff team in 2020.

  • Nadine Smith

    Project Coordinator

    Nadine is the Project coordinator for the Young Justice Advisors. Nadine started as a volunteer with us in 2015 and has been involved in youth engagement work for nearly a decade. Nadine uses her experience of the youth justice system to empower other young adults with lived experience to be a part of change.

  • Amania Scott-Samuels

    Project Coordinator.

    Amania leads on the Young Advocates project and the Youth Endowment Fund’s Youth Advisory Board, supporting the development of young people with lived experience of the justice system. Amania has experience in Criminology and the Social Sciences, youth and community outreach, engagement, and workshop facilitation.

  • Nairn McDonald

    Project Lead, North Ayrshire

    An experienced community organiser with over 10 years in the sector, Nairn leads our first project in Scotland – North Ayrshire Mental Health Commission – which will empower young people to create change around mental health. Nairn is passionate about empowering young people to have their voices heard.

  • Suzanne Kay

    Senior Manager

    Suzanne leads on our internship programme and project developments in Scotland. Having spent 30+ years working in the arts, education and widening participation, she is a passionate advocate for equality of opportunity and the empowerment of young people.

  • Tyra Mensah

    Project Assistant

    Tyra is a Project Assistant for the MHF Young Leaders and Youth LIVES projects. She is passionate about implementing preventative methods to address poor mental health outcomes, for example through mental health education. Tyra is enthusiastic about amplifying young people’s voices and creating spaces where they can represent themselves.

  • Beau Kennedy

    Project Coordinator

    Based in North West England, Beau coordinates two of our Youth Commissions, in Cheshire and Lancashire. Beau started as a volunteer on the Youth Commission while studying Law at university, and since then she has progressed to become a valued member of the staff team in her region.  

  • Moiz Siddiqi

    Project Coordinator

    Moiz is the Project Coordinator on the ‘Subject to Change’ project, which focuses on empowering young people to set a new direction in education. He is passionate about social mobility and equal access to opportunities. Moiz started as a volunteer in 2019 and did an internship with us before joining the staff team in 2022.

  • Chris Paouros

    Non-Executive Director

    As non-executive director, Chris brings considerable expertise in finance, legal, HR and campaigning.  Chris is a highly strategic and commercially astute leader with 20 years of experience in start-ups, SMEs and charities.  

  • Jayne Morgan

    Non-Executive Director

    As non-executive director, Jayne shares her expertise of the further education sector, learner involvement systems and widening participation of under-represented groups. Jayne is a senior quality manager at a large Further Education college in South East London.

  • Abi Awojobi

    Non-executive director

    Abi is an experienced marketing and sales professional, who currently works for a global telecoms corporation. She brings significant experience in start-ups, business development and digital content.


"There has been a real culture change at the top - this has been the biggest element. We had such a challenge as to how to engage thousands of young people in Nottingham, a massive generational gap, we spoke a different language, it was overwhelming. Leaders Unlocked has helped us to bridge that gap and now we understand each other more."