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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.


"It’s not very often that organisations who are able to actually let smaller communities and towns outside of London have the opportunity to actually say ‘this is what we want and this is what we want changed’."