Meet the Team

The Young Lives Foundation is a leading children's charity with a team of passionate and experienced individuals with knowledge and skills to support the success of the charity.

Our Team

The charity is led by our Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Gray, who has responsibility for managing the charity and its activities.

Stephen Gray | CEO

Stephen has spent all his professional life in the education and social care sector. Following his graduation from Kingston University in 2001 gaining a BSc Hons in Psychology and Sociology, he worked as a Youth Worker and Advocate for looked after children. Gaining a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies with the University of Kent, he took on more senior management responsibilities and co-founded YLF in 2007.

Stephen enabled the charity to achieve successful external accreditation’s, such as Investing in Volunteers, and stepped up as CEO with overall responsibility for the charity in November 2012. Since then, Stephen has led the charity through a period of continuous development and improvement, managed the successful re commissioning of local authority contracts, launched new services and introduced a Fundraising Strategy to ensure the charity is sustainable and can continue making a difference to children and young people across the South East.

Stephen is an acting Trustee of the National Appropriate Adult Network and an FA registered Football Coach, volunteering in children’s football.

Stephen has led the charity in achieving the Kent Children’s Charity of the Year Award and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade a voluntary organisation can receive. In 2022, Stephen was invited to be a Kent Ambassador.

Senior Leadership Team

Stephen

CEO

Kristy

Director of Youth Programmes & Safeguarding

Neil

Director of Fundraising & Development

Central Support

Janine

Communications Manager

Cerys

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Michelle

Finance Manager

Amy

Fundraising Coordinator

Advocacy Programmes

Marcya

Senior Advocacy Coordinator

Abbie

Advocate

Andrew

Advocate

David

Advocate

Shelly

Advocate

Jo

Advocate

Dawn

Advocate

Colin

Advocate

Sandra

Appropriate and Accompanying Adult Coordinator

Ellie

Participation Coordinator

Ella

Participation Apprentice
(sponsored by Cobtree Trust)

Frank

Senior Befriending Coordinator

Kirsty

Befriending Coordinator

Katie

Student

Youth Programmes

Sandra

Mentoring Programmes Manager

Amber

Senior Mentoring Coordinator – Schools

Sarah

Leaving Care Mentoring Coordinator

Hannah

Thanet Services Coordinator

Ruth

Mentoring Coordinator

Lucy

Legends Programme Manager

Matthew

Gravesham Hub Coordinator

Denise

Swale Hub Legends Lead

Lisa

Thanet Hub Legends Lead

Sophie

Legends Youth Support Worker

Hayleigh

Legends Youth Work Apprentice

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Equality & Diversity

The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) is fully committed to promoting equality of opportunity and valuing diversity, both as an employer and as a provider of services for others. YLF recognises and accepts the moral and legal obligations to treat everyone equally and fairly and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the charity does not unlawfully discriminate against anyone on the grounds of a Protected Characteristic – gender, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, caste, political or religious beliefs.

What Next?

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Trustees & Ambassadors

Let us introduce you to our Patrons, Trustees, President and Ambassadors

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Join the Team

Check our recruitment page for current vacancies to join the team

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Our Supporters

Meet our Partners and Supporters who help to provide our services