The YLF Team

YLF makes a difference to young people through its dynamic staff team, offering various levels of experience, expertise and specialisms. Our flexible approach alongside a dedication and willingness to go over and above exists for one common purpose
to make a difference to as many children and young people as we can.

Introducing The YLF Team

The team is led by the CEO, who has responsibility for managing the Charity and its activities

Stephen Gray | CEO

Stephen_Gray_Young_Lives_FoundationStephen 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 an advocate for Kent looked after young people. 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.

After founding the South East Regional Independent Visitors Service Network and leading the charity in achieving successful external accreditation’s, such as Investing in Volunteers, Stephen 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, gained new contracts and launched new services whilst ensuring the charity was able to make a difference to children and young people by delivering effective and measurable outcomes. Stephen is also an acting Trustee of the National Appropriate Adult Network.

Stephen led the charity in achieving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade a voluntary organisation can receive.

Advocacy, Rights and Participation Team

Kristy Tidey | Advocacy Manager
Lucy Newsome | Appropriate & Accompanying Adult Coordinator
Sarah Murison | Advocacy Coordinator 
Coral Ingleton | Advocate
Irene MacGregor |
Andrew Moon | Advocate

Dianne Smith | Advocate
David Thirlaway | Advocate                                                                          Christine Liggins | Advocate
Kate Gillespie | Advocate
John Clarkson | Participation Apprentice, sponsored by the Cobtree Trust

Mentoring and Befriending Team

Neil Vickery | Operations ManagerVolunteering hands EDIT
Richard Brayshaw |
Mentoring Coordinator Thanet
Fran Gilbert | Schools Mentoring Coordinator
Lisa Mulumemwui | Mentoring Coordinator
Matthew Johnson | Mentoring Coordinator Tonbridge

Amber Parris | HeadStart Mentoring Coordinator
Kelly Sans | Mentoring Coordinator
Shelley Taylor | Mentoring & Befriending Coordinator
Sandra Lourenco | Mentoring Coordinator
Frank Martin | Befriending Coordinator
Sonia Rose | Sessional Mentor

Positive Activities Team

Lucy Wheatley | Positive Activities CoordinatorBoy with ball edit
Sandro Murphy | Positive Activities Officer
Rebecca Beardon |
Activities Support Worker
Chloe Tracey | Activities Support Worker                                                                  Kay Ingle | Activities Support Worker                                                              Simon Morbey | Activities Support Worker
Siobhan Prendergast | Activities Support Worker                                                     Denise Ramadan | Activities Support Worker                            

YLF Central Support Team

Janine Batt | Communications Manager
Karen Knight | Fundraising Manager
Will Porter | Volunteer Recruitment Manager
Katie Humphries | Finance Manager
Emilie Bowes-Read | Project Support Apprentice                                              


“I have really enjoyed my first few months at YLF and all the staff have been very supportive and welcoming. I very much look forward to continuing the work I have started with this brilliant charity.” Lucy Newsome

“Working for YLF as an Advocate is an absolute joy and I know I’m lucky to get up and do this every day.” David Thirlaway

“I have been volunteering with the YLF for 4 years, and it has been the most amazing and rewarding experience. I now have the incredible opportunity to work with the YLF team and make positive contributions to the lives of young people all over Kent.” Shelley Taylor

Equality and Diversity

The Young Lives Foundation is fully committed to promoting equality of opportunity and valuing diversity, both as an employer and as a provider of services for others.

The Young Lives Foundation 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.

Current Opportunities

If you are excited by the possibility of joining our team, please head to our Recruitment page!