Meet The Team

The work of YGAM is led by a highly competent team made up of a diverse group of colleagues, drawn from the third sector, education sector, gambling industry and parents & young people. Most of our colleagues give their time voluntarily. In 2015/16 no employees within YGAM (including the Chief Executive) received a salary greater than £30,000.

YGAM is fortunate to be supported by Peridot Partners, the third sector's leading governance experts and headhunters for Chairs, Chief Executives and senior appointments within the third sector. Most of our appointments to YGAM are undertaken in partnership with Peridot Partners.

You can view the latest YGAM organisational structure by clicking here.

Staff

Meet The YGAM Team | Lee Willows

Lee Willows

Founder & Chief Executive

Lee has spent 25 years in the education and third sectors, progressing from a front line post-16 teacher and youth worker, to holding senior leadership positions with Kingswood Learning & Leisure Group, Princess Trust, Newcastle College Group and Trailblazers. Lee's personal struggles with gambling was the catalyst to establish YGAM.

Meet The YGAM Team | Adrian Sladdin

Adrian Sladdin

Director of Education

Adrian has almost 30 years' experience within education; progressing from a front line Maths and English teacher to holding senior leadership roles within education and within Ofqual approved, International Awarding and Qualification Bodies.

Meet The YGAM Team | Chi-Ho Lee

Chi-Ho Lee

Community Development Manager

Chi-Ho Lee has a BA (Hons) in Social Work and has a keen interest in behaviour and substance addictions. Over the last seven years Chi-Ho has gained experience of working with addicts and those affected through his work for NGOs in Uganda and Hong Kong. He is currently studying for MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Meet The YGAM Team | Aaliyah Nichole

Aaliyah Nichole

Community Development Worker

Aaliyah is studying Child Psychology at the University of East London, she is applying for her teacher training currently and hopes to begin training next year following her graduation. Aaliyah's aims are to not only become a teacher but to also work to safeguard children within schools later on in her career.

Meet The YGAM Team | Marianna Karavidas

Marianna Karavidas

Community Development Worker

Marianna is in her first year of a BSc in Psychology at the University of Sussex. Alongside YGAM, she does a lot of activism around mental health with a range of charities and last year was involved in co facilitating teaching for mental health clinicians at the Anna Freud National Centre. She is keen to learn as much as possible about behaviour addictions, and believes prevention is always better than cure.

Meet The YGAM Team | Keji Okeowo

Keji Okeowo

Training Associate

Keji Okeowo is a Youth Participation Consultant and Trainer; she is the former Leadership and Programmes manager for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services. Keji was responsible for the strategic and sustainable development of youth policy and programmes within the voluntary and community youth sector.

Meet The YGAM Team | Yokeu Kusnama

Yokeu Kusnama

Training Associate

Yokeu Kusnama is a highly experienced participation consultant with 16 years experience committed to working with and for a diverse range of young people.Specialising in project management and stakeholder engagement, Yokeu has managed and delivered contracts on behalf of voluntary and community groups.

Meet The YGAM Team | Jackie Joy

Jackie Joy

Head of Quality-Assurance

Jackie has a distinguished career in education and quality-assurance. Jackie holds various vocational Trainer / Assessor qualifications and is a qualified teacher in post-16 and further education. Previously working as a college Lecturer and more recently for the Ofqual approved awarding body ASDAN, Jackie brings hands on and practical experience of leading quality-improvement in complex, national organisations.

Meet The YGAM Team | Amelia Conolly

Amelia Conolly

Regional Manager, London & South East England

Amelia is currently studying Child Psychology at the University of East London. Amelia has a long-term goal to qualify as a social worker and work systemically with families running intervention programmes to increase the wellbeing of children and their families.

Meet The YGAM Team | Annie McDonagh

Annie McDonagh

Community Development Worker

Annie is in her second year of a Higher National Diploma in Public Services at Milton Keynes College. Annie has a long term goal to go into the police force and becoming a detective within the CID. She is a keen swimmer and enjoys playing hockey.

Trustees

Meet The YGAM Team | Dan Waugh

Dan Waugh

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Dan brings considerable corporate leadership expertise to YGAM, having worked as Head of Investor Relations at Whitbread Plc, Group Strategy Director at the Rank Group Plc and is currently a Partner at consultancy firm Regulars Partners.

Meet The YGAM Team | Anne & Keith Evans

Anne & Keith Evans

Anne has now retired, following a distinguished career within education. Husband Keith, has also retired following his distinguished career working for a multinational window manufacturer in a senior leadership role. Both as parents, have first-hand experience of the potential devastation gambling can bring upon families and bring considerable insight in education and governance.

Meet The YGAM Team | Anna Small

Anna Small

Having recently graduated from the University of Manchester, Anna is starting out a new career within the Third Sector and is currently working as a Grants Officer at Campden Charities. Anna brings a strong youth focus to the board and leads on corporate employee volunteering with companies such as EY.

Meet The YGAM Team | Dan Rough

Dan Rough

Dan brings considerable IT and communications expertise to YGAM, having work at BBC World Service, 7 Digital and emergn. Dan is currently Chief Operating Officer at Gamevy, a new technology and gaming start-up company.

Ambassadors

Meet The YGAM Team | Grant Taylor

Grant Taylor

Grant is the Managing Director of Peridot Partners who deliver bespoke research led recruitment solutions, leadership and Board development consulting services primarily within the not-for-profit and public sectors. Grant is also a school Governor and Trustee of Working Families.

Meet The YGAM Team | Steve Donoughue

Steve Donoughue

Steve is a business development and gambling consultant, specialising in management consulting, corporate finance, product development, general management, government, new media, research and strategic development. Steve is also the secretariat of the of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Betting and Gaming.

Meet The YGAM Team | Graham White

Graham White OBE

Graham is a former Chief Inspector with the UK Gambling Commission and Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association who specialise in residential support for people affected by gambling. Today Graham is the Chairman of the Jersey Gambling Commission.

Meet The YGAM Team | Andrew Poole

Andrew Poole

Andrew formerly held management positions at both GamCare and the Gordon Moody Association, and has held compliance and corporate social responsibility posts within the gambling industry. Andrew is currently Head of Responsible Gaming at the Rank Group Plc.

Meet The YGAM Team | George Parnavelas

George Parnavelas

George is embarking on a career within the Third Sector. Having worked for leading youth charities Street League and the Princes Trust. He now works for the Crystal Palace Football Foundation as Community Development Officer. George has a strong track record of working in vulnerable communities.