Lord Mendelsohn is a working peers in the House of Lords. He was formally Shadow Minster for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy and the Shadow Minster for International Trade.
Jon is currently a Partner at Oakvale Capital LLP a corporate finance advisory firm. He is Chairman of The Redbus Group and a Senior Adviser to Vale Retail PLC.
Janaki was born and grew up in North West London, graduating from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1989 with a degree in Law. She qualified and practised as a solicitor with the City law firm of Linklaters.
After law Janaki has had a broad involvement in the charitable and non-profit sector. She has worked in a variety of roles with Prisoners Abroad, Bail for Immigration Detainees, the Children’s Ark Project, Kalyaan, the National Association of Women’s Organisations and the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice. She was also was a parent governor of a Camden Primary School.
Janaki is also a director of M J Allen Associates, a legal consultancy run by her and her husband.
Janaki is passionate about the development of young people with a particular interest in the plight of disadvantaged groups such as refugees and immigrants.
Lindsay Allen is a Senior HR professional and a member of the CIPD. She has extensive experience in HR, working across a number of different companies and industries, including public sector and professional services. More recently, Lindsay has been working in the media sector having worked for the BBC and is now working as a Senior HR Consultant for Warner Bros. Discovery.
Lindsay lives in nearby Hertfordshire with her husband and teenage stepson.
Cherry is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. Her focus has been on ensuring organisations get value for money and make decisions that promote long term sustainability.
Cherry has been an active community advocate, initiating the formation of a Residents’ Association with a focus on giving residents a common voice to help make the place they live a place they love. She has also supported several community grass root groups in a variety of roles. As a parent she values the work that Unitas Youth Zone does in creating opportunities so that everyone can explore their potential.
Bidemi is the founder and CEO of Communicoms Media Group, a media and communications company that focuses on creating, developing, and managing media assets that focus 100% on keeping communities informed and engaged.
With a background in banking, finance and business strategy consultancy spanning more than 20 years, he comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience that cuts across 5 sectors and is deeply passionate about the development of start-up SMEs and young people.
Bidemi was the Vice Chairman and CEO of The Association of African Owned Enterprises in the UK and currently sits on the board of several social enterprises and a community interest company. He loves all things family, football, and Formula 1.