Our team
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Bridget GardinerBridget Gardiner

Executive Director

Bridget’s career spans the private, public and voluntary sectors, where she has held a number of marketing and fundraising roles. She has been director of fundraising and marketing at both Richard House Children’s Hospice in east London and Epilepsy Society, the leading medical and research charity for epilepsy in the UK.

Bridget joined The Brokerage in January 2015 as executive director. She is responsible for strategic and business planning, profile and awareness raising and income generation, as well as overseeing governance, finance and managing the Brokerage staff team.

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Rosa Morgan-Baker

Rosa Morgan-Baker

Head of Partnerships and Income Generation

Rosa joined The Brokerage in October 2012, having previously managed a private tuition centre working with children to develop their Maths and English skills. She has also worked with language schools creating engaging extracurricular activities for secondary school students.

Initially managing a range of programmes on the education team, and delivering workshops in the city and in schools, Rosa joined the senior management team in October 2015 and was made Head of Partnerships and Income Generation in April 2016.

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Joanne Turrell

Marketing & Communications Officer Jo Turrell

Joanne joined The Brokerage in May 2016 as a Marketing and Communications officer. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 where she studied Marketing, Communications and Advertising.  Joanne has worked as a marketing and communications officer for a secondary school in Yorkshire, and most recently as a brand communications executive for a media company in London.

The new marketing and communications officer role encompasses management of the website and content, social media, media, fundraising and events, as well as looking after our alumni andambassador network and board. 

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Melissa Lucien

Melissa Lucien

Head of Programmes (Education and Talent Development)

Melissa has worked for The Brokerage for over 14 years. Her primary role was to manage the City of London Business Traineeship Programme, which places over 100 A-Level leavers into City based firms, recruiting for School Leaver & Apprenticeship programmes and managing bespoke events like the ICAEW Careers that Count Conference, the Lloyd’s IntoWork Conference and the Regents University Bursary programme. 

Melissa became Head of Programmes in April 2016, and manages the overall delivery of all education and talent development programmes. 

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Kate Suart Kate Suart

Senior Programme Manager (Talent Development)

Kate joined The Brokerage in April 2016. Kate has worked in a variety of roles at Future Foundations since March 2012, culminating in senior project and development manager. South African born, she believes that with the right opportunities and guidance, every young person has the opportunity to a great future.

Kate has volunteered in South Africa and Bolivia for charities that focus on raising the aspirations of young people and is passionate about social change.

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Kieron Lock

Kieron Lock

Programme Manager (Talent Development)

Kieron joined The Brokerage in July 2016. He has extensive experience within the education sector, having worked as a history teacher, learning resource centre manager and teaching assistant in a variety of different primary and secondary schools across London.

Prior to joining The Brokerage, Kieron worked as part of the Schools and FE team at Construction Youth Trust, working alongside industry partners to deliver engaging courses that gave young people an insight into the education and employment opportunities available within construction.

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Ellen Shields

Programme Manager (Talent Development) Ellen Shields

Ellen joined The Brokerage in November 2016. Previously, she has worked with young people who face barriers to education and employment both in the UK and overseas. Prior to joining The Brokerage, Ellen developed a corporate volunteering programme with Construction Youth Trust, enabling construction professionals to inspire young people into their industry.

Ellen manages the City of London Business Traineeship (CBT) programme; engaging candidates, delivering workshops and working with City employers to offer paid placements of real social and business value.

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Tom Slatter

Tom Slatter

Senior Programme Manager (Education) 

Tom joined The Brokerage in May 2016. In 2012, after 5 years as a secondary music teacher, he moved to The Access Project, a social mobility charity. Here his duties included establishing their programme with client schools and developing their tuition programme. Tom believes that all young people deserve the opportunity of having a fulfilling career, and that family background should not be a barrier to this. His duties include ensuring The Brokerage’s education programmes help to achieve this mission.

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Kate Warner

Kate Warner

Programme Officer (Education)

Kate joined the Brokerage in October 2016, following roles at Arsenal in the Community and Newcastle United Foundation. She has coordinated and delivered enterprise and employability education programmes, and gained experience working with disadvantaged young people and adults.

Kate studied psychology at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and more recently completed a master’s in forensic psychology at London Metropolitan University. 

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Talia Chirouf 

Talia Chirouf

Sessional worker

Talia previously worked at The Brokerage between 2013 - 2015 across both the Education and Talent Development teams, delivering workshops and managing the City of London Business Traineeship programme.

Talia read War Studies at King's College London. After graduating, she wanted to work within education in order to support students to develop the skills they need for work and life. In 2016, she left the UK to live in Paris but continues to be involved with The Brokerage as a sessional worker.

Zahrah SurooprajallyZahrah

Sessional worker

Zahrah joined The Brokerage in September 2015 as a Workshop Facilitator. In July 2016, she began studying Creative Writing at university, although continues to deliver workshops for The Brokerage on sessional basis. She has a background in social action and PR, and is a certified NLP Practitioner. 

44 hosted visits

44 businesses and institutions hosted workplace visits in 2016

Schools and colleges

Over 200 schools and colleges worked with us in the past year

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