Senior management team

Bridget GardinerBridget Gardiner, executive director 
Bridget's career spans the private, public and voluntary sectors. 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 and is responsible for strategic planning, awareness raising and income generation, as well as overseeing governance, finance and managing The Brokerage staff team.

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Melissa LucienMelissa Lawrence, head of programmes 
Melissa has worked for The Brokerage since 2002. As head of programmes, she provide strategic oversight and direction for our education and talent development programmes and works closely with corporate partners to develop bespoke programmes for non-advantaged Londoners. Melissa is also part of the senior management team, playing an instrumental role in shaping the charity. A highlight of her role is hearing from former candidates who are excited to provide opportunities for the next generation of candidates from The Brokerage.

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Rosa Morgan-Baker

Rosa Morgan-Baker, head of partnerships
Rosa joined The Brokerage in October 2012. After managing a range of programmes on our education team, she joined the senior management team in October 2015 and was made head of partnerships and income generation in April 2016.

Rosa works closely with companies to help build their HR and CSR programmes to attract and support young people from non-advantaged backgrounds. Her favourite part of her role is seeing how inspired young people are after meeting volunteers at our partner companies.

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Talent Development Team

Kate SuartKate Suart, relationship manager, Lloyd's Community Programme
Kate loves connecting companies and talented young people. Her role involves introducing young people to opportunities within the Lloyd's market and the wider insurance market through masterclasses, pipeline programmes, mentoring programmes and placements.

One of the best parts of her job is hearing how our candidates have impressed prospective employers with their passion, creativity and willingness to learn. Kate joined The Brokerage in April 2016 from Future Foundations, where she was senior project and development manager.

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Kieron Lock

Kieron Lock, programme manager

Having joined The Brokerage in July 2016, Kieron oversees the Fast Track programme, which focuses on supporting sixth form students looking for apprenticeships and alternatives to university. He also has responsibility for the design and delivery of Year 12 mentoring programmes.

Kieron has extensive experience within the education sector, having worked as a history teacher, learning resource centre manager and teaching assistant in primary and secondary schools across London.

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Masruba Tasnim, programme manager
Masruba grew up in Tower Hamlets and went on to study sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. A big believer in the power of education to open doors, she joined The Brokerage’s talent development team in October 2017.

Masruba manages our City of London Business Traineeship programme, engaging candidates, introducing them to employment opportunities and developing their skills to empower them in their career choices.

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Donjeta Pllana, administrator
Donjeta joined The Brokerage in April 2018, after studying business management and leadership at Anglia Ruskin University.

In her role she assists the Talent Development team with their day-to-day tasks, such as setting up interviews and support sessions for our young people.

Having mentored at university, Donjeta is passionate about helping young people increase their confidence and reach their career goals.

A keen supporter of her local community, Donjeta previously worked as a young volunteer for the British Red Cross.

Education Team

Tom SlatterTom Slatter, senior programme manager
Having previously worked as a secondary school teacher, Tom now leads The Brokerage’s education programmes. He liaises closely with schools, organising and leading workshops at top firms in the City and London’s financial districts to give young people insights into career opportunities.

One of his favourite activities to lead is The Trading Game, an interactive stock market simulation. The best part of his job is seeing young people progress into paid roles.

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Kate Warner

Kate Warner, programme manager
Kate joined The Brokerage in October 2016. As programme manager for our education team, Kate facilitates workshops for young people from schools across London, including everything from taster days at top firms for primary-age students to interactive assessment centre experiences for sixth form students. 

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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Joshua DiamondJoshua Diamond, programme officer
Joshua brings a wealth of experience in the youth charity sector, having delivered a project under the government’s Youth Social Action Fund. As programme officer on our education team since September 2017, he leads workshops at inspirational locations around the city. 

He believes in the potential of young people, no matter their background, and that all deserve a brilliant and fair start in life. He remains a keen community volunteer, working with young people on a regular basis.

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Marketing and communications 

Joanne TurrellJoanne Turrell, marketing and communications manager
Jo joined The Brokerage in May 2016, having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Marketing, Communications & Advertising in 2015.

Jo makes it her business to spread word of The Brokerage far and wide, championing our successes (there are many!) and raising awareness via our website, the media and social media. She also takes the lead on fundraising and looks after our alumni community.

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Interested in joining us? Vacancies are posted on the join our team page.