Nathan has been a trustee of Copenhagen Youth Project since 2016. He believes the charity, its team, and the young people it serves are bringing about profoundly positive and long-lasting changes for their community. Nathan works at City Hall supporting the Mayor’s economic development policies.
Nikhil is an experienced, qualified chartered accountant working at PwC as a Senior Manager in Financial Services. He is also involved in voluntary work as a reading partner at Bigland Green Primary School in Tower Hamlets as well as being an experienced fundraiser.
Robin has lived in Islington since 1995 and is a lawyer. He became a trustee of CYP when it was founded in 2001. He was the main contact with the Guinness Trust when negotiating the lease of our current premises from them. Robin is also a Trustee of another local youth project. He believes that all young people have potential and that all of us have a responsibility to help unlock that potential.
Lara has been a trustee at CYP since 2018. She is a postgraduate law student with a background in legal and compliance recruitment. She is currently undertaking the bar vocational studies and legal masters with a specialism in family law. Lara also volunteers at a pro bono organisation, delivering workshops on consent and sexual offences in secondary schools. She is committed to improving outcomes for young people and families through her voluntary work and into her legal career.
Samuel is a freelance creative who specialises in poetry and spoken word, known for his public speaking and engaging stage performance. He has performed all over the UK sharing his humorous, yet thought-provoking perspective on life and society.
Having grown up in Islington, Samuel has been an active member of CYP, firstly as a service user; then as a youth mentor working with and supporting youths; and now as a Trustee of the organisation as of 2022.
Samuel’s work is centred around youth engagement, empowerment, identity, mental health and well-being. He is passionate about youth-centred services and helping young people find their voice, providing them with the opportunities to express themselves and feel like valued members of our society.
Damla is a management consultant helping businesses specifically with strategic planning and business development efforts to achieve growth and sustainability. She also has experience doing pro-bono work for charities and social enterprises on strategy and fundraising as well as bid writing.
Kebra is a Law & Business student with strong experience working with young children with disabilities and SEN needs. She is dedicated to ensuring that young people are given the same youth opportunities CYP once provided her. Kebra is passionate about establishing positive representation for minorities in areas where they have historically lacked a presence. She is also committed to ensuring that all young people’s talents and ideas are not wasted due to lack of resources; instead, invested in so they can flourish and be celebrated.
Penny Woolcock is a British filmmaker, opera director and screenwriter.
“I live in Barnsbury just five minutes from the Copenhagen Youth Project. I have made several urban films in Birmingham, including One Mile Away following a peace process initiated by two young men from large inner city gangs. I know at first hand the traumatic consequences of this life style.”
“CYP is the only youth project I know that actively welcomes and works with young people who are at the sharp end of the massive inequality in our own area that criminalises, brutalises and destroys young lives. There is a parallel world happening right under our noses in Islington. I have the utmost respect for the work of Steve and his team and will support it in anyway I can.”