Our People

Hema Badger-Mistry

Director

hema@pedestrian.info

07873 222676

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Debbie Longley-Brown

Project Development Manager

debbie@pedestrian.info

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Danny Aldred

Education Development Manager & DSL

danny@pedestrian.info

Kylie North

Project Curator & Coordinator

kylie@pedestrian.info

Selena Blakeley

Projects & Administration Assistant

selena@pedestrian.info

Zuli Stannard - Chair

Zuli has previously volunteered and worked at Pedestrian and was thrilled to be invited back as a Trustee in September 2019. She has over 9 years’ experience working and volunteering across the private and the third sector in Leicestershire, with extensive knowledge of local youth and education organisations. Her specialism is in multi-agency youth employability projects, currently working on The WiLL Project as a Development Officer overseeing project management and delivery, programme design, financial management, relationship and partner management.

‘My vision and passion is to create opportunities for meaningful, lasting change for those more vulnerable, as well as to support those shaping such initiatives. I am personally and professionally invested in Pedestrians growth and success and feel privileged to be a part of this.’

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Dan Mitchinson - Board Member

Dan is an experienced sport, youth, and community development professional, with over 14 years of experience within the sector. He believes passionately in the transformative role that sport, music, art and wider youth engagement activities can have on young people and within local communities. He is aware that good engagement comes about through an understanding of the needs of local young people and delivering programmes that connect and resonate with them to generate a sense of empowerment, ownership, and pride.

Dan is excited to join the board of Pedestrian and hopes that he can utilise his knowledge and experience to support the growth of the organisation, and to continue to create high quality opportunities for the young people that we serve.

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Sam Oldman - Board Member

Sam Oldman spends his time managing a portfolio career. As owner of Oldman and sons – Therapeutic gardeners, he provides opportunities for young adults to access employability and therapeutic services through horticulture. An experienced Learning facilitator and coach, Sam also runs Oldman associates, partnering with business to provide coaching and consultancy to drive high performance. Sam also works as group advisor for Woodside outdoor learning centre, a school for young people with Autism.

Sam is currently training to qualify as a person-centred counsellor with the British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 

“The history, energy and expertise that pedestrian possess is inspiring. To know that Leicester’s young people have the opportunity to access education in the arts in the way that pedestrian deliver, align to my values perfectly. I feel strongly that young people should be able to access education and employability opportunities whatever their circumstance. I am proud to be a small part of what pedestrian do and look forward to supporting the growth of such an important local service”

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Jenny Walters - Board member

Jenny started volunteering for Pedestrian in 2014, after being a participant in one of our employability workshops. She’s since been a tutor, project manager and now trustee!

Jenny is currently the Operations Director of a digital agency and is responsible for operational planning and delivery, project management and business strategy and development.

Owing her career to the opportunities Pedestrian provided, Jenny is incredibly grateful to be able to use her experience to help the organisation grow and thrive.

Jenny was also a trustee for Leicester Print Workshop for 5 years- through this, she received formal governance training via the TMC ‘Board Academy’ initiative.

Naj Hassan - Board Member

Naj Hassan has been on the board of Trustees since November 2019. Working full-time for the London Stock Exchange, he brings various skills and knowledge around business efficiency, optimisation, growth, strategy and planning. Naj is also a Leicester Magistrate and an Employability Mentor at De Montfort University. In his spare time, he enjoys composing music and playing five-a-side football.

In his own words: “I am so pleased that I am in a position to add real and sustained value to the strategic direction of a charity doing such important work within our community. I was also a young person using similar services once, making the great work this charity does especially important to me; I am pleased that I am now able to give back in this way. I would like to thank the whole Pedestrian team for the great work they do and the great things they help young people to achieve.”

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Helen Carter - Board Member

Helen works for Leicester City Children and Young People’s Justice Service as the Victim Contact Officer and also organises creative workshops and interventions for young people. Prior to this, she spent several years in the charity and education sectors working to support young people to have the best possible outcomes.
“I am excited to be joining Pedestrian’s Board of Trustees and look forward to being part of an organisation that puts the needs of each individual young person at the heart of their delivery.” 
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Liv Southwell - Treasurer

Liv works as a Finance Officer on the GREAT Project, which helps unemployed members of families within the local community find work and training. Olivia is a part qualified Accountant and currently studying towards her last accountancy exams.

“I wanted to get involved in an organisation that was inspiring, energetic and making a real difference for young people within the local community. Pedestrian is that and so much more, I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Pedestrians growth.’