It takes an active, loving community to raise a child
KORI is driven by a diverse, talented team of staff and volunteers whose prime focus is Youth work. Together, they enable a caring and supportive environment.
Founder & Director
Over the past 25 years Odiri Ighamre has worked through the arts as a storyteller, educator and facilitator across conferences, libraries, mental health unts, prisons services and organisations. She provides consultancy for a range of groups and organisations in both national and international forums. She has founded and led three companies in collaboration; ‘Women Tellers’ for promoting the art of Storytelling; Evwreni Productions, training African and Caribbean Artists and KORI.
Onome is an experienced arts practitioner and trained youth worker that works across the programmes in KORI, training staff and delivering workshops. Onome has worked widely in schools, prisons and internationally. He has also delivered training on various leadership and management programmes.
Marcus joined Kori in 2012, mentoring 3 teenagers before becoming the Chairman in 2014. He is a civil servant, currently working at the Home Office. His previous experience includes international military relations and support for Government Ministers. His interests include sport and politics.
Clement Chung formerly headteacher of Kingsbury High School in Brent (North West London) has over 30 years experience in secondary education. Before moving to Brent he held senior posts in a number of schools in Haringey.
Vibeka works as a senior reporter for Responsible Investor. She has a strong interest in charity and civil society, and is an advocate for volunteering. In her spare time she is a keen reader, cyclist and is a yoga practitioner.
Angeline worked at KORI as a manger for four years. She is a qualified youth worker and business administrator. Her former role included managing the Young Artist Programme and developing KORI’s work with partner organisations.
Lydia is a qualified arts practitioner and youth worker. She has wide experience managing, training and directing programmes in the UK and internationally for a range of organisations. Her former role in KORI included managing and developing the Vessel programme.
Owen commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2000 and has led operations in the Balkans, the Middle East and South Asia. He currently works in Westminster as a counter-terrorism strategist, policy advisor and programme manager. He is also a Director and Consultant for Lawrence Miller & Co.
Nichola is a civil servant working in Aviation for the Department for Transport. Previously she worked as a Management Consultant and a fast-jet Navigator in the Royal Air Force. Her passion is basketball and her commitment for youth comes from having played, captained and coached teams at a national and international level.
Tas brings hands on business skills to the board with over 15 years experience assisting community groups to become sustainable social enterprises. He was inspired to get involved with KORI in 2007 after his daughter began poetry sessions that helped her to gain confidence.
Kevin is an ecosystem designer, educator and the creator of Natural Flow Consultancy. He works internationally with businesses, communities and individuals towards regenerative living. Kevin is passionate about building healthy, resilient community where young people thrive and fulfil their highest potential in this time of challenge.
Shola Awolesi will be taking on the role KORI’s first Patron from September 2016. She will play a key role in “raising the profile of the charity and championing their great work”.
Shola is a Learning & development professional and coach that specialises in leadership development. She works closely with managers and leaders in charities and the public sector to improve performance.
She is currently Global Leadership Development Manager at Save the Children where she manages the flagship leadership programme in London and works in partnership with key stakeholders around to design and deliver the high potentials leadership programme globally.
She also manages a network of pro-bono coaches that supports leadership coaching and is working internally to develop a coaching culture.
Shola has been a coach on the Uprising Leadership Programme and Teach First Programme for a number of years. Her work has been featured in 2 books, Inspiring Women Leaders and Building and Sustaining a Coaching Culture.