Meet The Team


Our core staff and volunteers are drawn from a range of professions in the private, public and voluntary sector. We also have an active network of youth ambassadors and an advisory board of experienced multi-disciplinary professionals.

Aliu Bello
Managing Director

BSc and MSc in Public Health

“I have over 25 years of international experience with the UN, working in child survival and development programmes. Thus, I have passion for social programmes that contribute to the empowerment of young people – enabling them to access career opportunities and attain self-reliance.”

Poku Osei
Programme Director

BA Hons Degree Psychology & Political Science, MSc Business Management.

“I am responsible for overseeing all the things that Babbasa gets up to across the city. I believe that we are all unique individuals with unique abilities and that when we’re supported to explore or nurture them, society will benefit as a whole.”

Jenny Kerridge
Programme Coordinator

BA (Hons) Psychology/Sociology & MSc Health Psychology

“I am the project coordinator for Babbasa, supporting the team to deliver our core projects and training. I enjoy being part of an organisation that empowers young people to achieve their goals and aspirations. My background is in research, youth work and project & volunteer management.”

Yoma Smith
Marketing & Communications Consultant

BA Religious Studies and Education, Diploma in PR, Business Administration and Management General Certificate

“I have extensive marketing communications experience in various industries and businesses- financial services, criminal justice services, education, social enterprise and charity sectors. I support Babbasa with sponsorship, events, marketing and communications activity.”

Sandra Meadows
Business Development Officer

Member of the Chartered Institute of Management

“I have long admired and respected Babbasa’s work and contribution to the community.  As a Businesswoman myself, I believe it is vital that we pass on skills and knowledge to support the emerging entrepreneurs and business leaders of tomorrow. My role in business development is focussed on helping Babbasa meet its strategic objectives through income generation and partnership development, thereby ensuring we have a solid and sustainable future.

Michelle Meredith
Community Engagement Consultant

BA Community Engagement (Deferred)

I met Poku five years ago and I’m grateful that he allowed me to be a part of his vision. I liase with individuals, groups and organisations within the community and promote Babbasa’s values and work.

James Barrett
Finance Director

MA in Engineering (University of Oxford)  Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants

“I have over 35 years experience working in the accountancy profession and as Finance Director of a number of companies both large and small. Now retired from full-time work, I am involved with a number of charities and social enterprises.”

Amy Gallivan
Engagement Lead

BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Bristol

“I assist with the management of the organisation and operations and provide support to team members and young people. I am the point of call for information and queries about Babbasa. I believe that anyone can achieve their aspirations with the right support, and Babbasa helps make this a reality.”

Carrie Brassley
Partnerships and Communications Lead

BSc (Hons) International Development, The Open University

“I am the Partnerships and Communications Lead at Babbasa. My role is to engage with businesses and professionals to encourage them to support Babbasa with their expertise, time or resources. I also keep our supporters up to date with our good news how to get involved.”