Who We Are

At Prospex, we believe that being rooted in our community enhances our work and improves our chances of making an impact. That’s why local residents make up 80% of our staff and trustee teams.

Our team support the young people with whom we come into contact, regardless of whether they’re young people involved in gangs, or kids for somewhere to play a board game. In all aspects of work we approach the young people in a non-judgemental manner regardless of culture, gender or creed.



years of youth work experience


staff who have been at Prospex for 8+ years

youth work qualifications between staff

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Richard Franklin, known as Beef, has been involved in Prospex since 2001 and was appointed as CEO in 2008. He has been qualified as a Youth Worker since 1996 and is a level 6 supervisor. He also has 14 years of voluntary experience as a youth worker in various youth organisations.


Richard Franklin (Beef)


Cathy has a post-graduate qualification in Community and Youth Work and over 15 years experience of working in the voluntary sector. Cathy has provided consultancy support for a number of voluntary organisations, including freelance grants assessment for The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Business Development Manager

Cathy Norris


Alan is, responsible for the day to day running of the Community Programme. Having joined Prospex in 2010 as a volunteer, Alan soon progressed to part time and then full-time youth worker.  He has a BA in Youth Work, Community Development and Social Pedagogy.

Senior Youth Worker

Alan Hopson


Carole is the Girls Development Worker at Prospex responsible for all aspects of the girls power project. Carole has a level 4 in Youth Work, Community Development and Social Pedagogy. And enjoys keeping up to date with training opportunities, C-Card training, Mental health, first aid training.

Girls Development Worker 

Carole Ward


Charli has 8 years of work experience in high gang affiliated areas. She completes a range of work for Prospex, including music performance and technology workshops as well as raising awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse on Islington’s streets.

Street Team Coordinator

Charli Nwaordu

“I feel Prospex staff have gone over and above for my son, believed in him and given him the tools he needs in life. I am truly thankful.” 

A Prospex mum



trustee focused on user voice & impact


trustees who are personal givers themselves

trustees who are local residents


Mike’s involvement with Prospex began in 2005 when, as a volunteer, he helped the team research and develop a new strategic plan for the charity. He has many years prior business experience within the hi-tech industry where he held senior posts based in Europe, Japan and the USA.

Chair of Trustees

Mike Hickes


Robin is a Solicitor with Macfarlanes.  He helped to establish Prospex as an independent charitywhen it was still only a community project, in order to widen its reach. He believes that all young people have potential and all of us have a responsibility in helping to unlock that potential.


Robin Vos


Marjorie has been a Trustee of Prospex since the organisation was founded in 2001.  Marjorie also serves on the committee of the Friends of Thomas Coram.

Public Relations

Marjorie Waymouth


Fran lives in Islington and became a Trustee in 2017 with a particular focus on HR matters, drawing on over 25 years’ business and commercial experience. She first became involved with Prospex in 2000 when she supported them to implement their Business plan.

Human Resources

Frances Middleton

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Brian has been an Islington resident for 33 years.  He has held senior positions in the construction industry with over 40 years with Laing and Laing O’Rourke as Chartered Civil Engineer to the Director responsible for the major projects division in London. Brian recently formed his own Construction Consultancy.

Finance & Fundraising

Brian Zelly

Babatunde ensures our work is user-led and that we are effectively monitoring our impact. He took an interest in Prospex because, as someone who was came from a difficult background and was homeless in his teenage years, he is aware of some of the challenges that the charity addresses. He has worked for the past 12 years as a Political Adviser, with a focus on counter-violence work for at-risk groups and also public health.

User Voice & Impact

Babatunde Williams


Drop us a line on info@prospex.org.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.


(0) 207 607 7626

Our office hours are 10am - 5pm, Monday to Fridays. 


The Underground Youth Centre, Piper Cl, London N7 8TQ

All names attached to testimonials on this website have been changed to protect the identities of the young people.