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
Richard Frankland (Beef)
Richard Frankland, 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.
Business Development Manager
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.
Girls Development Worker
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.
“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
Chair of Trustees
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.
Trustee - Legal
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.
Trustee - Human Resources
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.
Trustee - Mental Health and Wellbeing
Monique brings insight to our health and well-being projects at Prospex, in particularour work to support the mental health of our young people. She is originally from Canada, where she co-founded an organisation to tackle youth violence and gun crime in Toronto. She currently works in senior management for the NHS and supports transformation initiatives across health and care in London. Monique joined us in 2020.
Trustee - User Voice & Impact
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.
Trustee - Child Protection
Danielle is a Child Protection Social Worker in Tower Hamlets. She has an MA in PPS with a focus on Psychology and is BPS accredited. She has also worked as a caseworker at an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) Service and has taught World History at the Asian University for Women. Danielle became a Prospex trustee in June 2020.
Trustee - Marketing and Digital
Ruth has over 15 years experience in the charity sector, working at a senior and executive level. She holds a CIM Diploma in Marketing and has extensive experience of brand, strategy and team development. She joined the Prospex board in 2020, with a focus on marketing, communications and digital. She currently works as a coach and consultant within the sector and lives in Islington
Special Advisor - Community Liaison
Vlad is an Internal Communication Manager helping top organisations tell their stories to increase employee engagement. He has extensive private sector experience in writing, marketing, strategy and project management. Vlad immigrated from Ukraine to Canada as a child, relocated to the UK as an adult and has lived in Islington since 2013. He joined Prospex in 2020 to give back to the local community.
Special Advisor - Media and PR
Isabelle is a journalist who writes about climate change and the environment for Climate Home News, CNN and the BBC. She also works as a mentor for children and teenagers, helping them with schoolwork, personal development and confidence. She joined Prospex in 2020.
Special Advisor - Corporate
Juliana is our youngest Special Adviser and her role focuses on mentoring, career coaching and corporate relationship development. She also has many years of experience in volunteering on the frontlines for the NHS and other youth education charities. She is a legal counsel for a gaming company and she specialises in commercial contracts and technology development.