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Lindsay Levkoff Lynn - Chief Executive

Lindsay has been the Chief Executive of Youth United Foundation since November 2014.  She has led the organisation in implementing ambitious collaboration initiatives for its eleven members, while successfully delivering major expansion programmes that have established almost 2,000 new uniformed youth groups in disadvantaged communities across the UK.

Lindsay began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company where she worked in their London, Boston and New Delhi offices. She has also worked at The Challenge Network - the largest provider of the National Citizen Service - where she was the Head of Fundraising, and as the Head of Impact for Nesta’s Innovation Lab.

Throughout her career, she has also worked with a variety of third sector and government bodies, including The Fulbright Commission, Girl Scouts, the OSCE, the US Congress and the UK Parliament.

Lindsay earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, a Masters of European Politics at the University of Oxford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and an MBA at the Harvard Business School.  She also serves on the advisory board of “Beyond Me” a charity designed to engage young professionals in giving their time, money and skills to support charities. 


Michael Carpenter - Head of Venue Sharing

Based in Manchester, Michael is leading the Venue Sharing pilot project as part of our role as a Collaboration Hub for our members. The project aims to unlock currently under-used facilities and enable youth social action providers (initially uniformed youth groups) to share and access low-cost, high-quality spaces.

Michael joins us from Living Streets, where he led a range of interesting projects including the development of an app that gamified walking to school. This builds on his immersion in digital solutions dating back to creating innovative online learning platforms at First Direct in the 90s.

He has a deep understanding of the needs of young people from his days teaching secondary school Maths and from leading young people in social action projects whilst at Groundwork.

As a child he was a member of the Boys’ Brigade and he is now the proud parent of both a Brownie and a Cub Scout.

Outside work, Michael enjoys cycling and is also a trustee of Manchester Environmental Education Network and Treasurer of Friends of Ashton Park.

Steve Boakes – Finance Manager

Steve is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and is currently training to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant. Steve has worked for Youth United Foundation as the Finance Manager since April 2013.





Cat Hardwick - Programmes and Governance Coordinator

Cat graduated from the University of Kent with a 2:1 in Law (LLB) in 2010 and achieved her Diploma in Business and Accounting from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in January 2015.

Cat has worked for Youth United Foundation since 2012 in a variety of roles, most of which have had a focus on the governance of the organisation. Outside of work, Cat enjoys spending time with her husband and son as well as running and cooking.

Cristina Otelea - Executive and Communications Assistant

Cristina graduated from the University of Essex with a first class degree in Politics and Modern Languages; before teaching English to children in rural Nepal through Voluntary Service Overseas, she pursued a Masters in International Relations at the same university.

Cristina loves being busy and working alongside dedicated and inspirational people. In her spare time, you can find her travelling, shopping and enjoying local cuisines around Europe.