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Samantha Hyde – Director 

Samantha has worked for and advised some of the highest profile brands in the UK, delivering award-winning work at Comic Relief, Channel 4, Ministry of Sound and TalkTalk, on topics ranging from business planning, grant giving, corporate social responsibility, fundraising, talent management and public affairs 

Samantha’s 25-year career has successfully crossed the boundaries between the corporate and the voluntary sector. She has held various, exciting roles as Interim Director including Save the Children, The Stroke Association, where she led a team of 120 to exceed targets achieving £25.5m and End Child Poverty, where she was responsible for lobbying government to implement the Child Poverty Bill in 2010.

In May 2013, Samantha was co-opted onto the board of London Quadrant, before joining as a non-executive director in September 2013.

Samantha has been a trustee of an international development charity, supporting woman who have been abused and trafficked in Afghanistan and has held roles as the chair of the Cancer Counselling Trust and the Advisory Centre for Education. 

When not at work, Sam enjoys spending time with her family and answering to the whims of her rescue sausage dog, Fen.














Jessica Mulley – Strategic Consultant

Jessica (Jess) Mulley is strategic consultant at Youth United, she first joined on secondment from the House of Commons Service, which she first joined as an assistant clerk in 1993.  She has coupled work in core procedural roles – advising MPs on parliamentary practice and clerking various select committees including those on Communities and Local Government, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology – with the design and delivery of major IT projects and programmes to support Parliament’s business functions. From 2012 to 2015 she led a team of experts in supporting committees in Parliament doing both policy and legislative work.  As part of her commitment to democratic parliamentary strengthening, Jess has also worked on the development of parliamentary services in Tunisia, Georgia, Trinidad & Tobago and most recently in Sierra Leone.  She frequently guest teaches for politics undergraduates at UK universities on aspects of Parliament.  Jess also founded and runs a small online book business.

Jess has a long history of involvement in the voluntary sector.  She has fond childhood memories of being a Brownie and currently volunteers as a duty officer for a local history museum in her home town of Wimbledon and, through the Girls’ Day School Trust, as a mentor for young women in the early stages of their career.

Hailing originally from Shropshire, Jess studied in Scotland, graduating from Dundee University in 1991 with an MA Hons in Modern History.  She then gained a post-graduate diploma in Heritage Management from the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham.   When she’s not working, writing or reading, Jess can most often be found in the saddle, either on a bike or the back of a horse.                                        












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.











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.












Hannah Warsame - Executive and Communications Assistant

Hannah joins Youth United armed with a diverse background ranging from education, to recruitment, to operations and has been heavily involved with charity work from her own school days.

Hannah is also a playwright who works to promote arts engagement within communities and raising awareness of societal issues and charities through creative ventures.