Meet the Board

Our wonderful and committed Board members volunteer their time and brilliance to support Team Future in making our Youth Zone the success it is.  We are proud to have such skilled and experienced people helping us build a better Future for the young people of East London.

Rhodri Rowlands

Board Member

Suriyaa Gnanapandithan

Associate Board Member

Mike Yates


Mike Yates is co-Portfolio Manager at AKO Capital. The AKO Foundation supports causes that improve education, promote the arts, or mitigate climate problems. The Foundation has to date made charitable grants in excess of £125 million, with OnSide’s Network of Youth Zones, including Future Youth Zone being a grateful recipient of its generosity.

Lubeya Pheasant

Board Member

Lubeya Pheasant graduated with a law degree from the University of Sussex in 1998. She qualified as a barrister in 2000. She started her career with a combined criminal and family law practise however now practises exclusively in family law. Lubeya is passionate about social justice and opportunities for young people.

Lubeya lives in London with her husband and 3 children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, boxing and family life.

Julia Bates

Board Member

Julia works for OnSide and oversees the fundraising, leading on the capital fundraising, and manages the revenue Founder Patron campaigns for current and new Youth Zone projects.

She is works on the prospect cultivation with High Net Worth Individuals for some of OnSides upcoming projects.

Cllr Maureen Worby

Board Member

Cllr Maureen Worby is the Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration at Barking and Dagenham Council. She represents the Valence Ward and was first elected as a Councillor in 1988.

Darryl Phillips

Board Member

Darryl is a Partner working in the PWC’s London Assurance practice specialising in dynamic companies which often currently sit outside of the FTSE 100. Darryl prides himself on the relationships that he builds with clients, focussing on what is important to them and supporting them constructively. After having trained and qualified with PwC, he left to work for Goldman Sachs for 7 years, gaining valuable experience, before returning in 2004.

Matt Rantell

Board Member

Matt is the CEO & Founder of The Square Tech Group, a fast growth tech startup and a Director of the Jack Petchey Foundation. The Jack Petchey Foundation is one of the proud capital investors in Future Onside Youth Zone in Barking and Dagenham.

With 15 years experience in marketing and technology and with three young children, he brings some valuable professional experience to the board and a perspective of the rather challenging world young people live in today.

Kay Andrews

Board Member

Kay is the Executive Director of Agilisys, and has more than two decades of global IT and Business Services experience. Kay also works to support key initiatives across the Blenheim Chalcot group.

Prior to working at Agilisys, Kay spent 13 years at Perot Systems and three years as Executive Director for Local Government at Liberata. Kay holds a first class degree in Mathematics and an MBA.

Suriyaa Gnanapandithan

Associate Board Member

As an Associate Trustee, Suriyaa looks forward to supporting Future Youth Zone in its mission to inspire and empower young people. He believes his experience as a young person from this community and this organization gives him a unique perspective, and is excited about the opportunity to give back to the Future Youth Zone community that has given him so much.

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