Our management team delivers the programme with a range of brilliant facilitators, consultants, mentors and volunteers.

The Team

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I love my role as it’s all about ensuring something positive and with genuine social impact continues and grows! I’m huge on partnerships. I create new and maintain existing ones with people and places from a range of sectors whose time and investment in our work ensures quality creative learning and earning opportunities for the amazing women who are awarded places with us.

Asma Shah
Founding CEO
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I have always been passionate about projects that create social change and felt like I’d stumbled on a hidden treasure when I found You Make It. Since joining in 2016, I've had the absolute pleasure of working with of the most talented and resilient women I've ever met - it's been amazing! 

Roxi Jahanshahi
Senior Programmes and Partnerships Manager
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I joined You Make It in December 2019 and I’m thrilled to be a part of this organisation’s admirable work. I am a firm believer that when opportunities become available to those who are often left behind by the system, this not only strengthens their own prospects but benefits society as a whole.

Luca Hussain
Programmes Manager
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I am the newest member of You Make It joining in February 2022, and I am so excited to join such a fantastic team of women and bring my passion and energy to make the programmes You Make it run amazing. 
Fowsia Kadiye
Programmes Administrator

The Trustees

Atul Mehta

I was inspired to join YMI in 2015 after seeing the incredible impact this programme has on its participants.

Atul Mehta
Chair
Lani Shamash
I fell in love with YMI in 2018 when I joined as a mentor and saw first-hand what a tangible impact this organisation had on the wonderful women taking part.
Lani Shamash
Trustee
Fatou Jeng
The work that You Make It does resonates with me personally and I’m excited to contribute to an organisation that empowers women, strives to challenge the status quo and has a real impact.
Fatou Jeng
Trustee
Kate O'Connor
I have been a mentor and am now delighted to be a Board member of You Make It.
Kate O'Connor
Trustee
Himesh Kar
You Make It’s innovative and heartfelt approach to empowering young women locally yields tangible results.
Himesh Kar
Trustee
Stephanie Grace Hawes
YMI provides a fantastic support network and learning opportunity for local young women; helping them realise their potential and empowering them to grow in confidence.
Stephanie Grace Collins
Trustee
Muinat Adeyemo
Participating in the You Make It programme has been life changing. I’m honoured to be a trustee and can’t wait to help You Make It support other women like me.
Muinat Adeyemo
Trustee
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The work YMI doing is transforming the lives of women every day. I am feeling privileged to be let in on this journey as a trustee. Growing up in a matriarchal family, led by the most wonderful grandmother, the work being done resonates with me on a deep level. 
Tashan Nicholas
Trustee

The Ambassadors

Irenosen Okojie
You Make It is an important scheme that not only provides a safe, nurturing space for unemployed young women.
Irenosen Okojie
Celebrity Ambassador
Mary Zreik
Following Ladies' Den, I won a bursary for studio space at Cockpit Arts and completed the Prince's Trust programme.
Mary Zreik
YMI Alumni
Onyinye Iwu
I wouldn't be where I am now without YMI - I have a full-time job, a flourishing freelance career as an illustrator and a book ready to be published.
Onyinye Iwu
YMI Alumni
Sada Cole
Since taking part in YMI, I am building momentum, exercising my talents and turning my dreams into reality.
Sada Cole
YMI Alumni

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Testimonials
I believe in the ethos of the YMI programme. I think that in the current social climate it is important to foster and develop the minds of the future generations. 
Tasharna Francis , YMI Alumni