Who are the team?
Meet the people who make it all happen!
Andy Smith (He/Him)
Co-Founder & CEO
Andy is the Co founder and CEO of Regenerate. Andy loves being creative with how he leads the charity forward in line with our vision, mission and values, and he is constantly coming up with new ways of connecting with people from different walks of life through forming collaborations, organising adventures and initiating new projects.
In his spare time you might find him singing his heart out at Chelsea games, kayaking the length of the River Thames, jogging down the country or going on multi day bicycle rides.
If Andy could star in any movie, he would be skidding sideways in his mini as one of the ‘get away’ drivers in the Italian Job.
Clare Smith (She/Her)
Clare has had a leading role at Regenerate since its founding working in different capacities over that time, and is responsible now for the day to day running of the services and operations, working out the logistics and future plans for the charity and supporting the team to reach their aspirations at Regenerate. Clare loves the job because she gets to work with an amazing team and see young people pursue their passions.
On the side, Clare loves singing and writing music, as well as dressing up and going dancing! She believes a good tracksuit is the key to happiness and if she had to evacuate her home, she wouldn’t go anywhere without her microphone.
Katie Sullivan (She/Her)
Youth and Mentoring Service Manager
Katie coordinates our Youth & Community Service, managing the Regenerate youth centres and outreach programs. Her role involves bringing the young people and teams ideas together to create effective programmes of engagement. She also leads youth sessions, does some mentoring and in 2020 took on supporting the coordination of the community box programme.
You won’t ever find Katie without her tin of ‘rosy lips’ vaseline, and if she was caught in a fire the first thing she’d pick up is a pair of TNs. She also believes McDonald’s breakfast should be all day and would make this her first focus if she was elected Prime Minister.
Aimée Jackson (She/Her)
Operations and Communications Manager
“If anyone needs anything chat to Aimée” seems to be the catchphrase. Aimée supports Regenerate all things HR, Admin, Operations and Facilities Management, as well as managing our social media and comms content. Aimée loves that there is always new ways to be creative and challenge herself at Regenerate, and she loves seeing the amazing work of the rest of the team.
When she’s not working, Aimée loves exploring new places, cooking up a storm, and discovering new music, especially rappers who are women. If she was to star in any movie, it would probably be Moana; as she dreams of sailing round the world, living off coconuts and vibes.
Matt Fleming (He/Him)
TFGB Operations and Logistics Manager
“The coffee guy” Matt helps manage The Feel Good Bakery, making sure the carts are running smoothly and serving perfect coffees. Alongside this he also mentors in a local secondary school and leads one youth session every week. Matt loves Regenerates values and the opportunities he gets to be creative in his role.
Alongside being a coffee geek with a Speciality Coffee Association certificate, Matt also loves tech, his prized possession being his hard drive. He’s also a massive F1 fan and in his spare time likes to play tennis and practice his diabolo skills, which he has proclaimed himself “insanely good at”.
Bella James (She/Her)
Progression and Wellbeing Manager (TFGB)
Owner of Regenerate’s resident dog Milo, Bella’s main role is managing the team of young people employed at The Feel Good Bakery. This involves working with them and helping them to identify and work on any goals or challenges they have. Bella is also a lead youth worker for Regenerate and loves that she gets to have lots of fun running projects at our youth clubs. She also loves seeing The Feel Good Bakery team progress and grow, and the coffee is also a bonus!
Bella also instructs group exercise classes as a side hustle, and then refuels on lots of chocolate. If she was Prime Minister, her first order of business would be to make cinnamon illegal, as she believes it is the centre of all evil.
Adrian Smajli (He/Him)
Adrian is a big part of generating income for Regenerate through Trusts and Foundations. This mainly involves making contact with various grant-giving bodies, in attempts to bid for funding. He loves that with his role he is in a position to have a comprehensive understanding about the work being delivered at Regenerate and how the organisation works from the ground up; through this he is able to be a key part of our ability to provide our services.
Adrian’s prized possession is his Rubik’s Cube, and over lockdown in 2020 he perfected how to complete it in 2 minutes! If he could be in any film, Adrian would be Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar as he aspires to lead the next human civilisation on a distant planet.
Margaret Hamps (She/Her)
Margaret is our bookkeeper and helps to manage our finances. She makes sure the bills and staff are paid, oversees any financial admin and produces reports on a regular basis which help Regenerate to make informed decisions about our budget.
Margaret has 20 years experience working for youth charity, before she decided to train as an accountant. She then set up her own accountancy/bookkeeping practice working mainly with charities and churches, and loves that she gets to use her skills and experience to help make a difference in other people’s lives. In her spare time, she loves walking in the countryside, gardening and reading.
Asante Duhur (She/They)
Youth Work Manager and Mentor
Asante is part of our brilliant youth team, her role involves facilitating youth club sessions for young people, and she is passionate about creating a safe space for them to hang out and be themselves. She also does 1-1 and group mentoring in schools as well as in the community. Asante loves the culture of Regenerate the most and the supportive and hardworking nature of everyone she works with.
Asante is also a musician, and loves singing more than anything. She is also fluent in ‘bubble language’ and is an avid charity shop crawler, always finding bargains and unique pieces.
Louis Hollingsworth (He/Him)
Youth Work Manager and Mentor
Described by some as ‘a walking berocca’, Louis is a qualified personal trainer and sports coach.
Louis brings his passion for sport and getting active to his role, using it to inspire motivation and focus in the young people he works with, as well as as a tool to help them understand and release their emotions. In 2020, Louis created a ‘doorstep workout’ scheme in his community, to help keep people healthy and happy during Covid Lockdowns. He brings this passion for energising people to Regenerate every single day.
In his spare time you’ll catch Louis in the middle of the dance floor flexing his moves or playing football with friends.
Keira Barnes (She/Her)
Lead Youth Worker and Mentor
Keira supports our youth sessions as well as using her creativity to provide mentoring sessions in our partner schools. To her, being able to actively contribute to a space where young people feel safe and comfortable is a really rewarding thing, and Keira’s biggest aim is to be a strong, trustworthy figure that young people feel they can seek support of any kind from.
A lover of long naps and painting, Keira would never leave her paintbrushes behind in a fire. She also ran with the Olympic Torch in 2012 and if she could be in any movie it would be Avatar, as she would love to experience the kind of magical natural world and way of life that they have.
Jules Bradford (They/Them)
Youth Worker and Mentor
With a background working with NEET young people as a teaching assistant and learning mentor, Jules is another key player in our youth and mentoring services. Jules takes a collaborative approach to developing activities with young people, working creatively with them to facilitate engaging activities as well as guiding and mentoring them to allow them develop and improve themselves.
Coming from Wandsworth originally and then being schooled in Australia, Jules loves learning new things and is the go to in the office for any kind of fun fact or hot take. They love art and cooking, and their proudest moment is being interviewed by Kylie Minogue who visited their school when they were 6.
Gabby Brown (She/Her)
Self proclaimed ‘vibe provider’ Gabby began as a volunteer with us during her uni placement, and loved working with our young people so much that she ended up staying permanently! By day she is a school teacher, but come 4pm you’ll find her at youth club showing everyone her favourite dance moves, and gassing up everyone’s outfits.
A true drama queen who loves theatrics, she has perfected her ‘teacher voice’ and loves using it to lead quizzes and other activities. Always silly and goofy, but also a supportive and great listener, Gabby’s special skill is that everyone feels comfortable being themselves around her, which makes her the perfect addition to our youth team.
Helena Garland (She/Her)
Youth Worker and Mentor
Helena’s background as a Learning Support Assistant has given her an interest for helping to meet the needs of young people who require more complex support, and seeing young people grow in confidence, participating in new things, laughing and having fun is something that really motivates her. Her passion for this led her to Regenerate where she is now part of our brilliant youth team.
Helena, who has been named by friends as looking like a ‘spongebob extra’, thinks it would be insane to live in an underwater city, and so feels that she would fit right in as a star of ‘Shark Tale’. Her secret talent is that she’s a pro at doing the ‘worm’ dance move.
Chamekir Hunte (She/Her)
Youth Worker and Mentor
After growing up in a youth centre herself, Youth worker and Mentor Chamekir has been inspired to give back and mentor the next generation to grow in confidence and learn about the real world, as her mentors and youth workers did for her. She loves the community feel of Regenerate and being able to bring joy to young people’s lives, describing her role as exciting, rewarding and fun.
Poetry writing and producing community art events with her Mum are her passions outside of work, and if she could star in any movie it would be ‘Clueless’ because of the chill lifestyle and incredible wardrobes the main characters have.
Nahwand Jaff (He/Him)
Nahwand has been involved with Regenerate in various ways for 15 years, and is currently our resident photographer and co-content creator for our social media. He has previous youth worker experience and is now a freelance photographer working in portrait and documentary. Nahwand’s favourite thing about working at Regenerate is the collaborative culture that has been created within the team.
When he’s not working, Nahwand likes to go for cycle rides and travel wherever possible. He also has a passion for flatbread and won’t go anywhere without his bluetooth speaker.
Harriet Williamson (She/Her)
Harriet has a background in working with and managing NEET young people since she was 18, and now supervises our TFGB coffee cart. She is passionate about ensuring that our young people are motivated and ready to work, and loves seeing their development week after week.
In her spare time, Harriet likes to follow along to Bob Ross painting tutorials and explore the Surrey Hills. If England was on fire, she wouldn’t be able to evacuate without grabbing her dog, her laptop and a hairbrush!
Kerri Arundel (She/Her)
Kerri sees the young people she supervises on our coffee carts as individuals, and likes to make sure that she works with each one according to their specific needs and personalities. She loves that she is able to be a part of providing them with skills and opportunities that will help them in later life.
Alongside working with us, Kerri is currently studying for a masters degree in forensic psychology. If she could star in any film it would be Finding Nemo, purely because she would love to be a fish who ‘just keeps swimming’.
Jade Staples (She/Her)
Jade has years of experience supervising in coffee shops, and now works on our coffee carts, putting her skills to great use as she helps to teach our TFGB baristas new skills, and guide them into the world of work.
Jade likes going on bike rides and exploring new places in her free time. As well as this, she likes daydreaming about meeting Vin Diesel, and would love to star beside him in ‘Fast and Furious’.
Emelia Lavender (She/Her)
Emelia has a background in hospitality, and is now a supervisor at our TFGB Coffee Carts. Her role involves running shifts with young people, and helping to train and mentor them during their time working at The Feel Good Bakery. Apart from seeing the look on a young person’s face when they nail a design on the top of a latte, her favourite part of the job is being able to draw on her experience and love for coffee in a new and more meaningful context.
In her spare time, Emelia loves baking and gardening, as well as singing in a choir and dreaming about being in The matrix. If she was Prime Minister her first order of business would be to make cats speak human language, so she could chat to them about their lives.
Mailis Dubois (She/Her)
Latte art enthusiast Mailis found her passion for coffee and making people happy during her time as a part time barista while studying. She now works with The Feel Good Bakery as a supervisor and loves that she is able to support young people in gaining workplace experience, giving them a helpful ear when needed, and sharing positive energy through smiles and great coffee!
In her spare time, Mailis creates incredible vegan treats, which she bakes for the people she loves and her small business. She also loves going charity shop shopping and acting.