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Andrew Hadley

Andrew Hadley

CEO

I have always been interested in other languages and cultures, and have lived and worked in many different countries. As British Council director in Macedonia, I created the Blue Sky network and several other innovative international youth projects. That is how I discovered my passion for working with young people, which led to setting up Momentum World with Paul and Trevor. I firmly believe in the power of international exchange and intercultural learning to change lives, and I want to create more opportunities for this, especially for UK young people. I love music, film, architecture, astronomy, Cornwall and of course my family.
Trevor Keough

Trevor Keough

Operations Director

Hello. I am Trevor Keough and I am the Operations Director for Momentum responsible for all logistic, planning and financial matters as well as being involved in training and facilitation. I enjoy our work with Momentum, making a difference in young people’s lives. I want to do more of this and help to build a successful social enterprise, growing and providing employment for others.

My other interests are my family, hill walking, rugby, golf, travel and current affairs.

Paul Oxborough

Paul Oxborough

Creative Director

Since the age of 17 I have worked as a trained Youth & Community worker, I professionally qualified in 1992. Since then I have used innovation and technology to push the boundaries in my youth work in order to make projects educational, empowering and inclusive. I set up a successful film training company in 2000 and I am a founding Director of Momentum.  My work has allowed me to travel the world and meet some inspirational characters along the way. I am married with two teenage girls and I enjoy reading, motorbikes, running and new gadgets.
Sarah Young

Sarah Young

Office Manager

I am the Office Manager at Momentum. I look after all the day to day activities to ensure the smooth running of the office. I have a background in media including 10 years spent at the BBC. I am extremely interested in the work Momentum does to benefit young people. I have three children so am very aware of the importance of this work, I love spending time with my family and also enjoy reading and film if I have any spare time!

Momentum Policy Advisors

Gordon Blakely

Gordon Blakely

Senior Adviser

Gordon began working life with the Greater Manchester Youth Association, a non-governmental support agency. After some initial international work, he took up post in London at the Central Bureau for Educational Visits, the government international body for the Ministry of Education. In1990, he formally joined British Council as Director of the Youth Exchange Centre.

Over the years, this work included managing the European Union Youth in Action Programme; formal bilateral co-operation with Japan, China, Israel, and programmes with South East Europe and Sub Saharan Africa.

Until recently, Gordon was Head of Youth Policy for the British Council. In 2010, he received an OBE for services to the British Council. Previously, he was awarded Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government, and a John Adams Study Scholarship by United States Embassy.

He is the author of European Youth Policy [Routledge1995]. His recent presentations include:
European Accreditation of Non-Formal Learning (Bruges)
EU / Japan Youth Co-operation (Osaka,)
Circles of Influence (UK Youth Parliament)
Formulating Youth Policy (European Union / Canada Forum – Ottawa)

Nicholas Mellor

Nicholas Mellor

Having had the opportunity to study at a number of universities, what I have learnt in the classroom has been eclipsed by what I have learnt on my travels. My travels began as a deckhand on a cargo boat and have never stopped. The journey is the destination and it is the conversations along the way that illuminate and inspire.

Some of the most memorable conversations have been with young people mapping out their own journeys, challenging the status quo and often envisaging a different kind – and better kind of future.

I have worked in the private sector on the development of new vaccines and as a management consultant, as well as having served in public institutions and with NGOs. One of the projects was the world’s first genetically engineered vaccine; another was setting up Merlin with a couple of friends. Merlin became one of the world’s leading agencies involved in emergency health programmes, before it joined up with Save the Children. There have been successes and failures along the way, but friendships and family have provided the springboard for new adventures and new initiatives.

Andreas Staab

Andreas Staab

Europe Adviser

Andreas Staab is the founder and Managing Director of EPIC – the European Policy Information Centre; a London based consultancy and training agency on the EU. Andreas has worked extensively in EU candidate and accession countries, including Cyprus, Turkey, Bosnia& Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Croatia.

He is an adjunct professor for the Executive Masters programme in International Logistics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also continues to teach at the London programmes of several US colleges and universities including St. Lawrence University and Washington University at St. Louis.

He is the author of several books and articles on the European Union, most notably a text book entitled ‘The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact’.

Paul van Casteren

Paul van Casteren

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Associate Staff

James Copson

James Copson

Annatic - Film and Media support

Growing up in Greater Manchester, I’m Northern and proud but I have a ferocious passion for travel and adventure. I love visual storytelling and exploring creativity, so in 2013 I formed my independent production company Anattic. I work with Momentum World to create engaging films that showcase the amazing opportunities they offer to young people. Working with Momentum has allowed me to explore new ideas and directions in film making and provided me with some amazing opportunities as a young person myself. I love snowboarding and playing basketball. I enjoy cool, moody films like ‘Drive’ and ‘Old Boy’.

Momentum Interns

My name is Ashley, and I’m a university student from the United States, studying Marketing and Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. I started my internship at Momentum World through my university’s study abroad internship program, in which I’ll be living, taking classes, and working in London for a semester.

Even though I’ve just started, I’m already incredibly excited for the work that I’ll be doing over the next several months. As someone who is still young, I think the opportunities that the organization provides in terms of experiencing other cultures and preparing for future careers are really important and valuable.

Lucie Cevelova

Lucie Cevelova

Intern 2016

Hello, I’m Lucy from the Czech Republic.

I studied photography at art school in Brno. When I finished my studies, I couldn’t find a job. The job centre in my city created a project called “Royal Chance or Come and Work in England”. The project was for two months and when I read about it, I knew I had to be a part of the project. I applied and was selected. When I got the news, I said to myself: Lucy, this will be the beginning of a new life.

What did I get from my internship with Momentum World? They really changed my life. The internship helped me imagine new possibilities for my life. I found out what is really important in my life, what I really want to do. I want to join the EVS, help people, travel and explore other cultures…

I’m very happy that I was able to participate in the Centres of Excellence project. I met a lot of interesting people who helped me with my English. They were incredibly patient, kind and respectful. I learned something from everyone. They were inspirational and showed me there are other ways to live my life.

The internship at Momentum World was a big opportunity for me and I really needed it. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I was lost. My personal goal for this internship was to find myself. And yes. I did.

When I started working for Momentum World, I didn’t know about the existence of Erasmus plus and some of the other organisations and projects. I was surprised because they are some of the best ways to travel, learn a lot of new things, meet lovely people and experience opportunities to change our lives. Learning about them inspired me to find similar organisations in my country and I decided to join them and help other people as COE helped me. I found countless amazing projects throughout Europe and I want to be a part of this because I want to work on my personal development.

Thank you to the whole team at Momentum World. Thank you for the chance to work with the best people I have met in my life.

Anja Stock

Anja Stock

2015

My name is Anja and I am from Germany. I am a trainee to become an industrial clerk.  Once a week I visit a vocational school to complete my studies. My teacher told me about the Erasmus+ programme in London. I wrote an application and in May 2015 I got the good news that I can go to London.

Momentum World has given me the chance to improve my English, to become more confident and in addition, to learn something about the culture of England, because it was my first trip to England.

In addition to that Momentum World gave me the possibility to take part in the “S-Factor into Eurovision” program in the north of England. I was very curious and excited to be a part of this great program. This time was probably the most rewarding of my internship.

I think the best thing about Momentum World is that they give young people with disabilities a chance to become integrated into everyday life. They take time to work with them and give them a goal to which they can work.

Patti Dejaeger

Patti Dejaeger

2013 - 2014

My name is Patti, I’m 24 years old, from Belgium. After one year abroad in Asia and New-Zealand I didn’t know what to do in my life, so I applied for an internship in London with the EU Leonardo programme and Momentum World accepted.

I was working in the Momentum World office and I participated in several projects with the team from December to March (Momentum gave me the opportunity to travel abroad to Finland for a project). This organisation gave the opportunity to improve many of my skills and bring my own Belgian style. I am always comparing Momentum World to a Lighthouse, because this internship changed my life and gave me direction for the future whilst at the same time kept me away from the rocks when things weren’t going right in my life.

I’ll never forget this experience and my British team. Thank you again for everything.

Nicolien Van Der Linden

Nicolien Van Der Linden

2012

An internship at Momentum World is in a few words inspiring, life changing and rewarding.

I have been inspired by the work Momentum World does with young people. The way they engage youngsters is amazing and inspired me to work with youth in the future. That is why I am now going to start with a Teacher education programme.

Since my internship my life has changed in so many ways. I am much more confident than I was before. I have met amazing people around the projects I did during my internship. I am pleased that I have worked with Momentum, the things I have learned and my education will be the key for my future students.

Tony Zhu

Tony Zhu

2016

My name is Tony and I am from the US. I am a Finance and Economics student at Washington University in St. Louis. I began working with Momentum World through a study abroad program offered by my school, during which I worked and lived in London for one semester.

My time at Momentum World has been an extremely rewarding opportunity for me to learn more about the importance of youth mobility, and to make connections with people from all over Europe. I have gained skills in event planning and proposals that will prove invaluable in my future career, and have been inspired by the passion with which the team at Momentum World works every single day.

Though my internship has come to an end, I have come to greatly appreciate the time I spent working there, and am grateful to have been given the opportunity to do so.

Sarah Bogaert

Sarah Bogaert

2015

My name is Sarah Bogaert, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Belgium. I’ve always had a big love for London, so when I saw that 12 students would get the opportunity to work for 7 weeks in London, through the Leonardo programme, I immediately applied. It was a great opportunity to improve my English and my resume.

My application was sent out to over 100 organisations, and Momentum World was the first to show interest in me. You have to know that I didn’t have any relevant work experience, so even getting one positive response on my resume was massive for me. I couldn’t be more lucky with Momentum World as my workplace, as I really had no idea what I wanted to do in my life career wise. I thought Momentum World would teach me things about myself I didn’t know before and help me to get more confidence in myself.

After 7 weeks with Momentum, everything I thought that I would learn came true and even more. I’ve indeed learned a lot of things about myself, about things I like and don’t like and about how I want to become one day. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that I need to step out of my comfort zone, my bubble, I’m capable of a lot more things than I thought I was. Another important thing I’ve learned is that money isn’t everything, money isn’t the answer to every question. Passion and happiness is.

Chris Bradford

Chris Bradford

2013

Hi, I’m Chris and I worked as a Database Intern for Momentum World for 5 months in 2013.

I never expected an internship to be as rewarding as it was with Momentum. Before they took me on, I had just finished university and was finding it pretty tough getting a full time job due lack of experience. Afterwards, I was left with the technical experience that I thought I would get from working with databases but also so much more.

During my time with them, Momentum offered me so many amazing opportunities. I got to learn about events management, film making, meet some truly inspirational people from all over the world and learn about their culture, and I even got to go abroad myself.

Even though I have now moved on to working for an events organisation, I still tell everyone I meet about my time with Momentum World because I am proud to have been part of their amazing team and the work that they are doing.

Eddie Keough

Eddie Keough

2012

I first became involved with Momentum after I went on the leadership course after I finished Uni in 2011. I then was excited to be asked back to help out on projects for the next year. They took me all over Europe including Austria, Hungary, Romania and of course helping with projects back in the UK.

Around Easter in 2012 I was given the amazing opportunity to help with the media promotion of 2020 Education. My first office was the very impressive Northcliffe House, home of national newspapers like the Daily Mail, Independent and Evening Standard. I spent six months helping with 2020 Education and was inspired to start my own career in PR.

My experience with Momentum helped me get my job at one of London’s top PR agencies and I’ve been there since but obviously keep in touch with everything that’s going on back at Momentum.

Jennifer Awoniyi

Jennifer Awoniyi

2014

Hello! My name is Jennifer and I live in Ilford, Essex. As a Business Undergraduate, I knew I wanted an internship with an organisation whose sole interest lies in the development and progression of individuals within our society, and Momentum World matched this category perfectly. As an individual who is highly inspired by culture, the infusion of intercultural understanding placed within the programs is an aspect that I find rather admirable.

I am keen in pursuing a career in Advertising and Marketing in the near future, and being the Marketing, Projects and Communication intern I was able to use my skills to emphasise the importance of the life changing education and training which Momentum World is offering young people. As a young person myself I believe that the development of leadership, communication and enterprise skills is incredibly important and imperative to enhance career prospects and is something which many young people are not exposed to. I definitely admire the purpose, values and ethics of Momentum World and I was truly excited to embark on my journey there for three months.

Nikola Hrnciarova

Nikola Hrnciarova

Volunteer Coordinator

I am a Masters student in European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University in Slovakia. Last year, I spent nine months studying in France and after such a life enhancing experience I decided to continue my adventure with an internship in London.
During my time at high school I became familiar with community projects in my hometown. This helped to develop my passion for community development and volunteer work. Later on at university I further explored this interest by participating in many international youth projects supported by Erasmus+, both at home and abroad.  These projects excited and inspired me to continue personal, educational and skill development in this area. Momentum´s inspiring work with young people and schools, and their aims such as increasing understanding of global issues and participation of young people in local or global projects, are reasons why I decided to apply for the internship here. I am now a member of staff with Momentum, in charge of developing the EuroPeers UK network.

Conor Sherry

Conor Sherry

2013

My name is Conor Sherry. In May 2013 I began an internship with Momentum World as Project Intern at their London office. Prior to working there I was not very confident and very unsure of what I was capable of and didn’t really have any idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Momentum World gave me so much amazing experiences and opportunities I would never have got anywhere else.

I assisted Momentum World on 6 different projects assisting the team in a variety of ways from helping to organise conferences to running workshops and doing energisers with the young people. I gained a lot of IT skills that I didn’t previously have in areas like designing presentations, spreadsheets and database input.  I also gave speeches and presentations to different organisations promoting Momentum world in 3 different countries across Europe. Working for Momentum gave me such an insight into many global issues that I wasn’t aware of until I worked with them such as the declining bee population and human trafficking. My work there allowed me to explore and expand my skills in film making which was something I wasn’t expecting to learn about but I am very passionate about so I was very happy to learn about it.

During my time there I was given the opportunity to travel to Poland to learn about Civic Volunteering, Portugal to build partner ships with other organisations and I went to Finland to learn about cultural understanding. I met amazing people on these projects and have made some friends for life in my time on them.

Even after my internship finished I took part in their Leadership Programme which was one of the most inspirational weeks of my entire life. I learnt so much about myself and my abilities during that week. I gained many new skills through my experiences there such as leadership, organisation, confidence and broadened my knowledge and skills in film making which is an area I am very passionate about my experience I gained through working with Momentum World helped me to get the job I have now working in advertising as a Client Assistant at Posterscope in Manchester. I cannot thank Momentum World for everything they have done for me, They helped me to succeed and grow as a person and helped me achieve things I never thought possible.I would advise everyone who possibly can to get involved with Momentum World in whatever capacity because it will change your life.

Avisha Patel

Avisha Patel

2013

My name is Avisha. You won’t have heard of me. Although I do hope one day you will have.  My ambition is to use an initiative which I recently founded called Friendsline to educate and empower women in rural regions worldwide.  Until I have succeeded in this I do not plan to stop. Pausing on this for a moment let me tell you how my journey began.  In 2013 during my masters in Risk Analysis, I was lucky enough to a secure an internship with Momentum World.  I had foreseen it to be a way to have some form of income while studying. However my time with Momentum turned out to be a pivotal change in my life.

The people I met through Momentum and the projects I worked on both within the UK and internationally inspired me in more ways than I imagined.  Momentums mission is to enhance the career prospects of young people. And this is exactly what they do.  There are no corners cut, no other interest, no other motive.  From the beginning to end of my time at Momentum there would be new projects for young people being sought and continual learning from previous ones. It was a privilege to work alongside a team which have a genuine desire to change and forward the lives of young people.

A project particularly close to me was the Time for Tea campaign.  I strongly believe in the importance of engaging young people in addressing global issues and the Time for Tea campaign is at the forefront of this.  The campaign gave me the opportunity to meet with an inspiring nuclear activist called Satish Kumar and also be part of his BBC Radio 4 documentary. Opportunities such as these not only built experience and skills, but greatly played a strong role in fuelling my own passion.

Esther Dark

Esther Dark

2014

Hello. I am Esther Dark, I live in Sidcup in Kent. I am passionate about youth work. I have recently graduated from university with a degree in English Literature.

Inspired by Momentum World’s values and their wide range of projects, I applied for an internship. Having experienced the benefits of an overseas gap year in Australia and South Africa, I believe strongly in the value of experiencing other cultures and gaining a world-view perspective.

Also as a local youth group leader, I was excited to be working for a company that provides life-changing opportunities for young people and engages them in important global issues. The experience was eye-opening, and projects such as 2020 Education, international learners and leaders programmes are inspiring. Momentum World offers an exciting, challenging engagement with a diverse range of projects.