Who We Are

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

The Team

I love my role as it’s all about ensuring something positive and with genuine social impact continues and grows!

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
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.

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
I’m passionate about living ‘on purpose’ and leaving a positive imprint in the world. That’s why working at You Make It, where I have direct contact with women who are working towards personal and professional growth is more of a calling rather than just another job. 

I’m passionate about living ‘on purpose’ and leaving a positive imprint in the world. That’s why working at You Make It, where I have direct contact with women who are working towards personal and professional growth is more of a calling rather than just another job.

Alysha Yates
Programmes Manager
Luca Hussain
I joined You Make It in December and I’m thrilled to be a part of this organisation’s admirable work.
Luca Hussain
Programmes Administrator

The Trustees

Atul Mehta
I was inspired to join YMI after attending the 2015 graduation and seeing the incredible impact this programme has on its participants.
Atul Mehta
Chair
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
Geoff Whitehouse
I hope to use my communications background to raise YMIs profile and drive additional funding.
Geoff Whitehouse
Trustee
Himesh Kar
You Make It’s innovative and heartfelt approach to empowering young women locally yields tangible results.
Himesh Kar
Trustee
Ian Quest
I'm privileged to be a part of giving support to others.
Ian Quest
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 Hawes
Trustee
Cath Longman-Jones
I've been so impressed with Asma and her team's approach, the creativity of the programme and the direct impact it is having on the young women YMI empowers
Cath Longman-Jones
Treasurer
Nadine Makeida Davis
Experiencing You Make It’s passion first hand as a participant inspired me to get involved and use my journey to support other women who take part
Nadine Makeida Davis
Trustee
Anwara Begum
I would like to support the charity as a trustee because of the crucial work they do to empower women.
Anwara Begum
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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We’ve got a lot of valuable expertise to share. All of our partners across sectors can benefit from our consultancy and coaching services.

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Testimonials
I’m incredibly aware that I was very fortunate in my early career and I want to help others access the same chances I was given.
Helen Searl , Trustee