Our core team bring a wealth of experience in education, youth programme delivery and charities, and is supported by our board of trustees.

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Isabel Farchy, CEO

Isabel began in education as a Teach First teacher at one of London’s leading ARK Academy’s, implementing programmes - including Jamie’s Farm and First Story - to increase social mobility.

After 4 years in the classroom, she worked as an educational consultant, training student teachers for Teach For Lebanon out in Beirut, and developing diversity programmes for creative agencies.

In 2014, Isabel set up Creative Mentor Network. She now leads the charity as CEO.


Rochelle Robertson, Youth Lead

Rochelle has been working with young people since the age of 17 when she co-founded a street dance company.

After completing a degree in youth work and community, she worked with local council in Birmingham, and then went on to head up student support at ELAM,  a media industry college based in East London.

Rochelle is the founder and host of Vulnerable Podcast which supports people to explore their vulnerabilities as strengths, not weaknesses.


Shirley Ahura, Marketing

Shirley has worked extensively on children’s rights projects as a researcher, both in the UK and overseas. 

Her experience within the charity sector spans over 10 years, and includes working with and for young people in Haringey, north London to secure better futures. 

She has an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy from Goldsmiths University where she obtained a Distinction, and a BA in English and French from Warwick University. 





Russ Lidstone is the CEO of Creative Engagement Group and chairs the CMN board of trustees.


Ned Younger is the Director of Koreo and sits on the CMN board of trustees.

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Momina Zafar is a CMN programme graduade, and a students at Pearson College.


Rachel Gott runs SheSays female to female mentoring programme, Who’s Ya Momma, and is the Founder of creative recruitment consultancy, Apple and Ink and sits on the CMN board of trustees.


Niran Vinod works at Facebook Creative Shop and sits on the CMN board of trustees.


Punam Oza has a background in teaching and works at education charity, Teach For All. She sits on the CMN board of trustees.


Jo Kanani is the CFO at Grayling. She is CMN’s Treasurer Trustee.