Senior Management Team
Natalie Roast - Chief Executive
Natalie has worked for SkyWay since 2007 and was appointed as CEO in April 2016. She focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, liaising with the SkyWay Trustee board and is responsible for establishing and developing partnerships and the continued development of high quality programmes for young people and the community. Natalie has worked in Hackney’s not-for-profit sector for many years, focusing specifically on supporting ‘at risk’ young people.
Marlon Gayle - Director of Operations
Marlon coordinates all of SkyWay’s delivery contracts, evaluations, quality standard checks and staff training. Marlon has worked for SkyWay since April 2005 and in the youth and community sector for several years before this. Marlon supports Tottenham Hotspur and takes part in various sporting activities in his spare time.
Daniel Mussie - Director of Development
Daniel has been with SkyWay since September 2008 and is responsible for the development of SkyWay's programmes, as well as the upkeep and development of internal and external relationships. Prior to joining SkyWay Daniel was a youth worker and community sports coach. Daniel is a passionate Liverpool supporter and is fluent in four languages.
Operational and Frontline Staff
Noreen Ahmed - Finance/Office Manager
Noreen makes everything at SkyWay tick. She started as an intern in February 2013, then moved on to become the administration assistant, and is now the finance/office manager. She is passionate about charity work and prior to joining SkyWay worked with young children at a nursery, and volunteered at a homelessness charity and the Celia Hammond Animal Trust.
Sam Mars - Head of Fundraising and Communications
Sam’s been working with SkyWay since 2008 and took the role of Head of Fundraising in 2012. Experienced at working with local, national and European governments and organisations, Sam has led on policy, communications, development, and project work for statutory, voluntary and community sector bodies. Sam’s passionate about enabling people to make a difference in their own community, and has been an active volunteer with children and young people as a sports coach and mentor.
Penelope Munday - Impact and Quality Manager
Penny joined SkyWay in January 2010. Among her roles, she has managed and coordinated the Employment Programme and the Reparation Programme, as well as overseeing the Gang Intervention Project. Prior to SkyWay, she was a news reporter for the South African Press Association - a news agency in her native country of South Africa. Penny has an honours degree in Journalism and a masters in Criminal Law. She likes reading, watching tennis (she’s been known to camp out for Wimbledon tickets) and running.
Fiona Fay - Community Development Manager
Fiona has been with SkyWay since 2010 and is responsible for identifying the needs of the local community to expand and improve our services for them. Fiona has also worked as a youth worker, taught in a Pupil-Referral Unit, delivered educational workshops and supported young people to take part in our sessions and activities.
Yohana Solomon - Youth Worker
Yohana was one of our young people who trained as a peer mentor and then a peer leader delivering sexual health workshops in community settings and schools. Later she trained as a youth worker delivering activities at the Blue Hut and the Damilola Taylor Centre. Yohana enjoys listening to music as well as settling in to watch a good film.
Ruhina Begum - Impact and Quality Officer/ Lead Youth Worker
Ruhina joined SkyWay in June 2017 as a social research placement student through Project Oracle. Her exemplary work led to her taking up the role of Youth Impact and Quality Officer, responsible for the evaluation and impact assessment of SkyWay’s provision. She relishes thorough planning and reporting to support positive change for young people. Ruhina is also an accomplished youth worker. Ruhina has a BA (Hons) in Sociology and enjoys reading and watching movies. Ruhina is also an England Committee representative for the National Lottery Community Fund's Young People in the Lead Team.
Angel Lindberg Vazquez - Communications Coordinator/ Lead Youth Worker
Angel started volunteering at SkyWay in the summer of 2014. His keen eye for design, aptitude for writing, and attention to detail led to him taking up the position of Communications Coordinator in 2016. Angel works across the organisation to ensure our communication and marketing is up to date. He is also one of our lead youth workers, working with the rest of our team to promote and run a variety of different activities for young people. Angel is a poet with over 20,000 followers on Instagram, makes music in his spare time, and has a children’s book published under his name with his original artwork.
Lekan Awoyemi - Youth and Community Worker
Lekan is an experienced youth and community worker who has worked across Hackney engaging and supporting older community members and young people.
Brian Weekes - Youth Worker
Brian has been a youth worker since 1983 and works at the Blue Hut. His role is to encourage, advise and serve as a role model to the young people that take part in our sessions and activities.
Isabella is our Administrative Assistant. She's been working with SkyWay since February 2021. Her role includes providing office support, chasing us up for registers, and helping things run smoothly. She's previously worked at a primary school completing an 18 month Administration Apprenticeship. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her dog, Blu.
Grant Lee - Chair
Grant became involved with SkyWay in 2002, when he and a friend, James Kerr, approached the charity looking for partners to help host a football tournament in Hackney. This was the start of Teenage Kicks, which Grant has been involved with every year, and is attended by over 400 young people and volunteers. Grant has been the chair of SkyWay since August 2006. Grant has worked across the film, television and new media industries.
Mo Barrie - Treasurer
Mo is an accountant, author and the business growth strategist at Highwoods & Associates. He specialises in helping business owners become more successful by strategically analysing their business and implementing fresh and innovative ideas to ensure their continued growth. As treasurer, Mo is responsible for the general financial oversight at SkyWay, overseeing the financial controls of the organisation, reviewing procedures, financial reporting and advising the board on financial strategy. Mo loves spending time with his family and also enjoys running.
Clare is an IT training consultant who has lived in Hackney for over 20 years. Her involvement with SkyWay goes back a long way, Marlon even taught her (now adult) son to play football! Having always admired and supported the work that SkyWay does, Clare brings fresh commercial thinking to help create longer-term partnerships with organisations and donors. Clare likes to keep fit and regularly runs and cycles around Hackney. She has also recently graduated with an art history degree and enjoys visiting art exhibitions in London and abroad.
Nick works for the Crown Prosecution Service and before that was based at Stoke Newington Police Station. His family comes from Hackney and one of his daughters lives there now. He has been involved in various charities and community-based groups for many years and has experience in fundraising and charity administration.
Nick is an English teacher and a long-term Hackney resident. Before becoming a teacher Nick worked for SkyWay as the office manager and then business development manager. Nick is a keen football fan and is an Arsenal season ticket holder.
Jonas first moved to Hackney in 1997, and works in the finance industry, with a particular interest in energy and sustainability issues. He played an important role in the launch of the Green Deal Finance Company, allowing for small businesses and households to access funding for energy efficient initiatives. He has raised billions in funding for the UK’s largest and greenest electricity generation projects, including wind farms, biomass, and solar energy. He loves spending time with his family who try and manage his random but enthusiastic sports commitments. Despite a relocation to Kent, he continues to support Arsenal but perhaps more often from the sofa nowadays.
Joe is an IT entrepreneur and lives in Bethnal Green. He is passionate about the work SkyWay delivers in the community and was delighted to be invited on to the board of trustees in 2012. He runs a successful IT services company in the City. He now uses his abundant energy and drive in helping SkyWay grow and develop. When he is not working, Joseph is a keen musician and a regular visitor to his beloved Arsenal Football Club.
Joshua is an entrepreneur who manages a team of artists that customise footwear for individuals and businesses. He was born and raised in Hackney and attended the Blue Hut Youth Club from the age of eight. Joshua hopes to inspire young people to take advantage of the resources offered to them.
MJ is a local business owner. Her company specialises in computer animation and visual effects for television and commercials and has been running for over 20 years. Always involved in local charities, MJ joined SkyWay because she feels that it's important for our youth to have access to opportunity and support. She moved to Hackney nearly 30 years ago and has enjoyed living and raising a family here. MJ enjoys films, her allotment, running and is a keen Arsenal fan - sharing a seat with her brother. Her husband and business partner is a Tottenham fan so it just goes to show, it can be done.
Former Chief Executive
Gail Mistlin - Former Chief Executive (Oct 2006 - Mar 2016)
Gail Mistlin, former CEO of SkyWay led the charity for almost 10 years and left in March 2016. Gail’s drive and determination inspired the charity to develop and thrive during her tenure, securing positive futures for countless young people in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. Since moving out of London, Gail has started up her own ventures and we look forward to working with her in the future.
Alice Stroud - Founding Director of SkyWay (Nov 2001-Oct 2006)
Alice is a serial social entrepreneur passionate about youth leadership, partnership driven approaches and sustainability. Alice built SkyWay from the ground-up, employing local people and peer-led approaches to achieve national prominence. Innovative peer-led programmes included: Young Dads (part of a national ‘Fathers Matter’ initiative); ‘Clued Up!’ (part of the City & Hackney Teenage Pregnancy Partnership that won a national NHS award for addressing health inequalities); and Teenage Kicks, the organisation’s flagship community led youth engagement programme, which kicked off in 2002. Alice ensured SkyWay supported and led on collaborative approaches to fundraising and youth service provision in Hackney, through the establishment of Shoreditch Youth Network, and representing the non-profit sector on Hackney’s Children & Young People’s Partnership Board. Alice went on to work for The Young Foundation, an international centre for social innovation, as Director of Youth & Education Ventures and now works imagining and creating a positive, healthy, sustainable futures with young people and social enterprises in San Francisco, California.