Power to Connect

Rickardo has over 13 years of experience in supporting London’s most vulnerable young people as a professional and a lifetime’s experience of the challenges they face. Rickardo is passionate about co-designing high quality, relevant and innovative provision for children and young people. Rickardo’s experience as a frontline practitioner at Art Against Knives as well as a Founder of Community Souls, a conscious cleaning company employing those furthest from the job market, has provided him with extensive insight into the effectiveness of community-based services and what it means to deliver meaningful and sustainable interventions. Rickardo’s understanding of current youth culture, safeguarding and post-traumatic growth informed practice all strengthen Rickardo as a true leader and innovator. Rickardo uses every opportunity available to share his practice, learn from others and to amplify young people’s voices and experiences.

Michael brings extensive director level private and public sector financial and strategic management experience to the Power to Connect team. His position as Assistant Director for Business and Resources across Wandsworth Children’s Services gives him a great understanding of the borough’s residents and their needs and vulnerabilities. Michael and his team have been a part of Power to Connect from the start via the partnership between Wandsworth Council and Battersea Power Station. Michael believes passionately that device recycling is a critical component of dealing with the climate challenge while ensuring that all children in Wandsworth have access to a device to undertake remote learning is crucial to ensuring the productive future of our children, especially the most disadvantaged.

 

Isabel is a communications expert who has worked with young people, parents and disadvantaged, isolated communities for the last twelve years in various settings, including the Criminal Justice System, Peabody Housing Association, the Charity Sector, #techmums and inner-city schools and estates. Isabel has extensive experience and specialises in increasing access to opportunities through technology, co-creation of youth provision and training programmes, demystifying technology for digitally excluded communities and platforming the voices and experiences of those who are often forgotten and hard to reach. Isabel is passionate about tech4good and making this happen. 

Sarah has worked in education for twenty years and been a Headteacher for the last 6 years. Sarah is a National Leader of Education and supports schools across the country to improve educational outcomes. She has worked closely with Battersea Power Station throughout the regeneration of Nine Elms to ensure the children in the local community have engaged with the development and the opportunities it brings. Sarah is passionate about serving in the local community and works with young people and their families to ensure they have access to the resources they need to thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the issues with digital poverty and Sarah is proud to sit on the board of Power to Connect, who are working to eradicate this.

Oliver is a qualified solicitor.  After 7 years at a law firm in the city, he spent 5 years at a tech-enabled waste clearance business in Putney before co-founding a legal tech startup that handles the unnecessary pain and cost of company administration.  He was born and raised in Battersea, where he lives with his wife and 2 young children – who attend a school involved in the P2C scheme.

Victoria is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience. After working at HSBC for nearly 18 years in a number of roles across UK, Hong Kong, Dubai and India, she joined Nord Anglia Education as the Group Financial Controller.  The global pandemic has highlighted the importance of the work Power to Connect is doing and Victoria’s experience on the board will bring a different perspective.