Our team

Patrick Edwards

Head of Communications (maternity cover)

“Where I live, people complain about young people ‘hanging around’ their streets. They complain that they’re there, but I’ve always wanted to know why they’re there. To help them move from street corners to other corners of life. That’s why I work for Impetus-PEF.”

Ben Gadsby

Research and Policy Manager

“Too many of my friends from school didn’t get the opportunities I did, but the charities Impetus-PEF works with are putting that right. I love to hear the inspirational before and after stories from the young people those charities work with. Transformational change is possible.”


Rianna King

Policy and Communications Apprentice

A little while after I joined Impetus-PEF, I was asked if I wanted to write a blog about my experience as their first-ever apprentice. That moment made me feel really valued and encouraged me to keep going. It made me think that they really care and want to hear from young people.”

Dr. Maria Neophytou

Director of Public Affairs

“In public affairs, a big part of your job is persuading decision-makers to make time to talk to you. I was representing Impetus-PEF at a roundtable when a government minister came up to me to say she’d been looking forward to meeting us because she had heard about the great work we do with charities. She knew who we were, and for the right reasons! That was priceless.

Zoë Northridge

Communications Associate

For me, it was the moment I saw Hafso stand up on stage at our Transforming Lives Dinner. Here was a young woman who had been through so many hard times. Yet she had the courage to feature in our film – and tell a room full of 400 strangers. She changed her life around. She said that she couldn’t have done it without our charities. Without us. In that single moment, I realised that all my hard work was worth it.

Lizzie Pring

Head of Communications (maternity leave)

Going along to a Driving Impact workshop in my first couple of months took my breath away. That our charity partners and their staff feel able to trust us enough to share their innermost workings with honesty and openness spoke volumes to me. The more I learned about Impetus-PEF, the more invested I felt. Here was a charity helping the sector in the most unusual but sensible way. Meeting the inspiring folk who would later become my colleagues only cemented those first impressions.”