Louisa Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

Louisa joined WLZ to design the plan and implement the pilot project in White City in 2015-16. She became Chief Executive in September 2016 and has since led its growth across four West London boroughs. Previously Louisa worked in social policy and the charitable sector in London and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she wrote for the Financial Times and worked in development finance and investment banking in Hong Kong and New York. 


  Andrew Berwick

Strategy and Impact Director

Andrew has 15 years' experience in supporting young people from marginalised communities. He started his career as a teacher in West London, before leading a charity that helps young people from under-privileged backgrounds to reach selective universities. Most recently he worked as a consultant to a range of third sector and public-sector organisations, focusing on impact and strategy.

  Esiri Lawrence

People and Culture Director

Esiri's passion for working with children stemmed from Teaching English Literature to secondary school students for a year after graduating from university. She has since worked in schools and universities as well as in the private sector where she has over 10 years experience of strategically leading and refining the People function. She is a chartered member of the CIPD with a masters degree in Human Resources Management and currently undertaking a masters degree in Employment Law (LLM).

Jenny Hoyle

Delivery Director

Before joining WLZ Jenny worked for 10 years in Children and Young People’s services with a specific focus on delivering and commissioning early intervention and prevention services. She has a depth of experience working in and with voluntary sector partners and working across the voluntary, private and public sectors to improve outcomes for local communities. Jenny is passionate about creating positive change for children and young people in West London.

Joe Prendiville

Business Development Director

Joe has extensive experience of managing and delivering education programmes to disadvantaged and marginalised people. He worked in senior leadership at a youth charity in East London for five years through a period of significant organisational growth, leading their education and training programmes. Most recently he worked as Principal of their Alternative Provision Free School.