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Our Leadership Team

Together, Leanne, Daniel, and Adilla form the leadership team of The Armitage Foundation. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the charity and also developing our long-term strategy to ensure we have a real impact on student outcomes and create lasting change in the NHS.

Dr. Leanne Armitage

Co-founder, COO, trustee

Leanne Armitage recently graduated as a doctor from St George’s University of London after overcoming significant societal barriers to achieving her dream of entering into emergency medicine or trauma surgery after witnessing street violence near her home at a young age.

In addition to her role as a doctor Leanne is a multi-award winning leader, inspirational speaker, and Co-Founder at The Armitage Foundation.

Leanne’s passion for increasing diversity within the medical field, especially through the work she does with The Armitage Foundation, lead to her being selected to receive the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen in June 2018.

Daniel Huf FRSA

Co-founder, Chair of trustees

Daniel is a strategy consultant at Strategy&, part of the PwC network (formerly Booz & co), which he joined after graduating with 1st class honours from Cambridge University and a brief stint in Hamburg working for Colgate-Palmolive as a Management Trainee.

He was nominated by Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE (Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London) to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2019 in recognition of his work as co-founder of The Armitage Foundation to increase diversity in the NHS.

In addition to his role at The Armitage Foundation is also on the Board of Trustees (non-exec director) at the Brandon Trust; a charity focused on helping people with Learning Disabilities “live free”, with ~£55 million turnover a year and roughly 2400 staff. In his capacity as trustee he is a member of the audit committee, governance committee and systems development steering group.

Adilla Allebone-Parish

CEO

Adilla came on board as freelance, part-time Strategic Development Manager in June 2019. In addition to coordinating and organising all Armitage Foundation programmes, she is responsible for helping the charity to create a sustainable financial model by working together with Leanne and Daniel to shape our growth priorities and get funding to unlock the charity's potential.
Adilla has an eclectic background which includes digital content marketing, fundraising and project management in the UK and overseas. Her driving force is a desire for equity and the opportunity for all people to reach their full potential.

The Board of Trustees

The board of trustees is responsible for setting the direction of the charity, bringing expertise from many different fields to help steer The Armitage Foundation towards its mission for social mobility.

Georgina Wells

Trustee

Georgina is CEO at Wellsaw Professional Services and Acting Head for Collective Leadership at the Cabinet Office. Georgina is an entrepreneur with more than 10 years’ experience in strategy and business development and stakeholder management in the public, private and third sectors. She has been a valuable mentor to Leanne and Daniel for the past two years and continues to support The Armitage Foundation through its next growth phase.

Dr. Mo Akindolie

Trustee

Mo is a consultant in Ambulatory Paediatrics at King’s College Hospital in London and Clinical Director for Children and Young People with the Healthy London Partnership. Mo graduated from the University of Newcastly upon Tyne and has played a significant role in redesigning paediatric services to meet local needs. Mo is a keen advocate for equity in the medical profession and helps to champion the least privileged to reach their potential.

Adam Gordon

Trustee

Adam is a physics teacher and head of Science at Chestnut Grove Academy in London. Adam taught Leanne physics at GCSE and was a strong influence in her life, helping to propel her on her current path. Adam helps on our Medical Advisory Panel as well as being our lead trustee for safeguarding.

Dr. Leanne Armitage

Co-founder, CEO, trustee

Leanne Armitage recently graduated as a doctor from St George’s University of London after overcoming significant societal barriers to achieving her dream of entering into emergency medicine or trauma surgery after witnessing street violence near her home at a young age.

In addition to her role as a doctor Leanne is a multi-award winning leader, inspirational speaker, and Co-Founder at The Armitage Foundation.

Leanne’s passion for increasing diversity within the medical field, especially through the work she does with The Armitage Foundation, lead to her being selected to receive the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen in June 2018.

Daniel Huf FRSA

Co-founder, COO, Chair of trustees

Daniel is a strategy consultant at Strategy&, part of the PwC network (formerly Booz & co), which he joined after graduating with 1st class honours from Cambridge University and a brief stint in Hamburg working for Colgate-Palmolive as a Management Trainee.

He was nominated by Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE (Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London) to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2019 in recognition of his work as co-founder of The Armitage Foundation to increase diversity in the NHS.

In addition to his role at The Armitage Foundation is also on the Board of Trustees (non-exec director) at the Brandon Trust; a charity focused on helping people with Learning Disabilities “live free”, with ~£55 million turnover a year and roughly 2400 staff. In his capacity as trustee he is a member of the audit committee, governance committee and systems development steering group.

Veronica Martin

Trustee

Veronica has more than 25 years experience in advertising and fundraising.

As COO of the Aleto Foundation, with the support of the team, mentors and Trustees, Veronica co-ordinates and directs the highly acclaimed annual leadership development programme. Her role also includes fundraising, financial management and charity governance.

She has advised and worked for numerous charities including Elizabeth Finn Care, the Brain and Spine Foundation, Camden Music Trust, Brathay Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (now known as the Schools Network), Drake Music, Dimbleby Cancer Care, Clubs for Young People and was founding Chair and Trustee of Generating Genius with Dr Tony Sewell, CBE.

Her significant achievements include coordinating and managing the £¼ million Appeal for the Michael Watson Marathon Challenge in aid of the Brain and Spine Foundation and at the Motor Neurone Disease Association she was part of the team that was instrumental in raising £1m from an individual.

Veronica was appointed trustee of Reedham Children’s Trust in 2016.

She is a full certificated member of the Institute of Fundraising. She has a Degree in Marketing and Advertising and a Masters in Charity Marketing and Fundraising.

She has twin sons who both work in the creative industries.

Team

Our broader team is made up of wonderful contractors, employees and volunteers, each of whom plays a vital role in our operational and strategic activities.

Becs Lees

Communications Assistant

Hi I’m Becs! I’m a student at the University of Reading studying BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. I am a fundraising and social media intern for The Armitage Foundation. This role is very exciting as it means mixing my love of creativity with my passion for helping young people. In the future I want to go into secondary science education. Having gone through taking sciences at school, college and now University I’ve seen some of the challenges and difficulties there, including often gaps in accessibility. Having worked as a youth worker and now a student ambassador at University, I feel passionate about supporting and empowering young people to reach their goals and have equal opportunities as others!

Paddy Radcliffe

Consultant - Strategy

Paddy has nearly 20 years experience working with a range of civil society organisations, from social enterprises, to nationally recognised charities and public bodies, as Chair, CEO and advisor. Areas of expertise and experience include: leadership and governance (inc. board development); strategy and planning; organisational transformation and change; systems thinking; and social innovation. He is passionate about ‘the art of the possible’ and committed to inspiring, influencing and delivering sustainable, inter-generational social impact. The early part of his career was in marketing, in London and South Africa, developing campaigns for both global and local brands. He has an entrepreneurial streak, including a (successful!) appearance on ‘Dragons’ Den’!

Kelsey Aimar

Volunteer programme coordinator - West Yorkshire

I’m a junior doctor working in the Yorkshire region. I graduated with honours from the University of Nottingham in 2021. When I first learned of The Armitage Foundation’s unique vision and robust operating model, I was inspired to help extend its reach to even more students. I’m very proud to have had a hand in establishing Armitage programmes in West Yorkshire. My ongoing role involves supporting the Medic Ambassadors in delivering local programmes to the next generation of medical students.

Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors help us to provide our programmes and are great role models to students, helping them on their journeys into medicine! Alongside this, our interns contribute towards many aspects of our operations and assist in the everyday running of The Armitage Foundation.

Yesim Tasdemir

Ambassador

I am a second year medical student and have been an Armitage Ambassador for a year. I am an ambassador because I take great pride in helping young people. I want to continue the cycle and return the support that I once received as a young person. I understand the importance that reaching out and finding a role-model can have on the journey to tertiary education.

Tien Tran

Ambassador

Widening participation is something that I am passionate about. I believe in Leanne’s vision to ensure that any student with the passion and desire to pursue medicine should be able to, irrespective of their background. Through my work with the Armitage foundation, I hope to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to believe in themselves and continue on to pursue careers within the medical field thus transforming the NHS.

Rachel Addington

Ambassador

My name is Rachel and I am a third-year medical student at King’s College London. I am working with the Armitage Foundation to help inspire the next generation of potential doctors and raise the aspirations of students from a similar background as me, who may not think that university is a viable option for them. Having gone through the disappointment of not getting into medicine the first time around, taking a gap year and reapplying, I would like to be an example and encourage students to remain resilient and persevere to overcome any challenges they may face.

Deborah Olus Anya

Ambassador

My name is Debbie, I am a 4th year medical student at St George's, and also a Lead Ambassador for TAF. I really enjoy being an Armitage Ambassador because I absolutely love working with young people, and I hope to go into Medical Education once I am a doctor. As an ambassador, I’ve been able to introduce the world of Medicine to Year 8 students who had no idea of what it entailed beforehand, and to provide them with a basic knowledge of what doctors do on a daily basis. I always aim to be a mentor who motivates, encourages and inspires young people to work hard and achieve anything they want to, because they can.

Graham Booker

Ambassador

Graham is a first year medical student at King’s College London working as an ambassador for The Armitage Foundation Juniors programme . His interest in widening participation is rooted by personal experience as someone who benefited from many widening participation programmes himself. Having developed a profound appreciation for the role of social mobility in securing his place at medical school, he feels a strong duty to help other young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education. In addition to his work as an ambassador, Graham’s previous work includes a campaign against the unjust algorithm used to determine A-level grades in 2020: writing for TES and being referenced in The Sunday Times.

Eliana Oworu

Ambassador

Hi, I’m Eliana Oworu and I’m a Medic Ambassador at the Armitage Foundation. I am working with the Armitage Foundation because I know what it's like to want to do medicine but be confused with where to begin and what you need to do to get there. I really benefitted from a programme I did when I was applying to Medicine, which informed me, got me excited for medicine and helped me take steps towards it - just as they do here! I have really enjoyed offering my advice and sharing my experiences with young people who aspire to get into medicine, whilst working as an Ambassador at King’s College London these past two years, and so I wanted to be part of The Armitage Foundation, in the hope that I can help even more students achieve this, like I have been able to!

Wajiha Rahman

Ambassador

Hi, my name is Wajiha and I am a second-year medic. Coming from a socio-economically disadvantaged area, I struggled in trying to find the right help and guidance in deciding what career is best suited to me. Especially when applying to a highly competitive course like medicine, it’s easy to feel lost when exploring if a course is right for you when you haven’t been given much prior information on it. I want to be able to help school pupils have an early introduction to the career and some exposure to different aspects of the course, and just be there as someone that can inspire them to aim high and achieve their goals.

Amala Okeke

Ambassador

Hi! My name is Amala Okeke and I am a third-year medical student currently studying at King's College London. I am a reserve ambassador here at the Armitage foundation. I applied to the role because I was moved by the ethos of the foundation. Growing up in a single parent household, attending a state school and being of African descent meant that the odds were stacked against me progressing into university, let alone studying medicine. Luckily, I received support from programmes such as Realising opportunities whose main aim was to increase social mobility. I understand the true value of the mentorship and support I was lucky to receive on my own journey, hopefully I can use the knowledge I've gained to help others achieve their goals.

Bhavika Parmanand

Ambassador

Hi everyone! My name is Bhavika and I am currently a 2nd year medical student at SGUL, on the undergraduate course. I first heard about The Armitage Foundation during my 2nd year and was blown away by what this foundation was trying to achieve. When I was younger, I didn’t have much support from the 6th form I attended, especially in terms of what my options were when applying for Medicine. I realised I could have done with some help and guidance seeing as I was unsuccessful on my first 4 attempts to get a place in Medical school! Over the last decade, and through achieving multiple degrees (BSc, MSc and PhD), I’ve realised that the younger generation still need the support and advice to help them achieve their dream of becoming a doctor. That’s where The Armitage Foundation comes in – it is the perfect platform which reaches out to aspiring medical students and equips them with all the necessary stuff required to have a strong application. The foundation really does inspire, equip and increase the confidence of young individuals who want to study Medicine. For any student who is a part of this programme – you are the NHS of tomorrow and we are all so privileged to have been on this journey with you!

Hannah Saunders

Ambassador

My name is Hannah and I’m a 4th year medical student at St George’s! I joined the Armitage Foundation because I really enjoy working with young people and have an interest in paediatrics. I benefited from a similar widening participation programme at BSMS from year 9 to year 12, which gave me the confidence and resources to pursue a career in medicine. I believe no student should be disadvantaged or limited in their career by their background or school. So far I have been very impressed at the students’ enthusiasm and knowledge, and am looking forward to seeing how this develops over the coming months.

Kalah Banneel

Ambassador

My name is Kalah, a graduate student in my first year of medical school at St George University. Prior to this, I did an undergraduate degree in Cardiac Physiology and graduated in 2016. I then went on to work as a Cardiac Physiologist at the Brompton Hospital, a specialist heart and lung hospital in London where I gained an enormous amount of experience and knowledge. Despite absolutely loving my job, it has always been my dream to become a doctor (hopefully one day a cardiologist) and so I took the plunge and returned to University. I became an ambassador for the Armitage foundation as I truly believe in the values and mission of the company. My journey into medicine has not been the easiest or the most straightforward. I moved to the UK, from Botswana, aged 13 and joined a secondary school halfway through year 8. I really struggled with not only adjusting to a new country and culture but a new school and sadly did not get support or encouragement from my teachers to do Medicine. I was always told I was not a top achiever and was not the ‘traditional medicine applicant’ and so it is very unlikely I would get in. It was very difficult as I had to do this process alone with minimal support. Unfortunately, I did not get in first time however did end up getting into Swansea University where I did my first degree. I applied several times to Medicine after that and kept getting rejected. 7 years after finishing school, I decided to apply one last time (my 5th time!) and finally I got accepted!! Having had my own difficulties and struggles, I am so keen to encourage and guide young students who want to pursue a career in medicine, but to most importantly motivate them to never give up on the dream! Irrespective of their background, I believe every child should be given the same opportunities and support and this is why I decided to become an Armitage foundation ambassador.

Mrinmayi Morje

Ambassador

I'm a fourth year medical student at King's College London, and am currently interested in emergency medicine. I've been part of the King's College London Widening Participation programme for many years now, and genuinely enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Alongside this, I've also volunteered with other education-based charity organisations and am very passionate about equal opportunities for all students. Working with TAF has been an absolute pleasure - it has given me the chance to work with bright young people while teaching the one subject I love the most - medicine! From personal experience, I know how difficult it can be to access healthcare degrees without support and motivation, so I'm glad I can provide some encouragement to our lovely students through this programme!

Bradley King

Ambassador

I'm a huge advocate for increased exposure to medicine within ethnic minority groups. Volunteering with The Armitage Foundation is a great opportunity to inspire future generations of medical professionals, meet new people and work as part of a great team! I've really enjoyed my time volunteering as a Medic Ambassador and serving as part of the foundation's Medical Advisory Panel, so I'm honoured to be able to continue this work as the foundation expands to new heights.

Kian Moosavi-Shendi

Ambassador

Hi I'm a 4th year medical student with an interest in neurosurgery. I joined TAF to help support prospective medical school applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, detailing what medical school involves as well as the application process.

Konstantinos Lioulios

Ambassador

I grew up in a deprived area, went to a school with incredibly poor structural and educational facilities, experienced ethnic discrimination, and went through having to experience an inadequate educational system. I could never imagine that I would be studying Medicine in one of the best universities in the world, just a few years later, no matter how high aspirations were. But I am just one of the many who went through the same struggle. That is why I want you to reconsider the limits to what you think is possible and work for what you desire, because the desire will, in conjunction with the help of passionate teams such as The Armitage Foundation, together we can maximise your chances of success. You can do it. You can be a doctor. And the only limit is how hard you are ready to fight for it.

Medic Advisory Panel

Our Medic Advisory Panel is made up of volunteer medical professionals and medical students who work together to ensure that session content is compelling and relevant. 

Dr. Mo Akindolie

Trustee

Mo is a consultant in Ambulatory Paediatrics at King’s College Hospital in London and Clinical Director for Children and Young People with the Healthy London Partnership. Mo graduated from the University of Newcastly upon Tyne and has played a significant role in redesigning paediatric services to meet local needs. Mo is a keen advocate for equity in the medical profession and helps to champion the least privileged to reach their potential.

Dr. Leanne Armitage

Co-founder, CEO, trustee

Leanne Armitage recently graduated as a doctor from St George’s University of London after overcoming significant societal barriers to achieving her dream of entering into emergency medicine or trauma surgery after witnessing street violence near her home at a young age.

In addition to her role as a doctor Leanne is a multi-award winning leader, inspirational speaker, and Co-Founder at The Armitage Foundation.

Leanne’s passion for increasing diversity within the medical field, especially through the work she does with The Armitage Foundation, lead to her being selected to receive the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen in June 2018.

Graham Booker

Adam Gordon

Hi I’m Becs! I’m a student at the University of Reading studying BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. I am a fundraising and social media intern for The Armitage Foundation. This role is very exciting as it means mixing my love of creativity with my passion for helping young people. In the future I want to go into secondary science education. Having gone through taking sciences at school, college and now University I’ve seen some of the challenges and difficulties there, including often gaps in accessibility. Having worked as a youth worker and now a student ambassador at University, I feel passionate about supporting and empowering young people to reach their goals and have equal opportunities as others!

Bradley King

Imelda Vitenu

My name is Imelda Vitenu and I am a 4th Year Medical student at the University of Manchester and I aspire to be a Paediatrician or Neurologist in the future. I am extremely passionate about making medicine as accessible as possible to any prospective student, irrespective of whatever background they come from. Applying to medicine is undoubtedly challenging and I do believe the hardest step is actually deciding to embark on the medicine application journey itself. Coming from a disadvantaged background myself, I am aware of the extra challenges and obstacles throughout this journey. I am willing to provide support, advice, and mentoring to make the process that extra bit smoother for any aspiring medics out there.