Meet The Fellows: Our Eleventh Cohort

The Year Here network is growing again

We’re delighted to announce our eleventh cohort, the 2019/20 Fellows. This group of twenty-three changemakers are bringing their skills and experience to the world of social innovation. They’ll be spending the next ten months learning to use social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the toughest issues facing the country.

One of our most professionally diverse cohorts to date, among their ranks are journalists, entrepreneurs, consultants and psychologists – to name a few. Collectively they bring an impressive set of academic qualifications from biochemistry to neuroscience, and behavioural economics to architecture.

For each cohort, we look for a broad range of skills, experience and perspectives which we believe are essential for innovation. We’re excited to see what this collective can achieve in the next ten months.

You can follow the cohort’s progress on our Instagram and the whole Fellowship on Twitter.

Interested in applying for a future cohort? Register here.


FIONA WALLACE

Fiona has 8 years of experience working in research consultancy helping non-profits strengthen their engagement with the public, MPs, journalists and professionals.


LARA BANDER

Moving back to the UK from Dubai, Lara is a lawyer with over 5 years of experience in international dispute resolution.


MARK FOLEY

With a background in economics and experience at top consultancies and startups, Mark wants to drive social change through his own social enterprise.


SAPNA BATRA

With a background in business, Sapna comes to the programme with seven years of experience in client relationship management and trading roles.


CAROLINA NEU

Carolina has 5 years of experience in working on international development projects in Peru and Colombia, bringing together the environment and society.

AYESHA ALEEM

Ayesha is a multimedia journalist who has worked as a political reporter in Washington DC, a business editor in Dubai and a travel writer.


DORI GILINSKI

Passionate about entrepreneurship, after her MBA from Harvard, Dori founded a travelling art gallery to promote young artists in the US.


GERVASE POULDEN

Gervase started his career as an environmental journalist before joining the civil service, working on projects to support people in debt and fuel poverty.


ISOBEL PYLE

Isobel has a background working across tech startups and non-profits, and previously launched a food waste initiative with local businesses in Durham.


INDY SIRA

Indy joins us from Enactus where she led and co-created a programme supporting students to create their own social action projects tackling issues like homelessness.


REBECCA BARKER

With 5 years of experience as an educator, Rebecca has worked in schools across the world teaching humanities and pioneering charity initiatives amongst students.


DENISHA MAKWANA

With a master’s in Neuropsychology, Denisha has been working as an Assistant Psychologist and helped set up a service for victims of London terror incidents.


ISOTTA REICHENBACH

Isotta joins us from volunteering in different capacities using her background in the arts, English and computer sciences to connect with young people.


DAVID ADESANYA

Drawing from his degree in Architecture, David has been exploring advocacy through design and launching creative projects to reach the public.


LOUIS HOLLIDAY

Louis joins us from the Lloyds Banking Group, working with both commercial clients and their social mobility programmes.

ALICE RODER

Alice brings a wealth of experience across non-profit fundraising, counselling, youth engagement and working with autism.


RACHEL HIPPOLYTE

With a decade of experience in communication, fashion and the arts, Rachel joins us from co-producing the Uniqlo Tate Lates.

SABRINA EVANS

Graduating from Yale with a degree in Mathematics, Sabrina has been working on an organic farm in Italy learning about sustainable agriculture.


BRANDON COLE

With a background in cinema and video game theory, Brandon is looking to use his love of the arts to tackle deeply-rooted societal issues.

LAURA STEEN

Laura joins us from a background in creative fundraising projects in the third sector in Europe and South America.


SERGEI WICKING

After teaching English in Spain and South America, Sergei returns to the UK to tackle social issues through social entrepreneurship.


ALICE ADAMS

Alice joins us from the national charity Crisis where she has been supporting and empowering those experiencing homelessness.

MAX HAINING

Max has been immersed in Newcastle’s startup ecosystem, building the city’s first map of startups.