Meet our Board of Trustees!
Our trustees are appointed to the Board based on a diverse array of skills and ideas they bring to the table. They are responsible for the overall strategic development of Media Mania, and ensure that we keep to our aims in delivering new and exciting prospects for our young people.
Each Board member specialises in their chosen field; representing Media Mania we have youth workers, politics graduates, communicators, safeguarding professionals, musicians and community leaders.
The Board is responsible for maintaining quality content and ensuring safeguarding across all of our sessions and projects alike. We are serious in our belief that young people must have an active voice in the direction of our projects. We aim not just to be transparent, but to be proactive in involving our young people in these processes. If we all have an active say in Media Mania’s direction, we will all benefit from the decisions we make as a group.
I am Violeta. I joined Media Mania in March 2018 as a parent-volunteer. Since then I have learned how to play bass, improved my Music Production and Theory Knowledge, and passed a Level 3 in Youth Work Practice. I have taken part in many public events, developed my drawing skills with our regular social media posts, and even started to create my own songs.
Besides Media Mania, my daily job is as a translator and interpreter. I speak Bulgarian, English, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Farsi, Dari, Russian, Italian and German. I am currently studying Arabic and Chinese.
My name is Joe McAvoy-Boss. I’m a youth mentor and trustee here at Media Mania, and have been part of the group since April 2018. I assist with musical mentoring, preparing for sessions and organising events for our “Bring the Noise” project. I’ve recently qualified for a Level 2 in Youth Work Practice, and much enjoy working alongside young people. I also help facilitate our Steering Group sessions, which help our members take an active role in the future of our programme. On a musical note, I’m a guitarist and bass player, I produce my own music and am involved in a number of band projects!
Rachel has a wide range of experience in education and youth work at operational and strategic level, focussing mainly on children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. She has managed arts, activity and education programmes locally and across the UK.
As Partnership Manager at Family Fund she develops external relations with local and national organisations, Government departments and key policy makers. Rachel sits on the Disabled Children’s Partnership Steering Group and End Child Poverty Coalition campaigning for better outcomes for children across the UK. She has a background in the Arts and is passionate about the positive outcomes engagement in the arts can bring for children and young people.
Lee is a JNC Qualified Senior Youth Worker and Youth Work Consultant. She has over 20 years experience in designing and delivering high quality youth work programmes to young people from all walks of life. She currently works as Membership Development Manager at London Youth (A charity that supports London based youth organisations to develop and grow). Lee is dedicated to supporting youth practitioners in raising the standard of Youth Work across Britain