Our Team

Charityworks is delivered by a team based at Koreo in London. Koreo is a social business run by Charityworks founder Rachel Whale, and has been the managing agent for Charityworks since its launch in 2009.


Ben Whittaker
Programme Director

Ben is the Charityworks Programme Manager. Ben joined Koreo in 2019 as Head of Operations. He previously served as Director of Student Voice and Democracy at the National Union of Students and Deputy Chief Executive at the University of West London Students’ Union. Having worked in the education and campaigning sector throughout his career, Ben has spent the last 18 months leading the Koreo’s programmes Charityworks and 2027. Ben is interested in building strong organisations and developing talent to drive organisational performance.

Mary Ogunsakin
Programme Coordinator

Mary joined Charityworks in 2019 as Operations Team Administrator and is the first point of contact for the trainee's on the programme. New to the third sector, Mary is particularly passionate about finding sustainable solutions to end homelessness in the UK. She is currently also gaining her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages whilst working with Koreo.

Jessica Littlewood
Programme Manager

Jess is the Operation Executive at Charityworks, working to support trainees through their year on the programme. Jess started out working on youth programmes in both the UK and abroad. She is passionate about youth empowerment and community engagement. Jess joined the team in 2017 and also works across Koreo's other programmes; the Community Leadership Academy and CrEATe.

Rachel Whale
Founder & CEO

Rachel is a social entrepreneur and activist with 20-years experience working in and with the social sector. Founding Director of Koreo, she has held leadership roles in a range of organisations dedicated to social impact, led consultancy projects across sectors in the UK and internationally, and founded several ventures dedicated to mobilising talent for social change.

Jordan Rolfe
Programme Designer & Facilitator

Jordan joined Koreo in 2014 and has completed the Charityworks programme himself. He is passionate about the power of mentoring and coaching as tools for supporting vulnerable young people. Jordan is one of our facilitators on the programme. Jordan delivers and facilitates a range of interventions across our programmes and consultancy projects. He is our SDI expert, a coach and Action Learning facilitator. Jordan leads our space-based community project, Impact Hub Islington, and is passionate about entrepreneurship and the power of meaningful innovation to tackle the complex social and environmental issues of our time.

Craig Pemblington
Development Head

Craig joined in Koreo in 2014, following 4 years working as a Learning Coordinator and an early career in banking. Having originally read Natural Sciences at university, Craig has a particular passion around social inclusion and leads on a talent recruitment strategy focussed on radical inclusivity. Craig oversees our developing partner relationships with charities and helps organisations to access talent on the programme.

Ned Younger
Koreo Deputy Director

Ned joined Koreo in 2010 as the company’s first employee. Since then he has specialised in talent and organisational development for social change, with a particular focus on connecting people and organisations to increase impact. He has led projects across Koreo’s ventures and consultancy work, including the 2014 launch of the Change100 programme.

Freya Blundell Meyer
Programme Designer & Facilitator

Freya is one of the facilitators on the programme. Freya works on the development and design of our organisational practice and brings an interdisciplinary approach to all our work. She has led our History of Cause projects and the creative direction of the Koreo Prize. Freya is an Action Learning facilitator and delivers workshops across our programmes.

Beth Blackmore
Development Executive

Beth is the Development Executive at Charityworks, running the recruitment and placement matching components of the programme. As part of recruitment, Beth manages the campus ambassador network of trainees who help to raise awareness of Charityworks in universities across the country.


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