Making The Leaps ’s Chief Executive, Tunde Banjoko OBE, is also its founder. He knew from personal experience just how soul-destroying and depressing it was to want to work but not being able to get a job, to want to be able to provide for yourself and your family but instead being dependent on benefits. From simple origins: one room, 3 desks and no computers, Tunde had no idea that Making The Leap would eventually become the important resource for disadvantaged young people that it is today.
Under Tunde’s stewardship, the organisation grew and is now one of the most inspirational youth & social mobility organisations in the UK. Making The Leap has been held up as an example of good practice in a number of publications (including one from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills) and our Kensal Green office usually leaves the visitor with a sense that something more than just helping people into work is going on.
Tunde is a charismatic and convincing public speaker, who gives presentations on leadership programmes for both London Business School and PwC. He is involved in mentoring schoolchildren, passionate about equality issues and is a Governor of Further Education college. He has an MSc in Urban Regeneration from UCL and was awarded an OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.