LEAP’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 LEAP would eventually become the important resource for disadvantaged people that it is today.
Under Tunde’s stewardship, the organisation grew and is now one of the most inspirational education, training and employment organisations in the UK. 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 offices usually leave 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 black schoolchildren, passionate about race 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.