In this election special, we’ll hear from six changemakers leading the way in making lives better for Londoners across the capital. In three minutes, they’ll share what they want the next Mayor of London to deliver in their first four years. The special twist – we’ll be joined by some of the candidates in the running for Mayor and they’ll respond in real time to what they heard. No pre-prepared speeches or statements, this event is about in-the-moment, honest conversations.
It is your opportunity to hear more from the candidates vying to lead London and their response to the ‘asks’. You’ll leave this event knowing (1) who they are, (2) what they stand for and (3) how they’ll change London if they win.
David Benson was the founding Principal of KAA, David has overseen the huge progress of the academy, leading the Department for Education to place KAA in the top 5% of schools in the country. He has overseen the growth of the academy to a community of 1,300 pupils and 180 staff. As a result, David was named as one of the 10 most influential people in education by the Times Education Supplement in 2018. David is also a published author on educational issues, with one of his own publications on curriculum planning currently included on PGCE courses.
Dave Buonaguidi came to screen printing pretty late in life and has now become totally possessed by it. Anytime that he’s not in the studio printing, you will find him trawling around auction sites and flea markets looking for interesting found images and ephemera that he can try and print onto. In a past life, Dave spent over 35 years working in advertising, co-founding several acclaimed creative agencies. He uses the techniques of mass communication and propaganda to create evocative pieces that connect in an emotive and humorous way.
Phil Kerry is the CEO of New Horizon Youth Centre (NHYC), a leading youth homelessness charity. Under his leadership, NHYC has transformed from a holistic service provider to young Londoners experiencing homelessness to an organisation with national change impact. His vision for change and dedication to the youth sector is inspirational.
Sabrina Gidda is a Chef, Hospitality Consultant and Author. After beginning her career in Fashion PR & Marketing – her focus soon turned to food, where she found her passion. She twice competed in the prestigious Roux Scholarship competition in 2014/15, to the final 6 contestants nationally on both occasions – the only woman to do so in the competitions history at the time. She went on to open Bernardi’s Restaurant in Marylebone and was instrumental in their culinary accolades. It was here that Tatler Magazine awarded her ‘Rising Star’ in 2016 for her inventive, unrestricted approach to Italian cookery. Bernardi’s was mentioned in the Michelin Guide during her tenure, along as being noted as one of the best Italian Restaurant’s in London by both Conde Nast & Square Meal.
Duro Oye is the CEO and founder of the multi award winning, social enterprise Youth Empowerment Organisation 20/20 Change, most recently reimagined as 20/20 Levels charity. Since its inception in 2013 the organisation has gone on to empower over 1700 young people from Black and Ethnic minority backgrounds as well as those from low socio-economic backgrounds to find not only themselves but forge a path for their futures in careers and entrepreneurships through the graduate “I AM CHANGE” programme. Duro is the co-founder and CEO of 20/20 Levels ensuring that the business model adapts to the growth and expansion of the charity. The new business model will incorporate business development mentorships for budding social entrepreneurs as well as keep the core values of the business in personal professional development. Duro’s main drive for the future is to ensure that 20/20 Levels has the ability to impact 1 billion lives across the globe in the social impact space, if those lives are impacted, the issues that are currently faced are no longer an issue. Through this programme the overall aim is to empower the young people to do for self.
Antonia Jennings is Chief Executive Officer at the Centre for London. Prior to joining Centre for London in September 2023, Antonia worked across numerous think tanks, charities and campaigning groups promoting inclusive and sustainable economic development. Antonia is also is Chair of the board of Rethinking Economics, a charity campaigning for reform to how economics is taught and applied across society. Antonia holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Politics and Communications from the LSE, and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.