Who We Are

Elevation Networks (EN) is an award winning youth employment charity that seeks to develop the leadership potential of young people to increase their employability.

EN works with young people aged 11-25 specifically focusing on groups that are traditionally underrepresented within the labour market and in certain industries. We identify these groups as ethnic minorities, women, young people from low socio-economic backgrounds, students from non-Russell group universities and young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). We registered as a charity in 2009, and now have a charitable objective which is to relieve unemployment amongst young people.

We currently have over 8000 members, and have worked with organisations including Deloitte, IBM, BBC, London 2012, HSBC, Deloitte, Youth Justice Board, and other organisations to provide employment opportunities and training for young people. We are run by over 70 student and graduate volunteers, and 8 university societies, across the UK making us one of the largest networks of its kind.


EN Values:

Passion is a very important part of what we do. We are passionate about young people and paving way for future generations to come.

There is a spirit of Excellence in all that we do. A level of high quality is what we aim for in our projects and programmes.

We recognise the significance of Innovation in the development of an organisation.

Being initiative and creating fresh ideas will always ensure that we are one step ahead of our competitors. Integrity is a vital part of our work. Our services to young people, students, graduates or organisations are honest and reliable.

Teamwork is essential. At EN, we care about our clients and each other and ensure that each team member is utilising their potential and being supported every step of the way.


Meet the Team:

Barbara Kasumu, Chief Executive

Founding member of EN, Barbara has represented the UK globally at a number of International meetings including being part of the official delegation to the G8 and G20 summit in Canada 2010. Barbara consults and speaks on participation, employment and leadership of young people and women. She has worked extensively with government departments, NGOs and various youth initiatives across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. In 2010 Barbara was appointed to the Diversity Inclusion Board for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Barbara has a BA in Politics and a Masters in International Public Policy from University College London. Most recently Barbara was recognised as Red Magazine’s Women to Watch 2011 and invited to be a women’s business columnist for The Telegraph.



Graham Robb, Chair

Former Chief Inspector of Careers Services within the DfES and was a member of the Crick Commission on Citizenship. Graham Robb works as a consultant with local, regional and national bodies on issues which overlap between children’s services and the criminal justice system.Graham Robb was appointed to the Youth Justice Board in 2004 and was Interim Chair of the YJB from February 2007 to January 2008. He chairs the Secure Accommodation Committee.

Don Scott, KPMG Consultant
Samuel Kasumu, Founder of Elevation Networks
Catherine Muirden, Head of HR of Barclays Retail PLC

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