Our Team

Rekindle started with the hopes and dreams of 8 young people in 2019.

It takes a village to raise a child

Some of these same young people are now senior staff and one is the Chair of Trustees. We are proud to have a team that takes seriously the mantra: It takes a village to raise a child.

Our staff team is made up of teachers, youth workers, foster carers, headteachers, musicians, TV producers, bookkeepers and community workers. We all share the same deep belief in the power of young people and the fact that education should be a joy for young people, not an endurance test.

Lived experience

Our original pioneers, who created the school were working class young people, between the ages of 17-25, with powerful, recent lived experience of local comprehensive education. They knew what it meant to be on free school meals; to emerge bruised from the social care system, to lack role models they could relate to, to be neuro-diverse and what it meant to receive poor advice about further education or training prospects. Being able to draw upon these experiences means Rekindle has been built, from the planning stages onward, by young people with an awareness of the actual needs and desires of the very youth the school now serves.


Our team are experts in encouraging young people to believe in their inherent abilities and to expect the best for themselves and their community.


Our team is taught to care first. To listen deeply and to work alongside young people to source solutions.


Our team engages head and heart and understands that often reticence, reluctance and refusal being displayed by a young person is the start of a story that needs gently unravelling.

The Team

Ruth Ibegbuna

Founder and CEO

Ellie Loughnan

Rekindle Foundation Director

Nika Muthra-Shah

Programme Director

Lisa Eigbadon

Rekindle Foundation Officer

Alieh Amuntung

Operations Manager

Jenny Woodword

Nominations Lead

Josie Hewitt Kelly

Volunteer & Community Partnerships Lead

Mike Baines

Youth Worker

Nehru Mackenzie

Youth Worker

Lili Xing


Tariq Shabazz

Funding and Sustainability Lead

Our board of trustees

Darren Crosdale


Jesse Williams


Sinead Andrews


Aubrey Rogers


Sadhana Narayanan


Francisca Quansha


Nuh Okomi


Akeim Mundell


Support us

By making a donation to Rekindle, you’ll be supporting the young people who attend the supplementary school.