Our Team


Melissa Lawrence 
Chief Executive
Melissa has 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit and corporate sector.

Melissa previously worked with social mobility charity, The Brokerage, working with businesses in the financial, professional and related services sector to help them develop their corporate social responsibility, diversity and talent pipeline programmes. This included managing the award-winning City of London Business Traineeship programme for over 10 years.

In her last role, Melissa had strategic oversight of the education and talent development programmes. She was part of the senior management team playing an instrumental role in shaping the charity through awareness raising, leadership and strategic planning.

Throughout her career she has supported thousands of young people into various experiences of work, by providing advice, guidance and mentoring.


Ada Nworgu
Head Of Programmes
Ada joined us in 2015 as Programme Manager, after over two years helping NEET (‘not in education, employment or training’) young people into work (employment and self employment), training and education at The Prince’s Trust.

With over five years experience working in the charity sector, Ada is experienced in effectively supporting the strategic aims of charitable organisations, with specific expertise in helping young people and graduates fulfil their career goals.

Ada was promoted to Head Of Programmes at the beginning of 2017, ensuring the Foundation maintains and improves its strong outcomes across all its activities. In January 2018, Ada also took over day-to-day management of the Foundation’s mentoring programme.

Ada has a degree in Business Management.


Chris Cooke
Chris is an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. His company 3CM UnLimited owns music business news service CMU, culture website ThisWeek London and Edinburgh Festival magazine ThreeWeeks, as well as media consultancy UnLimited Insights, which provides training and expertise to the music, media and communication industries.

With degrees in English and Law, he has specialist knowledge of the music and media sectors, corporate communications and reputation management, and the workings and evolution of copyright law, and regularly speaks and writes about these areas for his own media and elsewhere.

He also programmes the CMU+TGE Conference for music business professionals at The Great Escape festival in Brighton each May and leads the acclaimed CMU:DIY education programme for young artists and future music industry talent.

He has been working with the Taylor Bennett Foundation since its inception and continues to provide core PR, media and business training to each set of trainees.


Catriona Salisbury
Placement And Training Programme Manager
Catriona is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s new Summer Stars training and placement scheme. With previous experience as both an administrator and an office manager, Catriona has a degree in French from Queen Mary University in London and spent a year studying at Université de François Rabelais in France.


Joshua Gbadebo
Programme Administrator
Joshua is responsible for supporting the programme delivery team achieve their aims and objectives. With over 3 years experience working within the creative industry, Joshua sought out an opportunity to give back to his community. Joshua comes to us with experience in brand marketing and the music industry, and he has a degree in Journalism and Media Communications.