About the Team

The Mentoring Lab engages the best youth experts who safeguard young people and ensure they make progress by overcoming barriers to learning and access wider education, training and career opportunities. 


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Evonne Riley

Company ​Secretary

Elaine Isadora Thomas

Founding CEO

Daniel Max-Orumbie

Director - Governance
We are more than just a youth mentoring organisation. We do everything we can to protect the careers of our expert mentors and the young people we serve.

Our founder has worked in the youth sector since 2000 and knows how difficult it can be to find professional youth mentors and practitioners who are skilled in supporting young people's progression. She also understands the impact funding measures, outcomes, cuts and restrictions have on employing and retaining expert practitioners who can get the job done to the highest standard. Elaine Thomas built The Mentoring Lab as not only a solution to these problems but to also establish a community of highly experienced and trained mentors who are capable, trained and prepared to mentor your young people. 


Youth Advisory Panel Member
Kyrah is a student and young mum who has a dream to help improve the Mental Health support services. In her own words Kyrah says 'I am learning many valuable skills and insights with the mentoring lab and I'm so happy to see it being developed in Hertfordshire'. Kyrah is an asset to The Mentoring Lab team.


Lead partner and (BSc) Hons, FCCA, at Lucricious Consultancy, Osmond is responsible for ensuring that we provide a positive, efficient service that marries together our accountancy, tax and other financial matters. Osmond is committed to seeing both young people and organisations thrive to their full potential.

Chris Agnew

Recruitment and Talent Retention Consultant
Ensuring we're on top of our game, Chris offers over 40 years of knowledge and experience within recruitment. Having extensive experience directing Adecco, Brooke Street and his own IT recruitment firm, Chris's insights into the recruitment industry are invaluable to our and your success.
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