The Team

Estella Edwards

Chief Executive

Estella is the founder of The Future Melting Pot and has been the Chief executive since its creation.

Adding social value has been at the heart of Estella’s career for many years. As an inspirational and empowering leader with over 20 years’ experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of services, she has focused on delivering significant, evidence-based and sustainable results.

The ‘Blended Solution Model’, as it is known, seeks to guide stakeholders and communities alike through the process of co-operation, trust-building and service and policy design. At the centre of that model is an understanding that good communication is crucial to sustainable social innovation.

Estella has also driven measurable success for a range of corporate entities, such as Willmott Dixon and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Estella is regularly invited to speak on matters of community leadership and engagement by the BBC and at conferences, such as the Asian Fire Services Association.

Lewis Ilies

What is your role?

I have been a board member since 2016, with a focus on advising on issues relevant to policy and researching the political environment around the charity sector.

What was your motivation behind joining TMFP?

I joined TFMP as a project support officer in 2014 because it provided a chance for me to have a direct influence on the management and organisation. I was keen to learn about the intricacies and benefits of community engagement with young people through hands-on experience.

Your vision for TFMP in 2018

I would like to see TFMP beginning to influence organisations and individuals responsible for policy making and to be able to have a tangible role in shaping the guidelines that will build a brighter future for young people who need the help or organisations like TFMP.

Lisa Powell

 What is your role?

I am currently the GM for Ramsey Healthcare in Stafford having previously been a Service Director for Learning Disabilities and Autism in St Andrews Healthcare. I currently am in the position of Chair of The Future Melting Pot.

What was your motivation behind joining TMFP?

I initially joined TFMP because I was impressed with the ethos of the organisation and the innovative ways in which young people were given a voice to be heard in an otherwise silent domain.

Your vision for TFMP in 2018

My vision for the organisation going forward is that of continuing to give young people a voice but also to become a leading light in enabling young people to have access to many opportunities. There is a lot of talent in all young people, it is our job to ensure people have the opportunity and openings to maximise it.

Nathan Shillingford 

What is your role?

I am the Co-Founding Director of The Future Melting Pot, where I have been instrumental in establishing the organisation through capacity building, implementing systems/processes and responsible for the personal and professional development of young people.

I am currently known as The Elevator at Virtual Elevation which I created to assist organisations from small businesses, charities, artists to lifestyle entrepreneurs, to streamline daily processes.

What was your motivation behind joining TFMP?

My passion for seeing young people from generation to generation succeeding (legacy)

Your vision for TFMP in 2018

For TFMP to be the leading organisation on youth engagement and multi-agency collaboration, offering sustainable employment

Steve Garner

What is your role?

Dr Steve Garner works at Cardiff University. He has worked in France, Ireland, the USA and England, and has published widely on racisms and their intersections with class and nation.

He is the author of ‘Whiteness: an introduction’ (Routledge) and ‘Racisms’ (Sage). He has held Visiting Professorships in at the universities of Paris VII and at UCLA.

What was your motivation behind joining TFMP?

My expertise lies in teaching and social research, and my connection with TFMP will enable me to use my skill set in a context – with professionals drawn from different occupational backgrounds, with a variety of experiences and skills – where it will have a real and positive impact on young people’s lives.