Our Team


Nana Agyeman
Managing Director

Nana-Yaw AgyemanNana has amassed a wealth of experience in the welfare to work industry that stretches over 15 years. He has worked as a Youth Worker, Mentor,Manager and Senior Employment Consultant for a number of prominent welfare to work providers and youth services, in the UK.

Nana is very passionate about uplifting and empowering the youth. He wants to dedicate the remaining years of his professional life, to providing credible solutions to counter youth offending, gang involvement and high BME unemployment.

AccessUK will act as  conduit from which we refer our service users to a network of external partner organisations, who share a common  vision and objective.

We want to remove all obstacles against BME  employment, youths starting their own business or identifying appropriate training.

Nana has a particular affinity with the BME community of the UK, having successfully overcome the same difficult and challenging environment, a number of BME youths come from. He fervently believes in the application of Black history and economic empowerment, as a vehicle for postive and progressive change, in the BME and wider community of the UK.

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Chris Ankobia
Operations Manager

Chris AnkobiaChris Ankobia is a young energetic man with a passion for helping the youth to achieve their dreams. Through his professional encounters with BME job seekers and his personal experience, Chris has refused to ignore the challenges facing young BME’s in the UK. These include those on the peripheries of society and acknowledging that each individual has the ability to create a positive future with the right guidance.

This journey and Nana’s vision, inspired Chris to create an environment suitable for young BME men and women to flourish. With 6 years experience of delivering employment programmes and freelance experience with Centre Point plus The Hammersmith and Fulham Education Business Partnership, Chris has cultivated the skills needed to help AccessUK become an established institution across the whole UK.

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Khadijah Ward

Equalities & Social Inclusion Director

Khadijah Ward

Khadijah Ward has a 20 year track-record working with ‘hard to reach’ groups, delivering on public policy and social change. She is also an expert practitioner of the equality legislative framework. As former Head of Enforcement and Public Duty at the Commission for Racial Equality, she led on the development of the Race Equality Duty for England & Wales after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. She was also a member of the Commission’s Formal Investigation team into the Metropolitan Police Service. In 2010 Khadijah created the 2nd2None Positive Action programme Pan-London for the rehabilitation of young offenders into civil engineering apprenticeships. She works with civil engineering companies across the UK as well as the prison service, where she engages with ‘soon to be released’ young offenders directly inside of the prison delivering social empowerment training. Khadijah is also the creator of the leading-edge diversity training game ‘It’s Controversial’ which she delivers to offenders, public and private bodies alike.

In 2015 Khadijah conducted the Equality Impact Analysis for the College of Policing’s Vetting Code of Practice for England & Wales Police Forces. Her findings and recommendations are now being implemented across all police forces.

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Marianne Alapini
Business Development & Partnerships Director

Marianne Alapini

Marianne Alapini is a Business Development & Partnerships Director of AccessUK. She has an MBA and is an experienced Leadership - motivational speaker and committed mentor to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young people, in addition to developing social Justice policies.
She has a 20-year proven track record of delivering inspirational and dedicated support to BAME young people, gaining their respect and trust, so together they co-create bespoke Individual development and Learning plans. These contain, clear goals and pathways to success through 'Outcomes related - Payment by Results' Employability & Enabling Youth Enterprise programmes (E.Y.E), NVQ Level 1 and 2 further Education training, progression to structured apprenticeships, job-tasters, or innovative ROAD CEO - toolbox of sustainable business start- up solutions.
AccessUK, is committed to the mental health and well-being of our young people - signposting them to holistic package of care, as part of safeguarding. For example, peer to peer support, or in-house 'Gang Stars' programme, which tackles the root causes of gang culture and provides innovative solutions to counter the rise in youth violence. Additionally, counselling to tackle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bereavement Counselling, as a consequence of the violence some of our youth experience on a daily and consistent basis.
Marianne has served on numerous strategic working groups for the Government Office for London(GOL), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the UK’s Department for Employment, Innovation and Skills.
She chaired the committee, which developed the Equal Opportunities and Soft Skills Indicators Toolkit for ESF and is an approved scorer of bids for the former Learning and Skills Councils, sector Skills councils, Skills Funding Agency and Government Office. Her main role at AccessUK is to forge key delivery partnerships, establishing relationships with other organisations and employers, who share our vision of an inclusive, fair and diverse Britain. Marianne's role also entails the identification of BME specific commissioning/procurement opportunities that help to make our invaluable services self sustaining.

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Our Mission


Access UK aims to provide community based careers and education solutions to address youth unemployment and offending across the capital


Our main objective is to help reduce BME youth unemployment, provide training and employment solutions for ex-offenders and implement gang prevention initiatives.


Connecting local youths with local mentors as a means of preventing crime and providing employment and careers guidance.

Enabling Youth Enterprise

Building strong business training links to help BME youths set up their own enterprises.