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Denise Stephenson

Founder & Director/CEO
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Denise is a planning solicitor and partner at a London law firm. She has been qualified for 14 years and has worked on a number of important regeneration projects and high-profile developments within London and across the UK. Denise has worked within local authority and private practice and has always believed one should challenge themselves to face their fears and go for their goals no matter the circumstances. Denise started ROK as she felt she needed to give back something of value to the community. She grew up on a council estate in a working-class family and felt acutely the need to do something to address the disillusionment and disconnect felt by many children and young people trying to make a life for themselves. Denise has worked hard to make it as a lawyer and is humbled to have done so despite the odds. For this reason she is passionate about what ROK can achieve.
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Edward Flood

Board Chairman & Mentor
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Edward is a family law barrister who grew up in St Lucia in the West Indies and came to the United Kingdom when he was 10 years old. As a barrister, Edward argues cases in court in front of judges. He deals with divorces between husbands and wives, dividing their assets after divorce, problems relating to the care of children (in particular involving the local authority ), domestic violence in the homes and child abduction.
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Joseph Quashie

Company Secretary
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Joseph’s roles to date (within Network Rail) have focused on infrastructure enhancements to support the introduction of new trains and to provide additional capacity on the existing railway network. His job involves creating solutions for increased passenger numbers, improvements to timetables (increased frequency of service) and shorter journey times. Joseph previously worked for BAE Systems as a design engineer where he undertook six years service.
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Richard Blissett

Mentoring Programme Lead
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Richard is an experienced personal development & business consultant with more than 15 years in the industry. Starting out in the corporate arena, he worked on numerous high-profile international projects in locations ranging from Los Angeles to Australia and throughout Europe. His particular expertise is working with non-profit organisations and start-ups where he brings his wealth of private-sector knowledge to the particular challenges of smaller businesses.
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Michelle Edwards

Career Development
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Michelle is responsible and involved in all personnel issues at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, she is involved in all staff recruitment, development of all company policies and procedures in line with legislation. Michelle has worked in the field of human resources for several years and has been with the LCCI for eight years. She specialises in company wide introductions of competency based Interviewing and the development and introduction of 360-degree appraisals for middle and senior manager development.
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Yimi Yangye

Legal advisor
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