Joel Balkwill, Ben Kahn and Emma Allen founded Spiral in June 2013. Having witnessed first hand the barriers young people face towards seeking employment, we all knocked our heads together until we came up with a solution. With our combined expertise in education, youth development and enterprise we've formed a formidable team that are forever open to meeting new faces with the common goal of helping young people. Here's some more information so you can get to know us a little better.
Joel Balkwill - co-founder & CEO
Joel is our business development mastermind. If you haven't met him yet, we're sure you will soon as he spends his days networking like crazy for Spiral and ensuring we're collaborating and partnering with everyone in the youth sector. He was an outstanding teacher for 4 years on the TeachFirst programme working at Globe Academy in Southwark. His decision to work with young people in a different capacity then led to his switch on the On Purpose Leadership Progamme where he has been a Project Manager at London Early Years Foundation and Just Giving. This has empowered him to be the guiding figure for Spiral, ensuring we have the strategy and partnerships in place to grow successfully. If you're interested in partnering with Spiral, Joel's the man to speak to. We challenge you not to get along!
Ben Kahn - co founder & head of programmes
Ben is our expert workshop deliverer. Having worked at Into University for 3 years in youth development, he now works for Kingston University in their widening participation team. He's an expert at delivering to hard to reach young people, with more icebreakers in the bag than you could shake a stick at. Engaging young people is second nature to Ben, and with his skills we ensure our programmes are constructed not just to deliver maximum impact, but to fully engage, inspire and retain the young people that need it the most. If you'd like to do a workshop for Spiral, Ben will support you through from its design to delivery and make sure it is a fantastic experience for all involved.
Emma Allen - co founder, chief marketing & operations officer
Emma is in charge of marketing, and is our key communicator keeping our clients happy and our networks engaged. Having always had a natural interest in people, she studied Social Anthropology at Manchester University, before moving into the publishing world in 2010. Having worked in all areas of business, from events, HR, marketing and PR she brings a well rounded organised member to the team. She's been in charge of Spiral's branding, marketing and communications since day one and co-ordinated our award winning campaign for the TeachFirst Innovation Final. If you're looking to promote any opportunities through our network or simply want to keep in touch, she's the one to speak to.