Our Team

Meet our TEAM

  • Erik Mesel
    Erik Mesel
    YPF Trust Chair of Trustees, Senior Grants and Public Policy Manager, John Lyon's Charity

    Erik is the Senior Grants and Public Policy Manager at John Lyon's Charity. Erik has been instrumental in the design of the original YPF Model and continues to support the YPF Movement.

  • Gareth Dixon
    Gareth Dixon
    YPF Trust Trustee and CEO, Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation

    Gareth has been CEO of Young H & F since it began in April 2017. In his role he is responsible for strategic leadership, effective management and financial operations of the charity.

    He is passionate about improving the life experiences of young people who live, learn work, or play in Hammersmith & Fulham and is committed to changing the system in regards to fundraising & collaborating, as well as supporting young people to have a say in what opportunities they need and want.

    Away from work Gareth is a dad to Kurtis, Dexter, Dolly & Delilah, and enjoys sports, music, comedy, cooking, mountain biking, climbing and walking

  • Kita Ikoku
    Kita Ikoku
    YPF Trust Trustee and Director of Clear Thinking Consultancy

    Kita set up Clear Thinking Consultancy in 2010 to provide much needed strategic and funding support for micro and small voluntary organisations, and has worked closely with Erik to support the set-up and development of a number of the YPFs. She has led on the development of the Quality Mark and YPF-in-a-Box and is passionate about seeing the YPF model replicated nationwide.

  • Thomas Benfield
    Thomas Benfield
    YPF Trust Trustee and Head of Digital Service, Lloyds Banking Group

    Tom works for Lloyds Banking Group where he is Head of Digital Service, making sure digital banking is easy and accessible for 17m digital customers. Prior to this, he has undertaken a number of product management roles across Consumer Lending. He has an MBA and Business Management degree, both from University of Warwick, and lives with his partner in St Margarets, London.

  • Mitesh Hathi
    Mitesh Hathi
    YPF Trust Trustee and Performance Director for Lloyds Banking Group (Mid Corporate & SME Banking)

    Mitesh is currently the Performance Director at Lloyds Banking Group and responsible for the Performance, Benchmarking and Client outcomes for the London & South East Region. He is particularly focussed on best outcomes for clients through a multitude of channels that best serve client needs. Mitesh has also completed a number of Director roles across the bank specialising in Public sector (Education, Gov & Charities), Real Estate and Business Development.