16th Year Anniversary Celebration Event



For our 16th year anniversary, we hosted our annual Celebration event at the prestigious Guildhall in the City of London on Friday 15th December.

Hosted by Eddie Nestor, MBE and Darae Palmer, it was an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the charity, our young people, partners, volunteers and schools.

The event was also a fundraiser which raised £25,000 for our charity.

Dame Susan Langley, DBE (Alderwoman & Sheriff)

Keynote speaker was Dame Susan Langley, DBE (Alderwoman & Sheriff)

Thank you to everyone who attended and bought raffle and auction items.

Congratulations to all of our award winners:

  • Outstanding Role Model - Dr Sarah Ann Filson, Infectious Diseases & Microbiology Specialist (NHS)
  • Exceptional Leadership Award - Greg Anthony, Software Engineer at Goldman Sachs
  • Star Mentee Award - Perrine Beckley, Oxford University Undergraduate & Urban Synergy Youth Council Advisor
  • Outstanding School Contribution - St Augustine’s Primary School presented to Headteacher Denise Duffus
  • Exceptional Mentor Award - Max Jones, Director at Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ally Award - Diana Kirsch, Associate Dean Enterprise at Hertfordshire Law School
  • Teacher Advocacy Award - Samuel Armah, Head of Durham Curriculum & Pastoral at St Mary’s Campus Christ the King Sixth Form College

The Paul Lawrence Award

In memory of the late Paul Lawrence, Urban Synergy Trustee and Community Champion. The award is given to outstanding mentees and graduates who have gone above and beyond. The award is presented by Paul's son Kaream, all of these young men are Urban Synergy Ambassadors and former mentees

    • Gavin Kamara - SEO Manager at CMC Markets
    • Kofi Siaw - Vice President at HSBC Innovation Banking
    • Chad Orororo - Sound Fx Editor/Sound Designer (Freelance)
    • TJ M.Jaiyeola - Relationship Manager at Transaction Network Services

The Clink”, a charity training and rehabilitating people in prison, provided delicious Caribbean themed canapes during the evening.

We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors for the event:

Thanks to Paul McKenzie at Verysoapbox for filming and our pictures.