ACEN Team

Dr Shola Apena Rogers
DIRECTOR

Dr Shola Apena Rogers is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, and an experienced practitioner and researcher. She has worked within various contexts, including the criminal justice system, Children’s Social Care, the NHS, and the voluntary sector. Shola has extensive experience employing evaluation methodology and project management approaches to advise and work alongside statutory and voluntary agencies. Shola is also a Consultant Trainer delivering Motivational Interviewing, Adolescent Mental Health, and Trauma Informed Practice training programmes. Shola previously held the position of school governor in a primary school on the curriculum committee.
Shola heads diversity & inclusion consultancy services for schools and partnerships.
To get in touch, please email her here.
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Aisha Sanusi
DIRECTOR

Aisha Sanusi is an entrepreneur, with a background in start-up consultancy services, marketing, and branding. She has contributed to the branding and positioning of some of the UK’s youngest and most innovative tech and new media companies, as well as communication and content strategies for a host of niche organisations. More recently, Aisha has both founded and consulted on a number of successful educational extracurricular initiatives.
She has also worked with a handful of political and charitable organisations operating in the areas of race and economic inequality.
Aisha heads communications, operations and management of the member network.
To get in touch, please email her here.
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Lọ́lá Béjidé
GRAMMAR SCHOOLS MANAGER

Lola Bejide is the founder of a training and career strategy consultancy, established to equip the younger generations with tools and strategies for success via confidence building, soft skills training, and career trajectory planning so that they are equipped to not only achieve their full potential but empowered to challenge and remove societal/self-imposed blockers. Lola has long been a vocal advocate for racial equity in both the corporate space (particularly during her 18-years as Senior Business Manager within the Investment Banking industry) and more recently within the educational sector. Presently, she is advising the Anti-racist, Diversity & Inclusion committees for a Primary school and a Grammar school.
Lola is currently a Governor at a London primary school and chairs the Personnel & Finance Committee.
Lola heads Social Mobility Strategy & Grammar/State School Advisory.
To get in touch, please email her here.
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 Kelly I’yare
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Kelly Iyare is an entrepreneur and currently runs a family business specialising in logistics. She is a business professional with a creative edge, and has several years of experience in developing business projects in both the UK and Africa.
Kelly has a passion for empowering our future generations and co-founded Y.E.S charity between 2005 – 2012. The charity worked with some of London’s most vulnerable and marginalised young people and helped to tackle, first-hand, issues synonymous with poverty. Her first-hand experience of these youth groups has lead Kelly to education, and she strongly believes that equality of access and educational opportunity are some of the biggest interventions that can directly impact outcomes for all children.
Kelly heads operations.
To get in touch, please email her here.