We Don’t Settle is committed to nurturing a community of empowered young people who are minoritised by society, systems and structures. We cultivate creativity, embrace cultures, and we live and breathe heritage.

We aim to positively impact the community of young people who don’t want to settle for the status quo. We champion sustainable change as opposed to tokenistic attempts, by approaching everything we do in co-design with young people.

Our work revolves around giving young people the platforms to tell their stories through events and creative commissions, providing spaces for skills development through workshops and masterclasses, and supporting their social action projects by funding their ideas.

We are determined to shift the power balance by facilitating spaces for young people and organisations to co-design new youth governance engagement structures that contribute to systemic change. 

OUR

VISION

Young people who are minoritised by society, systems and structures, feel empowered and encouraged not to settle.

OUR

MISSION

To nurture communities, to platform untold stories, and toamplify unheard voices through arts, culture, and heritage.

OUR

VALUES

CULTURE AND STORY-TELLING

This is our foundation. We harness the power of art and creativity to celebrate communities. We create opportunities and platforms for young people to tell their stories to the people who need to hear them.

BELONGING AND INTERSECTIONALITY

We create safe and inclusive spaces where people feel comfortable expressing themselves. We use our leverage and influence to give young people a seat at decision-making tables.

BEING RESPONSIVE AND INTENTIONAL

We listen and echo. We are alert and tailor our programmes to young people’s responses to world events. We consult with young people to ensure that our work and approach are authentic.

MEET

THE

TEAM

We Don’t Settle is run by a young and vibrant Birmingham-based team, our Youth Steering Committee of young leaders, and our Board of Directors. Our culture is filled with inspiration, laughter, care and support for each other.

ANDREEA CHELARU

HEAD OF PROGRAMMES
Passion for managing teams and contributing to social justice. Loves animals and the works of Frida Kahlo. Romanian sense of humour.

Eugene Thabo Hilton

Community Developer
I freeze time with my camera (photographer). Lover of creativity and art. Proud African.

Tia Hortin

Digital Engagement Manager

Music Lover and tattoo enthusiast. You could say I dabble in all things creative.

Enkee Gantumur

Finance Officer
Accountant who loves numbers, tap dancing and travelling.

Sachin Kumarendran

Digital Engagement Manager
Comedian, artist and Office Coordinator. Sachin has a degree in physics, a Golden Retriever, and likes watching the old episodes of the Simpsons that came out in the ‘90s

Nompumelelo Ncube

Associate – Freelance Creative Producer

Images are my thing, storytelling is my passion, fashion is my DNA. I’m a photojournalist obsessed with representation and alternative truths.

YOUTH

STEERING

COMMITTEE

JAMEELA NAWAZ

Elania Hunt

David Adesanya

Sanne Chiza Blanco

Amirah Harvey-Head

Pavani Konda

Sea Osuji

BOARD

MEMBERS

RACHEL NOEL

Co-chair

CHRIS SUDWORTH

Co-chair

ISOBEL WILSON-CLEAR

Board Director

SHAID PARVEEN

Board Director

GEORGIA HASELDINE

Board Director

IAN HUGHES

Board Director