(Our outgoing CEO James Baderman pictured, far left, with Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP and Fight for Peace Coaches Kenny Udenwoke and Aladdin Benberna)
Farewells and new beginnings in the leadership of Fight for Peace
05/06/2020 – In some very important news for Fight for Peace, we announce a change in the leadership of our organisation. Following a twelve year involvement with Fight for Peace, and having made an enormous contribution to our work across a number of roles, our current CEO, James Baderman is moving on to pastures new.
In an exciting step for him and his young family, James has decided to follow a long held plan of leaving London and beginning a new life in the countryside. We wish James every success and happiness in this new endeavour.
While it is with great sadness that we say farewell to James, we are at the same time very pleased to announce that our UK Managing Director, Jenny Oklikah, will pick up on the excellent work James has done and lead us forward as Fight for Peace’s new CEO. This transition will formally take place at the end of June.
After initially working as a consultant with Fight for Peace in 2008, James Baderman joined the organisation permanently in 2010 to support the creation and building of our international training programme. This programme has trained over 180 organisations around the world to date and has grown into a community of practice in the form of the Fight for Peace Alliance in which organisations from 18 countries share knowledge and expertise to best support the young people we all serve.
James also worked on the set up of our Safer Communities Programmes in Jamaica and South Africa before moving on to roles as Chief Operating Officer and, from 2019, Chief Executive Officer. The latter role saw James oversee our London Academy, as well as the Fight for Peace Alliance and our operations in Kingston, Jamaica.
“James has made an enormous contribution to Fight for Peace”, said Fight for Peace Founder Luke Dowdney, “he has shown strong leadership, a steady hand for decision making, and a real ability to listen to all parties before any course of action is taken.”
“We thank James wholeheartedly for his wonderful service and total dedication to Fight for Peace for such a long time, and are greatly indebted to him for all he has achieved with us. We wish him and his family well in the next stage of their lives and we look forward to continuing to see them regularly as part of our Fight for Peace family.”
“It has been a huge privilege to work at Fight for Peace over the last ten years”, said James. “Thank you to the staff, the young people, and our partners for the inspiring energy and commitment they bring to the world and that I felt every day. Fight for Peace is a special place that stands in solidarity with young people, especially in their fight for social justice. I know that with Jenny at the helm the organisation will reach new heights.”
Jenny Oklikah, who will assume the role of CEO following James’ departure, joined Fight for Peace in July of last year and brings with her a wealth of experience having previously held roles at the London Borough of Newham as Head of Community Safety, at the Home Office as Head of Youth Crime and Early Offending, as well as her current role as UK Managing Director. We warmly welcome Jenny into her new role and look forward to working under her leadership as we move towards even bigger and better things in the future.