Seyi Obakin is Chief Executive of Centrepoint, the leading national charity helping homeless young people to regain control of their lives and move on to independent living.
He is a chartered accountant whose career has included spells in professional accounting, corporate banking and social housing. He is also currently serving as a member of the government’s Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), Patron of Lifeforte International Schools and a Trustee of Sutton Christian Centre.
He was listed in the JP Morgan ‘Powerlist 2015’ as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain and, in June 2016 he was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to youth skills, employment and homelessness.
Dr Adegbenga A Adeyemi was born in London. He attended one of Nigeria’s foremost medical institutions, The College of Medicine, University of Lagos where he obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. Adegbenga completed his housemanship posting at Lagos University Teaching hospital, Lagos and then spent another year in General Practice.He returned to the United Kingdom to undertake postgraduate training
in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology which took him to places like Carmathen (Wales), Scunthorpe, Eastbourne, Carshalton and Tooting ( London). After 6 years, he decided to retrain in General Practice obtaining further clinical experience in Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry. Adegbenga duly completed a General Practice Registrar post in South London and took up a position as a Principal partner in a busy Wimbledon practice on 1st September 2000.He is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), a former GP Trainer and a Clinical and Educational Supervisor at St. George’s Hospital Foundation Medical School.
A committed Christian, he is a trustee of Sutton Christian Centre and a member of Toastmaster International. In his spare time he visits his local gymnasium and works on bringing down his golf handicap which presently is marooned at 28.He is Tobi’s father and along with his wife, Abimbola, co-founder of the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation.
Dr Ify Okocha qualified in Medicine in 1985 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree and subsequently obtained his Ph.D from King’s College and the Institute of Psychiatry during his postgraduate training in psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is on the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as the first ever recipient of the distinguished award of Medical Manager/Leader of the year (2009) ‘in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mental health’. He is listed in the JP Morgan ‘Powerlist 2012″ as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, a Mental & Community Health NHS Trust in south London.
Dr Abimbola Adeyemi qualified as a doctor in 1987 with Bachelor of medicine, Bachelor of surgery degrees from College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She commenced her postgraduate training in the United Kingdom in 1993, during which she obtained a Masters Degree in Community Paediatrics at University College London. She is a member of both the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Abimbola is a Consultant Community Paediatrician at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust where she undertakes comprehensive assessment, investigation and management of children with disabilities. She is also Lewisham Borough’s Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children & Young People. This involves leading professionally on all aspects of the health service contribution to the safeguarding agenda in Lewisham. In March 2012, this service contribution was judged as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills(Ofsted). Abimbola is Oluwatobi Adeyemi’s mother and with Dr Adegbenga Adeyemi, co-founder of the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation.
Dr Tosin Otunla is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician with expertise in Cardiology, based at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey. He obtained his primary medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1987. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of The British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the European Society of Cardiology. His postgraduate career has seen him working in centres of excellence in institutions such as University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, The Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre Southampton and The British Columbia Women and Children’s Hospital, Vancouver (Canada).Tosin is the Surrey lead clinician for the Neonatal Transfer Service and is on the Medical Advisory Panel for the Southeast Coast Ambulance Service. He supports the British Heart Foundation and is a keen advocate of raising awareness about cardiac risk in the young.Tosin’s pastimes include football, tennis, travel, world affairs and debating.
Dr Deji Ayonrinde is a Consultant Psychiatrist with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He was previously an Associate Clinical Director and Postgraduate Tutor for psychiatrists in training. Deji is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, University of London with an interest in multicultural and multinational aspects of human and organisational behaviour. He has an MBA from Imperial College London. He is also the Honorary Medical Adviser to MIND in Croydon, UK, a leading mental health charity. He was previously a Governor of Collingwood School an independent coeducational school.
Deji has an interest in art and the history of medicine with support to the Bethlem Gallery and the Museum of the Mind. He is a Member of the Society of Apothecaries and a Freeman of the City of London.
Buki Obakin qualified as a biochemist before retraining as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Her career has included spells in accountancy and audits, tax planning and advisory, corporate banking, mergers and acquisition and, financial systems consulting, in which she specialised in Relational Database Management Systems. She enjoys singing and working with children and, in 2014, she founded the specialist children’s online boutique, www.finoora.co.uk. She now works for the UK government, helping to drive IT change in the Cabinet Office. She is the Tobi Adeyemi Foundation’s Executive and Company Secretary