Meet the Team

Jean-Didier Mualaba
Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Didier has worked for the Community and Voluntary Sector in the UK for 15 years. He previously worked at Leicester North West Community Forum, where he supported new communities of asylum seekers and refugees settle in some of the most deprived neighborhoods in Leicester.

Jean-Didier has a degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Bukavu in the Democrat Republic of Congo and a BA (Hons) degree in Community Development and Youth Studies from Derby University. He is currently studying Public Health (Master in Public Health) at the University of Sheffield.

John Aghoghogbe
Employability Manager

John has over twenty years experience of providing careers information, advice and guidance to all types of people, from those with no formal qualifications to post-graduate students.

He is skilled at communication, needs assessment, planning with clients, negotiation and promotion. He is a specialist in working with BME communities to realise education and employment aspirations.

He is a qualified careers advisor, due to a post-graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from Nottingham Trent University.

John is a volunteer community worker, and a member of the Urhobo Progress Union. He also has experience of running his own business enterprise.

Rosie Fisher
Learning Manager

Rosie originally trained as a Paediatric Nurse, before retraining as an ESOL teacher following a period of volunteering with Belong.

Rosie is skilled in language needs assessment, lesson planning, developing teaching material and adaptability. 

She achieved her BNurs (Hons) from the University of Birmingham in 1999, and her CELTA and PTLLS from New College Nottingham in 2011.

Rosie is also is currently trying to learn Arabic!

Simon Ferrigno
Heritage Project Officer Co-ordinator

Simon has spent much of the past 20 years working on questions of sustainability in farming and trade, especially cotton and textiles. Much of this has been in Africa, South America, and Asia. Simon has written extensively on sustainability, including two books, numerous reports, and a regular magazine column.

Simon is skilled in writing, organising workshops, public speaking and research. He received his MSc in Education for Sustainability from Southbank University, London.

Simon is also a part time Co-op Member Pioneer, helping support local causes in Derby. He is also Chair of European Movement Derbyshire. Previously, Simon has worked in community development and music in London after several years as a professional chef and part-time radio DJ in France. Simon’s working life began as a farm labourer, including on organic farms in the early 1980s.

Donna Borrill
Administrative Support

Donna joined Belong Nottingham in June 2021 after working for many years organising a research conference on behalf of the University of Nottingham. Covid 19 enforced a change in job direction which resulted in her joining the team and she is delighted with the move!

She likes nothing better than organising and making office systems run like clockwork and loves helping people to reach their full potential – making Belong Nottingham a perfect place to work!

Outside of work, Donna is a passionate Nottingham Forest supporter and an active member of Trent Vineyard Church.

Neikwai Aghoghogbe
IT Trainer and Employability Support Worker

Neikwai started working for Belong as a volunteer for 2 months in September 2020. Due to his impressive work, he was subsequently offered a permanent contract in November 2020 as an IT Trainer and Employability Support Worker.

His prior experience includes working in different industries including: hospitality, customer service, security and at the headquarters of a religious organization. 

Outside of Belong, Neikwai is thoroughly involved in a theocratic educational program by helping people understand the Bible and conducting/giving free Bible studies. 

Neikwai is also a keen traveller and travel has always played a big part of his life. 

Before working at Belong, Neikwai travelled around the continent of Africa for 8 months. In addition, during Neikwai's adolescence, he had the privilege of visiting many different countries across the world and experienced many different cultures. 

David Kolapo
Youth and Community Development Worker

David graduated from Nottingham Trent University with an Honours Degree. His passion is football and his love is JESUS CHRIST.

He studied Sports Science and Business Management which comprised of Marketing, Strategic Business Environment, Psychology, Physiology, Research and Development etc. The course allowed him to gain insight into new fields and probe new ideas & business ventures.

He joined Belong in the Summer of 2022, and leads organises events and programmes to keep our young people entertained!