Gemma Novis

Gemma is a dedicated community and youth work practitioner fuelled by her passion for community development, equalities, and inclusion.

Gemma Novis
Gemma Novis

Gem's journey was ignited by her upbringing on a sprawling council housing estate in South-east London during the 1980s. The impact of Stephen Lawrence's tragic murder on her school and community, coupled with becoming a young caregiver for her disabled mother, inspired Gemma to pursue community and youth work training at Goldsmiths, University of London. Graduating with a first-class degree, and a professional youth work qualification, she returned as an associate tutor and remains engaged with the youth work training program as a member of the Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies advisory group.

In addition to her parents' fostering background, Gemma's experience as a foster carer and early permanence adopter adds to her depth of experience. Now as a freelance associate trainer, she also dedicates herself to youth and community engagement projects.


2023–Present: Community & Youth Engagement / Equalities consultant

2023–Present: KCA Associate Trainer

2021–2023: Early Support Hub Community Navigator (Children and Families Integrated Front Door Service/MASH), Wiltshire Council

2018–2021: Local Area Coordinator (Public Health Wiltshire), member of the Local Area Coordination Network of practitioners

2012–2018: Associate Director (Equalities & Community Engagement), Verve Communications

2009–2014: Associate Lecturer/Tutor, BA Applied Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work. Goldsmiths, University of London

2012–2013: Vitamin D / Healthy Start Project Development (inc. training pharmacists) & Breastfeeding Welcome (venue outreach). Public Health Lewisham

2010–2011: Youth worker in charge/Youth club development, Lewisham Council

2009–2011: Equalities Coordinator, NHS Lewisham PCT/CCG & Lewisham Healthcare NHS Hospital Trust

2008–2009: Health Improvement Programme Officer (Stopping Smoking/community based CVD Health checks), Public Health Lewisham

2006–2007: Administrative Officer. New Local Government Network

2004–2006: Community Development & Youth Work Assistant (The Forum @ Greenwich)

2003–2004: Part-Time Library Assistant, Lewisham Council

2001–2003: Administrative Assistant, UK Civil Service


MA, Development & Rights, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2007

First class BA (Honours) in Applied Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2006

Certificate in Higher Education, Geography, University of Derby, 1999

A' Levels and GCSE's, Blackheath Bluecoat CofE School, 1998