Yinka Awoyinka

Executive Assistant & Head of Operations

Yinka oversees the day-to-day running of the Volans office as well as acting as Executive Assistant to John Elkington and Louise Kjellerup Roper. With a career that has seen her work as an assistant to architect Zaha Hadid, raise two children and train as a professional milliner, Yinka knows how to run a tight ship with flair and patience.

She describes her typical day as intense and fun. Her eye for detail and ability to juggle many balls at once is perhaps best displayed in the company events she organises, such as Volans’ 10th anniversary celebration at the Wellcome Collection. In addition, her meticulous project management saw Volans’ successful relocation to Somerset House at the beginning of this year.

She is passionate about Art, Design, Architecture, Antiques, Fashion and Textiles. She lives in London with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Yinka’s Superpower: Being me

Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. Sheer compulsion and a heavy dose of interest.

Q. What brought you here?
A. Happenstance.

Q. How did you wake up to the change agenda?
A. Not fully awake yet; but no longer asleep.

Q. Where is your centre of gravity: past, present or future?
A. A bit of all three really. My left side is the past; right side present. My core: the future.

Q. If you could solve one global problem for everyone, what would it be?
A. Eyesight. High level eye-care for all; especially in the developing countries.

Q. What are you grateful for?
A. My eyes: that I can look and ‘see’.