Who We Are

The people behind Bold Leap

Led by foster carer and experienced social worker Peter Buturo, the team at Bold Leap are dedicated experts with a wealth of knowledge. While their specialisations may differ, they share a passion for helping young people to achieve their goals.

Peter Buturo



Peter is an experienced social worker and has worked with children and young people in care since 2010. He is also a foster carer and has personally overcome great adversity to achieve his goals. Working with young people to unlock their potential, he recognises that every young person has unique needs and strives to meet them by offering holistic support at Bold Leap.

Key Skill Set

  • Foster carer.
  • Motivational speaker.
  • Founder and Director of Bold Leap.
  • Entrepreneur.
  • 10 years’ experience as a qualified social worker in several teams including Looked After Children, Leaving Care, Youth Offending, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), Safeguarding and Adoption.

Peter’s core values of communication, integrity, accountability and vision towards the future are at the heart of Bold Leap.

Gideon Osei-Buabeng

Serious Youth Violence Specialist

Gideon was a victim of a knife attack which left him with 14 stab wounds at the age of 21 and survived by an inch. He was able to turn his post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth and now works across the U.K helping young people get through, grow and learn through their adversities. At Bold Leap, Gideon develops and delivers innovative interventions to young people involved in violence and offending behaviour.

Key Skill Set

  • Gideon is an award-winning motivational speaker. Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, Chairman of the Violent Crime Prevention Youth Board, the South England Representee for the Prince’s Trust National Youth Advisory Board and Founder Our Pain to Power.
  • Gideon has in depth knowledge, understanding and awareness of the current issues for young people experiencing crime and serious violence. He has a proven track record of successfully delivering services to young people.


Mentoring and Alternative Educational Provision


Mentivity is an award winning inspirational Mentoring and Alternative Educational Provision. It was founded in January 2016 by Sayce Holmes-Lewis, alongside cofounders Leon Wright and Tyson Holmes-Lewis. They are currently delivering education at 15 schools across London and Brighton, engaging with over 400 young people. At Bold Leap, Mentivity provide mentoring to our young people to improve their educational engagement, personal responsibility and accountability.

Key Skill Set

  • Incorporating a triangulated approach that promotes a bespoke, structured approach for each each young person.
  • Transform young people by the use of exploring conversation based learning, inspirational workshops and aspirational visits.

Mark Chidgey

Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Mark is a UKCP registered Highly Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist who has worked with children and adolescents, carers and their families for over 17 years. He brings a wealth of experience to Bold Leap in terms of assessment and support. As well as to the industry in terms of training and development. He has worked with CAMHS and as a therapist within the NHS.

Key Skill Set

  • 17 years’ experience working with young people and their families

  • A consultant and trainer for foster carers, adopters, special guardians, social workers and managers in relation to child and adolescent mental health.

  • Lecturer at the Tavistock & Portman Centre in developing Systemic Practice within Social Work

Sophie Bell

National Youth Advocacy Service - Independent Monitor

Sophie has led and managed many different projects within Children’s Services covering new multi-professional teams that include social support, early help and health. She has a DIPHE in Youth and Community Work and ‘Level 5 certificate Institute’ in Leadership and Management, Developing Teams, Managing Stress and Conflict and Recruitment. She has completed continuous improvement training throughout her career and been part of an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection.

Key Skill Set

  • 33 years’ management experience within children’s services.
  • Expertise in quality assurance and auditing casework, including preparing teams for Ofsted.
  • The safeguarding lead and domestic abuse lead for early help services.
  • A safeguarding trainer, youth work and domestic abuse trainer. As well as an advocate and residential visitor.