Ayo Afolabi

Ayo Afolabi


Ayo’ has an extensive career in consultancy spanning over a decade predominantly operating in the HR Consultancy space building strong client relationships, project management, managing teams and leading through others, designing and delivering people plans, and managing change in challenging matrix organizations.

Working with a range of corporate clients across the UK and Europe, Ayo has a proven track record in people consulting roles with specialist expertise in Organizational and Cultural Change, Performance and Talent Management, Inclusion and Diversity and Employee Engagement. Prior to joining YSC, Ayo has worked across a myriad of HR Consultancy engagements ranging from; Learning Solutions, to HR transformation and Change Programs, to Organisational Design engagements to Workforce Transformation assignments, focusing on Cultural Transformation and Diversity Equity and Inclusion. In the last 2 years, he has been a senior leader in an internal team working with the Chief People Officer to implement internal change transformational programs at KPMG. These programs were aimed at enhancing the lived experiences of historically under-represented groups at the organisation, and particularly targeted Black Heritage colleagues in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder.

He has been involved in authoring a range of interventions internally, including; launching firmwide Anti-Racism Training, launching a firm-wide Talent Accelerator Programme – with Allyship as the central pillar of the program. He has worked with the various divisions across the organization, partnering with HR on areas such as; performance management, employee utilization, L&D and recruitment. Ayo obtained his first degree from the University of Warwick in Politics & History.

Outside of work Ayo is a vivacious individual who has many interests from travelling to sports, music, theatre and  fantasy novels. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

“Ayo was responsible for delivering check in and training sessions for Partners at our organisation and was instrumental in facilitating and illuminating effective allyship as Partners in the business. He was able to clearly break down the key differences in my role as a coach, mentor and sponsor and how they impact junior colleagues I lead. My eyes have really been opened to the impact I have as a leader on my colleagues and I'm grateful to Ayo's contribution in enabling this discovery and a better understanding of how I can be a positive influence.”


Big 4 Consultancy

“Ayo worked with us to implement a talent management programme targeting the progression of historically underrepresented ethnic minorities at our organisation. He was able to assist us in navigating the key issues that faced ethnic minorities at our organisation and creating a bespoke programme that enhanced their employee experience at the organisation. There is no doubt that by looking at our KPIs, we have seen a massive uptick in the experience of ethnic minorities at our organisation. We will look to continue to advance the work that Ayo and his team have done.”

Head of Talent Management,

FTSE 100 Manufacturing Company