The Access Project (TAP) is seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees to take over from Mary Curnock Cook, CBE, who has been a Trustee since 2013 and chair since 2017. Everyone at TAP extends a huge thanks to Mary who departs at the end of her term leaving an impressive legacy. Under Mary’s stewardship, TAP has become an organisation focussed on impact, with a strong reputation in the sector, and well-established external partnerships.

This is now a good time for TAP to undergo a transition of Chair, with our Chief Executive, Nathan Sansom, well established in post, and with the organisation having weathered a highly challenging year. TAP is now at a new stage of our journey, facing new challenges as it seeks to maintain impact and extend its reach to support more young people.

TAP is looking for a new Chair who shares its passion about tackling educational disadvantage and has the experience to help expansion. A particular challenge is to raise additional funds to support this work, so the organisation is particularly looking for someone to play a leading role in fundraising efforts. Given the work it does and its ethos as an organisation, TAP is looking for a chair with an affinity for, and understanding of the issues faced by our young people. TAP particularly welcomes applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.

TAP is running an open process, partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level hiring platform. To find out more and apply you will need to request Nurole membership, which is free, confidential, and takes only a few minutes here. If you have any queries on membership application you can contact Alternatively, for a confidential discussion about the role, you can contact

TAP Chair, Mary Curnock Cook, CBE said: “I am hugely proud of the work done by The Access Project during my tenure as trustee and Chair. We have shown that through intensive support and close partnership with schools, businesses and universities, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can absolutely fulfil their potential. I am excited to see the organisation continue to grow its impactful programme.”

Nathan Sansom

TAP Chief Executive, Nathan Sansom said: “The Access Project has been incredibly fortunate to have such a highly-regarded and exceptional Chair in Mary Curnock Cook. She has played a vital role in the organisation’s development, and on a personal note has been a great support through a highly challenging year. She leaves the organisation in a very strong position. This makes the role an exciting prospect for a new Chair passionate about our mission and keen to use their experience to drive real impact for young people.”