Adam Young

Adam is an Access Officer for Ashfield School and the University Events Officer for schools across the Midlands. Before joining The Access Project, Adam worked with the Student Recruitment and Widening Participation teams at the University of East Anglia. Adam also studied at UEA, graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences.

Amy Stebbings

Amy is a Senior University Access Officer at The City Academy Hackney and Morpeth School.  She is also a Tuition Quality Assurance Champion for The Access Project.

She has previously worked at young people’s charities, in the UK and abroad. Amy studied French at The University of Warwick, during which she spent one year in France teaching English in two secondary schools.

Ben Allcock

Ben is our Senior Partnerships Manager. He works with grant making trusts, and our business partners, to bring-in the volunteers and funding which we need to help young people win places at top universities.

Ben has worked in the charity sector for over ten years. His experience in fundraising ranges from organising galas and events to running nine marathons in nine days. He has a Masters in history from the University of York and a joint honours degree in history and marketing from Oxford Brookes University.

Cheryl Eaton

Cheryl is our Operations Delivery Manager & Deputy Designated Child Safeguarding Officer as part of Operations Team, providing recruitment, HR and office support.

Cheryl studied English Literature at Roehampton University and has gone on to work in various professional services roles including Business Development and Project Management for both private and public sectors. She is currently training towards a Psychotherapy M.A and is passionate about helping people to reach their full potential.

Fay Mahdi

Fay is the Impact and Strategy Director for The Access Project.

 She is responsible for maintaining and improving our impact with our young people as we grow, and for supporting our strategy development.In previous roles with UK charities she has led the design, quality assurance and evaluation of humanitarian and development programmes in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Fay studied Arabic and French at the University of Edinburgh and has an MA in Anthropology of Development from SOAS.

Georgina Pope

Georgina is the Partnerships Director at The Access Project.

She leads on partnerships and fundraising and is tasked with growing our income so we can reach more young people, improve our impact and develop new strategic projects.

Georgina previously spent several years as Development Director at campaigning organisation Liberty and has worked for several charities helping young people overcome barriers, including I CAN and Children in Crisis.

Georgina studied Anthropology at UCL before gaining an MSc from SOAS in Violence, Conflict and Development. She is a certified member of the Institute of Fundraising.

Jake Farrell

Jake is our Senior Impact Manager and leads our Tuition Programme.

Jake previously worked for another leading University access charity and taught English in China for a year. He has a degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York.

Katie Miles

Katie is a University Access Officer at Haggerston School and Lilian Baylis Technology School. She previously taught English as a foreign language abroad and was a tutor and mentor for UK based charities for refugees.

Katie has a degree in English Literature and Classics from The University of Leeds. During her studies, Katie volunteered at a homeless shelter for vulnerable young adults.

Lucy Ball

Lucy is the Programme Director and is responsible for school relationships and high quality programme delivery across all of our schools in all regions.

She previously worked at a business pyschology consultancy, leading a team of PAs and Project Managers, before joining The Access Project.

Lucy holds a BA in English Literature, an MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, and a PhD in the memorialisation of the British slave trade.

Muhsina Jameelah

Muhsina is a University Access Officer at Globe Academy and Chelsea Academy.

She has previously volunteered for various charities working with young people. Muhsina studied Human Genetics at UCL.

Rachel Sturgis

Rachel is the Senior Data & Insight Coordinator.

She has previously worked as a programme coordinator for another educational charity and worked as a supply teacher in various primary schools throughout Luxembourg.

She holds a degree in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham and a Masters degree in Transnational Studies from University College London.

Ruth Joyce
Ruth is our Partnerships Coordinator. She previously worked in the fundraising department in The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and also has 5 years’ of experience supporting sixth form students as a Higher Education, Careers and Gap Year Coordinator. 
Ruth has an MA in Medieval Literature and Culture from Birkbeck University of London, and a BA in Medieval History from Queen Mary University. 
Suzanne Janes

Suzanne is the Head of Volunteering for The Access Project.

Her previous roles have included volunteer and programme management for non-profit organisations in Canada. Prior to that, Suzanne was a teacher of GCSE and A-level MFL at schools in London and Yorkshire.

She has a degree in International Business and Languages from Sheffield Hallam University and a PGCE in Modern Languages from The University of Sheffield.

Alice Dee
Alice is our Impact Manager (University Readiness) and her role is to design and evaluate our University Readiness Programme. Before this, Alice was a University Access Officer, delivering the programme in school. 
Alice studied Biological Sciences at Durham University. After finishing her degree, Alice was President of her College and subsequently President of the Students’ Union. During this time Alice focused her energies on improving access to higher education on both a local and national level.
Andy Hollings
Andy is the University Access Officer at Mosely School and Sixth Form and Wood Green Academy in Birmingham.
Before joining TAP, Andy worked in the employment and skills sector.  His last role was with a charity, helping disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential.
Andy studied Business Administration and Public Policy Management at Aston University.
Busayo Twins

Busayo is a University Access Officer based in Walworth Academy and Crest Academy. Previous to working at The Access Project, Busayo was President of the Students Union at London School of Economics.

Busayo studied Economic History at London School of Economics.

Christian Terry

Christian is Finance Director for The Access Project.

Christian comes from ten years’ working in Transaction Advisory Services for EY, PwC and Deloitte, and has also founded two successful start-ups in recent years.  He has worked as a volunteer helping the homeless, as well as volunteer-teaching and mentoring at various underprivileged schools around London.  He was also once an English and PE teacher in Padova, Italy.

Christian is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.  He has a degree in Business Economics and Finance from the University of Surrey, where he was also the university’s Sportsperson of the Year in his final year.

Fiona Hathaway

Fiona is a University Access Officer at Lister Community School and Hornsey School for Girls.

Before joining The Access Project, she worked as a teaching assistant and a mentor in different organisations for young people. Fiona has a degree in Education Studies and Psychology from Durham University.

Hayley James

Hayley is our Operations Director with oversight of People, IT, governance, GDPR, safeguarding, facilities and health & safety.

Hayley has worked in the voluntary sector for fifteen years building a career across sectors including disability, homelessness and volunteering and her most recent role before joining TAP was as CEO of an advice charity.

Hayley achieved a 2:1 in Social Sciences and a PGDip in Voluntary Action Management, both from Roehampton University,  She is also a qualified, registered psychotherapist with a small private practice.

Jenny Paisley

Jenny is the Senior Impact Officer and oversees Alumni and Student Participation at The Access Project.

She previously taught English as a foreign language in France, and was a mentor and tutor for a range of youth charities. Jenny has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Kirsty Clydesdale

Kirsty is the University Access Officer at St Thomas More School. Previously, she was an English teacher in an inner London secondary. 

Kirsty holds an English Literature degree from the University of St Andrews, a Master’s from Goldsmiths and a PGCE from UCL. She worked as an assistant literary agent for 3 years before getting into education

Ludovica Siniscalchi

Ludovica is a University Access Officer delivering the programme at both Oasis Academy Enfield and Oasis Academy Hadley.

Prior to this, Ludovica spent two years as Vice President of the Students’ Union at the University of Westminster where she represented the interest of the student body  and worked with the institution on improving the student experience.

She studied Biotechnology at Westminster and is currently completing a Masters degree in Education, Power and Social Change at Birkbeck, University of London.

Naomi Burley-Baker

Naomi is our Senior Programme Manager, looking after the programme in 5 of our London schools as well as leading on school recruitment in London.  Her previous roles have included working on the Mayor of London’s schools programme as well as completing a graduate scheme where she worked in social housing.

Naomi has a degree in Geography from the University of Liverpool.


Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon works as the Senior Volunteer Coordinator for London.

She has previously worked as a research manager as well as a camera operator.

Rhiannon has a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds.

Sam Baker

Sam is a Senior University Access Officer at West Nottinghamshire College and Shirebrook School.

Sam previously worked as a progress coach for a large sixth form college in Leicester, as well as working for a number of widening participation initiatives.

He has a degree in Business Economics from The Nottingham Business School.

Tiffany Woods-Shepherd

Tiffany is a Programme Manager/Senior Programme Officer helping manage the delivery of the Programme across our London schools. Prior to this she worked as a University Access Officer for two years, delivering the programme in school.

She has background in access initiatives, having applied to university through one herself, and also having spent a year as the undergraduate student admissions officer. After university Tiffany completed the TeachFirst scheme and spent three years as a secondary school maths teacher.

She has a degree in Philosophy, Psychology & Physiology from Oxford University

Amanda Connolly
Amanda is our Head of People, working closely with our Operations Director to deliver a comprehensive and positive People Service for the organisation.

Amanda has worked within many sectors throughout her 20 year HR career and her experience with children primarily comes from her role as a Foster Carer, Teaching Assistant and Young Offender Mentor. Amanda’s last HR role was within a medical device company. 

Amanda has a Masters in “Employment Studies and Human Resource Management” from London Metropolitan University.

Anselm Klint

Anselm is a Senior University Access Officer at Kensington Aldridge Academy and Highbury Grove School.

He previously worked in university admissions. Anselm studied English and American studies at the University of Sussex, during which time he spent a year studying in Seattle.

Caroline Ludden

Caroline is a Volunteer Coordinator in the West Midlands.

She has previously worked as a Youth Worker, Trainer and Project Manager in the youth, volunteering and disability sectors, both in the UK and abroad. Caroline studied Biological Sciences at Nene College, Northampton.

Ellen Clowser

Ellen is a Senior University Access Officer at Central Foundation Girls’ School.  She is also a Tuition Quality Assurance Champion for The Access Project.

Previously, she worked at schools in London and Coventry as a teacher of mathematics. Ellen studied Mathematics at The University of Warwick and has a Master degree in Education.

Freya Smith

Freya is a University Access Officer at St George’s RC School in Maida Vale.

Freya studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University. She has worked for The Times Educational Supplement, Sonia Friedman Productions and Alan Brodie Representation, managing the Noel Coward Archive.

Alongside The Access Project, Freya runs Bottle Cap Theatre, writing and producing new works of musical theatre. She is also an experienced private tutor.

Isabel Feeney

Isabel is a Senior University Access Officer at Waverley School and Colmers School & Sixth Form College in the West Midlands.

Before joining The Access Project, Isabel was a volunteer mentor with City Year and was based at Ormiston Forge Academy. She was also an intern at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she worked with the Events and Exhibitions department. She has a degree in English at King’s College London.

Jennifer Guerin

Jennifer is the Designated Child Protection Officer and the Data Protection contact.

She previously taught English as a foreign language in Vietnam, and was a manager in a centre of a tuition company. Jennifer has a degree in History from the University of Manchester.

Latika Chugh

Latika is our Senior Systems Coordinator and works with our internal IT(Salesforce) systems. She has previously worked in different IT technologies for other charities and professional organisations in UK and abroad.

Prior to working in IT, she worked as a Lecturer in the Engineering colleges in India.

She holds a Master’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from DCRUST University, India and a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering from Kurukshetra University, India.

Lynne Brown

Lynne is Senior Operations Coordinator, providing finance, HR and office support.

She has worked for a variety of organisations in HR & training roles and also spent four years tutoring adult learners in IT and office admin skills.

Nathan Sansom

Nathan is our CEO. He works with Trustees and the Executive team supporting The Access Project to set and fulfil its strategic goals.

Nathan’s most recent roles have been within charities focussed on improving life chances for young people. He has been responsible for programme design and scale-up in senior roles at The Challenge Network, Starfish and Frontline. He moved to the third sector from a successful career in the civil service, including serving as the Programme Director responsible for National Citizen Service (NCS) — the coalition Government’s flagship youth programme.

Riaz Hathiari

Riaz is our Salesforce Coordinator who manages our CRM.

He has previously worked as a Salesforce Administrator in the charity industry.

Sara Papamichael

Sara manages the delivery of the Programme across half of our London schools. Prior to becoming a Programme Manager, she worked as a University Access Officer for two years, delivering the programme in two of our schools.

Her previous roles have included teaching English as a second language, along with mentoring for youth charities.

She has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex.

Tim Archer

Tim Archer is Head of University Partnerships at The Access Project and leads on maintaining and expanding our relationships in higher education.

Tim was previously a Director of Public Policy Events at a political communications company, overseeing a programme of engagement with those working in the wider public sector and beyond. Before that he worked in ‘Welfare to Work’, building delivery networks of back-to-work services.

Tim studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford (having been given a helping hand by an access scheme) and went on to do an MSc in Government and Politics of the Middle East at SOAS.

Amy Pearson

Amy works as the Senior Communications Officer managing our social media, online platforms and marketing content.

She has previously worked for a children’s charity in volunteer management and communications. Amy is also involved with Girlguiding UK as a volunteer leader working with Brownies (ages 7-10) and previously worked for the National Citizen Service working directly with a variety of young people. 

She has a degree in International relations and Politics from The University of Sheffield.

Anna Shepherd

Anna is our newly appointed Head of Philanthropy, looking after our major donors and other key relationships. Anna has worked in the charitable sector for over ten years with experience gained in international development, human rights, health, and higher education, primarily within specialist institutions.

Having completed her education as a mature student, Anna holds a BA Hons in History and Politics, an MA in History, and a PhD in 19th century institutional mental health care.


Caroline Pepper

Caroline is a senior manager responsible for developing partnerships with trusts and foundations. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years and has experience in disability, arts, higher education and international development, working with corporates, trusts and foundations to make a difference to the lives of young people and their families. Prior to this, she began her career as a strategist working with many leading brands.

Caroline has an honours degree in Business from The University of Edinburgh.

Ellie Baird

Ellie is the University Events and Student Enrichment Manager at the Access Project. Previously, she worked in an Addiction Charity, working with young people suffering from parental substance misue. Ellie studied International Relations and Politics at the University of Sheffield, and has a Masters Degree in Middle East Politics from SOAS.

Gareth Smith

Gareth is the Programme Manager for the Midlands, managing delivery of the programme in schools across the West and East Midlands. 

Gareth’s previous role was Head of Programmes, Central Region for The Prince’s Trust, helping young people transform their lives through training, education and employment.  Before that Gareth had an 18 year career at NatWest Bank.

Izzy Partridge

Izzy is a University Access Officer at King Solomon Academy.

She has previously worked as a Learning Support Assistant in the SEN department of a secondary school. She has a degree in Politics and International Relations from The University of Manchester.

Katie Hilder

Katie is Head of Midlands for The Access Project. She leads partnership development and volunteer recruitment in the East and West Midlands. 

Katie’s previous role was Regional Manager (West Midlands) for One Million Mentors, a community-based mentoring programme to support young people to fulfil their potential. Prior to that she worked for the regional STEM Ambassador Hub and managed summer camp programme delivery at The ATE Trust.

Katie has a degree in Italian and Spanish and worked professionally as a translator before joining the charity sector.


Lily Rice

Lily is a University Access Officer delivering the programme at Woolwich Polytechnic.  She is also a University Readiness Quality Assurance Champion at The Access Project.

She has previously worked as a youth mentor in her home borough of Lewisham and worked as Schools Coordinator at the youth charity The Challenge.

Lily has a degree in History from the University of Sussex and is currently completing a Masters degree in Social Justice and Education at UCL’s Institute of Education.

Michaela Wood

Michaela is one of our Volunteer Coordinators for London.

She has previously worked in a similar role for a charity helping young offenders to resettle in the community upon release from prison and ultimately reduce re-offending.

Michaela has a BSc in Criminology and Sociology from Royal Holloway University of London.

Rachel Holmes

Rachel is University Access Officer for Holte School in the West Midlands. Prior to this Rachel was an English teacher in Nottinghamshire for 13 years. During that time she was Achievement Leader for Year 11 and completed the NCSL Leadership Pathways qualification.

Rachel holds a PGCE in English from The University of Nottingham and obtained a degree in Literature, Life and Thought from Liverpool John Moores University. 

Rubinder Sanga

Rubinder is our Online Tuition Coordinator, responsible for coordinating online tuition across the Midlands.

In her previous role, Rubinder acted as a leadership coach and mentor for qualifying and newly qualified teachers.

Rubinder holds a PGCE in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham and obtained a degree in Economics and Management from Aston University.

Sophia Sterling

Sophia is a Senior University Access Officer at George Green’s School and the University Academy of Engineering South Bank. She is also a Tuition Quality Assurance Champion for The Access Project.

Her previous roles have included developing Peer Assisted Learning and academic writing programmes for undergraduate students.

She has a degree in English Language and Communication from Kingston University.

Yusef Sanei

Yusef runs The Key Project at the Central Foundation Boys School.

He has previously worked with several community charities and a business development company.

Yusef studied Sociology at Goldsmiths University before going onto do an MA in Religion and Global Politics at SOAS.

Our Team

We are always on the lookout for passionate people to join our team. If you’re looking to work at a charity that combats educational inequality and improves social mobility, you are welcome to join us. Contact us now to find out about our current job openings