Abbey Cameron

Abbey is our Volunteering Administrator at The Access Project. Her career focus has been education, moving into the charities sector after teaching English as a foreign language and supporting educational programmes in Japan and Italy.

Abbey first studied English and Italian at the University of St Andrews. More recently, she completed an MA in Comparative Education from UCL Institute of Education.

Alice Dee
Alice is our Senior Impact Manager 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.
Arif Zaman

Arif is our Operations Administrator.

Previously, Arif has worked at a Background Screening Firm as a Researcher and Analyst. Arif is also a volunteer at the Wapping Community Centre, working on various projects, predominantly with children from an age range of 5-16. Arif has a BA in Islamic Theology and Arabic Literature from the Institute of Islamic Education.

Chanelle Shea-Calvin

Chanelle is a University Access Officer at Ormiston Forge Academy.

Within her previous role Chanelle managed the schools outreach programme and worked in numerous primary and secondary schools within Wolverhampton; delivering workshops and events that supported young people into positive outcomes.Chanelle also worked at her local TV station; presenting and creating content for broadcast.  

Chanelle holds a degree in Acting for stage and Screen from Edinburgh Napier and Queen Margaret University and is also a qualified youth worker.

 

 

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 West Midlands, managing delivery of the programme in schools across the Birmingham and the Black Country.

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.

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.

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.

Megan Scanlon
Megan is an alumnus of The Access Project. Prior to joining the Access Project she worked in a range of roles including as a Senior Mentor for the NCS programme.
She also has a degree in Social Policy and Criminology from the University of Birmingham with her dissertation on the impact of Universal Credit. 
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.

Rachel Sturgis

Rachel is the Data & Insight Manager.

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.

Riaz Hathiari

Riaz is our Systems Manager.

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

Solomon Gibson

Solomon is a University Access Officer at Waverley School and Colmers School in Birmingham.

Before joining the TAP team, Solomon worked in local government housing and the charitable sector. He’s worked in campaigns for numerous voluntary organisations during and since his university studies.

During his undergraduate degree, Solomon studied Music Technology at Keele University and is now a Postgraduate in Politics and International Relations

Suzanne Janes

Suzanne is Head of Volunteering at The Access Project.

She previously worked in Programme and Volunteer Management in the Canadian charity sector and is a qualified GCSE and A Level teacher. 
 
Suzanne holds a BA in International Business and Languages from Sheffield Hallam University and a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from The University of Sheffield. 
Will Ainsworth

Will is the University Access Officer at The Norwood School and Lilian Baylis Technology School.

His previous roles include time spent as a part time volunteer tutor for a refugee charity, as well as a placement in Kenya where he delivered a series of social mobility programmes. Most recently he worked for international young person’s education charity Never Such Innocence, managing the organisation’s international education programme and creative arts competition that invited young people to reflect on conflict.

Will holds a degree in Human Geography from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Adam Joseph-Kerr

Adam is a University Access Officer in the East Midlands and lead for Diversity and Inclusion.


Adam holds a Law degree and an MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics from the University of Birmingham. Before joining The Access Project Adam supported several research projects in Birmingham Law School. He has experience in the higher education and the third sector.

Alisa Zhiteneva

Alisa is one of our Volunteer Coordinators for London.

She previously worked for a charity in Glasgow supporting disadvantaged children engage with education. Alisa studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University after which she worked in cell biology research at the University of Edinburgh.

Beth Pennyfather

Beth is a University Access Officer in London. 

Cheryl Lee

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.

Erica Johnston

Erica is a University Access Officer in London.

She is an alumnus of The Access Project. Before joining the Access Project she worked in a variety of roles, including delivering and facilitating the University of Bristol’s access schemes, helping pre-undergraduates decide which university to attend, and working as a summer camp counsellor. 

She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Bristol.
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.

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.

Mairead Nolan

Mairead is a University Access Officer at St Thomas More Catholic School and a Tuition Quality Assurance Champion. 

Prior to this, she has worked for children’s charities including Give Something Back to Berlin and The Tutor Trust. She has also worked at Randstad as a university support worker and has experience in content writing for student related websites.

Mairead studied English Literature at the University of Leeds.

Michaela Wood

Michaela is one of our  Senior 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.

Olivia Bailey

Olivia is a University Access Officer at George Green’s School.

She has a Sociology degree from the University of Essex, where she worked as an editor for the Department of Sociology’s academic journal, where her work had previously been published. Her degree included 1 year of study at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She has also volunteered as a TA in primary schools, working one to one with students on topics they struggled with.

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.

Sam Johnson
Sam is a University Access Officer in the East Midlands and Senior Events Officer. 
 
Before joining the Access Project, he worked supporting student societies at both Exeter and UWE Students’ Unions, as well as spending a year as a foreign language assistant in the German town of Langerwehe.
 
Sam studied Maths at the University of Exeter.
Sophia Sterling

Sophia is our Student Engagement and Transition Manager

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.

Taija Clarke

Taija is a University Access Officer at Haggerston School and The City Academy, Hackney. She also works as a University Readiness Quality Assurance Champion. 

She previously taught English as a foreign language and ran career guidance workshops whilst volunteering in Tanzania. Taija has also volunteered with various UK based charities, working closely with vulnerable groups; including a role as a mentor at a social mobility charity. Taija graduated in Sociology from Brunel University London. 

Aidan Young
Aidan is a Senior University Access Officer at Ark Globe Academy and City of London Academy Islington. 
 
He previously worked as a teaching assistant in a number of London schools, often supporting children with SEN needs. Aidan has also volunteered as an immigration paralegal in a Law Centre. He holds a degree in Law from the University of Southampton, and a Masters in Migration and Diaspora Studies from 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) as well as the lead volunteer for Girlguiding members aged 18-30 in North East London. She 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.

Callum Ryan
Callum is a Business Partnerships Manager at The Access Project. 
He researches and meets with organisations to create exciting new business partnerships, allowing us to grow our income, so we can reach more young people and improve our impact. 
Callum has over 10 years of Sales and Project Management experience, working specifically in the charity sector for the last 2 years as a partnership manager with The Mix and Children with Cancer UK. 
Callum won a scholarship to study Classical Trumpet playing at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama on their BMus course, having himself been given support from an Access Course and support.
Christian Moulding

Christian is a University Access Officer at Central Foundation Boys’ School and a Quality Assurance Coordinator for tuition.

Prior to joining TAP, he has worked as an SEND Teaching Assistant where he developed an interest in the education sector before he went on to study Ancient History at Durham University.

Fatima Farooq

Fatima is a University Access Officer at The Urswick School and City of London Academy Highbury Grove.

Prior to this Fatima completed the Teach First Leadership Development programme and has worked as a Secondary Science Teacher alongside having experience as a Deputy Pastoral Leader. She holds a First honours degree in Biomedical Science from King’s College London and completed her PGDE (Science) at UCL Institute of Education whilst on the Teach First programme.

Holly Brown

Holly is our Senior Programme Officer, and a Senior University Access Officer working at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys. She also works as a Quality Assurance Champion for Tuition. 

Prior to this she completed a PhD looking at health, gender and the body in contemporary American fiction at Ghent University, Belgium. In 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar with the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles. She developed an interest in improving access to higher education in her previous role working as a Learning Support Assistant at a large London secondary school. 

She also holds an MA in Comparative Literary Studies from Goldsmiths University, and a BA in American Studies from the University of Nottingham.

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.

 

Matthew Abley

Matthew is a University Access Officer at Kensington Aldridge Academy and Hornsey School for Girls.

He previously taught secondary English after completing the Teach First Leadership Development programme, during which time led on a variety of school access, inclusion and enrichment projects for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Matthew holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, and a masters in educational leadership (Teach First) from Warwick University.

Muhsina Jameelah

Muhsina is a Senior University Access Officer at Central Foundation Girls’ School. She has previously delivered the programme at two other London schools.

Before Joining TAP, Muhsina worked as a tutor and has volunteered for various charities working with young people. Muhsina studied Human Genetics at UCL.

Polly Evans
Polly Evans is our Head of Communications & Digital. Her role is to raise the public profile of The Access Project and increase awareness of the work we do.
 
Polly is an award winning journalist who worked for the BBC for two decades as a multi-media news Correspondent and Television Anchor. As a specialist in Social Affairs Polly witnessed first hand how disadvantage can affect social mobility. She has also worked as a TV News Editor responsible for General election coverage and daily news output. 
 
Polly studied English & Theatre at The University of Leeds and went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University.
Ruth Joyce
Ruth is our Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer. 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.
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.

Stephen Hudd
Stephen is the Partnerships Director at The Access Project.  He leads on partnerships so that we can reach more young people, improve our impact and develop new strategic projects.
 
Stephen has specialised for several years in senior interim roles and consultancy in fundraising and related areas.  This has included Director roles at St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow & Brent), Alzheimer’s Research UK , Independent Age and SSAFA.  He was previously Director of Fundraising, Marketing & PR at Coram for six years and then Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications at EllenorLions Hospices for four years.
 
He has a degree in Business Studies (Marketing).
Tiffany Woods-Shepherd

Tiffany is a Programme Manager 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

Alafia Chung

Alafia is one of our Volunteer Coordinators for London. 

She previously worked in the education sector, focussing on inclusion and pastoral care, before joining The Access Project. Alafia holds a BA Hons in History and Politics and an MSc in Development Management. 

Andy Hollings
Andy is a Senior University Access Officer at Moseley 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.
Charlotte Osborne

Charlotte is a University Access Officer in London.

Before joining The Access Project, she was elected as the President of the Students’ Union at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she secured policy change in relation to Widening Participation, Diversity and Inclusion.

Charlotte has a BA in History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Daniel Woodward

Daniel is a University Access Officer at Holte School and Mosely School and Sixth Form in the West Midlands. Prior to joining TAP, Daniel worked in the environmental education sector in Honduras and Malta. He has also worked as an Academic Coach at colleges in the West Midlands, providing tuition and
pastoral support.

He holds a MSci in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

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.

Holly Rowe

Holly is a University Access Officer at University Academy of Engineering and Lister Community School.

Prior to joining our team, Holly has worked in diverse roles including as a foreign language assistant for the British Council and as an Event Coordinator.

Holly holds a degree in Politics and French from the University of Bristol and a Master of Public Policy from King’s College London. She specialised in European integration and has a keen interest in education policy.

Lucy Ball

Lucy is the Programme and Volunteering 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.

Mary Skelton

Mary is our Volunteering Administrator at The Access Project. She has worked and volunteered with numerous charities.

Since returning to the UK from New Zealand, she was working with the Alzheimer’s Society as Side by Side Coordinator where she managed and coordinated the volunteers. Prior to this she also worked in education supporting students with their Career & Progression options.

Naomi Burley-Baker

Naomi is Head of London Programmes and Central Provision. She is responsible for school relationships and high quality programme delivery across all our London Schools. She is also responsible for all the Centrally Delivered Provision across all regions, including our Societies Programme and University trips.

She has previously worked on the Mayor of London’s School Programme as well as in Social Housing. 

Naomi has a degree in Geography from University of Liverpool.

 

 
 
Rachel Holmes

Rachel is the Programme Manager for the East Midlands. Prior to this, Rachel was a Senior University Access Officer for Holte School in the West Midlands.

Rachel’s former career was as an English teacher 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.

Reanne Sutton

Reanne is a University Access Officer at Oasis Academy Hadley and Oasis Academy Enfield. 

In her previous role Reanne worked as a Project Assistant at the adult education charity Workers Educational Association. She also has experience in leading workshops for undergraduate students on project design and delivery as well as teaching students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Reanne received a first in Philosophy from UCL with a final year Political Science focus on educational inequalities. 

Sarah Hayter
Sarah is the Finance Director. 
 
She trained as a science teacher on the Teach First programme before subsequently re-qualifying as a chartered accountant with accountancy firm BDO. She then went on to work for the social work charity Frontline, initially leading the finance function and more recently returning to the organisation in a compliance role. 
 
Sarah holds a BA in Natural Sciences. 
Stuart Sheldon

Stuart is the Operations Director and is responsible for high quality delivery across all operational areas.  

Stuart’s most recent roles have been senior positions within the higher education sector, including serving as Operations Director at Kaplan and National Head of Assessments at The University of Law.

Stuart holds a BA in Leadership & Management from the Open University and was the Open University Business School Leadership & Management Student of the Year in 2018. 

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.

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