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

Alice Dee

Alice is the University Access Officer at King Solomon Academy.

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.

Ben Allcock

Ben works with grant making trusts to secure the funding which The Access Project needs to help young people secure 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.

Dan Bell

Dan manages our communications work.

Dan spent ten years working for national news outlets including the Guardian, the BBC and ITN, before joining the charity sector where he has specialised in online campaigns and community engagement projects. He has a degree in Anthropology from University College London and a Masters in journalism from New York University.

Fabrice Yala

Fabrice is a Senior University Access Officer at Wood Green Academy and Moseley School and Sixth Form in the West Midlands.

Prior to this, Fabrice was a Youth Development Worker for an education charity working in four schools across East London and Essex. Fabrice holds a Sociology degree from the University of Manchester.

Isabel Feeney

Isabel is a University Access Officer Waverley School and Holte Secondary School 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.

Lily Rice

Lily is a University Access Officer delivering the programme at both St Thomas More School in Wood Green and Oasis Academy Enfield.

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.

Molly Winter

Molly is a University Access Officer at Shirebrook Academy and is the Midlands University Events Officer.

She has previously worked in the healthcare communications industry doing medical education, corporate communications and public relations, and has also worked as a private tutor.

She has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford.

Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon works as the 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.

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.

Sophia Sterling

Sophia is a University Access Officer at Ark Globe Academy and George Green’s School.

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.

Amy Stebbings

Amy is a University Access Officer at The City Academy Hackney and Morpeth School.

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.

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.

Ed McDonagh

Ed is a Senior University Access Officer and the Senior Communications Coordinator at The Access Project.

Ed came to The Access Project from the Department for Education having previously been a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau. He has a degree in History from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Public Policy from King’s College.

Fiona Hathaway

Fiona is a University Access Officer at Lister Community School.

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.

Jake Farrell

Jake manages 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.

Lucy Ball

Lucy 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 as London Programme Manager.

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.

Naomi Burley-Baker

Naomi manages the programme across half of our London schools. Prior to this role she worked as a University Access Officer and Communications Officer at The Access Project. Her previous roles have also 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.

Rubinder Sanga

Rubinder is 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.

Simon Johnson

Simon joined the Executive Team in May 2018 as the Finance and Operations Director.

Simon has a degree in Business Studies from Bournemouth University and is a CIMA and Prince 2 qualified Business Director with over 20 years commercial industry experience. Simon is also currently qualifying to become an eMentor for The Prince’s Trust.

Suzanne Janes

Suzanne is the Volunteer Manager 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.

Andrew Berwick

Andrew works with Trustees and the Executive team to support The Access Project to fulfil its strategic goals.

Andrew has worked at The Access Project since May 2012. Prior to joining he worked as a secondary school teacher in a disadvantaged part of London, and as a strategy consultant at PwC. Andrew’s education took him from school in Elephant and Castle to The University of Cambridge. He is proud to support other young people to make a similar journey.

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 University Access Officer at Central Foundation Girls’ School.

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.

Francesca Slusarczyk

Francesca is a Senior University Access Officer at Hornsey School for Girls in Haringey and Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield. She previously taught English at Université Lyon 3, France. She has a degree in French and English from The University of Leeds.

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.

Lynne Brown

Lynne is part of the Operations Team, 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.

Natasha Massie

Natasha manages the delivery of the programme in schools across the East and West Midlands. Her previous roles have included managing participation programme for dance companies. She has a BA(Hons) Professional Practise from Middlesex University and an MSc Dance Science and Education from University of Edinburgh.

Sally Dobson

Sally leads our Volunteering and Communications teams.

Her previous roles have included time at a global communications and public relations firm, a think tank and working in politics including in Downing Street.

She has a degree in Political Studies from Leeds University.

Siobhan Randell

Siobhan leads on the design and development of our in-school university readiness programme and the quality assurance of our mentoring work.

She joined The Access Project in 2014 as a University Access Officer delivering our programme in 2 London schools. Prior to this she worked at a Nottinghamshire secondary school and for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Siobhan has a degree in European Politics from the University of Nottingham.

Tamara Baleanu

Tamara leads our Impact team, making sure The Access Project programme is well designed, well evidenced and continuously improved.

Her previous experience is a blend of social research and design and delivery of youth interventions in Britain and internationally.

Tamara has a degree in Sociology from the University of Bucharest and a Master’s in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

Anselm Klint

Anselm is a University Access Officer at Kensington Aldridge Academy and Clapton Girls’ Academy.

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.

Cheryl Eaton

Cheryl is the Senior Operations Co-ordinator & 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.

Ellie Baird

Ellie is the Senior University Events Officer 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.

Georgina Pope

Georgina leads on partnerships and fundraising at The Access Project. She 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.

Jenny Paisley

Jenny is the Alumni and Student Participation officer at The Access Project and is a Senior University Access Officer at Lilian Baylis Technology School.

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.

Matthew Harriott

Matt runs The Key Project at Central Foundation Boys’ School.

He has previously worked to bolster political participation, build power as a community organiser, and in community development through local grant funding.

He holds a degree in Politics and Economics from The University of Manchester.

Rachel Sturgis

Rachel is the 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.

Sam Baker

Sam is a University Access Officer at West Nottinghamshire College and Ashfield 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.

Sophia Ireland

Sophia is Head of Midlands, looking after partnerships and volunteer management.

Her previous roles include leading on youth participation and global citizenship education at international NGOs including Oxfam and Plan UK.

She has a degree in Community Theatre from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and a Masters in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmith College.

Tiffany Woods-Shepherd

Tiffany is a Senior University Access Officer at St George’s RC School and Chelsea Academy.

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