Anna is Chief Executive Officer at The Access Project.
With a deep passion for and commitment to improving social mobility and reducing barriers for young people to access quality education, Anna has spent many years living and working overseas and in global roles in education and leadership with the British Council before joining Education Development Trust as an executive director.
Anna is also a trustee in a global education charity and volunteers with a local community group. Anna earned a degree in Politics and International Relations at University of Southampton, and a master’s degree from Aston University.
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.
Emily is Programme Director at The Access Project. Previously she worked on setting up National Citizenship Service programmes for Twin Group and The Challenge. She has a degree in English Literature and Politics from the University of Liverpool.
Suzanne is the Volunteering Director at The Access Project.
Grace holds a BA in History of Art from Bristol University and an MA in Education, Policy and Society from King’s College London.
Mel is our Finance Director and is responsible for the financial stewardship of The Access Project.
She is a chartered accountant with over 15 years of experience in the charity sector.
Mel has held senior finance roles at various charities, including The Royal Hospital Chelsea and The Adolescent and Children’s Trust.
Mel holds a BA in Accounting and Finance.
Joe Waterton (he/him) is our Director of Fundraising and Communications. He has over 20 years of fundraising experience, leading teams to raise money from a wide range of sources. He cut his fundraising teeth at Macmillan Cancer Support and was most recently the Fundraising Director for LGBTQ+ charity, Stonewall. Joe started at The Access Project in the summer of 2022 and is passionate about the impact the charity has on young people’s lives. Joe holds a BA in English from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from City, University of London.
Connor is interim Strategy & Impact Director at The Access Project.
With experience as a Manager at Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, Connor has advised organisations on areas including growth, transformation, technology and people.
Previously, Connor held consulting and product roles within Willis Towers Watson, and has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, where he also led various access initiatives.
He trained as an accountant before moving into the project management of financial systems changes within services organisations. He has implemented systems for lawyers, accountants, actuaries, consultants and a shipping company. He is Finance Director of London’s first community-owned pub and was a primary school governor.
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.
Impact and strategy team
Sophia is Head of Programme Development at 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.
Tom is the Senior Data and Insight Coordinator at The Access Project.
Before joining The Access Project, Tom did a PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. During his time as a graduate student he was involved in a number of mentoring programmes, and took part in a campaign with the United Steelworkers to unionise graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds an MA in language and cognition from King’s College London, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Warwick.
Tom is Head of Programme Quality at The Access Project.
Tom has an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Manchester, and comes to us from IntoUniversity where he led the team at their centre in Bow, East London.
Beth is a Senior Attainment Coordinator at The Access Project.
She is a CharityWorks fellow, having completed a placement at an education and training charity in London.
Beth has a BA in Politics and International Relations and a master’s degree in Politics and Contemporary History, both from the University of Nottingham.
Adam is our Impact Manager. He previously worked as a PhD Tutor at The Brilliant Club and Programme Officer at UCL AnthroSchools.
Adam completed his undergraduate degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge before doing his Master’s and PhD in Anthropology at UCL, examining the local social impacts of tiger conservation in central India.
Chloe is the Senior Attainment Coordinator at The Access Project.
Chloe read English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, where she was involved with various university outreach initiatives. She then taught English as a foreign language in Madrid, Spain, while working on the StudyStream platform at Knowledge Collective.
Chloe went on to study for a Master’s in Education Policy and Analysis at Harvard University as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow.
Natasha is the Head of CRM Systems, responsible for developing and maintaining The Access Project systems.
Natasha has previously worked within Sales Operations in the private sector, predominantly developing Salesforce orgs. She holds the Salesforce Administrator certification, alongside a Level 3 CMI approved Leadership and Management apprenticeship.
Natasha also holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Birmingham.
Emily is the Senior Operations Co-ordinator at The Access Project. She helps keep things running smoothly behind the scenes, helping out with recruitment, staff on-boarding, off-boarding and general operations.
She has a Degree in Business Management from the University of Surrey and is currently setting up her own fashion company! Emily was awarded the Overall Contribution to the Business School on Graduation Day, and did the first ever Graduate speech at University of Surrey.
Claire is Senior Salesforce Coordinator at The Access Project.
She has previously worked in Administration roles across various sectors, including in the NHS and closely with the MoD, Police, SAR and Fire Services. She is currently pursuing her Salesforce Admin Certification, with hopes to earn the Advanced Admin and Developer Certifications in the future.
Jennifer is the Policy and Safeguarding Manager/ Child Protection Officer.
She previously taught English as a foreign language in Vietnam, and was a manager in a centre of a tuition company. She is also a Volunteer Childline Counsellor. Jennifer has a degree in History from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Derby.
Caroline is the Head of Safeguarding and Compliance (Maternity Cover) and has worked with young people in a variety of contexts, including an Alternative Provision school and National Citizen Service.
She has a BA in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and a MA in Cultural Policy and Management from City University London. She is currently studying Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
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.
Fundraising and communications team
Therri is the Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at the Access Project. She is passionate about creating mutually beneficial partnerships between charities and businesses.
Prior to joining the fundraising team, Therri worked at the education charity, Young Citizens, for seven years. Here she was responsible for developing and delivering their corporate partnerships strategy.
Therri has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol.
Abi has a MSc in Gender and Sexuality Studies from LSE, and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge. At university, Abi developed a strong passion for social justice and took part in a mentoring programme for offer-holding students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Alison is the Corporate Partnerships Manager. She develops and maintains partnerships with companies to secure income for the organisation, and engages corporate staff to support young people through volunteering.
Prior to joining the Partnerships team, Alison has had a variety of experience in frontline retail sales roles and most recently was a key member of the buying team for the charity PDSA, during which she gained experience of building effective internal and external relationships in order to drive the income of the bought-in new goods range.
Alison has a BA in History with History of Art & Design from the University of Wolverhampton.
Oliver is our Digital Communications Officer. He assists the fundraising and communications team with content creation, copywriting, and operating digital channels.
Oliver has a keen interest in music journalism. He is enthusiastic about liberation and advocacy campaigning, previously working in communications at a students’ union and as LGBT+ reporter at his local newspaper.
Melanie is our Communications Manager. Melanie has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, spending most of this time working for charities supporting children and young people, including Girlguiding and Coram Voice. Melanie’s background is in communications and marketing, and she’s never happier than when writing copy and telling stories!
Melanie has a BA in English from Southampton University and enjoys creative writing, performing and singing in her spare time.
Claire is Senior University Partnerships Manager at The Access Project.
She was previously a teacher and Head of Languages at schools in London and Manchester. Prior to this she worked as an International Officer at various universities, including SOAS and University College London.
Claire has a degree in Modern Languages (Chinese and French) from Newcastle University.
Amy is a Senior University Access Officer at The Access Project.
Amy has a BA in Politics with International Relations from the University of York, and recently completed an MA in Applied Human Rights.
She previously volunteered as a Mentor at Refugee Action York, supporting her mentee through the University application process. In past jobs, she has led volunteers to deliver human rights workshops in schools and has worked on a project at the University of York on access to university and scholarships for people seeking asylum.
Amy has also worked with organisations such as the York Human Rights City Network and the York Poverty Truth Commission as a researcher.
Farena is a Senior University Access Officer based in West Yorkshire.
Farena completed her Combined Honours degree in Archaeology and Sociology from the University of Liverpool. After that she was awarded a museum traineeship at Bradford Museums and Galleries. As part of her traineeship, Farena completed her Masters in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester.
She continued her career in museums as an Education Assistant at Harrogate Museums and Arts. After a career break, Farena retrained as a primary school teacher and has worked in various Bradford schools. In her spare time Farena enjoys writing and illustrating children’s books.
Rachel is the Deputy Programme Director at The Access Project. Prior to this, Rachel was Senior Programme Manager (non-London).
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.
Chloe is the Senior Programme Officer for University Events and Online Tuition .
Before joining The Access Project, Chloe went to Cardiff University to study Sociology at Undergraduate degree for 3 years, then moved to London to study Social Research at Masters level where she wrote her research dissertation on the changing educational landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this impacted young people from different socio-economic backgrounds. She used to be an assistant manager of a tuition centre in East London, and before this was an English and Maths tutor.
Lucy Davies is a London Programme Manager for The Access Project.
Lucy is an experienced tutor and mentor and has worked with and for young people through various charities and NGOs worldwide. Access and inclusion have always been at the centre of their work, whether conducting interviews on education policy, advocating for the social impact of the arts, or researching experiences of embodiment for LGBTQIA+ dancers.
Lucy holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Theology from the University of Oxford, and a masters in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London.
Ellie is the University Access Officer at Bishop Douglass and Hornsey School for Girls.
She has a degree in Sociology and History from the University of Liverpool. She has moved to this job from Liverpool after working for a charity that supported women back into job search and employment for 3 years.
Suha is a University Access Officer based in London.
She graduated from University of Bath in International Development with Economics, a course that grew her passion for reducing inequality.
During her studies she took part in various youth work roles such as Team Leader for NCS and leading Skill Booster Sessions for college students with Learn by Design. She also worked as an Assistant Camp Leader for the HAF program, which is geared toward providing children on Free School Meals with hot meals and activities with aims of keeping them active and learning during school holidays.
Klara is a University Access Officer at The Access Project .
Her previous roles have included working as a Teaching Assistant in Media Studies supporting Sixth Form students.
She has a degree in Film and Theatre from The University of Bristol.
Will is a North Programme Manager at The Access Project.
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.
Victoria is a Senior University Access Officer based in London.
Before joining The Access Project Victoria worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Germany. She holds a DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a MSci in Chemistry with Molecular Physics from Imperial College London.
Safia is a Senior University Access Officer based in the West Midlands.
Before joining The Access Project, Safia worked in the pastoral department of a Sixth Form College, supporting a caseload of 150 students to achieve their goals by holding meetings, assisting with UCAS applications, and delivering tutorials centered around personal development. Prior to this, Safia’s previous roles include volunteering as a sex education workshop facilitator for Sexpression and as a mental health worker in India.
Safia holds a BSc in Psychology in Education from the University of York.
Fahima currently works as a University Access Officer at Ark Globe Academy and City of London Academy Islington.
Fahima graduated from SOAS with a BA in Politics and she has worked at a tuition centre for the past four years teaching English.
As a former student of The Access Project, Fahima recognises the value of programmes like this in helping students who have fewer opportunities to access higher education. Working at The Access Project she can help students like herself get into university with confidence.
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Clare is a University Access Officer in the East Midlands.
She has worked as a teacher and translator in France, Ecuador, Spain, Indonesia, Finland and the UK. She is also a trained Mindfulness Instructor. Recently she has volunteered at Nottingham Refugee Forum. Clare holds a degree in French and International Relations from the University of Reading.
Anna is a University Access Officer based in London.
Before joining The Access Project Anna, worked as a secondary school English teacher. She has a degree in English and History of Art from the University of York and a PGCE and Masters in Education from the University of Cambridge.
Rubinder is our Head of Online Tuition at The Access Project.
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.
Susanna is a University Access Officer based at Shirebrook Academy.
Before joining The Access Project, Susanna achieved a BA in British Sign Language and Educational Linguistics at York St. John University. She is currently continuing her studies, undertaking a part-time Masters of Research in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests cover language and policy, specifically within the context of British Sign Language as a linguistic minority.
Her previous roles include youth work and acting as a teaching assistant on supply. She also has experience working in the charity sector and volunteers on multiple university committees. In her spare time, Susanna enjoys knitting and collecting vintage novels.
Siobhan is a Senior University Access Officer.
Prior to joining The Access Project, Siobhan worked in various roles in the Charity and Higher Education sectors including for the British Heart Foundation and the University of Warwick. She is committed to supporting widening participation and reducing social inequality and has volunteered for a Youth Charity that provides holistic support to disadvantaged teenagers.
She holds a First-Class degree in English Literature.
Previously Dan worked as Education Operations Manager for Business in the Community before working as a History and Government and Politics teacher. He taught for 7 years at Drapers’ Academy in Havering before spending 4 years as a Houseparent in a state boarding school in Surrey.
Dan has an Undergraduate degree in Archaeology and a Postgraduate degree in Heritage Education and Interpretation from the University of Newcastle.
Eva is the University Access Officer for Highbury Grove Academy and Urswick School.
Eva has a degree in Sociology and Politics from the University of Glasgow. She went on to be the Student Support Officer for Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council, leading on accessibility within learning and support for widening participation students. Elsewhere, Eva lived abroad working with refugees and undocumented people whilst also tutoring English as a second language. Alongside her work she has volunteered with Forest School and the Refugee Community Kitchen in London.
Marcella is a Senior University Access Officer and Mental Health First Aider based in London.
She holds a BA in Politics and East European Studies from UCL, and recently completed an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at the Institute of Education. Before joining The Access Project, Marcella worked as a youth mentor and programme administrator for NCS. She also spent a year working as a content writer and user researcher for a startup, developing a women’s safety app. She volunteers as a mentor for LGBTQ+ youth in London.
Holly is the University Access Officer at George Green’s School in London.
She is an English graduate from the University of Cambridge. During her time at university, Holly was a member of her college Access Committee and worked to encourage a broader range of students to apply to Cambridge, and to break down barriers faced by students within the university itself. She has also previously volunteered as a tutor and as a mentor for vulnerable young people.
Gareth is a University Access Officer at The Access Project.
He has taught in a range of settings, including English and drama at secondary school, and literacy and ESOL within adult education.
He holds a master’s degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Leeds. His fiction and poetry have been published widely in the UK and the US.
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.
Penelope is Senior Programme Manager and Strategic Projects at The Access Project.
Before joining The Access Project, Freya worked as a Strategic Insight Officer at the British Red Cross, researching across a range of issues including health inequalities and refugee rights. She has experience working with young people in a variety of contexts, from providing volunteer casework to unaccompanied refugees at Young Roots, to offering creative writing mentoring for children through the Ministry of Stories.
Freya now works as Senior Programme Officer at The Access Project. Freya holds a BA in History from Durham University and is currently studying for an MA in Education, Policy and Society at King’s College London.
Ciarán works as a University Access Officer based in South London. Before joining The Access Project they worked at the University of Exeter in the Multifaith Chaplaincy, where they supported student wellbeing with an emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. He also volunteered for a UK student charity, where he stood as the BAME representative on the General Council.
Ciarán is a graduate from the University of Exeter, holding a Theology and Religion BA.
Georgie is a Senior University Access Officer for The Access Project.
Pip is a University Access Officer based in London.
Her experience includes working as an NCS facilitator and as a social media coordinator. She has held multiple volunteer roles, including work as a Greenpeace speaker to provide solution-based action on the climate crisis to young people across the UK.
Pip holds a degree in English from the University of Exeter.
Michaela is the Volunteering Experience Manager at The Access Project.
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.
Annika is a Volunteer Experience Coordinator.
She previously taught literature & languages in secondary schools in England and Germany and was involved in teacher training projects at the University of Bamberg and the Goethe Institute Paris.
Volunteering has offered Annika many enriching experiences: after completing a European voluntary service programme in Hungary, she trained volunteers for an intercultural youth charity and worked with refugees in language learning projects for several years.
Annika holds a degree in German, French and Education from the University of Bamberg and a PGCE from University College London.
Harry is the Head of Volunteer Recruitment at The Access Project. He leads on recruiting volunteers, so we can continue to provide young people with our highly impactful tutoring.
Prior to joining The Access Project, Harry spent a number of years working within the charity sector in roles focused on volunteer management, international volunteering and community development. He has joined us from Student Hubs, where he developed an approach to embedding volunteering within different academic courses at Kingston University. He has specialised in widening participation and reducing barriers to engagement for volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Harry has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Greenwich, and started his career as an elected officer with Greenwich Union of Students.
Jessica is the Head of Volunteer Recruitment (Paternity Cover) at The Access Project. She leads on recruiting volunteers, so we can continue to provide young people with our highly impactful tutoring.
Prior to joining The Access Project, Jessica has worked across the private and not-for-profit sectors in various roles including partnership manager, regional outreach lead and community engagement.
Most recently, Jessica supported the widening participation of young people to access careers in tech and data. She worked closely with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, inclusive of those on free school meals and care leavers.
Jessica has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Nottingham.
Mary is the Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator 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.
Sarah is our Volunteering Experience Coordinator at The Access Project. She previously worked as an employment screening coordinator and is excited to bring her skills into the charity sector.
Sarah holds a BA in The History of Art from the University of Sussex.