Our team

Executive team

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.

Suzanne Janes

Suzanne is the Volunteering Director 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.
Emily Price Programme Director at The Access Project
Emily Price

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.

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. 

Finance team

Colin Buck
Colin is our Finance Manager.
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.
Colin is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).
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.

Impact and strategy team

Alisa Zhiteneva

Alisa is our Data & Insights Coordinator (0.6) and a Volunteer Experience Coordinator (0.4). 

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.

Sophia Sterling

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.

Holly Brown

Holly is our Impact Manager, University Readiness. 

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.

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Tom Georgiou

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.

Lauren Amery

Lauren is our Insight & Evaluation Manager.

Prior to joining The Access Project, Lauren managed impact evaluations for a range of organisations, producing insights to help inform local and regional decision-making.

She has an MA in Social Research from University of Birmingham. 

Matthew Abley

Matthew is a Senior Attainment Coordinator.

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.

Operations team

Cheryl Lee

Cheryl is our Operations Manager & Deputy Child Protection 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.

Riaz Hathiari

Riaz is our Systems Manager.

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

Emily Jeffreys

Emily is the 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.

 

Sarah Berry
Sarah is the Head of People at The Access Project and is working with the team to design, develop and implement our people strategy.
 
Sarah originally studied for a BA Honours in Classics at the University of Swansea and moved into HR with a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of the West of England. Sarah’s wide ranging experience has been built up from working in generalist HR Management roles at customer service organisations and professional services.
 
Sarah has a young family and volunteers as a primary school governor, CIPD Steps Ahead mentor and is a Tutor with us.
Jennifer Guerin

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.

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.

Partnerships and communications team

Alice Reilly

Alice is the Head of University Partnerships at The Access Project. She leads on developing and sustaining our partnerships with universities so we can reach more young people.

Before joining The Access Project, Alice has worked in a range of roles across the education sector. Most recently at UCL where she developed programmes to raise attainment of Pre 16 pupils underrepresented in higher education. Prior to UCL Alice spent 4 years working at Teach First, recruiting students and graduates for the teacher training programme and training Careers Leaders in schools.

Alice studied a Psychology degree at Newcastle University.

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Ruth Joyce
Ruth is our Trusts & Foundations Manager. 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.
Alison Perry, The Access Project
Alison Perry

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.

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Sam Gough

Sam Gough is the Head of Communications at The Access Project. He leads on communicating the work that the charity does to audiences through a multitude of channels.

Sam has over a decade of experience working in communications – including working in universities, local authorities, and also four years working for an NGO based in Lebanon that worked with war-wounded Syrian refugee children.
Sam studied English Literature at the University of Manchester.
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Emma Larking

Emma is Partnerships Manager at The Access Project.

Emma’s previous roles have included project and bid management in an international development
company, focusing on the health sector.

Emma has a degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying from the University of
Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Natasha Dubash

Natasha is the Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Access Project. She leads on the new business and the account management of our corporate partners.

Natasha has worked in fundraising for the past 8 years. She has worked across many different income streams including corporate, community, events and trusts and foundations whilst concentrating on corporate fundraising for the last three years.

Natasha has experience working with corporate partners focusing on both account management and new business partnerships in many different sectors such as retail, pharmaceutical companies, construction and finance. She has a BSc in Sociology from the University of Surrey and a Diploma in Fundraising (SQCF Level 8) from The Foundation for Social Improvement.

Programme team

Adam Joseph-Kerr

Adam is a Senior University Access Officer and UAO Lead Diversity & 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.

Amy Darch

Amy is a 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.

Charlotte Husjnak, The Access Project
Charlotte Husnjak
Charlotte is Senior University Access Officer & Events Lead based in London.
 
Before joining The Access Project, Charlotte mentored students across the UK with multiple access charities. She has also worked alongside the University of Cambridge, creating and running various widening participation programmes. Charlotte has hosted university access events for students in England and Wales, and has delivered workshops to international students in China, South Korea and Japan.
 
A previous Free School Meal student, Charlotte holds both a BA and Masters in Education from the University of Cambridge.
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Farena Farooqi

Farena is a University Access Office based at Dixons Cottingley Academy 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.

Megan Scanlon
Megan is the Online Tuition Coordinator and 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.
Rachel Holmes

Rachel is the  Senior Programme Manager (non-London) at The Access Project.​ Prior to this, Rachel was Programme Manager East Midlands & Quality Assurance Coordinator (QAC – University Readiness).​

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.

Sam Johnson
Sam is a Senior 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.
Victoria, University Access Officer
Victoria Walpole

Victoria is a University Access Officer based at Carshalton High School for Girls and The Norwood School 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.

Adam Runacres

Adam is a University Access Officer & Quality Assurance Champion – (Tuition), London at Bishop Douglass School and Hornsey School for Girls. 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. 

Anna Bullard

Anna is a University Access Officer at St Thomas More School in London. 

Prior to this, she has worked as a Teaching Assistant and Academic Mentor in Tower Hamlets.

She has performed and led workshops in educational institutions throughout East Asia and Europe and continues to participate in arts access work as part of the Old Vic’s Education and Community Advice Board.

Anna studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

University Access Officer at The Access Project
Dan Mace

Dan is the University Access Officer at Chelsea Academy.

Dan is a Biomedical Science graduate from the University of Sheffield. Prior to this role, Dan worked for HeppSY (part of the Uni Connect Programme), planning and delivering large scale higher education outreach programmes to students. He has worked with schools, colleges and universities to coordinate events and specifically worked as a project lead on ‘Amplify’; a programme for Black year 9 students across the Sheffield City Region.

 

Georgie Parry, The Access Project
Georgie Parry

Georgie is the University Access Officer for Kensington Aldridge Academy and South Bank University Academy

Her previous roles include teaching English as a second language in Hong Kong and working for an awarding organisation in the North West of England. Georgie holds a degree in Art History and Visual Culture and Drama from the University of Exeter
Mike Britland

Mike is a University Access Officer in the East Midlands.

Mike previously worked as a Student Life Manager at the University of York, supporting new students to transition to independent study. Prior to this, he worked in public policy for the House of Commons.

Mike studied Law at the University of Warwick.

Rebecca Foster
Rebecca is University Access Officer and Events Lead in the West Midlands.
 
 
Before joining The Access Project, Rebecca worked in various roles across the voluntary sector, including as a caseworker for survivors of human trafficking and refugees, and as a sex education workshop facilitator.
 
 
Rebecca studied Psychology at the University of Sheffield.
Sara Papamichael

Sara is our Deputy Director of Programme and Impact. 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.

Will Ainsworth

Will is a Senior Programme Officer 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.

Aidan Young
Aidan is a Senior University Access Officer.
 
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.
Andy Hollings
Andy is a Programme Manager in London.
 
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.
Eleanor Myers
Eleanor is a Senior University Access Officer in London.
 
Her previous roles include mentoring with NCS, as well as working with LSE’s Widening Participation programme and as a volunteer in International Development. She holds a degree in Social Anthropology from LSE.
Holly Rowe

Holly is our London Programme Manager

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.

Olivia Bailey

Olivia is a Programme Manager in London.

Previously, she was a Senior University Access Officer at George Green’s School for 2 years. Olivia studied a BA in Media, Culture and Society with 1 year studying abroad in the Czech Republic.

Rubinder Sanga

Rubinder is our Online Tuition Manager and Tuition Quality Assurance Coordinator.

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.

Sobia Hussain The Access Project UAO
Sobia Hussain

Sobia is a University Access Officer in West Yorkshire.

Sobia previously worked as a Primary School teacher. She completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education in Leeds.

Sobia is passionate about charity work, and has volunteered to support homelessness organisations, soup kitchens, sports classes, and youth work with under-represented communities.

Amelia Schofield

Amelia is a University Access Officer at Kensington Aldridge Academy and University Academy of Engineering Southbank.

Prior to joining our team, Amelia worked for a public services campaign group, and as an English language assistant at two French secondary schools.  Amelia holds a degree in History from the University of Cambridge and has an MA in Global History from Freie Universität Berlin.

Beth Pennyfather

Beth is a Senior University Access Officer in London.

Ellie Edwards

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.

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Joanne Reed

Joanne is the University Access Officer at George Green’s School. She is a History and Politics graduate from the University of York. Following her degree, Joanne went on to complete a Masters in Contemporary History and International Politics, also at the University of York.

Joanne has worked as an Oracy Trainer and Mentor with young people, facilitating workshops in schools. She has also worked as an English, History and Politics tutor through MyTutor and has experience of working with schools, students and parents through this role.

Penelope Webb

Penelope is a Senior University Access Officer at The Access Project.

Before joining TAP she was a teacher working in a variety of schools across Birmingham, many in challenging circumstances acting as a strong advocate for the students and their families. She has an undergraduate degree in music from The University of York and a postgraduate qualification from University of Reading.
Ruby Tapper

Ruby is the University Access Officer at King Solomon Academy.

She is a Philosophy graduate from the University of Manchester. Ruby was a member of the equality, diversity and inclusion committee while at university and led a student campaign to decolonise and diversify the University of Manchester philosophy department. She also worked as a maths tutor for the tutor trust.

Tom Breed

Tom is a Senior University Access Officer at The Access Project based at Central Foundation Boys’ School in London.

Before joining The Access Project, Tom did a PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. During his time as a graduate student he served as a teaching assistant and course leader for a number of courses, was involved in mentoring programmes, and took part in a campaign with the United Steelworkers to unionise graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tom also holds an MA in Language and Cognition at King’s College London, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Warwick.

Volunteering team

Abbey Cameron

Abbey is the Senior Volunteer Experience Coordinator 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.

Isla Harrison, The Access Project
Isla Harrison

Isla is a Volunteer Experience Coordinator (maternity cover) at The Access Project. 

Her career focus has so far been in education and working with children. She has previously worked abroad teaching English, and has experience working with charities to improve child development. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of York and an MSc in International Development from the University of Manchester.

Alafia Chung

Alafia is a Volunteer Experience Coordinator at The Access Project. 

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. 

Mary Skelton

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.

Becky Booty, The Access Project
Becky Booty

Becky is a maternity cover for the Volunteer Experience Coordinator position at The Access Project. 

She has previous experience in the charity sector and has spent the last two years working as the Programme Director at the World Scout Centre in Switzerland. She holds a degree in Education Studies from Anglia Ruskin University.

Michaela Wood

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.

Harry Hodges, The Access Project
Harry Hodges

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.

Sarah Stephenson

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.