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Founder and Chief Executive
Founder, Sarah Waite, began her career teaching maths, seeing first-hand the difference that gaining GCSE maths and English can have on the opportunities that are available to young people. Sarah has also worked as a Political Advisor to the Shadow Education Secretary and as Head of Policy at the Social Mobility Commission – where she started developing the idea for Get Further, recognising that improving levels of basic skills is a key social mobility challenge for our country.
In 2018, Get Further won the Teach First Innovation Award – a nationwide competition to find the next big ideas to tackle education inequality. Sarah is a Shackleton Leader and was shortlisted for the inaugural Virago/New Statesman Women’s Prize for Politics and Economics. She has a first class degree in mathematics and was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Education.
Director of Operations
Aisha joined Get Further in January 2021 as Director of Operations. Prior to this, Aisha worked as a Venture Partner at Ark, helping Ark’s ventures start, grow and scale. There she helped launch Now Teach, grow English Mastery and develop Ark Ventures. Aisha’s experience spans consulting, startups, education and the public sector. She has worked in strategy, operations, product development, business planning and change management and has taken ideas from conception to delivery and growth. Aisha has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Rebecca joined Get Further in September 2020 as the organisation’s Programme Manager. She has worked in education management for over 5 years and has since developed a strong passion for exploring the value and impact of educational programmes within society. Rebecca began her career as a Centre Director, where she managed a number of tuition centres across the UK. Following this, she became a Programme Manager for an international educational charity, where she led a team of Programme Coordinators and developed and implemented unique programmes to engage young people in learning about social issues within society.
Programme Coordinator – London
Becca first joined Get Further as an intern in the summer of 2019 while undertaking a degree in Anthropology at UCL. During this period she consolidated her interest in education and inequality, which she developed during the remainder of her studies while working alongside her university’s Widening Participation team. After submitting her dissertation on the ethics of social responsibility and graduating with First Class Honours, Becca re-joined the Get Further team in August of 2020.
Programme Coordinator – London
Amelia joined Get Further in 2020. Prior to this, she spent a year working in Executive Search and studied for an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at UCL – where she focused on apprenticeships in the Opportunity Area of Blackpool. Having also volunteered with education initiatives, Amelia is particularly interested in social mobility and regional inequality in the UK.
Programme Coordinator – Yorkshire
Ella joined Get Further in September 2020 as Programme Coordinator for West Yorkshire. She has a first class degree in History and Spanish from Newcastle University and was awarded the Joan Taylor Prize for her work in modern history. Committed to breaking down educational barriers to promote social mobility, she has previously been involved in a student led-organisation which provided free English tuition to the refugee community of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Programme Coordinator – London
Letty joined Get Further in November 2020, having recently graduated with a first-class degree in History from the University of Oxford. Academically, Letty specialised in how childhood and adolescence was experienced in 15th century Italy. Professionally, Letty is committed to improving the experiences of children and young people living in 21st century Britain. She is particularly interested in how educational inequality affects social mobility. Alongside her studies, Letty has volunteered with educational initiatives both within and outside of formal classroom settings.
Natasha is the founder and Chief Executive of Unlocked Graduates – a charity that attracts high-calibre graduate talent to work in the UK prison service. Before this, Natasha was a founding teacher and Senior Leader at King Solomon Academy, leading the English department and then the upper school from pre-opening stage until their first GCSE results which were some of the best in the country. She has extensive experience in educational policy development, both at think tank Policy Exchange where she published research into post-16 English and maths, and the Department for Education. Natasha continues to be involved in setting up new schools, and is a founding governor of One Degree Academy.
Professor Martin Doel CBE
FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, Institute of Education (UCL)
Martin was appointed as the first FETL (Further Education Trust for Leadership) Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills at the Institute of Education in April 2016, after having previously been the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC). Prior to this, Martin served for 28 years in the Royal Air Force where his final appointment was as Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK.
In April 2019, Martin was appointed Interim Chair of West Kent and Ashford College. He is also a Trustee of the Royal London Society for the Blind and of The Challenge, a social integration charity delivering the National Citizen Service. He is the independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Institute for Technical and Further Education and is Governor of Cambridge Regional College. In what little spare time he has left, he is a Life-Vice President of the RAF Football Association and a qualified FA Coach.
Martin was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations, and CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for his contribution to education.
Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Jack is a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm. He advises large corporations on business strategy, with a particular focus on the transformation of large industrial companies. During his time at BCG Jack has worked for clients across Europe, the USA, China, and Australia. Prior to this, Jack was a maths teacher at a secondary school in Kent, completing the Teach First programme. Jack has a degree in Economics & Management from Oxford University.
Maths Curriculum Adviser, United Learning
Naveen is a maths curriculum advisor at United Learning. She began her career teaching maths in South Manchester, completing the Teach First programme. Since then, she has taught maths at transformative schools around the country, including the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy in Norfolk, all the while developing her understanding of maths curriculum design. She consistently applies insights from cognitive science into her teaching practice and has an uncompromising belief in high expectations of what students can achieve.
Founder, Times Table Rockstars
Bruno studied psychology at university and then followed his dream of becoming a maths teacher. At the age of 28, he and a small group of friends opened a secondary school in London which went on to become the highest performing school in England in 2016. Now he runs a successful maths app business (Times Tables Rock Stars – ttrockstars.com) and sits on expert panels at the DfE, Ofsted and the AQA exam board.
Programme Director, Unlocked Graduates
Bodil is Programme Director at Unlocked Graduates, a two-year graduate scheme that develops outstanding leaders in prisons to address the damage of reoffending. She was a founding teacher and the Head of Maths at Michaela Community School in Brent, where she designed and implemented a mastery-based curriculum. Bodil started her teaching career through Teach First.
Principal, Ark Soane Academy
Jo Facer is a qualified English teacher and Principal at Ark Soane Academy – a new secondary school opening in Acton in September 2020. She is a regular speaker at national education conferences, on topics ranging from the English curriculum and pedagogy to professional development and improving teacher workload. She blogs at readingallthebooks.com – and her own book on education, Simplicity Rules, will be published by Routledge in May 2019.
Head of English, Jane Austen College
Lia is an English teacher who currently co-runs an English department at Jane Austen College in Norwich. Lia began her teaching career at a secondary school in North London, after working in journalism. She writes about English teaching and school culture at Hearts and Minds, and has written for various other publications, such as the forthcoming ResearchEd book. She has given talks on English pedagogy and curriculum at national education conferences and hopes to do more of this in the future.
Sarah is an English teacher, currently working at an international school in Vietnam. She has contributed chapters to educational theory books and created curricula for schools, the prison service and the Metropolitan police. She has taught in Essex, London, India, Oslo and Vietnam, and is constantly looking for new ways to simplify and improve teaching practices.
Team Leader, Department for Education
Andrew Otty is a Team Leader at the Department for Education. Prior to this, he led English at one of the largest Further Education colleges in the country and as a TES columnist he consistently advocated the benefit of the GCSE-resit policy for disadvantaged students. He is an ambassador for the education charity SHINE and founder of the ‘Write On’ project (@writeoncharity) that aims to improve the learner experience of GCSE English Language in schools and colleges.
Fellow at Ambition Institute
Matea Marcinko is a Fellow at Ambition Institute, in the Learning Design team. She joined the organisation in May 2019, having worked at English Mastery previously. Before that she taught English in London and further afield in India. Matea completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education and is now completing her MA in Education, Gender and International Development in her spare time. She is a governor at Ark Acton Academy, focusing on teaching and learning, and pupil premium. She tweets about education and literature at @miss_marcinko.