OUR TEAM

Sarah Waite

CEO, Get Further

Aisha Washington

Director of Operations

Rebecca Dacres

Programme Manager

Annabel Richardson

Programme Manager

Kate Straw

Maths Curriculum Manager

Becca Armstrong

Senior Programme Coordinator

Letty Pilgrim

Senior Programme Coordinator

Connie Lawfull

Programme Coordinator

Ed Coulden

Programme Coordinator

Ellie Clark

Programme Coordinator

Emily Thomas

Programme Coordinator

Ky Hall

Programme Coordinator

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Natasha Porter

CEO, Unlocked

Michele Sutton CBE (Chair)

Former Principal and Chief Executive, FE

Dr Chris Wilson

Consultant

John Peel

Study Coach, Abingdon and Witney College

Chioma Etienne

Chief of Staff, Ark

Fiona Forbes

Founder, Off the Fence Marketing

Jack Davidson
Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Laura Roberts

Head of Brand & Marketing Insight EMEA, Google

Chris Wilson
CEO, The Brilliant Club

Further education advisory group

John Peel

Study Coach, Abingdon and Witney College

Professor Martin Doel CBE
FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, Institute of Education (UCL)

Jamie Purser
Deputy Principal, Newham College

Maths Advisors

Naveen Rizvi
Maths Curriculum Adviser, United Learning

Bruno Reddy
Founder, Times Table Rockstars

Bodil Isaksen
Programme Director, Unlocked Graduates

English Advisors

Jo Facer
Principal, Ark Soane Academy

Lia Martin
Head of English, Jane Austen College

Sarah Cullen
English Teacher
Andrew Otty
Team Leader, Department for Education

Matea Marcinko
Fellow at Ambition Institute

Sarah Cullen
English Teacher
Sarah Waite

Chief Executive and Founder, Get Further

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.

Aisha Washington

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 Dacres

Programme Manager

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.

Annabel Richardson

Programme Manager

Annabel joined the Get Further team as a Programme Manager in July 2021. She has worked with young people for nearly 8 years in different roles across the country. Most recently Annabel was the Centre Director for a tuition centre, supporting the education of over 200 pupils for 3 years and leading the development of a team of tutors. Annabel has also worked on developing children’s confidence through vocational activities, working at a local youth theatre group, and then with a charity which focuses on providing educational day trips to engage children with their community. Annabel is passionate about providing young people with skills for life and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Kate Straw

Maths Curriculum Manager

Kate joined Get Further in August 2021 as Maths Curriculum Manager after over 10 years’ experience in education. During her career, Kate has worked in secondary schools across the West Midlands both teaching and leading in maths departments and delivering whole school training and development. Additionally, she has acted as an examiner for GCSE maths and delivered one-to-one tutoring to a multitude of students. Kate has a keen interest in boosting achievement in maths through building confidence and developing problem solving skills.

Becca Armstrong

Senior Programme Coordinator

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.

Letty Pilgrim

Senior Programme Coordinator

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.

Connie Lawfull

Programme Coordinator

Connie joined Get Further as a Programme Coordinator in the Summer of 2021 after graduating with distinction from an MA in Communications and Media from the University of Leeds. Her academic interests centred around digital feminism and activism, and she continues to volunteer for feminist magazine The F-Word as a section editor. Having worked as a tutor on and off since she was a teenager, Connie is passionate about educational inequality and tackling the barriers to social mobility this poses.

Ed Coulden

Programme Coordinator

Ed joined Get Further as a tutor in October 2020 delivering tuition to students across the country before bringing his experience to the role of Programme Coordinator in July 2021. He has a degree in Theatre and Performance from The University of Leeds and has a wealth of experience working with various organisations in the North of England including the Leeds Playhouse, providing extracurricular tuition in Music and Acting. He is committed to addressing the challenges young people face when engaging with further education with the aim of helping them to achieve their aspirations in work or further education.

Ellie Clark

Programme Coordinator

Ellie joined Get Further in August 2021, after graduating with a first-class Liberal Arts degree from the University of Nottingham. Whilst working alongside the university’s Widening Participation team and volunteering as an English tutor to support Nottingham’s refugee community, she witnessed first-hand the transformative impact that tuition has for disadvantaged students. Ellie is passionate about tackling inequality within education and providing opportunities that allow students to build their confidence and develop a love of learning.

Emily Thomas

Programme Coordinator

Emily joined Get Further in July 2021 after completing her studies at the University of Leeds. Emily has a first class degree in Childhood Studies and was awarded the School of Education’s dissertation prize for her work researching how the stigmatisation of children in poverty affects their progression to higher education. Her studies have led her to a professional commitment to provide an inclusive and fair education for all children with the aim of decreasing the attainment gap. Alongside her studies, Emily has worked as a Maths and English tutor with The Tutor Trust and has tutored English internationally in Italy and Austria.

Ky Hall

Programme Coordinator

After working as a tutor for Get Further for over a year, Ky became a Programme Coordinator for our team in August 2021. They are an English Literature graduate of the University of Warwick where they cut their teeth in a vibrant campaigning community for three years, applying the experiential lessons they learned about education and liberation to their studies. Committed to making education free (accessible, liberated, democratic), Ky is eager to redress the broader socio-economic factors which restrict students’ lives in both their professional and personal life.

Natasha Porter
CEO, Unlocked

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.

Michele Sutton CBE (Chair)

Former Principal and Chief Executive, FE

Michele is a former Principal and Chief Executive of several further education colleges including in Rochdale, Bradford, Birmingham and London. She has also represented the FE sector in senior positions including as a FE National Leader of Governance and President of the Association of Colleges, for which she was awarded a CBE in 2014. She is currently a Non-Executive Director for Aspire I – a not-for profit Independent Training Provider delivering careers and study programmes in Yorkshire and The Humber. She is also a board member of the Association of Education Advisors (AOEA). Michele is committed to equality of opportunity, especially for students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and for her work on this issue she was awarded an OBE in 2009.

Chris Wilson
CEO, The Brilliant Club

Dr Chris Wilson is the CEO at The Brilliant Club, an education charity committed to supporting the progression of under-represented pupils to university by mobilising the research community to work with schools. During his time at The Brilliant Club, Chris has been a PhD tutor, rolled out the charity’s provision across the UK, co-founded the teacher training programme Researchers in Schools, and launched the charity’s five-year strategy, The Path to Outcomes. Chris trained as a medieval historian at the universities of Cambridge and Exeter.
John Peel

Study Coach, Abingdon and Witney College

John has worked in and around education for over 30 years, mostly in educational publishing. He has managed sales and marketing teams in the UK, US, and Europe with Oxford University Press, Elsevier, and Pearson. He has been a school governor at primary and secondary schools for over 20 years and is also a Trustee of a local charity focusing on youth development. He currently works in the FE sector as a study coach where he gets to see first-hand the importance of one-to-one tutoring for post-16 GCSE success. John is a qualified rugby coach and helps out with his local club’s under-6s.

Chioma Etienne

Chief of Staff, Ark

Chioma is Chief of Staff at Ark. She was previously an Engagement Manager at McKinsey, where she developed strategy for youth charities, and served private and public sector clients. She has held senior roles at education-to-employment charities Generation and SEO London. She is a governor at her former primary school and was Chair of governors at Lambeth Academy. Chioma has a master’s and undergraduate degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Fiona Forbes

Founder, Off the Fence Marketing

Fiona started her career at Unilever before setting up a boutique marketing consultancy, Off the Fence Marketing. Fiona’s key charitable interest is Social Mobility in the UK. She sponsors an Ark school, is on the Advisory Board of the Sutton Trust and is the founder of parent group Sept for Schools, campaigning for children and education to be prioritised in the pandemic. Fiona attended state schools in Warrington and read Modern Languages at Durham University.

Jack Davidson
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.

Laura Roberts

Head of Brand & Marketing Insight EMEA, Google

Laura Roberts is Head of Brand & Marketing Insight EMEA, Google. Laura plays a central role in strategy development for Google marketing priority campaigns, including Grow with Google, a digital skills training programme. Prior to this, she was Managing Director of brand and insight consultancy, Sparkler, working with a wide range of organisations (not-for-profits and commercial) on product and programme development, including with schools and teachers. Laura attended a further education college in London, before studying Modern Languages at King’s College, Cambridge

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.

Jamie Purser
Deputy Principal, Newham College

I am an experienced Senior Further Education leader and currently the Deputy Principal of Newham College. I have been working in Further Education for 17 years. Prior to my current role, I have held a number of middle and senior management positions in FE after starting my teaching career as a lecturer in Milton Keynes College. Prior to working in education, I previously worked in the construction industry, working on small and large projects, firstly as an Apprentice and tradesperson and latterly in a variety of management roles. I have a breadth of experience in Colleges, working in a variety of roles, especially in London. After completing my teacher training, I have continued to study and hold an MSC in Educational Leadership and Management. I am a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management.

I am a passionate advocate of vocational and skill based learning and believe that all young people should be afforded the opportunity to achieve their goals and ambitions, no matter what their starting points are. I am particularly interested and have a passion to improve Language, numeracy and digital skills of learners, to enable successful careers, stable employment and life progression.

Naveen Rizvi
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.

Bruno Reddy
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.

Bodil Isaksen
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.

Jo Facer
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.

Lia Martin
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 Cullen
English Teacher

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.

Andrew Otty
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.

Matea Marcinko

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.