OUR TEAM

Sarah Waite

CEO (Maternity Leave)

Aisha Washington

Interim CEO

Adam Geach

Chief Programme Officer

Stacie Bond
Director of Operations

Kate Straw

Maths Curriculum Manager

Rebecca Dacres

Programme Manager

Annabel Richardson

Programme Manager

Jennifer Cutcliffe

Senior Operations Officer

Emily Thomas

Senior Recruitment Officer  

Connie Lawfull

Senior Programme Coordinator

Ellie Clark

Senior Programme Coordinator

Letty Pilgrim

Senior Programme Coordinator

Laura Foster

Programme Coordinator

Tomi Adagunodo
Programme Coordinator

Joey Castle
Programme Coordinator

Huila Lopez

Tutor Recruitment and Operations Intern

Tomi Adagunodo
Programme Coordinator

Joey Castle
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

Ian Ashman
Chair, Get Further Advisory Group

Antoinette McLean
Head of Maths and English 16 – 18, Barking and Dagenham College

Jonathan Kay
Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Newcastle College

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 (currently on maternity leave)

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
Interim CEO (Maternity Cover)

Aisha joined Get Further in January 2021 as Director of Operations and became Interim CEO in December 2021. 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.

Adam Geach
Chief Programme Officer

Adam joined Get Further in January 2022 as Chief Programmes Officer. He has 13 years of experience working in the tuition sector, where he has seen the impact tutoring has on young people, especially those from a disadvantaged background. For the past five years, Adam has been a senior leader with tutoring charity, Action Tutoring, most recently holding the position of Programme Director. In this role, he helped the charity grow nationwide, scaling its reach to support over 5,000 disadvantaged pupils across primary and secondary schools. He is passionate about applying this experience to Get Further, and using the power of tutoring to support disadvantaged students to succeed in Further Education.

Stacie Bond
Director of Operations

Stacie Bond joined Get Further in February 2022 as Director of Operations. She has over 10 years’ experience managing the financial and operational aspects of charities and educational organisations, such as RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), BADA (British American Drama Academy) and most recently The Big House, a charity working with young care leavers. Throughout her career she has developed the operational backbone of organisations, enabling them to fulfill their mission and provide exceptional service to their beneficiaries. Through her work at The Big House, Stacie saw firsthand the challenges young people can face without the foundations of GCSE Maths and English. She is committed to working towards a future where all young people have equal opportunities to fulfill their 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.

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.

Jennifer Cutcliffe
Senior Operations Officer

Jennifer joined the Get Further team in October 2021 as a Senior Operations Officer. Jennifer’s has had a varied career through the education, politics and public sectors, whilst maintaining a continuous focus on helping children and young people overcome barriers to achieving their full potential. She believes passionately that achievement in education is key to the future life chances of young people and that equity of opportunity is paramount to social mobility. Jennifer studied Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics.

Emily Thomas

Senior Recruitment Officer

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.

Connie Lawfull

Senior 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.

Ellie Clark

Senior 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.

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.

Laura Foster
Programme Coordinator

Laura joined Get Further as a Programme Coordinator in January 2022, after graduating with a first-class degree in Human Geography from the University of Southampton. Her academic interests center around tackling social issues, which, coupled with her work as a tutor, has ignited her passion for educational inequality and removing the barriers which prevent social mobility, particularly for young people. Whilst volunteering with RAG (Raise and Giving Society) at University, Laura developed a keen interest in charity work, witnessing first-hand the transformative impact that charities have on disadvantaged people.

Tomi Adagunodo
Programme Coordinator

Tomi joined the Get Further team as a Programme Coordinator in February 2022 during her internship with Ark Ventures, where she supported the incubation and launch of large-scale initiatives pertaining to education and childhood poverty.  Tomi holds a degree from Queen Mary, University of London where she read English. During her time at university, she volunteered as an English tutor with Action tutoring and recognised the pivotal impact great education can play in a child’s life. The vision and mission of Get Further resonate with Tomi greatly, as she is someone who believes education is one of the best enablers of socio-economic mobility and everyone regardless of their background should have access to great education.

Joey Castle
Programme Coordinator

Having graduated with an MA in Economics and Environmental studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2021, Joey joined Get Further as a tutor in September 2021 and then as a Programme Coordinator in January 2022. Joey has worked with several NGOs, ranging from medical service delivery in rural Ghana to social capacity building in Belarus. Now with Get Further, Joey is excited to begin work addressing educational inequalities across the UK, a field that he is particularly passionate about.

Huila Lopez
Tutor Recruitment & Operations Intern

Huila joined Get Further in July of 2022 as a Tutor Recruitment and Operations
Intern. She completed her degree in Hispanic Studies and French at the
University of Warwick, during which her passion for educational reform was
solidified. Huila has several years experience working as a foreign language
tutor for children and worked as a ‘UniTracks’ mentor, supporting secondary
school students to gain confidence in their academic progression and encourage
the pursuit of higher education. Volunteering with the Spanish Red Cross as a
language tutor and translator for asylum seekers contributed significantly to
her understanding of the vital importance of education and academic support at
any level or circumstance.

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

Ian Ashman
Chair, Get Further Advisory Group

Ian Ashman is an experienced senior manager, consultant, coach and trustee.

A qualified Further Education teacher, Ian has worked in voluntary, local government, education and private sectors. He has 20 years of successful executive experience, including 12 as a College Principal. He was President of the Association of Colleges in 2016/17, a fixed term role acting as an ambassador for the sector, leading the development of services to support student mental health and wellbeing.

Following retirement, Ian qualified as an executive coach and mentor. He uses skills as a consultant, to help education, charitable and commercial organisations solve problems and to implement outstanding practice. Through his coaching, individual clients are developed and enabled to become more skilled and effective.

Ian is also an experienced Trustee in the Charitable Sector. He has recently volunteered to assist Get Further, an awarding winning tutoring organisation, by Chairing their Advisory Group.

Antoinette McLean
Head of Maths and English 16 – 18, Barking and Dagenham College.

Antoinette is in her second year of headship at the college having developed her FE career within adult Education, first as an English Lecturer and then as the Curriculum Team Leader. Her current role focuses on 16-18 Maths and English, but also has strategic oversight over cross college Maths and English delivery and quality.

Barking and Dagenham College are currently going through a period of transformational change following two challenging Covid years. This is an exciting time for Further Education as we build on developing digital skills and explore new, innovative ways to support our learners.

Jonathan Kay
Head of Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Newcastle College

Jonny has previously worked as a Teacher, Second and Head of English in the Secondary sector, before working as Head of English and maths in two colleges in the North East. As part of his previous roles, Jonny led a team which was nominated for a TES FE Award and achieved the best FE maths results in England in 2019. Jonny also works as an examiner, Lead English Expert for a major exam board and has spoken at a number of conferences and national events about English and maths and teaching, learning and assessment. His award-nominated book, ‘Improving English and Maths in Further Education: A Practical Guide’, was released in June 2021.

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.