Who we are

Mónica Parle, Executive Director

Stephanie Bennett, Partnerships & Projects Manager

Felicity Hawksley, Research & Advocacy Manager

Partnerships and Projects Assistant

Operations Team

Lusungu Chikamata, Operations and Finance Manager

Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole, Operations Assistant

Jack Redfern, Executive Assistant

Programme Team

Nicki Shore, Head of Programmes

Jess Tickell, Programme Manager (East Midlands)

Andy Hill, Programme Manager (North)

Dave Windass, Programme Officer (Hull)

Jay Bhadricha, Programme Officer (London)

Ellie Watson, Programme Officer (South West)

Development Team

Jane Chambers, Head of Development (jobshare)

Katy Golding, Head of Development (jobshare)

Olivia Moyes, Development Manager

Eleanor Exton, Development Officer





Katie Waldegrave, Co-Founder

William Fiennes

William Fiennes, Co-Founder








We are incredibly grateful for the support of our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Blue Spots 3MB



  • Ed Baden-Powell (Chair) – Partner, Michael Simkins LLP
  • Beth Colocci – Curator
  • Sophie Harrison – Head of English, George Green’s School
  • Antonia Byatt
  • Sue Horner – Educational Consultant
  • Andrea Minton Beddoes – Consultant
  • Mayowa Sofekun – Student
  • Betsy Tobin – Writer
  • Jamie Waldegrave (Treasurer) – Finance Director

Advisory Board

  • Andrew Adonis – Director of the Institute for Government
  • Julian Barnes – Writer
  • Jamie Byng – Publisher, Canongate
  • Alex Clark – Former Editor, Granta
  • Julia Cleverdon – Vice President, Business in the Community
  • Andrew Cowan – Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, UEA
  • Jonathan Dimbleby – Writer and Broadcaster
  • Mark Haddon – Writer
  • Simon Jenkins – Writer
  • Derek Johns – Literary Consultant
  • Andrew Kidd – Literary Agent
  • Rona Kiley – Former CEO, Academy Sponsors Trust; Founder, Teach First
  • Chris Patten – Chancellor of the University of Oxford
  • Kevin Prunty – Headteacher
  • Zadie Smith – Writer
  • William Waldegrave
  • Brett Wigdortz – CEO, Teach First

Events Committee

  • Simone Brych-Nourry
  • Beth Colocci
  • Jill Manson
  • Nathalie Perricone
  • Laurel Rafter (Chair)
  • Alison Seaton
  • Valeria Vescina Warszewski
  • Caroline Waldegrave