Team Our Staff Katie Booth, Managing Director Katie started at AccessEd in 2019 as the Director of Programmes. Previously, Katie worked as Head of Strategy and Planning at The Challenge, the UK's largest social integration and social mobility charity. Before that, Katie worked as a senior management consultant at PwC specialising in International Development, working on former global DFID and FCO programmes specialising in education and climate change. Katie has experience working as a teacher in Colombia, India, and China, and as a Manager at a fast-growing technology start-up. Katie is a secondary school designated SEND governor at Kingsley Academy, Hounslow, and is a Non-Executive Director overseeing strategy and business development on the Board of healthandwork.org. Dr Nicola Vermooten, Project Officer Nicola is a registered Industrial Psychologist, who completed her PhD in Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University in 2018. Her doctoral study was focussed on investigating variance in employee engagement among Teachers in South Africa. While completing her PhD, Nicola worked as a Tutor of the AccessEd ZA programme. In 2020, she volunteered as the In-Country Support Lead of the AccessEd ZA programme. She is currently working as a Project Officer. Prior to her involvement with AccessEd, she gained experience in the education sector in South Africa and in South Korea. Frederique Jouhandin, Project Manager Freddie is an experienced publisher, editor and project manager, and joins AccessEd with a specialism in educational learning resources to focus on AccessEd's digital subject resources. Freddie has a track record of developing and delivering complex and multi-component projects, having worked on defining educational needs and translating them into meaningful learning resources at Pearson, Oxford University Press and Nelson Thornes. Freddie has experience across all curriculum subjects, and has an MA in Applied Foreign Languages and Post-Graduate Diploma in Technical Translation and Authoring of Multilingual Texts. Polina Reichert, Project Assistant Polina is a PhD researcher at Queen Mary University of London and has joined AccessEd in the summer of 2020. In her PhD research, Polina is studying metabolic proteins that form aggregates in ageing cells in hopes to better understand how older cells make energy. Having worked as a tutor for the past eight years and participated in a mentoring initiative with local schools during her undergraduate years, she appreciates the importance of increasing access to education. In her role at AccessEd Polina supports curriculum development, project administration and programme support for Scholars Ireland. Dr Richard Branch, Curriculum Advisor Richard joined AccessEd in 2018 as Curriculum Manager and as of 2020 now advises the charity on curriculum programming for maximum student subject impact. Before joining the organisation he was a physics teacher on the Researchers in Schools programme at Lampton School in west London, where he continues teaching three days a week. Prior to training on the programme, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in biophysics at Harvard University. Dr Goitseone Lucy Hopkins, Founder and Head of Botswana Scholars Lucy completed her PhD at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, after completing her BSc, MSc and PGC-THE in the UK. She also studied at the University of Botswana where she won a scholarship to study abroad. She was an Associate tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In 2016, Lucy became one of The Brilliant Club’s first PhD tutors to work in Wales. She has led Botswana Scholars since 2018. Dr Chi Chi Huang, Hong Kong Scholars Founder Chi Chi joined Hong Kong Scholars in 2018 as Programme Manager now undertaking a research fellowship at the University of Strathclyde. She led on the delivery and growth of a new university access programme in Hong Kong. Chi Chi completed her BA at the University of Sydney, her MPhil at the University of Cambridge and her PhD in History at the University of Hong Kong. She has led Hong Kong Scholars since 2017 and now advises their delivery team. Our Board of Trustees Dr Rajbir Hazelwood, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees Rajbir completed her PhD on decolonization at Washington University in St. Louis and was Assistant Professor of Modern British History at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. After 10 years in academia, Rajbir joined The Brilliant Club as Regional Manager in 2015. She then joined AccessEd as a co-founder in 2016. Rajbir is currently Head of Student Outcomes in the Social Mobility and Student Success division at King’s College London. In her role Rajbir develops and delivers a whole-institution strategy to improve outcomes for underrepresented groups. Anna Machin, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees Anna is a chartered secretary and for the past six years worked as Deputy Company Secretary & Governance Manager at international education charity Ark. Anna now delivers advisory support to a range of charities and academy trusts and performs the role of governance professional for several public sector organisations. Anna is Co-Founder of Trust Governance Professionals, a training and development programme for academy governance professionals, and a Governor of Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle. Anna is passionate about education as a means of enhancing young peoples’ life prospects. Dr Chris Wilson, Board Advisor Chris was most recently the CEO of The Brilliant Club in the UK. 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. He sits on the AccessEd Board in an advisory capacity.