Meet Katie Booth, Managing Director

Katie leads AccessEd and has been with the organisation since 2018.Katie was the former 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, Programmes Lead

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.

Meet our team

Learn more about our wonderful global staff, board of directors and network of members!

Swathi Kumar
Swathi Kumar
Consultant
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United Kingdom

Swathi is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, investigating the pathogenesis of the Kaposi Sarcoma-associated Herpes Virus. She has an MRes in Cancer Biology from Imperial College. Swathi has experience teaching and tutoring, and she is a science writer for the Science Entrepreneur Club. Prior to her role at AccessEd, Swathi has worked with other education charities in the UK and India.

Zani van Staden
Zani van Staden
Consultant
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South Africa

Zani is an experienced HR Consultant and Career Coach, who graduated from Stellenbosch University and further obtained qualifications in Training and Development Management as well as Executive and Management Coaching. Zani has worked for MSF as HR Manager, as Coach Lead for an EdTech start-up and most recently started her own coaching and consulting company. She has also coordinated a university scholarship programme in Indonesia.

Daniel Ekup-Nse
Daniel Ekup-Nse
Intern
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South Africa

Daniel is a Mastercard Scholar at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is studying towards a Master’s degree in Political Sciences while completing his internship at AccessEd. He is skilled in the creation and management of websites and has a successful history in audio-visual production.

Loell Wolfries
Loell Wolfries
Facilitator
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United Kingdom

Loell has 10+ years of experience working with high-performing teams, organising their collaborative efforts and way-of-working for maximum tangible output. With a background in several industries, including Telecoms, Automotive, Technology and Education, Loell helps globally dispersed teams solve problems, make decisions, create strategies and innovate at speed. She is a certified Project Manager, Design Thinking expert and Workshopper Master. Loell is also a keynote speaker, YouTuber and advisor to innovative start-ups.

 Anne-Liese van der Linden
Anne-Liese van der Linden
Facilitator
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United Kindgom

Anne-Liese is an experienced facilitator, originally from the Netherlands. After graduating with her MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights in London, she devoted herself to developing theatre programmes in South America and Africa. She has since facilitated a plethora of workshops in various schools across the UK, Europe, Africa and South America, while also training teachers at universities in the UK. Currently, Anne-Liese is a facilitator and works to provide leadership training and coaching around the UK.

Leona Awoyele
Leona Awoyele
Facilitator
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United Kingdom

Leona is a Learning and Development professional and Associate CIPD. She has experience in facilitating workshops, internal communications, student outreach and employee engagement. Leona has an MA in Public Humanities from the University of Sheffield. She is also an occasional freelance writer, with bylines in Metro UK, Black Ballad and Yellow Eve Magazine. Leona is passionate about instilling confidence in others and helping them identify their strengths.

Natalie Cartwright
Natalie Cartwright
Facilitator
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United Kindgom

Natalie utilises transferable skills from her acting background to bring a compelling dynamic energy to her role as a lead facilitator, trainer, and presenter. With experience across several industries including Professional Services, Financial Services, Automotive, and Hospitality, adjusting to changing environments and content comes naturally. As a storyteller and content producer, Natalie has designed and written many L&D-focused workshops and work experience programmes to inspire action in others, build confidence and make an impactful difference.

Zoi Kantounatou
Zoi Kantounatou
Facilitator
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United Kingdom

Zoi is an experienced facilitator, business coach and entrepreneur who has worked with leaders for more than a decade. Originally from Greece, she now lives in Scotland and has been supporting leaders all over the world to build a more sustainable, socially-conscious global economy. Zoi has designed and delivered countless workshops in Silicon Valley, India, Greece, the Netherlands and the UK. Zoi is passionate about creating safe spaces for people to uncover their potential.

Dr Richard Branch
Dr Richard Branch
Curriculum Advisor
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United Kingdom

Richard joined AccessEd in 2018 as Curriculum Manager and now advises 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 Chi Chi Huang
Dr Chi Chi Huang
Hong Kong Scholars Founder
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Hong Kong

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.

Dr Goitseone Lucy Hopkins
Dr Goitseone Lucy Hopkins
Botswana Scholars Founder
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Botswana

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.

Philippe Huei-Tyng Huang
Philippe Huei-Tyng Huang
Taiwan Scholars Founder
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Taiwan

Philippe is a PhD candidate in Medical Physics at University College London. His research focuses on lung cancer radiotherapy, aiming at optimising radiation usage in treatment. He previously completed his BSc and MSc and gained experience in other education charities in Taiwan. Before joining AccessEd, he worked as PhD tutor at The Brilliant Club, completing seven placements. As the Founder of Taiwan Scholars, Philippe oversees programme management, university partnerships and in-country support.

Meet our board of directors

Dr Nicola Vermooten
Dr Nicola Vermooten
Managing Director
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South Africa

Nicola leads AccessEd. She is a registered Industrial Psychologist and holds a PhD in Industrial Psychology. 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. Prior to her involvement with AccessEd, she gained experience in the education sector in South Africa and in South Korea.

Clarisa Laltha
Clarisa Laltha
Board Member
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South Africa

Clarisa Laltha is a commercial attorney, specialising in banking and finance and corporate mergers and acquisitions. She holds a BSc in Human Life Sciences (with Psychology) from the Stellenbosch University and a Postgraduate LLB from the University of Cape Town. She is currently a director at Werksmans Attorneys.

Lesedi Matlala
Lesedi Matlala
Board Member
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South Africa

Lesedi is a Researcher, Social Entrepreneur and Education Activist. He holds a Masters in Policy Monitoring and Evaluation and is completing his PhD at the University of Johannesburg. Lesedi is an experienced M&E Researcher, having worked at JET Education Services Underhill Corporate Solutions. He has also worked with education NGOs in South Africa and the UK, including Career Avenue and Education and AccessEd.

Samora Menze
Samora Menze
Board Member
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South Africa

Samora Menze is an experienced Teacher with a passion for mentoring and supporting young leaders. He graduated with a BSc in Human Life Sciences and PGCE from Stellenbosch University. He subsequently qualified as a Strengths Coach at the Strength Institute of South Africa. Samora has worked for 10+ years in South African public schools and currently serves as the Senior Programme Officer at the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

Anna Machin
Anna Machin
Advisor
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United Kingdom

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 and a Governor of Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle.

Dr Rajbir Hazelwood
Dr Rajbir Hazelwood
Advisor
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United Kingdom

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. She then joined AccessEd as a co-founder in 2016. Rajbir is currently Head of Student Outcomes in the Social Mobility and Student Success at King’s College London.