Causeway Education is a charity that improves the life chances of children and young people in the UK by supporting them through key educational transitions. Our lead team is supported by expert teachers, academics and educationalists across the country.
Julie has many years’ experience of leading large-scale educational intervention programmes. Her previous roles include Director of Programmes and Partnerships at the Sutton Trust, a charity improving social mobility through education, and Head of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme at Save the Children. She is a community governor at a primary school in Camden and is a Trustee of PRIME, a charity broadening access to the legal profession, and of the John Schofield Trust, which runs a mentoring scheme for young broadcast journalists.
Julie has an MA from the University of St Andrews and an M.B.A from the University of Stirling. She is passionate about the transformative effect of reading for pleasure on children’s later attainment, and thinks her own love of reading contributed to her being the first person in her family to be educated past the age of 16.
Dr Michael Englard
Director of Research & Policy
Michael has a longstanding interest in Access and Widening Participation having experienced the sector as a pupil, undergraduate, and academic.
After attending a summer school as a pupil, Michael went to complete a doctorate at the University of Cambridge where he has served as a Director of Studies and continues to teach. He is a Committee Member of the Stephen Spender Trust.
He is particularly interested in working towards systemic and institutional change in the Widening Participation sector.
Michael co-founded Causeway Education in 2012.
Dr Sam Holmes
Director of Partnerships and Innovation
Sam brings his experience as a secondary school teacher, teacher trainer and school improvement consultant to the design and implementation of our programmes. Previously, Sam has designed education programmes for organisations such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, King’s Cultural Institute, Routes into Languages, and Arsenal FC., as well as designing and delivering training for organisations such as London Challenge, Teach First, and the EAL Academy.
Sam has an MA in Education from Goldsmiths, University of London, and recently submitted his PhD in Education at King’s College London; he is also a qualified teacher. He co-founded Translators in Schools, an initiative to train professional translators to deliver workshops to children.
Sam co-founded Causeway Education in 2012.
Director of School and College Engagement
Helen was first involved with Causeway Education as a mentor for their Academic Apprenticeship programme. Her commitment to widening access to university started at Teach First, where she was involved in setting up their HE access programme for schools.
Helen has taught in secondary and primary schools in both the UK and overseas, and in many organisations which support schools, including The Key, Business in the Community, Future Leaders and Imperial College.
She is passionate about the influence other sectors can have in improving education.
Helen has an MA from UCL and is a governor at a secondary school in North London.
Director of Data and Evaluation
Dave has worked with schools around the world for more than 15 years, first in publishing, then at Save the Children, where he worked on a randomised controlled trial of the organisation's Families and Schools Together programme in conjunction with the Education Endowment Foundation.
Before joining Causeway Education, Dave worked at the Sutton Trust where he worked on evaluating the impact of interventions, including the work Causeway Education does in partnership with the Trust including the Academic Apprenticeship.
Dave has a BSc in Media Technology from the University of Bradford and is deeply interested in how data and evidence can be used to understand and prove the benefit of interventions.
Director of Development
Abigail has worked in the charity, education and arts sectors for over 25 years including as Director of Children, Young People and the Arts at Arts Council England for 9 years and the Deputy Director of National Literacy Trust for nearly 7 years. She has also been an actor and a secondary school teacher and has worked at BookTrust, Museum, Libraries and Archives and in Germany and Italy.
Abigail studied English Literature at St Catharine's College Cambridge. She is passionate about equality of access to opportunities and championing the UK's state school teachers and students. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Felix School of Rock in South East London.
Director of Programmes
Before joining Causeway Education, Rebecca spent 16 years designing, managing and leading education and inclusion projects and programmes across Africa, Asia and the Middle East working with a number of NGOs including Oxfam and ActionAid and the British Council. Her work has ranged from grassroots development to work directly with Ministers to develop policy. She has a strong interest in research and programme improvement and is passionate about inclusion, with much of her work focusing on very marginalised children and young people.
Rebecca holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Development Management and a PgDip in Social Research from UCL IOE.
Head of Technical Development
Before joining Causeway Education, Steve had a long and varied career as a freelance designer and web developer, working with everyone from publishing companies to large multi-nationals and small local businesses.
Working with Michael and Sam, he created the OSCAR online tool and has worked closely with them ever since improving and refining it and creating new online resources.
Steve has an MEng from Aston University and a Diploma in Computing from the Open University.
Imogen’s commitment to higher education access for all started at the University of Bristol, where she worked as a mentor as part of their Widening Participation programme while studying for her Theology degree.
She then taught Religious Education and Philosophy in South London during her time on the Teach First programme. While teaching she was the school’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural coordinator (SMSC) and was appointed as the Head of Department for Religious Studies.
Beyond her work in the classroom, Imogen helped found a charity, The Student View, an online publication that uses the power of journalism to raise English attainment and give young people a chance to share their world through words.
Katie’s career in education began soon after she completed her degree in History and Art History at the University of Nottingham. She started teaching history and joined the Graduate Teacher Programme at the University of Hertfordshire, where she gained her teaching qualification.
Her interest in widening participation started when she joined the IntoUniversity team and helped establish their education centre in Brixton. There she designed and developed interventions to engage students as young as 7 with careers and higher education.
Most recently, she has been responsible for managing various employability and aspiration-raising programmes at Tower Hamlets EBP. Through close collaboration with businesses, she developed activities to help students understand the choices and opportunities open to them beyond school.
She is committed to helping young people, particularly those who face social, cultural or economic barriers, to realise and achieve their full potential.
Rakhee studied French and Spanish at the University of Oxford. She qualified as a primary teacher through Teach First and led on Modern Language provision, international activity and global citizenship across the school.
Most recently, Rakhee was a member of the University and Careers team at a national academy network. There, she led on enrichment, working with schools to think more strategically in this area and improve their internal provision.
Rakhee is a governor at a Tower Hamlets primary school and has an MA from the Institute of Education.
Farrell studied Accounting at Bournemouth University, after which he began his career in the financial services industry then moving into the charity sector at 4Children. Before Causeway, Farrell was a Management Accountant for The Royal Society.
Ed is responsible for the strategy, development and management of the OSCAR platform, including training teachers and other users in its use. He also delivers workshops to university applicants and trains undergraduates to work as student mentors at summer schools and outreach events. His previous roles include co-ordinating outreach programmes and the admissions process at Jesus College Cambridge.
Ed has a degree in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Educated at a comprehensive school and eligible for free school meals, he was the first in his family to progress to higher education. He is committed to helping improve the life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through access to education.
Fionna works on research and monitoring and evaluation for our programmes. She is committed to using data and research to develop new insights and strategies into how we can improve social mobility for young people. She sees access to higher education as vital to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds improving their life chances.
Before joining the team Fionna worked in research coordination for the European Commission and as a Team Leader on a youth livelihoods programme for Restless Development Tanzania.
Fionna has a BA in French and History from the University of Warwick and a MA in International Social Development from the University of East Anglia.
Sherelle studied Sociology at the London School of Economics and went on to do her Masters in Culture and Society. During her studies, she became engaged with social activism and grew politically dedicated to alleviating social inequality. She considers broadening access to higher education a powerful tool in working towards this goal.
Sherelle has previously worked in Widening Participation departments at LSE and St Mary’s University developing and delivering academic programmes for Key Stage 4 and 5 students as well as building databases of deprivation data. Prior to that she worked for I CAN, a children’s communication charity, assisting the Business Development Team on broadening the charities reach.
Aron studied Sport & Exercise Science, before qualifying as a sports coach. It was during the latter period that he developed a keen interest in the holistic approach to child development.
Working across London, Aron became increasingly aware of the influence of social inequality on opportunities and outcomes. Having progressed to mentoring students and managing a school services department (overseeing provision from EYFS to Key Stage 3), Aron was driven by his passion for providing young people with access to sport, positive experiences and inspirational role models.
More recently, Aron has managed the delivery of the National Citizen Service programme, providing support to hard to reach individuals in the process. He has also been responsible for the delivery of student workshops, promoting the development of transferable skills, in line with improving pathways to higher education.
Isobel studied German and English at UCL. Before joining Causeway Education, she worked as a teaching assistant in a Sixth Form. Isobel has always felt committed to tackling social inequality through education, but it was in this role that she decided she wanted to work in the Widening Participation sector.
Reshma studied Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Portsmouth. She worked in the health sector for five years in various roles from consultations to dispensing medication. She wanted a change of career and began her journey in accounting last year.
She strongly believes that every student deserves a fair chance to reach their full potential and is extremely grateful to be working for such a good cause and team.