Dr Sam Holmes
Interim CEO

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.

Helen Drummond
Director of Partnerships

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.


Steve Rowling
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.

Katie Buckingham
Head of Programmes

Katie studied History and Art History at the University of Nottingham. After graduating, she taught history as part of the Graduate Teacher Programme at the University of Hertfordshire, and gained her teaching qualification.

Her interest in widening participation began when she joined IntoUniversity 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. Before joining the Causeway team, Katie was responsible for managing various employability and aspiration-raising programmes at Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.

She is committed to helping young people, particularly those who face social, cultural or economic barriers, to realise and achieve their full potential.


Farrell Monk
Head of Finance

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.


Fionna McLauchlan
Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Manager

Fionna co-ordinates monitoring, evaluation and research 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 Davids
Programme Manager

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 Rouse
Programme Manager

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.

Reshma Tanna
Finance Apprentice

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.