(Head of Alumni)
Jessie joined Royal SpringBoard in September 2019 as Assistant Director (Operations) and took on the alumni role a year later. She graduated from the University of Warwick in 2019 where she was a Student Ambassador, assisting on widening participation projects. Prior to university, she worked for the West Ham United Foundation as a Learning Mentor.
(Team Communications and Support Officer)
Chelsea graduated with a master’s degree from the University of York in 2019 where she worked as an Events and Communications Intern for one of the University’s leading research centres.
Prior to joining Royal SpringBoard in September 2020, Chelsea was an Alumni and Supporter Assistant at the University of Reading, supporting on a variety of communications, fundraising, volunteering, and events projects.
Cathy Walker (Director of School Relationships)
Cathy has over 20 years’ experience in education, including roles as Head of House at Highgate School, Assistant Headteacher at Sheffield Girls’ GDST and an Education Consultant. She has worked extensively with young people and their families to safeguard their wellbeing and help them develop their emotional and academic confidence.
Cathy holds a master’s in psychology and education, with her dissertation focusing on the link between mental health and executive function in disadvantaged and vulnerable students.
Georgia Score (Assistant Director (Pupil Placements))
Whilst studying for her master’s in forensic psychology at London Metropolitan University, Georgia volunteered for Barnardo’s and the NSPCC, which inspired her passion for working with young people and their families, and highlighted the importance of providing socially disadvantaged young people with opportunities to transform their lives.
She continued this area of work with the Missing People charity as a Return Home Interview Worker before joining Royal Springboard in January 2018.
Robin Smart (Data, IT and Office Manager)
All his working life, Robin has worked with those who are in need of help. As a paramedic for 24 years, he helped those who needed assistance as a result of accident or illness.
After retiring from the Ambulance Service, he became Project Manager at Age Concern and went on to look after their data and IT for 9 years. Robin joined Royal SpringBoard to help disadvantaged young people and in his spare time, organises volunteers to transport food for a local food bank.
Patrick Finegan (Head of Looked After and Vulnerable Children Programme)
Patrick is an experienced and qualified teacher. He previously worked as a successful primary Headteacher, a School Adviser in the West Midlands and a Lead Ofsted Inspector.
Patrick was also Executive Headteacher of the Sandwell Transition Education Partnership Service (STEPS) and before joining Royal SpringBoard, he became a trustee of the Institute for the Recovery of Childhood Trauma (IRCT) and worked as a Virtual Head for Wokingham.
Before joining Royal SpringBoard, Patrick became a trustee of the Institute for the Recovery of Childhood Trauma (IRCT) and worked as a Virtual Head for Wokingham.
Ryan Bromilow (Partnerships Programme Officer)
Ryan has a unique connection with Royal SpringBoard, as an alumnus, he has experienced first-hand what it is like at boarding school and can use his experiences to support prospective and current pupils.
Before joining Royal SpringBoard in August 2020 as our Project Officer, Ryan graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from City, University of London and has written pieces for the Daily Express, GeekTown and Celeb Secrets magazine.
Marie Lambert (Director of Finance)
Marie is a Chartered Accountant, starting out in audit with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. She has over 20 years’ experience across all areas of finance and has worked with companies ranging from small start-ups to large corporates.
Marie joined Royal SpringBoard in April 2019 as Director of Finance.
Sandra White (Director of Programmes)
Sandra is passionate about supporting young people to overcome any barriers so that they can achieve their full potential. With experience managing the Metropolitan Black Police Association’s accredited VOYAGE programme, a highly successful Youth Leadership programme at Oxford University and strategic lead at Catalyst Housing, Sandra has also led capacity building with local voluntary sector groups and local authorities alongside London Action Trust and Young Brent Foundation.
As our Director of Programmes, Sandra brings with her over 30 years of management experience that spans the corporate, public and charitable sectors.
Naomi Roper (Director of Fundraising)
Passionate about tackling social inequality, Naomi has 16 years of fundraising experience, primarily working with charities supporting disadvantaged children and families in inner London.
Naomi joined Royal SpringBoard after working with The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation on a consultancy basis. She is also a Trustee of Westminster-based charities, DreamArts and ETAT.
Dr Claire Hodgskiss (Director of School Relationships)
As the previous Royal SpringBoard representative within one of our accredited schools and 5 years' experience of working in boarding, Claire brings first-hand knowledge of school-partner liaison to the charity.
A graduate in physical sciences, Claire was awarded a DPhil in Atomic Physics in 2005 and her career began at the University of Oxford, working in widening participation.
Ali Henderson (CEO)
Ali is the CEO of Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation. Previously working at 10 Downing Street, for local government and in various charity roles, Ali brings over 15 years’ experience of leading programmes and policies to address social inequality.
Prior to becoming CEO, Ali also led Royal SpringBoard’s focus on impact and learning.
Royal SpringBoard has a very dedicated group of trustees from across a wide range of sectors, whose combined experience ensures the good governance of the charity.
Anne Spackman (OBE)
Anne Spackman OBE is a Non Exec Director and charity trustee. For six years she was Chief Executive of Career Ready, a charity transforming the outcomes of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She also serves as a trustee of the Greenshaw Learning multi-academy trust.
Previously Anne was a journalist with the Financial Times and The Times, where she was Assistant Editor and an Executive Director of Times Newspapers.
“Career Ready opened my eyes to the waste of potential among young people who lack the networks and opportunities to succeed. I have seen that potential realised in life-changing ways for individuals and to the benefit of their wider community. I am excited to continue that impactful work through Royal SpringBoard.”
Clive Marshall is Chief Executive of PA Group, the parent company of the Press Association, the UK’s leading multimedia news agency and digital content & service provider.
Clive was previously Chief Executive of the Australian Associated Press (AAP). With nearly 40 years of experience in the international media industry, he has held senior positions at a number of news organisations, including Canada’s CNW Group, Reed Elsevier Plc and Trinity Newspapers Limited.
"It is a real privilege to play a part in helping improve the lives of young people from such difficult circumstances."
Colin Brereton was, until his retirement in December 2018, a Senior Partner of PwC, leading the firms’ Financial Services Clients and Markets activity in EMEA covering all service lines - a $3.9bn business and, with 22,000 people, the largest industry practice in the region. Previously he led PwC’s Global Communications Industry practice.
Colin’s career at PwC included serving on the firm’s UK Supervisory Board for 8 years and creating several other large sector focused businesses within the firm. He has audited some of Britain’s largest companies and led financial due diligence for international mergers and acquisitions, including the then largest global corporate merger.
Colin also sits on the Boards of the Floreat Education Academies Trust (UK) and Farm Africa (UK).
Emily is involved in designing, launching, and consulting to innovative programmes within the social sector that enable disadvantaged young people to significantly improve their life outcomes, primarily through education and sustained employment. She also consults to educational institutions and the NHS on leadership development and change management. Previously, she was at Eli Lilly and Co. for 10 years, where she served as the HR Director for the company's UK operations, as well as for their R&D operations across Europe. She also served as Head of Development for Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation.
Emily is currently a trustee at UP, an organisation that transforms life chances for children and young adults, and DFN-Project SEARCH, a charity that supports young people with learning disabilities into full-time, paid employment. She is also on the Campaign Board for INSEAD.
“Each and every young person deserves opportunities to thrive – and Royal SpringBoard provides life transforming opportunities for young people in a unique and thoughtful way.”
Jane Lunnon has been Head of Wimbledon High School since September 2014, having, since 2010, been Senior Deputy Head at Wellington College, playing a key role in its Senior Leadership Team, working to increase the profile of girls in the recently co-educational school. Jane was appointed as a Governing Board member of Newland House in Autumn 2015 and of Notting Hill Prep School in January 2017. She is also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company Education Committee. She helped to set up The Sunday Times / Wellington College Annual Education Festival and has run (and spoken at) numerous workshops and conferences, including twice at the Global Girls’ Education Forum in the US.
Jane believes wholeheartedly that a good education encourages young people to find and to use their voices to help make change happen and she is happy to model that herself in speaking to the press about educational issues which matter. Her approach is to build confidence, ambition and an appreciation of excellence in all aspects of education, but to remember, always, that schools should be places of play and fun and joy. And if they are not, we are probably all doing it wrong!
She is currently secretary of the GSA London Region Heads division and sits on the HMC Universities’ Committee. In April 2019, Jane published a book with co-editor David James: The State of Independence.
Nicola Kane is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the COO division, based in London. She is Global Head of Operations and Co-Head of Group Operations IT and Change. She is a Director of the Board of CSi CSSEL, co-sponsor of the Credit Suisse LGBT network and Trustee of the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation.
Nicola joined Credit Suisse in June 2014 from Goldman Sachs where she spent 15 years. During her tenure she held a variety of Operations roles, including two years based in Hong Kong. Prior to Goldman Sachs, she held a variety of Operations roles at JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and worked as a consultant for Deloitte.
During her career, Nicola has held Board seats on various Industry bodies including as a Director of the International Securities Services Association (ISSA) and as the Chair of the Association of financial Markets Europe (AFME) post trade Board.
She holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Studies from the CASS Business School and is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA).
Patrick Smulders is Managing Partner of Freshstream Capital. Previously, he was Managing Director at TowerBrook, Senior Managing Director at Soros Private Equity and founding Partner and Managing Director at Doughty Hanson. He earned his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Patrick serves as a Governor of Rugby School and a Trustee of Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation and is co-founder and Chairman of The Horizon Foundation.
“I believe that bursaries granted by Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation provide potentially life transformational educational opportunities to deserving boys and girls.”
Ric Lewis is Chief Executive and Chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, a London-based real estate investment management company with €9.0+Billion in AuM, specialising in investment strategies in all property types across the UK and continental Europe for global institutional, endowment and private wealth investors.
Outside of work, Ric volunteers the majority of his time to organisations dedicated to improving the pathways to, and the quality of education, especially for children from less advantaged areas and environments. In 2009, Ric founded his own charitable foundation, The Black Heart Foundation (www.blackheartfoundation.org), dedicated to supporting initiatives that improve educational benefits and opportunities for young people. Each year, the Foundation provides several educational scholarships to young people in need in the UK and abroad. In addition to his role as a Trustee of Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation, Ric also serves on a number of educational and community Boards, including the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College (USA), Board of Governors of King Solomon Academy, the Board of Directors of the Eastside Young Leaders' Academy and the Board of Trustees (Chairman) of The Institute of Imagination (London Children’s Museum).
"I am so pleased to serve as a Trustee of Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation. There is little more worthy that I could possibly do with my time than helping Royal SpringBoard to remove some of the barriers to greater aspiration and achievement in education and life for the talented, ambitious and deserving young adults of this country."
Robert Swannell (CBE) – Chairman
Robert Swannell is the Chairman of Royal SpringBoard.
He is Chairman of UK Government Investments, which is responsible for corporate finance and corporate governance for HMG. He was previously Chairman of Marks & Spencer (2010-2017). He is also a Director of the Investor Forum and a member of The Takeover Panel Appeal Board.
Robert is a visiting Fellow at the Oxford University, Said Business School and former Trustee of Teach First. He was a member of the Advisory Board of The Sutton Trust from 2014-17 and Chairman of Rugby School from 2009-2014. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi’s European Investment Bank.
"I was a founding Trustee of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation. When I was Chairman of Rugby School we were determined to provide full bursaries to disadvantaged children for whom the pastoral care of boarding and great education provided a unique, life transforming experience. Our success in doing this, with support from many inner-city charities, led us to believe that we should form a new charity to work with all other independent and state Boarding Schools to transform the life chances of many more disadvantaged children. SpringBoard, now merged with RNCF, was the result."
Tim Bunting – Deputy Chairman
Tim Bunting joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs, where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006).
Tim started to work with Balderton and its portfolio of companies in 2005. In 2006 Tim spent a period as non-executive chairman of Betfair.
Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and The Wellington Academy; a Trustee of Rainbow Trust Children's Charity and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Tim is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
"Why support Royal SpringBoard? Because it works!”
William De Winton
William de Winton is a retired partner of Lansdowne Partners and a former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. He spent much of his career following the financial sector. He sits on a number of charity boards and is a founder Trustee of UP, a charity focused on some of the most disadvantaged children in our society. He is a founder Trustee of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation and helped to set it up because he believes access to good education offers a sustainable route to better social mobility – one of his abiding interests.
“Access to the best education should ideally be open to all.”
Non-Trustee Advisory Members of the Children & Schools Committee
Royal SpringBoard alumni - Esther and Brandon - join our Children & Schools Committee to share their experiences of boarding and help inform our work so that we can have an even more profound impact on the lives of young people.
Esther Ujah attended Wellington College from 2017-2019 and is now studying Theology and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge.
"As the recipient of a boarding school bursary, I've seen first-hand how opportunity and generosity can transform lives. To extend that same opportunity and generosity to the next generation of students is something I am wholeheartedly committed to. Being part of an innovative charity as inspiring as Royal SpringBoard only works to increase my belief that social equality is an achievable goal. I can only hope that my insight and contribution to the board will result in more students being equipped with the tools needed to make that goal a reality."
Brandon attended the Royal Hospital School from 2016-2018, and is now reading Criminology (Policing) at Middlesex University. Alongside his studies, Brandon is a Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police where he works on the robbery task force.
“I am over the moon to be part of the Royal SpringBoard Children and Schools Committee where I can offer my knowledge and experiences to make the life changing opportunity of attending a boarding school even more phenomenal. Quite frankly, being part of a boarding school community contributed to the best years of my life and I can’t wait until hundreds more can relate to that.”
The charity’s advisory board includes a number of leading educational and political figures, as well as a number of Royal SpringBoard alumni, to ensure the voices of our pupils are represented throughout our work.
Alesya Capelle attended Reed’s School. She then obtained a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Exeter (2013-2016). Alesya currently works as a Script Editor and has worked for a number of broadcasting channels, including the BBC, Sky One and ITV.
"It is an honour to be on the Advisory Board and part of an organisation that completely changed my life and will continue to change the lives of so many after me."
Andrew Isama attended Eton College from 2013 - 2015 through our Hope Opportunity Trust partnership programme. Having taken a degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh, he has now returned to Eton as an Economics teacher alongside a role within Diversity and Inclusion.
"The opportunity to inspire another generation of students is the main reason that I am sitting on the advisory board. The experiences that I have had since being part of Royal SpringBoard have been exciting, eye-opening and transformative. I can only hope that my insight on the board can lead to an increasing number of students having fulfilling and rewarding experiences in the future."
Dame Benita Refson DBE
Dame Benita Refson is a founding Trustee of Place2Be and a qualified counsellor. After 19 years, Benita stepped down as CEO in 2014 and continues to support the organisation enthusiastically through her role as President.
Benita received an OBE for Services to Children and Families in 2007; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of East London in 2009; in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Birthday 2016 Honours' List in recognition of services to education. Currently, Benita is Trustee, Forward Trust and a Governor at Bridge Academy Hackney.
"Royal SpringBoard provides opportunities to pupils to develop their education, skills and confidence in a school environment which otherwise would have been inaccessible."
Professor Dame Carol Robinson DBE
Professor Dame Carol Robinson is Dr. Lee’s Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
She is not only known for her ground-breaking research, but also for her unusual career path from laboratory technician to professor.
"My own life was transformed by someone who had faith in me."
Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton DBE
Dame Carolyn Hamilton is a barrister, Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Essex, formerly Director of the Children's Legal Centre and now Director of Coram International at Coram Children’s Legal Centre. She was the Senior Legal Adviser to the Children’s Commissioner and served as the Children and Families Commissioner to the Legal Services Commission. She was made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours' list for her work on children's rights. Dame Carolyn has been a consultant for UNICEF and other UN bodies for the last 20 years, working in over 50 countries mainly with governments, to promote and implement children's rights . She has a particular interest in the promotion of children's right to education.
"I am delighted to support Royal National Children's Springboard Foundation in its inspirational work on improving children's life chances, helping children reach their full potential, and promoting social cohesion."
Colin Morrison OBE
Colin Morrison OBE was a beneficiary, then Trustee, then the longest-serving Chair of the Royal National Children's Foundation. He also chaired the Boarding School Partnerships from 2016 until 2020. After a career as a CEO in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, Colin is now an investor in media companies.
"I support Royal SpringBoard because I know - first-hand - just how transformative boarding school can be. I owe so much to this charity."
Constantine Louloudis MBE
Constantine Louloudis is a graduate of Oxford University and a former Olympic rower, having won bronze in London 2012 and gold in Rio 2016. He now works for a tech startup between London and San Fransisco.
“I'm proud to support Royal SpringBoard because all my own opportunities came about thanks to a fantastic education, and I'd love for more children to benefit from the same wonderful start I was lucky to have.”
Sir Damon Buffini
Sir Damon Buffini was a founding partner of Permira and was Chairman and Managing Partner from 1997-2010. Damon was also the Co-Founder of the Social Business Trust.
Damon is the Chair of The Royal National Theatre whose mission is to create world class theatre and make it available to everyone. In 2017 Damon was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Schroders plc.
"By providing access to educational excellence Royal SpringBoard certainly improves life chances and overall social mobility."
David Lammy MP
David Lammy has been the Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000, and in the 2017 General Election was re-elected for the sixth time with 82% of the vote. David was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, practised as a barrister in England and the United States and became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997. David served for 8 years (2002-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government. David is one of Parliament's most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice.
“I attribute the opportunity to attend a state boarding school from the age 11 as the single biggest reason I avoided a life of crime, gangs, prison, and mental health challenges, which were all too real as outcomes for young men of my background growing up in Tottenham in the 1980’s.”
ames Darley has been working in Graduate Recruitment for just under 20 years and is recognized by his colleagues and the industry as one of the most significant leaders in the sector.
James has been part of the Senior Leadership of Teach First from the very early days and for 13 seasons headed up their Graduate Recruitment Division. During that time he recruited over 10,000 graduates, delivered over 800% growth and was honored with the Founding Ambassador status having significantly supported the charity's development and significance in the sector.
In late 2016 James spotted an opportunity to add more value to societal injustice by setting up the charity ‘Transform’ to represent all 5 programmes recruiting top talent into the most needed jobs in society (Teach First, Frontline, Police Now, Think Ahead & Unlocked).
“Having spent the last 15 years helping those most disadvantaged to reach their potential, I can safely say Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation is literally transforming lives.”
John Attwater was Headmaster of King Edward’s School Witley (Bridewell Royal Hospital) from 2010 until August 2019. King Edward’s has more pupils assisted by Royal SpringBoard than any other single school. John became Principal of King's Ely School on 1st September 2019.
“The recipient of a boarding bursary himself, he knows first-hand the transformative effect that boarding opportunities can have, and is absolutely committed to providing these opportunities to as many as possible.”
Lady Tettey is an English Literature and Business graduate from the University of Liverpool. Lady was awarded the Arnold Foundation Bursary Scholarship to attend Rugby School for Sixth form. Lady currently as a Senior Digital Strategist for COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference.
"The disparity between the quality of education in private and state schools, and the availability of opportunities for young people like me from underprivileged areas is a sad but true reality. Being on the Royal Springboard Advisory Board will be a great, proactive way to rebalance the scale."
Lord Adonis PC
Lord Andrew Adonis was educated at Kingham Hill School, a boarding school in Oxfordshire. He studied history at Keble College, Oxford, followed by a PhD in modern history and a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, when he was also elected to Oxford City Council (from 1987 to 1991).
Andrew was a journalist at the Financial Times for five years (1991-96) before moving to the Observer as a political columnist. He joined Tony Blair’s Number 10 policy staff in 1998, first as education adviser then, after 2001, as Head of the Policy Unit.
He was Minister for Schools from May 2005 until October 2008, Minister of State for Transport from October 2008 until June 2009, and Secretary of State for Transport from June 2009 until May 2010. Andrew was one of Labour’s negotiating team with the Liberal Democrats in the post-election hung parliament negotiations.
Lord John Nash was, for many years, in the venture capital industry (former chairman of the British Venture Capital Association), became an academy sponsor in 2008 and was a Government Minister from 2013 to 2017(Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System).
"I support Royal SpringBoard because I strongly believe that for the right young person boarding school can be transformative - it was for me!"
Luke Wheeler attended Reed’s School. He then went on to study mathematics at Loughborough University and is now a Senior Executive Researcher at a commodities recruitment firm.
"I have chosen to sit on the advisory board as an alumnus as I have benefited greatly from the support I received, and it still resonates with me. I believe it’s important to consider such past successes and experiences."
Patrick Derham OBE
Founding member of Royal SpringBoard, Patrick Derham has been Head of Westminster School, Rugby School and Solihull School and sits on the governing body of a range of other prominent schools. Patrick was also the Founding Trustee of the Arnold Foundation at Rugby School and is Deputy Chair of Trustees of IntoUniversity.
“My life was transformed by a bursary and since then I have been passionate about providing similar opportunities to as many people as possible. It is what gets me out of bed in the morning. For me the creation of SpringBoard, based on the work of the Arnold Foundation, is one of the proudest moments of my life. Royal SpringBoard is transforming lives on a scale that is truly helping address the issues of social mobility and inequality in the country.”
Peter Campbell’s career spans 35 years as an HR professional in multi-national corporations and across several business sectors. Following roles with Shell UK, Mars UK and PepsiCo Foods, he joined Zurich Insurance where he held a wide range of roles across recruitment, management and organisational development; before spending ten years as UK Executive member, HR Director and board member of the Zurich Community Trust, an independent charity.
Peter holds an MA in English & Philosophy from Edinburgh University and an MSc in Business & Management Research from Henley Business School. On taking an early retirement Peter served as Trustee and Chair of Highfield School, a small independent girls school, and latterly as Chair of the Tovey Endowment, a charity supporting the education of children and young people.
“I am excited to be joining the Advisory Board, and I look forward to being able to make a contribution to the wonderful work that Royal Springboard does to improve the life chances of the young people we support.”
Sir Peter Lampl OBE
Sir Peter Lampl is founder, chairman and principal funder of The Sutton Trust which aims to improve social mobility through education. Since 1997, the Trust has published over 160 research studies. It is also a ‘do tank’ initiating and supporting a wide range of programmes from early years through to access to the professions. He has given over £50 million of his personal fortune, and devoted 19 years of service to improving education in the UK.
Peter is also chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation set up in 2011 by The Sutton Trust with support from Impetus Trust. It was funded by an endowment of £135 million from Government, to improve the performance of the poorest children in the worst performing schools.
Before establishing The Sutton Trust in 1997, Peter was the founder and chairman of the Sutton Company, a Private Equity firm with offices in New York, London and Munich. Peter has a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Oxford and an MBA from the London Business School. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 and was knighted in 2003 in the Queen’s birthday list.
Dr Rachel Carr OBE
Dr Rachel Carr is the Chief Executive and co-founder of IntoUniversity. Previously, she was a university lecturer and Head of an English Department. Her idea for the IntoUniversity programme was backed by The Sutton Trust in 2002 and she spent four years on the ground creating and delivering the programme to children and young people in North Kensington.
In 2007 she became the CEO of the newly formed charity which was set up to scale the North Kensington project. Since then Rachel has led on the expansion of the charity from one IntoUniversity centre serving 850 students a year to its current 25 centres supporting over 30,000 students each year to reach their potential.
"I support the work of Royal SpringBoard as it provides pupils with the transformational experience of boarding school, hugely impacting on both their educational achievements and future successes."
Ray Lewis is founder and director of Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA), established in 2002 as an intervention initiative for BME boys at risk of exclusion. Girls were later introduced to the programme.
Ray was formerly a prison service manager and senior advisor to the Mayor of London. In 2007, EYLA sent its first students to Rugby School on a full bursary and since then worked closely with the Arnold Foundation to provide more opportunities. The partnership with Royal SpringBoard has enabled EYLA to increase the number of ‘scholars’ able to access full bursaries from one or two a year to 30.
"I joined the Royal SpringBoard advisory board in pursuit of my commitment to social inclusion and mobility."
Rogan McGilp cared for his brother, who is profoundly disabled, since he was young, and never really had much of a social life or the chance to do any activities. So, when RNCF provided him with the chance to attend boarding school, he jumped at the opportunity.
Rogan went on to build the first fully disabled, accessible and driveable drag race car at the age of 16, winning National Young Engineer 2016, and now he runs his own company, Rogue Rod Kustoms, where he builds bespoke Hot Rods and race cars.
"The support I received changed my life, so the chance to help advise and maybe make a difference for someone else, is not one I could miss."
Roland founded and leads the global communications consultancy Finsbury. Before founding Finsbury, he worked as a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times, and as a policy coordinator for Lord Owen. He is also Chairman of The People’s Vote and Open Britain, a trustee of the Tate, Speakers for Schools and the Bayreuth Festival. He is an ambassador for the Made By Dyslexia campaign and is Chairman of the Governors of Millfield School.
Sarah Evans has a background in finance, management consulting and education. She founded, and is Chair at Westside School, a small school model for excluded young people. Sarah sits on the Advisory Board to her business school, and MaRS Solution Lab in Canada, as well as on the Board of Sadler’s Wells Theatre
"Royal SpringBoard has greatly improved the life chances of many young people through access to higher standard, more supportive, and often more aspirational education."
Following a primary education under her headmaster father, Sarah was educated in the state sector. She went on to read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and to study for a (yet-to-be-completed) DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford. She taught for the Open University and then in schools and throughout her professional career has been committed to partnerships in education.
She was Warden of Forest School in London from 2009 and in 2015 became Head of Oundle School. She and her husband, a musician and educationalist, have four children and a growing posse of grandchildren.
Yuriel Kpalobi attended Millfield School and is now studying Mathematics and Statistics at Queen Mary University London.
“The cause at the heart of Royal SpringBoard is a terrific opportunity offered to students to enable them to excel in ANY field they wish and this cause is also close to my heart. I want to use my experience and skills acquired during my time at Millfield to assist and motivate other students who are going through the process.”