Our People

We are made up of passionate individuals with a range of experience from the education and youth sectors, but we all have one thing in common, we want to see all children and young people in the UK getting an equal start in life.

Our Trustees

Jo Owen - Chair

Jo is a co-founder of eight charities in education and re-offending including Teach First, the UK’s largest graduate recruiter. He is a top author and speaker on leadership: his books have reached over 50 editions globally and include How to Lead, Global Teams and Tribal Business School. He was a partner at Accenture; he started a bank, has been sued for $12 billion and was the best nappy salesman in Birmingham while working for P&G.

Dame Joan McVittie – Vice Chair

Dame Joan is currently an Education Consultant. She was awarded a Damehood in honour of her contribution to education in December 2012. Dame Joan has 18 years’ experience as a secondary head in inner city schools in challenging areas, including Woodside High, Haringey, in 2006 which Ofsted rated as outstanding in two successive inspections. In 2011 – 2012, Dame Joan was the President of the Association of School and College Leaders. She was a member of the governing council of the National College, a trustee of the Youth Sports Trust, is still a trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force and is the Lay member on the Heart and Lung Transplant Board for NHS Blood and Transplant.

Jill Finney – Trustee

Jill has spent her career in Strategic Marketing and Comms and has experience at Director level across the private and public sector which includes manufacturing , professional services , The British Library and Regulation. She was the Deputy Chief Executive of the health and social care regulator: The Care Quality Commission. Jill now manages a portfolio of non executive positions in higher education and the charitable sector advising on strategy, governance and communications.

Anthony Harte – Trustee

Anthony is Senior Vice President (EMEA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML). Anthony oversees the firm’s philanthropic programme and is part of the leadership team for Environment, Social and Governance in the EMEA region. Before joining BofAML, Anthony established the Community Affairs platform at Nomura and prior to this worked within the Philanthropy and Cultural Partnership team at Lehman Brothers.

Charles Scott – Trustee

Charles has had 33 years as a management consultant and was a founding partner of The Berkeley Partnership, a highly regarded independent consultancy. His current activities are varied: non-executive chairman of T H White, a mechanical engineering business; a qualified Meyler Campbell business coach; chair of a small music charity for young people; and school governor of Ark Conway primary school.

David Sheldon – Treasurer

David works for Nomura in Product Control. He has built finance teams covering derivative and funding products across banking. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Chris White – Trustee

Chris is Co-Founder of ZING – a seed funder of early stage organisations focusing on young people realising their potential, often in the transition between education and the workplace. ZING also brings about scalable web and mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector.

Staff

Graeme Duncan – Chief Executive

Graeme was the first graduate hired by Teach First in 2003, teaching for two years in a secondary school serving a highly disadvantaged community, where he led the Maths Faculty. He then joined London First, a business lobby group, as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Baroness Valentine, before focusing on education and immigration projects. From there he joined Teach First in 2008 to work on fundraising, policy and public affairs before, in 2010, becoming Director of Development at Greenhouse, a charity that uses sport to engage and develop young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In June 2014, he stepped out to set up Right to Succeed.

Alison Bellaby – Reach Programme Manager

Ali is the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion within the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Blackpool. She has taught for 19 years across both primary and secondary phases, including 10 years within the specialist PRU sector, which has given her a wealth of experience and understanding of how to support some of the most vulnerable students within education. She has worked within multi-agency teams alongside social workers, CAMHS, clinical and educational psychologists, parenting, youth, and pupil welfare services. She has led several initiatives across Blackpool to collaboratively support mainstream schools in improving outcomes for children and young people.

Ali is interested in developing research and evidence-based practices within schools to help ensure support for young people is truly well considered and relevant.

Andrew Thurlow – Reach Programme Manager

Andy is the Reach Program Manager for Doncaster. Andy has a wealth of experience spanning over 28 years within the secondary school sector, operating as vice principal for behavior and inclusion before taking up a role within the local authority, commissioned to carry out a behavior review of current provisions; where they are and what is required to meet needs in the future. Andy set up his own consultancy company in 2018 supporting schools and Local Authorities on their behaviour and learning provisions. Andy is committed to providing quality education and provision for all pupils to  improve their future life chances.

Annie Hinton – Programme Officer

Annie is responsible for assisting in the delivery of different programmes for the organisation, providing both administrative and programme delivery support. Annie comes from a background in international development; she completed a Master’s in Global Studies at the University of Vienna and recently finished working as a Policy and Advocacy Advisor for the National Youth Council of Malawi. Most recently she was working as the Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Village Aid. Annie is a skilled researcher and consultant, volunteering her time with a number of organisations, including Raising Futures Kenya.

Belinda Logan – Director of Reach

Belinda is heading up Right to Succeed’s Reach Programme. Her experience has been gained from over 30 years in education. Belinda has worked in a variety of roles in a number of local authorities, including education officer and Ofsted inspector, though the majority of her time has been as a senior leader. Belinda has worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools as a senior leader, headteacher and executive headteacher in special and alternative provision schools. As part of her role more recently she has contributed to the successful opening of a number of free special and alternative provision schools.

Beth Matheson – Chief Operations Officer

Beth is responsible for the finance, HR and governance functions within Right to Succeed.

Having qualified as an ACA at Deloitte, she has spent the last decade working in the not-for-profit field, heading up the finance function or part thereof of various international organisations, including Amnesty International International Secretariat. Prior to joining Right to Succeed, Beth had a short stint as a Finance and Resources Director for a London-based Ark Academy, which sparked her interest in getting involved in education improvement.

Janice Bluett-Duncan – Programme Officer

Janice is responsible for assisting in the delivery of different programmes for the organisation, providing both administrative and programme delivery support. A qualified secondary school teacher and passionate about education, Janice has spent the last few years in India, working on various NGO- and CSR-led programmes to improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty whilst completing a Graduate Diploma in International Development with the University of London.

Kezia Harper – Operations Assistant

Kezia assists the team with a range of administrative support, including finance, HR and general office management. Kezia has a background in technical production and administration in the fashion industry and, after finding the industry to be lacking in potential for improvements in ethics and sustainability Kezia began studying a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design, which she is completing alongside her role at Right to Succeed. Her research is concerned with the underlying structures and codes in society which prevent equality and contribute to the exploitation of people in vulnerable situations.

Mary Randolph – Programme Coordinator

Mary is responsible for the coordination of different programmes for the organisation, providing both administrative and programme delivery support. She’s been involved in education in various capacities for the past ten years. She taught English as a Second Language in several countries around the world. More recently, she worked as primary school teacher in Istanbul, Turkey.

Olivia Sixsmith – Director of Development

Olivia leads our development work, covering all fundraising and communications activities with partners and stakeholders. Olivia comes from a youth work background with experience working with disadvantaged young people in inner city contexts in London, Manchester and overseas in Latin America. In her early career, she pushed for collective working to create joined-up processes with a range of local organisations including schools, housing departments, social services, residents/tenants’ associations and the police, to improve the services and outcomes from young people.

Olivia is passionate about Right to Succeed’s mission and after spending time working in fundraising and development roles within small, medium and larger organisations including Afghanaid, Womankind and Save the Children, she is delighted to return to her roots working to support children living in poverty to achieve their potential.

Patricia O'Lynn - Reach Programme Manager

Alongside her role at Right to Succeed, Patricia is a doctoral student at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research seeks to better understand young people’s experiences of exclusion from school within the context of Northern Ireland.

Patricia is a skilled researcher, political activist and education consultant. She sits as a board member to the Chartered Management Institute and school governor to Braidside Integrated Primary. Patricia was presented with the Sir Tomas Dixon award which will enable her to conduct a comparative study on truancy between the jurisdictions of Northern Ireland and New Zealand.

Paul O’Neill – Director of Programmes

Paul leads on the strategic and operational delivery of our programmes, being responsible for quality assurance, partnerships and relationship management. He has managed numerous programmes and interventions in education and the third sector, joining Right to Succeed from The Children’s Society in 2015 where he led large multi-site teams through transformational change initiatives.

In addition to teaching at the University of Manchester since 2012 specialising in Psychology, Social Justice and Youth Intervention, Paul is a school governor at Abraham Moss Community School in Manchester and a member of the UK Policy and Practice Network for the UoM Promoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement EU research project.

Sarah Stockwell - Development Manager

Sarah has worked in fundraising, in a range of different charities, for over 16 years. The thread linking all of her roles is her passionate commitment to supporting organisations which enable others to access the same opportunities that she has been privileged to be given. Sarah brings to the team her specialism in Trust, Statutory and Institutional fundraising and partnership working. She also brings her experience of working with corporates and a range of individual funders. Sarah is especially excited to be part of the Right to Succeed team as, having been born and raised in Blackpool, she can see the tremendous difference our collaborative approach is having in this and other areas.

Steven Baker - Programme Director North Birkenhead

Steven Baker is the Executive Headteacher of two outstanding schools in Merseyside that cater for children aged 5-16 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH); he has also recently taken on the leadership of a Pupil Referral Unit that is in special measures.  His schools use non-confrontational approaches to behaviour management and the secondary SEMH school is a sanction free zone. They have won a range of national awards for their compassionate, collaborative approach and in 2018 the Department for Education cited the primary school as an example of best practice in mental health.

Steven has held a range of leadership roles, is a former Ofsted inspector and regularly delivers national keynotes on topics including well-being, managing challenging behaviour and leading strategic change.  He develops school leaders for Ambition School Leadership, quality assures the work of their facilitators and has co-written an online course which was hosted on the FutureLearn platform.  Steven is a member of the Ambition Institute and Learnus advisory boards; he was recently made a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching for his ‘significant and sustained’ impact on teaching.  Steven is on the SecEd and Headteacher Update editorial board, sits on the panel of judges for the Pearson Teaching Awards and works with the Ministry of Justice in youth and adult establishments nationwide as they focus their efforts on developing a culture of rehabilitation.

A former war crimes investigator, Steven regularly speaks in schools and prisons about the consequences of hatred; in addition to receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, he was recently presented with an award by Lord Bourne for his ‘outstanding contributions to tackling hatred and building a better society.’

Tom Shirley – Senior Analyst

Tom is a data analyst with a specialism in data that relates to young people and their skills – from early years through to employment. He has worked with a variety of teams across local councils, as well as universities, academy chains and charities, to help maximise their insight and drive improved outcomes for young people. He works with our impact team on the technical elements required to create outputs that drive adoption and the success of our programmes.

Zoya Wallington – Director of Impact

Zoya leads on impact management, insights and analysis. In her previous role Zoya led on research with 40 schools on behalf of Teach First, Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders Trust. The three-year collective impact approach was supported by the Education Endowment Foundation to test whether investing intensively in professional development for teachers, could accelerate closing the achievement gap for pupils in areas of high deprivation.

Zoya has published work on user voice on behalf of Shelter and the End Child Poverty Coalition and has led research into inclusion and youth leadership working with schools, specialist providers, special schools and pupil referral units across the UK.

Our People

We are made up of passionate individuals with a range of experience from the education and youth sectors, but we all have one thing in common, we want to see all children and young people in the UK getting an equal start in life.

Our Trustees

Jo Owen - Chair

Jo is a co-founder of eight charities in education and re-offending including Teach First, the UK’s largest graduate recruiter. He is a top author and speaker on leadership: his books have reached over 50 editions globally and include How to Lead, Global Teams and Tribal Business School. He was a partner at Accenture; he started a bank, has been sued for $12 billion and was the best nappy salesman in Birmingham while working for P&G.

Dame Joan McVittie – Vice Chair
Dame Joan is currently an Education Consultant. She was awarded a Damehood in honour of her contribution to education in December 2012. Dame Joan has 18 years’ experience as a secondary head in inner city schools in challenging areas, including Woodside High, Haringey, in 2006 which Ofsted rated as outstanding in two successive inspections. In 2011 – 2012, Dame Joan was the President of the Association of School and College Leaders. She was a member of the governing council of the National College, a trustee of the Youth Sports Trust, is still a trustee of the Education and Employers Task Force and is the Lay member on the Heart and Lung Transplant Board for NHS Blood and Transplant.
Jill Finney – Trustee

Jill has spent her career in Strategic Marketing and Comms and has experience at Director level across the private and public sector which includes manufacturing , professional services , The British Library and Regulation. She was the Deputy Chief Executive of the health and social care regulator: The Care Quality Commission. Jill now manages a portfolio of non executive positions in higher education and the charitable sector advising on strategy, governance and communications.

Anthony Harte – Trustee

Anthony is Senior Vice President (EMEA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML). Anthony oversees the firm’s philanthropic programme and is part of the leadership team for Environment, Social and Governance in the EMEA region. Before joining BofAML, Anthony established the Community Affairs platform at Nomura and prior to this worked within the Philanthropy and Cultural Partnership team at Lehman Brothers.

Charles Scott – Trustee

Charles has had 33 years as a management consultant and was a founding partner of The Berkeley Partnership, a highly regarded independent consultancy. His current activities are varied: non-executive chairman of T H White, a mechanical engineering business; a qualified Meyler Campbell business coach; chair of a small music charity for young people; and school governor of Ark Conway primary school.

David Sheldon – Treasurer

David works for Nomura in Product Control. He has built finance teams covering derivative and funding products across banking. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Chris White – Trustee

Chris is Co-Founder of ZING – a seed funder of early stage organisations focusing on young people realising their potential, often in the transition between education and the workplace. ZING also brings about scalable web and mobile technologies to the not-for-profit sector.

Staff

Graeme Duncan – Chief Executive

Graeme was the first graduate hired by Teach First in 2003, teaching for two years in a secondary school serving a highly disadvantaged community, where he led the Maths Faculty. He then joined London First, a business lobby group, as Executive Assistant to the CEO, Baroness Valentine, before focusing on education and immigration projects. From there he joined Teach First in 2008 to work on fundraising, policy and public affairs before, in 2010, becoming Director of Development at Greenhouse, a charity that uses sport to engage and develop young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In June 2014, he stepped out to set up Right to Succeed.

Alison Bellaby – Reach Programme Manager

Ali is the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion within the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in Blackpool. She has taught for 19 years across both primary and secondary phases, including 10 years within the specialist PRU sector, which has given her a wealth of experience and understanding of how to support some of the most vulnerable students within education. She has worked within multi-agency teams alongside social workers, CAMHS, clinical and educational psychologists, parenting, youth, and pupil welfare services. She has led several initiatives across Blackpool to collaboratively support mainstream schools in improving outcomes for children and young people.

Ali is interested in developing research and evidence-based practices within schools to help ensure support for young people is truly well considered and relevant.

Annie Hinton – Programme Officer

Annie is responsible for assisting in the delivery of different programmes for the organisation, providing both administrative and programme delivery support. Annie comes from a background in international development; she completed a Master’s in Global Studies at the University of Vienna and recently finished working as a Policy and Advocacy Advisor for the National Youth Council of Malawi. Most recently she was working as the Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Village Aid. Annie is a skilled researcher and consultant, volunteering her time with a number of organisations, including Raising Futures Kenya.

Belinda Logan – Director of Reach

Belinda is heading up Right to Succeed’s Reach Programme. Her experience has been gained from over 30 years in education. Belinda has worked in a variety of roles in a number of local authorities, including education officer and Ofsted inspector, though the majority of her time has been as a senior leader. Belinda has worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools as a senior leader, headteacher and executive headteacher in special and alternative provision schools. As part of her role more recently she has contributed to the successful opening of a number of free special and alternative provision schools.

Beth Matheson – Chief Operations Officer

Beth is responsible for the finance, HR and governance functions within Right to Succeed.

Having qualified as an ACA at Deloitte, she has spent the last decade working in the not-for-profit field, heading up the finance function or part thereof of various international organisations, including Amnesty International International Secretariat. Prior to joining Right to Succeed, Beth had a short stint as a Finance and Resources Director for a London-based Ark Academy, which sparked her interest in getting involved in education improvement.

Janice Bluett-Duncan – Programme Officer

Janice is responsible for assisting in the delivery of different programmes for the organisation, providing both administrative and programme delivery support. A qualified secondary school teacher and passionate about education, Janice has spent the last few years in India, working on various NGO- and CSR-led programmes to improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty whilst completing a Graduate Diploma in International Development with the University of London.

Kezia Harper – Operations Assistant

Kezia assists the team with a range of administrative support, including finance, HR and general office management. Kezia has a background in technical production and administration in the fashion industry and, after finding the industry to be lacking in potential for improvements in ethics and sustainability Kezia began studying a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design, which she is completing alongside her role at Right to Succeed. Her research is concerned with the underlying structures and codes in society which prevent equality and contribute to the exploitation of people in vulnerable situations.

Mary Randolph – Programme Coordinator

Mary is responsible for the coordination of different programmes for the organisation, providing both administrative and programme delivery support. She’s been involved in education in various capacities for the past ten years. She taught English as a Second Language in several countries around the world. More recently, she worked as primary school teacher in Istanbul, Turkey.

Olivia Sixsmith – Director of Development

Olivia leads our development work, covering all fundraising and communications activities with partners and stakeholders. Olivia comes from a youth work background with experience working with disadvantaged young people in inner city contexts in London, Manchester and overseas in Latin America. In her early career, she pushed for collective working to create joined-up processes with a range of local organisations including schools, housing departments, social services, residents/tenants’ associations and the police, to improve the services and outcomes from young people.

Olivia is passionate about Right to Succeed’s mission and after spending time working in fundraising and development roles within small, medium and larger organisations including Afghanaid, Womankind and Save the Children, she is delighted to return to her roots working to support children living in poverty to achieve their potential.

Patricia O'Lynn – Reach Programme Manager

Alongside her role at Right to Succeed, Patricia is a doctoral student at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research seeks to better understand young people’s experiences of exclusion from school within the context of Northern Ireland.

Patricia is a skilled researcher, political activist and education consultant. She sits as a board member to the Chartered Management Institute and school governor to Braidside Integrated Primary. Patricia was presented with the Sir Tomas Dixon award which will enable her to conduct a comparative study on truancy between the jurisdictions of Northern Ireland and New Zealand.

Paul O’Neill – Director of Programmes

Paul leads on the strategic and operational delivery of our programmes, being responsible for quality assurance, partnerships and relationship management. He has managed numerous programmes and interventions in education and the third sector, joining Right to Succeed from The Children’s Society in 2015 where he led large multi-site teams through transformational change initiatives.

In addition to teaching at the University of Manchester since 2012 specialising in Psychology, Social Justice and Youth Intervention, Paul is a school governor at Abraham Moss Community School in Manchester and a member of the UK Policy and Practice Network for the UoM Promoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement EU research project.

Tom Shirley – Senior Analyst

Tom is a data analyst with a specialism in data that relates to young people and their skills – from early years through to employment. He has worked with a variety of teams across local councils, as well as universities, academy chains and charities, to help maximise their insight and drive improved outcomes for young people. He works with our impact team on the technical elements required to create outputs that drive adoption and the success of our programmes.

Zoya Wallington – Director of Impact

Zoya leads on impact management, insights and analysis. In her previous role Zoya led on research with 40 schools on behalf of Teach First, Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders Trust. The three-year collective impact approach was supported by the Education Endowment Foundation to test whether investing intensively in professional development for teachers, could accelerate closing the achievement gap for pupils in areas of high deprivation.

Zoya has published work on user voice on behalf of Shelter and the End Child Poverty Coalition and has led research into inclusion and youth leadership working with schools, specialist providers, special schools and pupil referral units across the UK.

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“Right to Succeed’s research-informed approach is made sustainable through their commitment to harness the power of the collective.”

Sir Harvey McGrath, British business and philanthropy Executive and Right to Succeed funder

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Sir Harvey McGrath, British business and philanthropy Executive and Right to Succeed funder

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“Right to Succeed’s research-informed approach is made sustainable through their commitment to harness the power of the collective.”
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"They have challenged our thinking, provided tools to help us improve our outcomes for young people and remained consistent throughout the process to date."

Head SLT Ed Diversity

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Head SLT Ed Diversity

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"They have challenged our thinking, provided tools to help us improve our outcomes for young people and remained consistent throughout the process to date."
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"It shows me that the work that you are doing is enormously important. You are acting as filters, brokers, and relationship-builders. You are nudging, monitoring and linking the work in the region. You are generating momentum, funding, and enthusiasm."

David Weston CEO at Teacher Development Trust

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David Weston CEO at Teacher Development Trust

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"It shows me that the work that you are doing is enormously important. You are acting as filters, brokers, and relationship-builders. You are nudging, monitoring and linking the work in the region. You are generating momentum, funding, and enthusiasm."
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"After 30 years in this profession and eight years as a Head Teacher I can honestly say that I have never before worked with such professional people who have been able to challenge my thinking and inspire my practice"

Wendy Casson, Headteacher, Educational Diversity Pupil Referral Unit, Blackpool

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Wendy Casson, Headteacher, Educational Diversity Pupil Referral Unit, Blackpool

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"After 30 years in this profession and eight years as a Head Teacher I can honestly say that I have never before worked with such professional people who have been able to challenge my thinking and inspire my practice"

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