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 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 Design Manager

Annie is responsible creating the design and delivery of different programmes for the organisation. 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.

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.

Cath Murray - Chief Development Officer

Cath Murray is Chief Development Officer for Right to Succeed, overseeing communications, policy and advocacy, fundraising, and development. Cath was previously the programme lead for IntegratED, a 19-partner programme working to improve outcomes for excluded children across England, and the policy lead on exclusions and alternative provision at the Centre for Social Justice. Prior to this, Cath worked as an education journalist at two education trade newspapers, Schools Week and FE Week, and as managing editor for the parenting website, Netmums.

In her early career, Cath lived in Spain and Costa Rica for over a decade, working as a translator and interpreter then managing study-abroad programmes for university students.

Ella Fothergill - Development Officer

As Development Officer, Ella supports the development team in fundraising for Right to Succeed. She recently completed her degree in Social Anthropology at The London School of Economics, taking a particular interest in youth identity and its intersections with race and class. Her passion for tackling educational inequality was sparked when performing a long-term ethnographic research project in a London primary school, where she saw firsthand the devastating effects of poverty on educational attainment. Ella has volunteered as an in-school mentor, as well as assisting teaching projects in both London and Sri Lanka.

Janice Bluett-Duncan – Programme Manager North Birkenhead

Janice is the Programme Manager for our North Birkenhead programme, Cradle to Career. With a background in education and non-profit programme delivery, Janice is passionate about collective working and the VCSE sector. Before joining Right to Succeed, Janice spent 2 years in India, working on various NGO- and CSR-led social innovation programmes to improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty, whilst completing a qualification in International Development.

Jenny Davies - Programme Officer

As a Programme Officer, Jenny is responsible for providing administrative and strategic support for the Reach, Pathways for All and KS3 Literacy projects in Blackpool.

Jenny joined Right to Succeed with a background in mobility, where she supported work abroad and cultural exchanges for young people looking to improve their employability.
After working as an English Language Assistant in France, Jenny became motivated to develop her career in the education sector in order to empower young people through addressing the systematic inequalities that prevent them from reaching their potential.

Keelan Early - Programme Manager, North Birkenhead

Keelan has volunteered or worked within the community sector for more than half his life. Recently appointed Programme Manager for the Cradle to Career project in North Birkenhead, he brings together the community, families, education sector and local organisations and services with a place-based, collective impact approach to improving outcomes for children and young people.

In his previous role, he supported the local sector to access funding, boost volunteering involvement and delivering effective partnership working. More importantly, he represented the challenges and opportunities faced by the community sector and communities they work within.

Keelan has been invited to advise the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in all manners related to community and social business sector by sitting on the Social & Solidarity Economy Panel.
A trustee of Deafness Resource Centre and an advisory board member of St Helens Arts in Libraries programme, he brings a breadth of asset-based community development knowledge

Kelly Fisher - Programme Officer

As a Programme Officer, Kelly is responsible for providing administrative and strategic support for the Cradle to Career Project in North Birkenhead. 

Kelly initially trained as a secondary school English teacher but transitioned to work in fundraising and community engagement, Kelly now joins Right to Succeed with five years of experience in the charity and social sector. Kelly is passionate about mental health advocacy and the performing arts, in 2018 Kelly set up a performing arts community group with which she is still actively involved.

Kezia Harper – Operations Coordinator

Kezia supports the team with a range of administrative and communications 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.

Lauren Whiteley – Programme Officer

Lauren is the Programme Officer for the Reach Programme, and the Every Child Project in Manchester, which involves providing programme delivery and administrative support. She grew up in Bradford, and has recently settled in Manchester after completing a degree in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at The University of Manchester. Lauren has a background in charity work and has experience working with Refugees and Homelessness through various organisations, and experience working in Manchester Schools. She was recently part of the ‘Everyone In’ initiative as part of Manchester City Council’s response to homelessness during the Covid-19 pandemic, which received the High Sheriff’s Award for its commitment to ending homelessness. She has a strong interest in social justice, and the effects of poverty on society.

Mary Randolph – Programme Manager, Manchester

Mary is the manager of all our Manchester based programmes. 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.

Michelle Kelsall - HR Manager

Michelle brings with her, to Right to Succeed, 18 years of HR experience from  the private, public and third sectors.Michelle enjoys taking a collaborative approach to her to role and finding creative ways to improvement staff engagement.
Being passionate about employee wellbeing, learning & development and organisational culture, Michelle is excited and proud to be working for an organisation that lives and breathes it’s values.

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 – Chief Programmes Officer

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.

Rekha Patel Harrison - Programme Director

Rekha has over 30 years of experience with young people and families in the public and charity sector, having worked in social care and educational & community settings. After completing an MA in community learning, Rekha has been successfully running and leading charities.
Rekha brings passion and commitment to the work she does to break cycles of deprivation and has a strong desire to address social inequalities.

Rekha continues her volunteer work which  involves the tutoring and mentoring of women and young people entering or departing university education by supporting in their academic journey and future professional journey.

Rita Pilkington - Senior Insights Analyst

Rita is responsible for the capture, analysis and presentation of data at Right to Succeed. She is passionate about using research and data to improve outcomes for those most in need and previously worked for Depaul UK, a youth homelessness charity. Prior to joining Right to Succeed, Rita was a Senior Research Executive at Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, an arts consultancy.

As well as having a background in research, Rita’s academic background is in science – she has a Batchelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health which looked at how social science approaches to research can help support policy change around the world. 

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.

Sonia White - Partnerships Manager

Sonia holds the responsibility of managing partnerships across Right to Succeed. Sonia has over 10 years’ experience working in the charity sector for substance misuse, criminal justice and youth services across a variety of communities; from small ex-mining towns in the North East to inner-city neighborhoods in Manchester and Leeds. Sonia is passionate and committed to supporting families, children and young people to achieve their potential and thrive.
From early in her career Sonia saw the advantage and challenge in bringing together organisations to provide the best opportunities for vulnerable adults, children and young people. She has since championed collaborative approaches which led her to the work of Right to Succeed.

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. 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. 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.

Tim Wright - Programme Manager, Blackpool

Tim is Programme Manager for Right to Succeed’s work in Blackpool. He brings a wealth of experience as a successful Events, Project & Engagement Manager having worked across the Education, Business, Public & Live Music sectors.  Tim joins Right to Succeed straight from leading on a, region-wide, outreach, widening participation, careers event programme engaging upwards of 13,000 school pupils per year! Tim is passionate about creating networks, widening horizons and facilitating opportunities to identify and develop potential in young people, thriving on the challenge of instigating and developing mutually reciprocal relationships to achieve that aim. Tim has further experience in primary, secondary and further education settings and, in a parallel life, has been a rock-climbing instructor and still stage manages an award-winning music festival!”

Tom Staples - Programme Officer, North Birkenhead

Tom is responsible for assisting in the delivery of the Cradle to Career project in North Birkenhead. Providing both administrative and programme delivery support. Tom recently completed his masters in social research methods, specialising in local government & public policy. His research centred on re-configuring approaches to public-sector digital reform. After a brief stint working with a consultancy and volunteering for a local homeless night shelter project,
Tom began his search to find a charity that his skillset could support. It was then that he discovered Right to Succeed and the work we do to support citizens from areas in the UK with high levels of disadvantage.

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 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 Design Manager

 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.

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.

Cath Murray – Chief Development Officer

Cath Murray is Chief Development Officer for Right to Succeed, overseeing communications, policy and advocacy, fundraising, and development. Cath was previously the programme lead for IntegratED, a 19-partner programme working to improve outcomes for excluded children across England, and the policy lead on exclusions and alternative provision at the Centre for Social Justice. Prior to this, Cath worked as an education journalist at two education trade newspapers, Schools Week and FE Week, and as managing editor for the parenting website, Netmums.

In her early career, Cath lived in Spain and Costa Rica for over a decade, working as a translator and interpreter then managing study-abroad programmes for university students.

Ella Fothergill – Development Officer

As Development Officer, Ella supports the development team in fundraising for Right to Succeed. She recently completed her degree in Social Anthropology at The London School of Economics, taking a particular interest in youth identity and its intersections with race and class. Her passion for tackling educational inequality was sparked when performing a long-term ethnographic research project in a London primary school, where she saw firsthand the devastating effects of poverty on educational attainment. Ella has volunteered as an in-school mentor, as well as assisting teaching projects in both London and Sri Lanka.

 

Janice Bluett Duncan – Programme Manager, North Birkenhead

Janice is the Programme Manager for our North Birkenhead programme, Cradle to Career. With a background in education and non-profit programme delivery, Janice is passionate about collective working and the VCSE sector. Before joining Right to Succeed, Janice spent 2 years in India, working on various NGO- and CSR-led social innovation programmes to improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty, whilst completing a qualification in International Development.

 

Jenny Davies – Programme Officer

As a Programme Officer, Jenny is responsible for providing administrative and strategic support for the Reach, Pathways for All and KS3 Literacy projects in Blackpool.

Jenny joined Right to Succeed with a background in mobility, where she supported work abroad and cultural exchanges for young people looking to improve their employability.
After working as an English Language Assistant in France, Jenny became motivated to develop her career in the education sector in order to empower young people through addressing the systematic inequalities that prevent them from reaching their potential.

 

Keelan Early - Programme Manager

Keelan has volunteered or worked within the community sector for more than half his life. Recently appointed Programme Manager for the Cradle to Career project in North Birkenhead, he brings together the community, families, education sector and local organisations and services with a place-based, collective impact approach to improving outcomes for children and young people.

In his previous role, he supported the local sector to access funding, boost volunteering involvement and delivering effective partnership working. More importantly, he represented the challenges and opportunities faced by the community sector and communities they work within.

Keelan has been invited to advise the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in all manners related to community and social business sector by sitting on the Social & Solidarity Economy Panel.
A trustee of Deafness Resource Centre and an advisory board member of St Helens Arts in Libraries programme, he brings a breadth of asset-based community development knowledge

Kelly Fisher – Programme Officer

As a Programme Officer, Kelly is responsible for providing administrative and strategic support for the Cradle to Career Project in North Birkenhead.

Kelly initially trained as a secondary school English teacher but transitioned to work in fundraising and community engagement, Kelly now joins Right to Succeed with five years of experience in the charity and social sector. Kelly is passionate about mental health advocacy and the performing arts, in 2018 Kelly set up a performing arts community group with which she is still actively involved.

Kezia Harper – Operations Coordinator

Kezia supports the team with a range of administrative and communications 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 Manager, Manchester

Mary is the manager of all our Manchester based programmes. 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.

Michelle Kelsall - HR Manager

Michelle brings with her, to Right to Succeed, 18 years of HR experience from  the private, public and third sectors.Michelle enjoys taking a collaborative approach to her to role and finding creative ways to improvement staff engagement.
Being passionate about employee wellbeing, learning & development and organisational culture, Michelle is excited and proud to be working for an organisation that lives and breathes it’s values.

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 – Chief Programmes Officer

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.

Rekha Patel Harrison - Programme Director

Rekha has over 30 years of experience with young people and families in the public and charity sector, having worked in social care and educational & community settings. After completing an MA in community learning, Rekha has been successfully running and leading charities.
Rekha brings passion and commitment to the work she does to break cycles of deprivation and has a strong desire to address social inequalities.

Rekha continues her volunteer work which  involves the tutoring and mentoring of women and young people entering or departing university education by supporting in their academic journey and future professional journey.

Rita Pilkington – Senior Insights Analyst

Rita is responsible for the capture, analysis and presentation of data at Right to Succeed. She is passionate about using research and data to improve outcomes for those most in need and previously worked for Depaul UK, a youth homelessness charity. Prior to joining Right to Succeed, Rita was a Senior Research Executive at Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, an arts consultancy.

As well as having a background in research, Rita’s academic background is in science – she has a Batchelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health which looked at how social science approaches to research can help support policy change around the world. 

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. 

Sonia White – Partnerships Manager

Sonia holds the responsibility of managing partnerships across Right to Succeed. Sonia has over 10 years’ experience working in the charity sector for substance misuse, criminal justice and youth services across a variety of communities; from small ex-mining towns in the North East to inner-city neighborhoods in Manchester and Leeds. Sonia is passionate and committed to supporting families, children and young people to achieve their potential and thrive.
From early in her career Sonia saw the advantage and challenge in bringing together organisations to provide the best opportunities for vulnerable adults, children and young people. She has since championed collaborative approaches which led her to the work of Right to Succeed.

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. 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. 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.

Tim Wright - Programme Manager, Blackpool

Tim is Programme Manager for Right to Succeed’s work in Blackpool. He brings a wealth of experience as a successful Events, Project & Engagement Manager having worked across the Education, Business, Public & Live Music sectors.  Tim joins Right to Succeed straight from leading on a, region-wide, outreach, widening participation, careers event programme engaging upwards of 13,000 school pupils per year! Tim is passionate about creating networks, widening horizons and facilitating opportunities to identify and develop potential in young people, thriving on the challenge of instigating and developing mutually reciprocal relationships to achieve that aim. Tim has further experience in primary, secondary and further education settings and, in a parallel life, has been a rock-climbing instructor and still stage manages an award-winning music festival!”

Tom Staples – Programme Officer, North Birkenhead

Tom is responsible for assisting in the delivery of the Cradle to Career project in North Birkenhead. Providing both administrative and programme delivery support. Tom recently completed his masters in social research methods, specialising in local government & public policy. His research centred on re-configuring approaches to public-sector digital reform. After a brief stint working with a consultancy and volunteering for a local homeless night shelter project,
Tom began his search to find a charity that his skillset could support. It was then that he discovered Right to Succeed and the work we do to support citizens from areas in the UK with high levels of disadvantage.

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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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"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"

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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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