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Senior Management

Louisa Mitchell MBE

Chief executive officer
Louisa became Chief executive in 2016 after leading the listening, design and implementation of our pilot project in White City, Hammersmith. Since then, she has led our growth and development in reach and social impact. Louisa has wide-ranging experience in social policy research and advocacy, and in managing charities in London and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she worked in journalism and banking. Louisa was awarded an MBE for services to children and young people in the 2024 New Years Honours List.

Senior Management

Andrew Berwick

Chief strategy officer
Andrew has 15 years' experience in supporting young people from marginalised communities. He started his career as a teacher in West London, before leading a charity that helps young people from under-privileged backgrounds to reach selective universities. Most recently he worked as a consultant to a range of third sector and public-sector organisations, focusing on impact and strategy.

Senior Management

Joe Prendiville

Chief development officer
Having previously led delivery for West London Zone, Joe has been in charge of our development function since 2021. He has extensive experience of managing and delivering education programmes to disadvantaged and marginalised people. He worked in senior leadership at a youth charity in East London for five years through a period of significant organisational growth, leading their education and training programmes. Most recently he worked as Principal of their Alternative Provision Free School.

Senior Management

Andrew Oliva-Hauxwell

Chief delivery and impact officer
Andrew spent 10 years working at the education charity Teach First where he served as an Executive Director leading the country's largest graduate programme placing new teachers into schools serving disadvantaged communities. Andrew's first role at Teach First was leading the organisation's delivery team ensuring the approx 2500 trainee teachers in over 1000 schools had an excellent experience on the programme as well as schools seeing the impact of the programme. Prior to this Andrew worked as a Senior Director at Microsoft for 15 years. He also serves as a Family Magistrate in West London.

Senior Management

Esiri Lawrence

People and culture partner
Esiri joined us in 2022 to lead our people and culture function. Her passion for working with children stemmed from teaching English Literature to secondary-school students for a year after graduating from university. She has more than 10 years' experience leading and refining people management in the education sector. She has a passion for building and sustaining a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as employment law.

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