Why We Exist
Theory of Change
upReach’s vision is of a society in which everybody has an equal opportunity to realise their full career potential, regardless of social background.
Socio-economic disadvantage continues to be the most significant driver of inequality in terms of access to and outcomes from higher education.
We take a ‘double benefit’ approach to address the social mobility challenge.
We help young people achieve their career potential by providing an intensive programme of support that addresses socio-economic barriers to employment.
We also work to influence the hiring behaviours of top organisations so that a commitment to equal opportunity permeates their organisational culture and they recognise the social and economic value of greater diversity within their workforce.
Founded in 2012, we supported an initial cohort of 39 Associates. Following steady growth, in 2017/18 we are now working with over 800 Associates, and have plans to work with 2000 within two years.
Our expertise is supporting upReach Associates to access top jobs in:
John is passionate about social mobility. In 1999, John founded the Shadowing Scheme whilst at Cambridge University. Prior to joining upReach, he spent 11 years on the trading floor as an investment banker, and taught Maths and Economics in state and independent schools. A charity trustee for seven years, John also likes skiing, marathons, coffee and red wine.
Laura manages our Rise and Aim Programmes and is responsible for keeping our tech systems running smoothly, measuring our impact and managing our mentoring and alumni activities. She was drawn to upReach because of its strong social mission, its ambitious outlook and young, fun team.
Eugene joined upReach because he wanted to see students access the opportunities they deserve. He is responsible for developing and managing relationships with upReach’s Employer Partners. He likes hockey, cycling and all things behavioural economics-related.
Stephanie joined upReach after working in the Corporate world as a tax director for 25yrs and is working closely with our Professional Services partners. She wanted to join upReach so she could share insights she gained while developing her own career with Associates as they are launching their careers. She is also responsible for developing and managing the relationships with University partners.
Nicola, our Operations Manager, joined upReach after nearly two decades of working in regeneration and social housing focused consultancies including over a decade of project management in the North of England. She was attracted to upReach for its approach to tackling social mobility by working with students and employers.
Madeleine joined upReach because she is passionate about education and believes that the collaboration of universities, employers and a charity is the best way to tackle social mobility. She manages our tech platforms and works with the team to continue creating new and engaging tools. She loves yoga, running and travelling.
Kwaku has been with upReach since September 2015 working with Associates to realise their potential. He studied Economics at the University of Cambridge and has a side venture making handmade chocolates. Kwaku joined upReach because he is passionate about supporting young people to discover and achieve their goals.
Hannah is the Programme Leader for Banking and Finance. She joined upReach because she wants to help students reach their full potential, and ensure that no one feels their background can stop them from achieving their career goals. Her favourite things are tea, cake, and history.
Olivia is coordinating the new Rise programme in partnership with the John Lyon Charity. After working to help prepare sixth formers for the transition to university, she was attracted to upReach’s focus on the transition which follows, between university and employment. Olivia enjoys travelling and has researched primates in various rainforests in the tropics. She is now improving her photography skills for her next trip.
Corey is a Programme Coordinator for Professional Services and also leads on upReach’s Allen & Overy programme. He has previously been involved with socially responsible causes, having worked for a refugee centre and an HIV charity. Outside of work, he enjoys visiting the world’s less-travelled places, meditation and writing.
Liam is coordinating the upReach University Societies. He joined upReach because he is passionate about bridging the attainment gap in graduate employment for students from different backgrounds. In his spare time, Liam enjoys football, travelling and cycling everywhere he can.
Emily joined upReach as she is particularly keen to help individuals realise their full potential regardless of where they grew up. She has field experience of teaching, development and leadership across a variety of continents. Her interests include travel, culture, outdoors and adventure. So far Emily has been to 33 countries… and counting!
Dan is an engagement manager expert at McKinsey, where he is the founding member of the Public Sector Delivery Hub. Dan completed a PhD that sought to understand how social class and education background affected graduate employability.
Al is an experienced Financial and Operational Turnaround Executive, currently working in McKinsey’s Restructuring Team. Before joining McKinsey, Al qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC in their Restructuring Team where he spent 14 years working on assignments based out of London, New York, Zurich and Paris.
Mark is a strategic communications professional who specialises in working with education institutions and research bodies. He started his career working in think tanks and then went on to serve as Director of Communications at the 1994 Group of Universities. He is now Head of Strategic Communications at GSM London.
Neeha is the International Head of Talent at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she has worked for 6 years. Prior to this, she spent over 10 years at UBS in a number of roles including Head of the UBS EMEA Business University and Global Coaching Practice. Neeha is a Chartered Consultant Psychologist.
Dr. Graeme Atherton is an international leader & researcher in the field of access and diversity in higher education. Graeme founded and leads both AccessHE and the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON). He holds Visiting Professorships at London Metropolitan University, Amity Business School and Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur. He also wrote ‘Charting Equity: Drawing the Global Access Map’ and ‘Access to Higher Education: Understanding Global Inequalities’.
Mikayla is a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she’s been working for two years. Prior to this, she completed a BSc in Government and Economics at LSE.
Alex is currently working as an associate at AllianceBernstein in Fixed Income. Prior to this he completed placements in Corporate Finance and Private Banking. He holds an MSc in Economic History from The London School of Economics.
The Advisory Board
Helena Kennedy QC is one of the United Kingdom's most distinguished lawyers. She has practised at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years, including the Balcombe Street Siege, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the Michael Bettany Espionage case, the Jihadist Fertiliser Bomb Plot, and the Transatlantic Bomb Plot. She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Women's syndrome in the British courts. She was also the leading voice for equal opportunities in the legal profession for women. She authored a number of books on law reform, co-wrote the successful television series Blind Justice and became a well known broadcaster on law and ethics during the eighties, presenting the BBC's Heart of the Matter. She has chaired the British Council and the UK Human Genetics Commission. She has been a member of the House of Lords for 18 years, where she sat on the Joint Committee of Human Rights, and is now chair of the European Union Sub Committee on Law. She is chair of Justice and co-chair of the International Bar Association's Institute of Human Rights. She has received 39 honorary doctorates, is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has also been honoured by the Governments of France and Italy.
Sarah led City Gateway’s corporate partnerships team and oversaw the creation of over 1000 jobs for disadvantaged young people. Today she is responsible for Development and Communications at Greenhouse Sports. She is also Chair of youth charity TwentyTwenty.
Phillip is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, having previously worked at the University of Cambridge and University of Kent at Canterbury. He is widely recognised for his international work on education, employability and labour markets. He is currently studying talent management, corporate change and the future of work.
Trang has over 20 years experience leading and running global businesses at major investments banks in the City and on Wall Street. Building on this experience and her 10 years as managing director and as an executive coach, she now helps senior leaders build high-performing leadership teams.
Dr. Louise Ashley specialises in researching diversity and inclusion across leading professions. In 2015 and 2016, she led the teams appointed by the government’s Social Mobility Commission to identify and understand barriers to the elite professions on the basis of socio-economic background.
Katy is the Head of Junior Talent at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. She has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch collectively for over 12 years, across a variety of leadership roles in Staffing and Global Human Resources across the UK and Ireland.
Dinti began her career as an international lawyer at Linklaters and FremantleMedia, gaining an MBA at INSEAD. Politically active for over a decade as a policy-maker and campaigner, she is also a trustee of the Fawcett Society and board member of the Arnold Foundation.
Pat has over 30 years experience in the financial sector, both in public and private strategic business leadership roles. A former upReach trustee, she has an extensive portfolio of Board, advisory committee and consultancy roles.
Joanne is an employment law barrister who joined a niche solicitors’ firm after working at a top London chambers. She is passionate about social mobility, especially within the legal profession, and has a particular interest in supporting young people who have been in local authority care.
Deborah was part of the founding team at upReach, where she worked for almost four years in a number of different roles including leading the first Associate programmes. She is currently a diversity recruiter at McKinsey & Company.
Georgina is a senior HR professional with experience working in international companies across Pharma, Technology, Telecommunications, and FMCG sectors. She is currently European Early Careers Manager at Unilever. Georgina is passionate about helping individuals succeed with their career aspirations.
Julia is a member of the HR Development Program at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Previously she managed the sourcing, selection and screening of candidates for junior positions in a dynamic management consultancy. Strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, she was involved in setting up D&I initiatives for the London office and led the partnership with upReach.
Emma Moore is the Head of Careers & Employability at the University of Liverpool. She chairs the AGCAS Employer Engagement Task Group sharing best practice around university and employer engagement nationally. Emma is also a member of the AGR Policy Group.
Richard Kennett is the Director of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach at the University of Southampton. He chairs the Southern Universities Network Management Group that contains the six Hampshire and Dorset universities working together on the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. Previously he chaired the Russell Group Widening Participation Association.
Tania is Career Mentoring Manager and Doctoral Researcher at the University of Reading. Her research focuses on the impact of social diversity on the success of career mentoring partnerships in Higher Education. Tania also has experience of graduate recruitment for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Kate is an Oxford University graduate with professional experience within Accenture’s Change Management division, and over four years as The David Freeman Outreach & Student Support Officer at Balliol College, Oxford University. She is currently Deputy Director of Widening Participation at King’s College London.
Kate has over 20 years’ experience working as a careers Consultant/Coach and is passionate about supporting individuals to fulfil their career potential. Based for the last 10 years in the Higher Education sector with a particular focus on widening participation, she is now working at the University of Exeter.
Phil is the Chief Psychologist and Chief Assessor of the Civil Service Fast Stream, focusing on assessment design and diversity initiatives. Prior to this, he was Head of Occupational Psychology at the London Fire Brigade and Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police.
Kim is the Global Future Talent Manager at Aviva. She started her HR career in retail and has been with Aviva for 14 years in various roles across the business and the People Function taking up her current position to roll out Aviva’s first truly Global Graduate Leadership Programme.
Nick works within Graduate Recruitment and Outreach at KPMG. Since 2015, Nick has created and delivered Professional Experience Programmes for students across the UK as well as attending policy discussions and debates around social mobility, barriers to work and higher education.
Future Charity Leadership Programme
upReach’s Future Charity Leadership Programme (FCLP) is a unique 30 month graduate programme combining work with our Associates and learning about all aspects of charity management. The FCLP programme is for high-calibre graduates from any university, academic subject and background (all upReach employees are required to have achieved a minimum grade C at GCSE Maths and English).
We have closed applications for this recruitment cycle. If you would like to register your interest, or express interest in any other capacity, please email our Human Resources Team.