Meet the team

ImpactEd brings together academic researchers, former teachers and software developers united by a desire to make a difference to outcomes for young people.

Meet the Impact Partnerships Team

Rosie Dammers
Impact Partnerships Manager

Rosie has five years’ experience working as a history teacher and as head of department in secondary inner-city London schools. Before going into teaching, Rosie completed an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at the Institute of Education, where she gained skills in quantitative analysis, and worked in data and insights in the education charity sector. Rosie is particularly interested in research methods in education, and passionate about bridging the gap between education theory and practice in schools.

Charlotte Dougan
Partnerships Support Coordinator

Charlotte studied philosophy at King's College London whilst tutoring Maths, English and 11+ to students in the boroughs of Islington and Bromley. After graduating, she joined an EdTech organisation where she led a team of teachers to deliver coding and robotics programmes for schools all across London. Wanting to gain broader experience in the technology sector, she worked in a FinTech company that designed data analysis and report building softwares. Being passionate about education, and understanding the value of data, Charlotte is excited to contribute to ImpactEd's mission.

Kristy Evers
Director of Impact Partnerships

Kristy has a variety of experience across the education and impact evaluation sectors. She was a teacher in Singapore, worked as a (qualitative) researcher for a major educational publisher and spent several years at a start-up focused on research impact in the Higher Education sector across Europe, Hong Kong and Australia. Kristy has an MA in Education and Technology from University College London and is passionate about the impact and potential of educational technologies.

Saradia Hehn-McCahon
Impact Partnerships Officer

Saradia has recently completed her MA in Education and Psychology from University College London, where she conducted research on the efficacy of outdoor and nature learning. Before that, she worked in various capacities within the tertiary education sector as a tutor and course content developer for undergraduate courses in sociological and inclusive education.

Danielle Jones
Impact Partnerships Officer

Danielle has over 14 years of experience working in the Primary education sector working as a classroom teacher, head of department and SENDCo. She has led and implemented whole-school projects centered around improving social and emotional mental health in children as well as mentoring teaching students and Early Career Teachers. Prior to joining the ImpactEd team she worked with a leading Educational Publisher managing a product that aimed to support parents and educators. Passionate about improving mental health, Danielle also runs her own wellbeing and yoga business.

Alex Mathie
Impact Partnerships Manager

Before joining ImpactEd, Alex was a Project Officer in the Institute of Physics' education team, looking at ways to integrate research on student misconceptions into classroom practice. He studied physics and philosophy at Durham University, holds a Masters in philosophy and history of science from the University of Bristol, and is currently finishing a PhD in philosophy of physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Lauren Prodrick
Impact Partnerships Officer

Lauren's background has always been in Education as a former Primary School Teacher, Tutor and Early Years Curriculum Leader. Prior to joining ImpactEd Lauren took a year out to travel the world and during this time she taught English to students from ages 4-16 in Vietnam. Lauren is passionate about improving outcomes and life chances of children. Lauren began at ImpactEd as Onboarding and Engagement officer working closely on a project with the Department for Education.

Freya Robson
Impact Partnerships Officer

Freya started her career at ImpactEd having studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge. As well as mentoring students applying to top universities as a Tutor at an e-learning company with a focus on improving accessibility, Freya has numerous years worth of experience in youth work within sports at both domestic and international level.

Nina Vafea
Partnerships Support Coordinator

Nina is a UCL Psychology graduate with a passion for alternative teaching methods, such as experiential learning techniques. Prior to joining ImpactEd, Nina worked for two years in academia. She evaluated a psychoeducational intervention for teenagers and conducted nationwide studies on mental health outcomes and health-related behaviours during the pandemic.

Holly Waddell
Head of Evaluation Delivery

Holly began working in education as an English teacher before working at Teach First delivering their Leadership Development Programme in schools across the North West. Prior to joining ImpactEd, she worked in a social and economic research consultancy with a focus on education and skills. She has a Masters in Education from The University of Manchester and is currently a school governor.

Anaghaa Wagh
Impact Partnerships Manager

Anaghaa worked as a financial analyst before switching to her career in education. She has worked as a teacher, school leader, teacher mentor and researcher- working with schools, government and non-profit education organisations in India, Sweden and the UK. Before joining ImpactEd, she worked with ACER UK, focusing on education research and quality assurance of standardised assessments. Anaghaa has a master's degree in Education Management from King's College London. Anaghaa is also a community organiser and enjoys gardening and classic literature in her mother tongue, Marathi.

Meet the School Partnerships Team

John Atkinson
School Partnerships Officer

John previously worked in primary schools for 8 years as a classroom teacher, subject leader and head of department. He has led multiple projects in both maths and P.E. to support whole school improvement.

Before that, John worked for international development charity VSO, as an Education Programme Development Manager. This meant working in partnership with organisations around the world, ensuring the skills of talented volunteers were best utilised to benefit those most in need.

Vicky Fisher
School Partnerships Officer

Vicky has a masters in education policy from Kings College London. Prior to joining ImpactEd she worked as a school data manager where she created a number of evaluation tools, having previously worked as a teacher of religious studies and philosophy. She spent several years working as Education Officer within a small multi-academy trust,and has also worked to manage education projects with the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Kelly Liles
Partnerships Support Coordinator

Prior to joining ImpactEd, Kelly passionately worked in the education sector leading English education projects and teacher training in Myanmar as a Peace Corps Volunteer, providing English and Maths tutoring instruction in high schools through the AmeriCorps Program in the United States, and providing youth voice and engagement consultation within the education charity sector in the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and she also recently completed her Masters in Philosophy in Education (Knowledge, Power, and Politics) from the University of Cambridge.

Lucy Preston
Head of School Delivery & Engagement

Lucy has worked in the education sector over the last 10 years. She has experience in school partnerships, edtech and evaluating programmes in primary and secondary schools through working in widening participation and as Programme Director at Learning with Parents. She began her career in the sector working as a Maths teacher and  mentor, and most recently worked in strategy at Teach First. She is also currently a school governor for a secondary in Bristol.

Ciara Sims
School Partnerships Officer

Ciara worked as a French and Spanish teacher before joining ImpactEd. Prior to that, she worked as a School Onboarding Manager for Third Space Learning where she helped deliver online Maths interventions to primary school children in disadvantaged areas of the UK. Ciara has a BA in French, Spanish and Italian from the University of Southampton and a PGCE from St Mary's University, Twickenham.

Beth Williams
School Partnerships Manager

Before joining ImpactEd , Beth worked at education charity The Brilliant Club on two different programmes. Prior to this, Beth worked for the Children's Commissioner for Wales conducting research and running workshops on Children's Rights across Wales. She is currently studying for a Masters in Human Rights at Birkbeck College and enjoys playing netball in her spare time.

Meet the Operations and Product Team

Matt Bee
Full Stack Developer

Matt has worked as a software engineer for 16 years for a variety of companies as well as running his own business. Most recently Matt worked as a public sector consultant helping Ministry of Justice and Hackney Borough Council improve public services. Outside of working he enjoys mentoring less experienced developers and teaching primary school children programming skills in Code Club (as well as playing guitar and restoring his classic mini).

Jennie Evans
Full Stack Developer

Jennie retrained as a software developer inspired by the possibilities of tech for good. Prior to learning to code, she was a fundraising and events manager and spent over ten years working for various charities including Centrepoint and Mind. She also has a background in education as a former maths teacher and is a current school governor at a community special school.

Charlotte Freeth
Operations Officer

Charlotte is an education professional with a background in teaching, pastoral student care and educational project management. Before joining us she was the Operations & Senior Programmes Manager for a specialist education company supporting Oxbridge university hopefuls. She is passionate about social mobility and improving outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is studying towards a Masters in Education and Social Justice at Lancaster University in her spare time.

Steph Hamilton
Director of TEP

Steph is the Director of The Engagement Platform (TEP) for schools and teachers. The new platform supports schools to collect, understand and analyse robust staff engagement data. Over the last decade, Steph's career has focused on closing the gap between the least and most advantaged young people, first as a Science Teacher in the North East, and then at The Brilliant Club, as the Director of School Partnerships. Ensuring Teachers are set up for success is crucial in supporting pupil outcomes and she looks forward to working with leaders across the sector to utilise TEP to create great working environments for teachers.

Sarah Knight
Full Stack Developer & Product Development Lead

Sarah retrained as a web developer following a career spent in publishing and animation, and hasn't looked back. She loves to use her programming skills for good, building applications that help people. Before ImpactEd, Sarah worked as a software engineer and technical lead for a digital consultancy and an online education and learning platform.

Mal Pinder
Full Stack Developer

Mal has worked as a software developer in the education sector for many years. Alongside their work at ImpactEd, they are also the lead developer for the Chartered College of Teaching. Throughout their career, Mal has mentored trainee developers and taught on training courses, and is very excited to use technology to help improve learning outcomes. They also keep pet land hermit crabs.

Hayley Reader-Curtis
Director of Operations & Executive Director

Hayley has worked in a variety of roles within the education sector including product development, curriculum management and operations. Prior to joining ImpactEd she oversaw the development and delivery of an online learning platform for the award-winning international education company Oxford Summer Courses, and worked for the EdTech start-up Learning Ladders, building products for schools and implementing operational processes.

Colin Robertson
Full Stack Developer

Colin Robertson is a software developer who has spent many years working on large-scale and high-traffic systems, and who has a deep interest in tools and techniques for improving effectiveness and well-being. He is excited to put his technical skills to use to help improve education and the school experience for pupils.

Meet the ImpactEd Board

Owen Carter
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Owen has led the development of ImpactEd since inception. Prior to ImpactEd, he led research and evaluation projects at education charity The Brilliant Club, and developed a digital platform for teacher development at Optimus Education. He's a winner of the Teach First Innovation Award and was named one of PwC's 'Tomorrow's Business Leaders'.

Jonathan Sobczyk Boddington
Founder and Chair

Jonny is the Founder and Executive Chair of ImpactEd. Jonny is also a Founder and Director of the strategy consultancy, RBU Partnership, and he has held Director positions at Accenture and BCS Consulting, where he was also Chief of Staff. He is the former CEO and Chair of the Peter Jones Foundation, Trustee and Treasurer of the Young Foundation and an advisor to the English Speaking Union and the British Science Association. After starting his career as a classroom teacher, Jonny had the idea for The Brilliant Club and led and scaled the organisation as CEO for its first five years. Jonny has been listed as one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs and has won national awards from UnLimited, Nesta and the Guardian.

Dr Chris Wilson
Executive Director

Chris is a director at ImpactEd, supporting strategy and partnerships. Alongside his work at ImpactEd, he is a consultant who supports charities and social enterprises to design strategies for impact, financial sustainability and growth. He recently stepped down as CEO of The Brilliant Club, an award-winning education charity. Chris holds a PhD in thirteenth-century ecclesiastical history.

Elin de Zoete
Executive Director

Elin is an Executive Director of ImpactEd Group, supporting strategy and external relations. Prior to joining in an Executive capacity, Elin was an ImpactEd board member from 2018-2023. In former roles Elin was Managing Director of PR and Government Relations agency PLMR, where she established a highly successful education practice and was a Director of Bite Back 2030, which was co-founded by Jamie Oliver. Outside of work Elin sits on the Board of Inspiration Trust MAT and is Vice-Chair of Trustees for The Together Project.

Dr Devaki Bhatta
Non-Executive Director

Devaki has extensive Board level entrepreneurial leadership experience within technology-based start-ups and scale-ups, bridging the interface of industry, academia and government. She is currently co-founder of a digital-health start-up focused on healthy ageing and is passionate about digital transformation to reduce societal inequalities. She is also a non-executive Director at Accelerate CIC, an award-winning community healthcare social enterprise. She has recently been recognised as one of the top 50 women in European tech by InspiringFifty Europe 2022.

Patrick Caldwell
Non-Executive Director

Pat is the VP People & Operations at Metomic, a cybersecurity startup, and was formerly the Global Head of People and COO at FundApps, a FinTech scaleup and certified B Corporation. In 2021, Pat was recognised as an OUTstanding and Yahoo! Finance Top 100 LGBT+ Executive globally.

Mark McCusker
Non-Executive Director

Mark has over 20 years' experience working at the highest level of the Edtech sector, both in the UK and internationally. He is the former CEO of Texthelp, the long-time world leading company in research, development and provision of assistive technology products and services to education sectors across the globe. He is the recipient of the prestigious Software Information Industry Life Time Achievement Award and the Aer Lingus Viscount Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

John Rendel
Non-Executive Director

John Rendel is Director of Grants at the Peter Cundill Foundation. Prior to his role at the Foundation, John founded PEAS, a network of schools in Africa providing high-quality secondary education to children who would otherwise struggle to go to school.

Anuprita Jagtap
Non-Executive Director

Anuprita brings a specialism in governance from her role at BCS Consulting including experience of employee owned trusts.

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