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The Team

Meet the team: Widening Participation & What Works

meet the team

Michael Bennett, Associate Director of Widening Participation 

  • Leadership of KCLWP and overall accountability for Widening Participation Strategy & APP
  • Senior engagement with internal and external people and organisations
  • Line management of Heads of Widening Participation (pre- and post-16)



Joanna Marchant– Head of Widening Participation (Pre-16) 

  • Strategic development of the department’s Pre-16 team
  • Implementation and fulfilment of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Line management of WP Manager (Pre-16) and WP Manager (Partnerships)



Effy Alexandrou- Widening Participation Manager (KS3) 

  • Strategic oversight of the department’s pre-16 scheme King’s Scholars including managing the Randomised Control Trial
  • Responsible for stakeholder management for the King’s Scholars scheme
  • Line management of two King’s Scholars Officers and one coordinator 



Abi Robertson - Widening Participation Manager (Partnerships) 

    • Strategic oversight and development of the team’s internal and external partnerships approach, and management of key departmental partners and academic departments
    • Oversee delivery & strategic development of OFM, and partnership activity 
    • Line management of the two Outreach for Medicine Officers and one coordinator



 Claudia Breakwell - Widening Participation Officer (King’s Scholars, Year 6-7)

  • Managing the King’s Scholars programme in years 6 and 7
  • Promoting the Gameplan website and maintaining the sites functions
  • Delivering a strategy to support students outside of London through developing a remote resource based on the King’s Scholars programme




 Paul Webb – Widening Participation Officer (King’s Scholars, Year 8-9)

  • Managing the King’s Scholars programme in years 8 and 9
  • Managing parental engagement programme, Parent Power
  • Managing our work in Hastings



Jake Orros – Widening Participation Coordinator (Pre-16)

  • Supporting with the planning and delivery of pre-16 related activity
  • Leading on administrative tasks for the King’s Scholars scheme
  • Undertaking financial procedures for the department




Kate Morgan – Widening Participation Officer (Outreach for Medicine, KS2-3)

  • Outreach for Medicine's off campus events in schools. These include a Key Stage 2 Busy Body Workshop and Key stage 3 Hospital Heroes programme
  • Leading on Clinical Skills workshops 




Jake Featherstone – Widening Participation Officer (Outreach for Medicine, KS4-5)

  • Leading on Year 10 and 11 on campus Medical Activity Days
  • Running Medical and Dentistry Lecture Series at Guy’s Campus
  • Supporting Medview & Dentview and K+ Healthcare & Dentistry events




Vacant – Widening Participation Coordinator (Partnerships and Data)

  • Lead on communications and administration to deliver events with the department’s partners, including those with The Brilliant Club, IntoUniversity, Realising Opportunities and Seren
  • Monitor the department’s data collection and reporting systems, including HEAT and Podio
  • Act as a central point of contact for the department’s department contact list and calendar



Luke Chapman– Head of Widening Participation (Post 16)

  • Strategic lead for the department’s Post-16 programmes and initiatives
  • Oversees the department’s fundraising efforts, communications strategy, budget, BME strategy, professional development and approach for contextual admissions
  • Line manages WP Manager (Discrete Groups & Special Projects) and WP Manager (Post-16)



Jimmy Pickering- Widening Participation Manager (Post-16) 

  • Oversee delivery and strategic development of post-16 team’s work, including K+
  • Community organising lead
  • Line management of WP Officer (Networks), WP Officer (K+) and WP Coordinator (Post-16)



Jack Mollart-Solity- Widening Participation Manager (Discrete Groups and Special Projects) 

  • Strategic development of department’s work with discrete groups
  • Line management of WP Officer (Regional Outreach & Discrete groups), WP Officer (Vulnerable and Discrete Groups) & WP Officer (Special Projects)



Kirsty McLaren – Widening Participation Officer (Regional Outreach and Discrete Groups) 

  • Management of the Sutton Trust Summer School and expansion of work beyond London
  • Development of new Pride Power LGBT work
  • Communications and media work



Scott Mcgrory - Widening Participation Officer (K+) 

  • Responsible for operational delivery and development of K+ programme
  • Oversee recruitment and selection of new K+ cohorts



Charlotte Mannix-Pole – Widening Participation Officer (Networks) 

  • Deliver training events for teachers, advisers and social workers and governors around the widening participation agenda.
  • Lead the careers and employability strand on K+
  • Maintain effective working relationships with Teach First, Researchers in Schools and Frontline



Helena Jarrold– Widening Participation Officer (Vulnerable & Discrete Groups)

  • Support with Dsicrete Groups, including care-experienced, forced migrant and estranged 
  • Key contact, offering one to one support to students from discrete groups before they enrol




Sharon Akaka  – Widening Participation Coordinator (Post-16) 

  • Manage the Outreach account and support with ad hoc office duties
  • Support with K+ Programme: managing Brightside; KPlus Inbox; Monthly Newsletters and Summer School Delivery 
  • Travel Fund Administrator 





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