Mei has over 13 years experience working across all phases in education. She worked in South East London as a secondary History teacher and Head of Year, before leaving to study a Masters in Public Policy degree for 2 years in Berlin, with a focus on education and social policy. Returning to the UK, she decided to move into the primary phase and was Headteacher of a primary academy in Guildford until December 2018. Mei believes passionately in the importance of community work and the need to develop complementary models that work alongside schools to support children and families, which is why she joined the Reach Children's Hub in January 2019. Mei supports many of the Hub's cradle-to-career projects and is currently leading the development of an early learning community in Feltham, in partnership with Save the Children UK.
Luke Billingham joined Reach Children’s Hub in December 2016, initially as an intern through the Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine scheme, before becoming a full member of staff in late 2017. Luke led the Hub’s community consultation (supported by Reach Academy students), and works closely with the Hub leadership on strategy, vision, partnership development, and fundraising. Luke is part-time at Reach Children’s Hub and also works at Hackney Quest, a long-running youth and community centre in Hackney, where he is involved with mentoring, exclusion prevention, youth voice and community youth construction projects.
After teaching for four years in Croydon and Feltham in the Early Years phase, Katherine became very interested in child development, particularly with very young children. Whilst working closely with children and their families, Katherine was constantly reminded of the need for practitioners from a range of disciplines to work closely with parents to achieve a common goal; she believes collaboration will ensure the greatest positive impact on a child’s life. Katherine’s practical experience in schools was further re-enforced when she completed a Masters at UCL. She is extremely excited to be part of the Reach Children’s Hub team and is looking forward to working closely with the community to make a real change in Feltham.
Jennie has lived and worked within the community for the past 11 years. Before starting at Reach, she worked as a Family Support Worker within a local Community and Children's Centre in Bedfont. Whilst working there she developed a passion for helping people and breaking cycles that some local families get stuck in. She joined Reach Academy in May 2017 and has enjoyed being part of a committed and dedicated team who strive to give all local children and families the opportunities they may not otherwise have had. She is currently a Family Support Worker within The Reach Children's Hub and is very excited about working with the Hub team to have a real impact in the local community.
Victoria is developing an ethnographic case study of Reach Academy’s distinctive cradle-to-career school design as part of the evaluation of the Reach Children’s Hub. The PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, in affiliation with the University of Manchester. Prior to this, Victoria completed an MA in Education and International Development at UCL, graduating with a distinction. Her research focuses on educational inequality, social justice and place-based interventions. Victoria originally trained as a secondary school teacher on the Teach First programme and taught languages and English for six years before making the move to research.
Kay has worked with children and families for over 17 years and has a degree in Primary Education. She realised early on that her passion was in supporting and working with children and their parents, and she was delighted when Reach Academy Feltham gave her an amazing opportunity to do this: she joined the Family Support team when the school opened in 2012. Kay understands the important and vital role of being a parent but also recognises that this can be a difficult and stressful job for anyone, due to the difficulties life can throw at you. Over the years, she has undertaken additional training, for example Family Links, to be able to support families in the community to the best of her ability.
Siobhan has worked in the west of Hounslow borough for almost 12 years and has a real passion for creating opportunities for young people. She has qualifications in Careers & Guidance and Youth & Community Work and is a trained NLP Practitioner. She combines all these to create tailored programmes to support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of the young people she works with. Siobhan has done extensive work within schools, prisons and other settings to support young people to overcome challenges and build a positive vision for their future. She has enjoyed managing various community projects and events to tackle youth unemployment, teenage pregnancy and which promote health and well-being, community cohesion and social inclusion. She is passionate about helping others and her life's mission is to support as many people as she can to realise and reach their true potential. She dedicates much of her time to volunteering, is on the board of a charity and runs her own non-profit movement which promotes the act of kindness.