About LKMco

Who We Are

We believe society should ensure all children and young people receive the support they need to make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. We work towards this belief by articulating a vision for a society which does so, inspiring a desire to pursue it and enabling organisations to achieve it.

We work across the education, youth and policy sectors. We help organisations develop and evaluate projects for young people and carry out academic and policy research and campaigning about the issues that experience tells us matter.

What We Do

We carry out policy research and campaigning as well as working directly with schools, teachers, and education and youth organisations.

  • We research, write and publish in order to influence policy makers, those working in the sector and the public as a whole. 
  • We work with education and youth organisations by developing and managing new projects, assessing impact and improving quality. 
  • We generate our income from the work we do and use it to fund more work on the issues which our experience and research tell us make a difference to young people.

Our social impact reports tell us we are good at:

  • Pinning down the crux of a problem and finding a solution.
  • Building strong and fun relationships.
  • Working quickly, rigorously and without fuss.
  • Relating everything we do back to our experience of working with young people and our understanding of the sector.

We’re always keen to hear from new talent so if you’re committed to our mission and would like to find out more  about working for us, do get in touch!

Given that we frequently work with vulnerable young people and personal data, safeguarding and data security/protection are very important to us. You can therefore download our safeguarding policy here and our data security/protection policy here.

Our Team

Loic Menzies

Director

Loic Menzies is Director of LKMco. He specialises in education policy and research, youth development and social enterprise. He was previously a tutor for Canterbury Christ Church’s Faculty of Education, an Associate Senior Manager and Head of History and Social Sciences at St. George’s R.C. School in North West London and a youth worker. He holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a trustee of The Kite Trust which supports LGBT+ young people and a volunteer with the homeless charity Jimmy’s Cambridge.

  • Email Loic Menzies
  • Tel: 07793 370459

Anna Trethewey

Deputy Director

Anna Trethewey is Deputy Director of LKMco. She is an experienced teacher and manager and has extensive youthwork experience. Anna specialises in helping organisations at a strategic level, increasing the impact they have on disadvantaged young people. Previously, Anna taught in Lewisham and Norwich and was a learning Associate for Teach First and Christ Church University College. She is on Osfted's Curriculum advisory board, a trustee of FSSE, and on Apples and Pears advisory board.

Eleanor Bernardes

Senior Associate

Eleanor Bernardes is an Associate at LKMco and draws together a broad base of education, research, arts and business experience. She has over ten years experience in education, most recently at the RSA Academy in Tipton where she was Literacy Coordinator and a Team Leader for the RSA Curriculum ‘Opening Minds’. She was also closely involved with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in developing the Approaches to Learning strand of the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). She was awarded a distinction for her MA in Educational Leadership from Warwick University.

Sam Baars

Director of Research

Sam Baars is Director of Research at LKMco. He has particular interests in youth research, area-based inequalities and social science impact, and has experience using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, from film-based work in schools to rapid research reviews and large-scale survey analysis. Sam believes that robust, innovative social research is the key to tackling the barriers that prevent some young people from making fulfilling transitions to adulthood, and he channels this belief into a range of research projects at LKMco. Sam holds a PhD in Social Change from the University of Manchester.

  • Email Sam Baars
  • Tel: 07814 609596

Bart Shaw

Associate

Bart Shaw is an Associate at LKMco and combines experience of policy making at the heart of central government with hands-on experience as a teacher and middle leader in school. Bart joined the Department for Education and Skills as part of the Civil Service Fast Stream in 2006. There he developed, delivered and evaluated national policies including the £13 million subsidy pathfinder which helped disadvantaged students access after-school activities. He left in 2011 to work directly in schools. Bart holds an MA in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex and has been a trustee and advisor for the charity Development Nepal.

  • Email Bart Shaw
  • Tel: 07958 049171

Charleen Chiong

Junior Research Associate

Charleen is a junior associate at LKMco whilst undertaking a Ph.D. (Education, Equality and Development) at Cambridge University, on a Cambridge International Scholarship. She is also an affiliated student at the university's Research for Equitable Access for Learning (REAL) Centre. Charleen strongly believes in the potential of education to increase social justice, and in the importance of bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice.

Iesha Small

Senior Associate

Iesha Small is senior associate at LKMco who also teaches maths in a secondary school in Hertfordshire. She has extensive experience as a middle and senior leader in schools.

  • Email Iesha Small

Ellie Mulcahy

Senior Research Associate

Ellie has a background in Psychology research and the Early Years and previously worked as a reception teacher in a school in Ramsgate, Kent.

She believes that the Foundation Stage plays a crucially important role in education as it shapes children’s attitudes to education and lays the foundation for them to achieve their potential. Ellie has worked alongside Teach First to develop the Early Years Programme and support programme participants, and, as a freelance researcher for Teach First and the Behavioural Insights Team.

Will Millard

Senior Associate

Will Millard is a Senior Associate at LKMco, where he has led research into a wide range of issues including assessment, enterprise education, and oracy. Will has also conducted evaluations for organisations including Arts Council England and Researchers in Schools, and presented at a wide range of events and conferences across the UK. He began his career as an English teacher at a large secondary school in North West London, and then worked at a national support service for school leaders and governors. Will has visited schools around the world, has two Masters degrees in public policy, and lives in Hackney.

Anna Mountford-Zimdars

Academic Supervisor

Anna Mountford-Zimdars is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Research at King's Learning Institute, King's College London.  Anna is interested in issues around inequality and widening participation in education and beyond with a strong focus on linking academics and practitioners and making genuine changes to practice.  Anna has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and commissioned reports. Her work was cited in the Westminster Parliament. Her monograph 'Meritocracy and the University: Selective Admissions in England and the US' was published by Bloomsbury early in 2016.  More information on Anna's academic work is available here.

George Duoblys

Associate

George is an Associate at LKMco, working projects ranging in focus from policy and research to evaluation and project development. He writes regularly about teaching and education policy and his work has been published by the TES and Association for Science Education.

Kate Bowen-Viner

Associate

Kate has been working in education since she left university. She began her career in North Liverpool and went on to teach English in West London and Bristol. She also has experience of delivering central government policies through her role at the Office for the South West Regional Schools Commissioner (Department for Education). Here, she worked with Local Authorities and education providers to deliver free schools. Kate has also supported Ambitious about Autism with their campaign ‘When Will we Learn?’ Kate is undertaking a MSc in Policy Research from the University of Bristol and is interested in the relationship between education policy and social mobility.

Lisa Pollitt

Safeguarding Consultant

Lisa Pollitt has worked with children and young people for over 20 years. Lisa started her career as a Youth Participation Worker supporting young people’s involvement in decision making within local authorities and with central government. Lisa won an IPPR/Guardian award for her work in this area and was a key player in setting up the Participation Network for England (now called Participation Works). During this time she was also a Designated Child Protection Officer at Cambridge City Council. Lisa went on to become a Safeguarding Lead within a large FE College and set up the first Safeguarding Conference for FE and Higher Education in Cambridgeshire. Lisa now runs her own successful Safeguarding Consultancy and Training business, helping organisations to understand their safeguarding responsibilities within their specific areas of work. Lisa feels strongly that safeguarding issues can affect any one at any time so it is best for organisations to be proactive rather than reactive.

    Our Projects

    ‘Lessons from London Schools: Investigating the Success’

    A research report analysing the success of London Schools, commissioned by CfBT and carried out with the Centre for London (2014).

    Bootstrap Company

    Development of a theory of change and evaluation framework to inform future planning, tracking and evaluation.

    ‘The Alternative Should Not Be Inferior: What now for pushed out learners?’

    A ‘think piece’ on the need for high quality provision to support young people ‘pushed out’ of mainstream education (2015).

    Our Latest Blogs

    ‘Evidence-based’ education policy – aspiration or fantasy?

    19th September 2018

    Despite widespread calls for more ‘evidence-based’ education policy, I’m not entirely convinced – either by its possibility or desirability. Given that I work for an organisation that conducts research to help shape education policy, this might seem surprising. However, it’s about time we moved away from New Labour’s “what counts… Read more

    Making Waves: Maybe it’s you who has the answer!

    14th September 2018

    We are very excited to be launching a new 18 month project with Pearson, exploring: How the workload associated with assessment can be reduced; and, How teachers’ professional expertise in relation to assessment can be developed. The project is kicking off with our first ever ‘crowd-sourcing’ campaign, asking teachers, schools… Read more

    Come and join our growing team!

    10th September 2018

    We’re delighted to announce that with a whole host of exciting projects lined up for the next academic year, we are once again growing our team. Projects on the horizon include: More work on youth homelessness following on from our groundbreaking study “A Place to Call Home.” A major international… Read more