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.

Our Team


Loic Menzies


Loic Menzies is Director of LKMco, a Tutor for Canterbury Christ Church University’s Faculty of Education and a trustee of the charities UnLtd and SexYOUality. He was previously Associate Senior Manager and Head of History and Social Sciences at St. George’s R.C. School in North West London. Before that he was a youth worker involved in youth participation and young person-led community projects. He now specialises in education policy, youth development, social enterprise and school-based teacher training. He holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford.


Anna Trethewey

Senior Associate

Anna Trethewey is a Senior Associate at 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.


Eleanor Bernardes


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

Research Associate

Sam Baars is a Research Associate 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.

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Bart Shaw


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.

Our Projects

First Story

Impact evaluation of their creative writing programme, placing successful writers in disadvantaged schools.


‘Educational Aspirations: How English schools can work with parents to keep them on track’

A short report on research and practice in the field of educational aspirations for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2013)


‘Will we ever have a fair education for all?: The Fair Education Alliance Report Card’

Lead researcher for the Fair Education Alliance’s report (2014)

Our Latest Blogs

Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools

27th November 2015

Today our report ‘Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools’ is being published. It’s jointly authored by LKMco and Kempton Consulting Ltd, with the support of Challenge Partners and it was commissioned by the GLA on behalf of the London Education Officers Group. The project involved a survey of 665 middle and senior leaders, headteachers … Read more

Teacher recruitment: The marketing mix

20th November 2015

I don’t think business studies is on the government’s current ‘subjects we like‘ hit parade. It’s certainly not in the Ebacc, however at last night’s SSAT event, Matt Hood, of Heysham High reminded us why it matters when it comes to one of the DfE’s biggest upcoming headaches: teacher recruitment. Inspired by Matt – and as the proud … Read more

Why Teach Launch: the photos!

19th November 2015

On the 22nd of November we were delighted to co-host the launch of our latest report “Why Teach?” with Pearson at the Ship of Adventures. The report explores why people go into, stay in or leave teaching and how they decide where to teach. The launch featured speeches from four teachers working in contrasting schools, ranging from a … Read more