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!

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.

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  • 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.


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

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.

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  • Tel: 07814 609596
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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.

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  • Tel: 07958 049171
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Charleen Chiong

Junior Research Associate

Charleen is a junior associate at LKMco whilst undertaking a Ph.D. (Education, Inequality 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

Guest blogger

Iesha Small is Assistant Headteacher at Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire and a guest blogger at LKMco.


Ellie Mulcahy

Junior 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


Will Millard is an Associate at LKMco and he began his career as an English teacher at Wembley High Technology College, a large secondary school in northwest London. He went on to become the school’s gifted and talented coordinator and, then, the Deputy Head of Sixth with responsibility for year 12.

Will then joined The Key, a leadership and management support service for school leaders and governors. As Senior and then Lead Researcher, Will undertook research exploring current and best practice in areas including curriculum development, assessment, early years provision, and pedagogy. In 2015, Will became The Key’s External Relations Manager, overseeing its policy analysis, and stakeholder outreach and engagement programmes.

Will has two Master’s degrees, one in education policy, and one in international public policy. While completing these degrees, Will researched schools’ motivations for adopting academy status, and the local educational factors affecting uptake of the free schools policy. He was awarded a prize at UCL for Academic Excellence in the Social and Historical Sciences.

Will spent six months teaching at a school in Shanghai in 2009, and has worked with The Xavier Project, an NGO based in Nairobi and Kampala, developing teacher-training resources.


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.

Our Projects


‘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)

Bootstrap Company

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

LEAP Confronting Conflict

Development of a theory of change to underpin the charity’s future planning, tracking and evaluation for its conflict-resolution work.

Our Latest Blogs

Winners and Losers on the New Progress 8 Measures

13th October 2016

Today’s provisional GCSE data release from the DfE includes brand new Progress 8 statistics and some useful comparisons between old and new measures. On page 25 for example, the DfE compares Attainment 8 and 5+ A*-Cs including English and Maths. It concludes “there is a high level of correlation between the two measures.” However, this might not … Read more

Pupil behaviour: Inclusion or exclusion units – naughty or troubled?

4th October 2016

Around the country, schools-within-schools, educate or guard the challenged and challenging. Sometimes they’re called ‘inclusion units’, sometimes ‘exclusion units’, sometimes more zappily ‘learning zones’. In one school I knew (let’s call it Oakwood), it was across the road, staffed by teachers considered hard-core enough to manage the toughest of the tough. I’ve often discussed with … Read more

Social cohesion: Can and should schools do more?

30th September 2016

This morning’s Schools Week highlights Shadow Secretary of State, Angela Rayner’s speech to the Labour party conference in which she railed against “segregation, segregation, segregation”. But the focus of last night’s ship debate, #LKMco16, was on“cohesion, cohesion, cohesion” – as we asked whether schools can (and should) make society more cohesive. We were joined by four outstandng panelists … Read more