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.

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Charleen Chiong

Junior 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.

Charleen’s Ph.D. explores how the different socio-political and cultural contexts of schooling in two countries, Singapore and Finland, shape opportunities for children of different socio-economic backgrounds in developing 21st-century skills. She is interested in what we can learn from these two high-performing systems, in building an education system that is both socially just and relevant.

Previously, she has completed research projects on creativity initiatives in Singapore, and on the evolution of citizenship education policy in England. She holds a First-Class (Honours) degree in Education with English from Cambridge University, and a Masters of Science in Comparative and International Education (Distinction) from Oxford University. Her research interests span sociology of education, children's psycho-social wellbeing, comparative education and inequalities in education.

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).


‘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)

First Story

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

Our Latest Blogs

Play-based Learning in Finland: Why it Matters

3rd February 2016

“If [it’s] minus 15 [Celsius] and windy, maybe not, but otherwise, yes. The children can’t learn if they don’t play. The children must play.” – Principal of Kallahti Comprehensive School, Finland Should play matter? And does far-off Finland have anything to teach us about that? I think, the answer to both questions is yes. I recently had … Read more

Character education: What are we really talking about?

27th January 2016

As someone who considers the ability to sit on a cold, snowy mountain ledge for an hour or so a desirable trait, I’m often tempted to put my (Antipodean) boyfriend’s complaints about doing so down to a severe lack of character. When I see the kids from the posh private school down the road cycling around … Read more

Illusions of grandeur: who can raise the status of apprenticeships?

23rd January 2016

Tomorrow’s papers are expected to announce new moves by the government to raise the status of apprenticeships. New law will compel teachers to encourage pupils into apprenticeships (!) https://t.co/JLtljStp4n— Laura McInerney (@miss_mcinerney) January 23, 2016 However, as Sam Freedman quickly pointed out, politicians are suffering from delusions of grandeur if they think it is within … Read more