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


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.

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


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, 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

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.

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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


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


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.

Our Projects

‘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)

‘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.

Our Latest Blogs

Reducing School Exclusions: Schools Week highlights our recommendations

21st March 2018

Our recent submission to Parliament’s Education Select Committee’s enquiry on school exclusions was highlighted in Schools Week. Vulnerable pupils can be difficult to support in mainstream schools and too often schools feel they have little alternative but to exclude them, particularly at times when waiting lists for mental health referrals… Read more

School Funding: It’s all fine guv. Honest.

18th March 2018

I’ve never really written much about school funding and cuts, largely because it’s not something I know a huge amount about. However it’s increasingly clear to most people in the education sector that funding is not an issue that can be shied away from any longer. Unless you’re the government… A… Read more

‘Faking it to make it’: Gaining confidence to do the things you’re not yet ready to do

8th March 2018

I had the pleasure of delivering a session at the annual WomenEd ‘unconference’ last weekend. My session, entitled ‘Faking it to make it: Gaining confidence to do the thing you’re not ready to do!’, examined the research on the confidence gender gap, and what this means for women in leadership.… Read more