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.

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

    ‘Beyond RE: The Role of Intercultural Education in schools and communities’

    A report for 3FF (The Three Faiths Forum) examining the lessons policymakers and practitioners can draw from successful intercultural projects, (2015).

    ‘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)

    ‘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).

    Our Latest Blogs

    Knife Crime Epidemic? Time to look beyond the headlines

    30th October 2018

    This is a guest blog from Elaine Williams. Elaine is an experienced youth worker currently completing a PhD entitled “Making ‘Knife Crime’; policing, policy and power in the (re)production of violence.” “Excluded schoolchildren are at serious risk of becoming involved in knife crime, a children’s charity has warned.”  So begins… Read more

    Struggling schools bearing the brunt of school funding cuts

    17th October 2018

    Combining yesterday’s provisional GCSE results with data from the School Cuts website reveals that it is England’s lowest performing schools that are facing the biggest drops in per-pupil funding. The secondary schools who performed least well according to yesterday’s data are losing an average of £237 per pupil (a 4.1%… Read more

    How high-performing schools create a positive culture – sector press picks up our report for the DfE

    17th October 2018

    Last month we published a report on school cultures and practices that support the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, commissioned by the Department for Education. We’re delighted to see the report being picked up in the sector press, and hope this will encourage teachers and school leaders up and down the country… Read more