Kim Reuter, PhD / Chief Executive Officer

Kim joins Franklin Scholars following a decade managing projects in the environmental conservation and international development sectors. Kim earned her PhD from Temple University (USA), where she focused on the intersection of biodiversity issues in Madagascar with food security and socioeconomic drivers of natural resource use. In the past, Kim's work as Executive Director of The Ladybug Project (2010 - 2013) impacted communities in two African countries while her time as the Senior Technical Director of the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa involved a portfolio of 13 member countries. Kim has lived in over a half-dozen countries around the world and speaks fluent English and German.


Georgia Brown / Manager, Programme Development & Outreach

Georgia previously worked as a Student Achievement Officer at BSix Sixth Form College, providing support and opportunities for students with additional needs. Georgia was also an Impact Officer for City Year UK managing a team of learning mentors in a school in Hackney. A member of the Franklin Scholars team since August 2016, Georgia holds responsibility for the development of new programmes and partnerships, as well as our M&E efforts.


Laina Pattni / Manager, Programme Delivery

Laina, a former Geography teacher, has several years of teaching experience for schools in England and Australia. Since July 2015 she has continued to work with young people within the UK and internationally as a Youth Facilitator and continues to support youth organisations develop the content of their programmes. She is currently studying for a Masters in Social Justice and Education and is passionate about addressing education inequality. As well as her work in education, she is also a Freelance Photographer. Laina has worked with Franklin Scholars since September 2016 and holds responsibility for the delivery of our beacon programme in schools across England.


Lucy Anderson / Programme and Partnerships Officer

Lucy has a Psychology degree and qualified as a primary teacher through the Teach First programme. She has extensive voluntary experience including teaching children in a rural school in Cambodia and university students in Vietnam. As well as her work in education, she has held marketing roles, including at Sony. Lucy joined Franklin Scholars in March 2019 as Programme and Partnerships Officer to help deliver, develop and scale-up our numeracy programme. Lucy is also leading on the development and outreach of our Odyssey FS and Bundles and Buddies Programmes.


Our Advisors


Jessica Barratt / Founder

Jessica founded Franklin Scholars in 2013, after a period of research and development work around the power of peer-to-peer support while running community education initiatives in Mozambique. In a previous life, she worked in the music business, managing artists including Birdy and Biffy Clyro, while also setting up a music-industry focused youth mentoring scheme. In 2014, Jessica was awarded a Shackleton Leadership Award for her work with Franklin Scholars. Jessica led the organisation for its first five years and continues to be a lifelong friend to the organisation.


Eddy Akang / Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Eddy has been involved with Franklin Scholars since 2015, helping to shape its strategy and financial plans. He has over 15 years experience working in commercial, marketing and strategy roles for multi-national brands in the UK’s financial & energy sectors. Eddy has an MBA from Warwick Business School and, these days, he spends most of his scarce spare time with his three-year-old daughter.  


Evelyn Forde / Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Evelyn is the Headteacher at Copthall School with almost 20 years of experience in the education sector. In addition to sitting on the board of the Association for State Girls Schools, she is passionate about empowering young people to be the very best and their very best selves. In particular, she is committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, are afforded a range of opportunities to enrich their lives. Evelyn provides important advice and perspective on our education and outreach programmes.

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Alex Walters / Chair, Board of Trustees

Alex is a product strategist and learning experience designer. After setting up and running Big Change, an education charity that funded Franklin Scholars in 2014, Alex designed his own MBA programme. He’s been designing his own learning experiences for over a decade and he finds it really exciting to be a part of such a dedicated and inspiring community of change makers. He keeps a keen eye on our growth strategies, digital presence and operations.


Our Delivery Team