Jessica Barratt / Founder & CEO

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.


Olly Offord / Programme Director

As Programme Director, Olly is responsible for managing the programmes we run in schools and working towards making them better and better. Olly trained as a teacher through the Teach First programme, and taught Maths in Doncaster. He was awarded as one of Britain's Dream Teachers in 2011, before joining the Hackney Pirates as a Creative Educator. Olly joined Franklin Scholars in September 2014.

Georgia Brown / Programme and Partnerships Officer

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. In August 2016, she joined Franklin Scholars as Programme and Partnerships Officer to run our programme in schools and expand our community in order to enhance the work that we do.


Laina Pattni / Programme and Partnerships Officer

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 around the UK as a Youth Coach and is currently developing a programme aimed at improving careers education for School Leavers and University Graduates. As well as her work in education, she is also a Freelance Photographer. Laina joined Franklin Scholars in September 2016 as a Programme and Partnerships Officer, supporting our programmes in schools.

Chris Mallaband / Advisory Board

Chris is an experienced Headteacher/Principal who is currently working as an Executive Principal in Lincolnshire. He has led a number of inner-city schools in London and in Sheffield and enjoys working in vibrant urban settings. He is about to take up the role of Principal at Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe. He strongly believes that all young people can achieve their best regardless of their background. He values creativity, collaboration and innovation!

Irene Kolawole / Advisory Board and Alumni

Irene was one of the inaugural cohort of Franklin Scholars at Langdon Academy, 2013-14. In recognition of her commitment to supporting younger pupils, and of the skills she developed along the way, Irene was invited to speak at the NCVO Evolve conference in June 2014, and was then chosen to become an #iwill ambassador as part of Step Up To Serve's national campaign for youth social action. Irene has just completed her last GCSE exam, and will be starting at Harris Westminster Sixth Form in September. She has been a trusted representative and contributor for Franklin Scholars since day one.

Serae Tulloch / Advisory Board and Alumni

Serae worked alongside Irene as a Franklin Scholar at Langdon Academy, 2013-14. Serae is pictured here with Wilfred, whom he coached and tutored over the course of Wilfred's first year in the school. In recognition of his commitment as a Franklin Scholar, and the speaking and listening skills that he developed through the programme, Serae was honoured to take part in a debate competition at the US Embassy in March 2014. Now in Year 11, Serae has also been knuckling down for his GCSEs, but his friendship with Wilfred lives on!


Mark Franklin / Advisory Board

Mark, the Managing Director and founder of Freefort, is an accredited coach and business consultant with extensive global business experience at Board level. He has worked with law firms, financial institutions and SMEs providing business coaching, facilitation, consultancy and market analysis. Alongside this he has a real passion for connecting people and businesses, and a personal interest in education, and the power of coaching to help young people flourish.

Sylvia Elder / Advisory Board

Sylvia Elder is a corporate lawyer at Nabarro LLP and has a particular interest in working with SMEs and investors, particularly in the healthcare and technology sectors. She enjoys assisting clients in bringing ideas to life and with managing the risks associated with this process. Outside her legal career Sylvia has an interest in working with young people in the community and in supporting them to achieve their personal goals and realise their potential.


Andres Korin / Advisory Board

Andres works in risk management as a Vice President at J.P. Morgan. In addition to investment banking, his past experience includes international development, microfinance and social entrepreneurship. Andres works in risk management as a Vice President at J.P. Morgan. In addition to investment banking, his past experience includes international development, microfinance and social entrepreneurship.