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 / 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.
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.
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 / Advisor
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 / Advisor
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 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.
Alex Walters / Advisor
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.