Executive Team

Executive Team

Jason Elsom
CEO

Jason’s early career centred around internet innovation – leading some of the most progressive early ‘dotcoms’ – before turning his heart to education, becoming a teacher, Head of Faculty in Secondary Schools, Senior Leader in Further Education, and Education Consultant.

As one of the most connected education sector leaders in social media, Jason has almost 250,000 followers.

Jason has acted as a critical friend to many educational institutions and some of the world’s largest companies in their educational engagement strategies.  Within the education sector, Jason is best known for leading a global cultural exchange programme which supported over 200,000 children from over 3,000 classrooms across the Globe and founding Pop-Up College, an innovative adult learning initiative, which connects educational providers with organisations such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks to provide adult learning venues outside of their normal trading day.

Cambridge-educated, Jason undertook an Honours Degree in Economics, Masters in Retail Management, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and most recently Masters in Education, focusing on Educational Leadership and School Improvement.

Carly Wilkinson
Director of Programmes

Carly joined Speakers for Schools in December 2015. Carly manages Inspiration, the charity’s speaker engagement, the delivery team and the day-to-day programme work. Having previously worked in programme management and conferencing for over 5 years, she brings with her a wealth of experience working with world-class clients, speakers and suppliers in both the public and private sector. Her work has encompassed bringing high-level agendas into the voice of events for speakers, providing practical support for great engagement and facilitating partnerships to make this happen.

Teck Kua
Chief Financial Officer

Teck joined Speakers for Schools in September 2020 bringing an extensive finance experience from his career in further education and his passion for transforming young people’s lives. Teck has a track record in building up the support infrastructure for expanding organisations.

Teck is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of IT. Teck holds a MSc in Business Systems Analysis from City University and Design and a BSc Econ (Hons) in Accounting from UCW. Teck’s responsibility covers Finance, HR, Fundraising and facilities.

Teck is also a governor of a primary school in Hertfordshire.

Travers Lee
Chief Marketing Officer

After leading an Australian digital agency at the turn of the century, he moved to the UK as the Senior Creative and Technical Manager for an award-winning e-Commerce, Isabella Oliver. In 2010, he becomes the Head of Digital and Marketing for Qatar’s government body; Qatar Museums, leading pioneering projects, such as Google Arts Project Middle East, 40+ exhibition marketing campaigns, an international Arts membership programme and implementing innovative digital interactives. 

In 2015, Travers returned to London, to launch tech platform; Stereotribes, a music crowdfunding platform endorsed by music legends, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Simon Gogerly (U2 Producer) and DJ Optical (D&B Pioneer). In 2017, he moved into the non-profit sector transforming Special Yoga Foundation that supports children with special needs, Workfinder that improves youth employability, and now Speakers for Schools.

Cailean Carvalho
Chief Customer Officer

Working across education for twelve years, Cailean has joined the Speakers for Schools family to lead our customer mission. Starting his career leading the education sector for tech giant IBM, Cailean scaled the education mission, living and working across 16 countries and leading a team of 125. Cailean then moved to be a vice president of a college in the Virginia, US, ran consulting projects at Hampshire County Council and the Chartered Institute of Professional Development and engaged schools, further and higher education throughout. From there Cailean led the development of an apprenticeships division for NCFE awarding organisation as Director of Innovation and then to UCAS to lead as Head of Commercial and Vice Chair. Cailean brings this diverse experience to our charity to help us expand our services and impact for all of our customers.

Rachael Saunders
Education and Policy Director

Rachael is the Education and Policy Director at Speakers for Schools, responsible for government relationships, partnerships, research, impact and campaigns. She has worked across local and central government and the third sector, in a range of roles all about the power of partnership to achieve change and tackle inequality.  She has substantial experience in working with business to address race, gender and age discrimination.  For the past five years her career has focussed on how to build partnerships between schools and colleges, business and civil society that enable young people to succeed. Rachael has experience in research, programme design, campaigns and communications. She has a BA Hons from Durham University in History and Politics, and MSc from the LSE in Gender and Social Policy, and an MSc from Birkbeck in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics.

Chloe Reilly
Director of Projects and Partnerships

Chloe has worked in leading roles across further education for over 5 years, specialising in apprenticeships, T Levels and Work Experience, in both public and private sector. Chloe has a wealth of experience within business growth in the UK and Europe from her previous strategic roles within the travel industry. Having a plethora of energy and knowledge of education, marketing, development, management, PR and events, Chloe combines all this into her current role at Speakers for Schools. Chloe focuses on Projects and Partnerships across the UK, bringing together schools, colleges and businesses, to support young people and their careers. Chloe particularly focuses on supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by aiming to level the playing field and improving social mobility across the regions.

To contact the team, please drop us a line on team@speakersforschools.org

Job Openings

We are always interested in hearing from professionals that are top-notch communicators, driven, excel in a small team and looking to contribute to the core of our work with speakers and schools. If this sounds like you please submit your CV and short covering note to: recruitment@speakersforschools.org