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
Head of Inspiration

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.

Lamorna Byford
Head of Experience

Lamorna joined Speakers for Schools in August 2019 after leading I Can Be, a careers programme for primary school girls for several years. With experience in project design and development, communications, market research and education, Lamorna is lucky enough to combine all of her interests in leading Experience (formerly known as S4SNextGen), Speakers for Schools’ work experience programme for state school students.

Lamorna has an MSc in the Social Anthropology of Cognition from the London School of Economics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from UCL and a degree in English from the University of Leeds and is passionate about social mobility, diversity and inclusion.

She’s also passionate about podcasts, politics and coffee and is always available to discuss how Experience can help with work experience over the latter.

Travers Lee
Head of Marcomms

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.

Diane Gault
Director of Fundraising

Diane has worked in the charitable sector for more years than she cares to admit to, and for the last 16 years has held leadership roles working across fundraising, membership, digital, marketing, campaigns and PR. Diane has a particular passion for supporting children and young people to overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives and to fulfil their potential and also for social justice and making the world a better place. Diane enjoys supporting brilliant charities to achieve their potential and to take their fundraising to the next level by initiating and developing relationships and partnerships with funders and supporters. When not doing this Diane can be found spending time with her own small child, pottering about on a paddle board or trying to justify those black belts in karate by keeping up her training. Diane holds a BA (Joint Honours) in History and Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Lily Clifford
Engagement Manager

Lily joined the Speakers for Schools team in May 2017. Having previously worked in the not-for-profit sector and the NHS, she is keen to expand her experience and help hundreds of state schools host talks from top tier professionals from all industries. Lily holds a BA in Television and Film Production from Teesside University.

Christabel Williams
Speakers and Schools Engagement Coordinator

Christabel joined the Speakers for Schools team in October 2017. Having previously been an English Teacher in mainstream secondary schools and a learning mentor, she is keen to help state schools hear from leading figures in their fields. Christabel holds a BA in Language, Literacy and Communication from the University of Manchester.

Adelise Tesfa
Engagement Coordinator

Adelise has previously worked for the NHS engaging with schools in Hackney & City delivering health promotion and vaccination sessions. Working in a diverse area engaging with state schools as well as private schools has allowed her to learn more about improving access to health care to young people in the borough. At Speakers for Schools she is hoping to connect more high-profile leaders with schools, academies and colleges across the UK and give young people access to the top opportunities through inspiring school talks.

Aigli Tsirogianni
Programme Executive

Aigli joined the Speakers for Schools team in February 2019. Having experience in the non-for-profit sector with a focus on inclusion and impact. She is keen to expand her experience in service design, strategy and governance. Aigli holds a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins and a MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University.

Funbi Akande
Schools Outreach and Experience Officer

Funbi joined Speakers for Schools in May 2019. He works closely with the Programme Manager on helping to raise awareness of Speakers for Schools in schools and managing school relationships.

Funbi cut his teeth on the charity sector by interning as a Database Administrator and then as a Systems Administrator. He has also worked as a freelance software administrator/ developer and as a marketing administrator at a media start-up.

Funbi is based in London but lives and breathes in the cloud-based technology world. He is currently studying for a MSc in IT at Birkbeck University, focusing on databases and emerging technologies and he is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has a BA in Business Studies from University of Glamorgan and a Professional Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Andy Coustick-Deal
Systems and Office Manager

Joining in 2014, Andy supports the charity’s internal administration, office activities and management of our CRM database, helping see that our operations run smoothly through his support of the team. Previously working in logistics and planning, he oversees and maintains the database and technical systems the organisation uses to help track and arrange hundreds of talks each academic year. Andy holds a BSc Econ in International Relations and an MSc Econ in International Relations Theory, both from Aberystwyth University.

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