Home/School Liaison Officer, Marner Primary School
Ahsana is the Home/School Liaison Officer at one of our key project partners, Marner Primary School in Tower Hamlets.
Incredibly passionate about her community, Ahsana has loved working in Tower Hamlets for the last 21 years. Alongside her experience working with families at Marner, she has also been an Advisory Officer for Welfare Rights at Bromley by Bow Community Centre and a Family Support Worker at the Family Welfare Association.
Ahsana has significant experience working around issues concerning families, children, mental health and domestic violence and brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to Apples & Pears.
Portfolio Director, Social Business Trust
Libby is the Portfolio Director at Social Business Trust where she is responsible for the day to day work of the team and for supporting some of the UK’s best social enterprises as they scale their impact and reach.
Prior to joining the Social Business Trust, Libby worked as a consultant at Bain & Company in London for 5 years where she gained experience of the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Libby is a school governor at Westminster Academy and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Head of External Communications, Worldpay
Claire is Head of External Communications at FTSE100 payments company Worldpay where she manages the Group’s media relations and global financial communications. Over the last decade Claire has advised several major corporates on their business communications and investor relations programmes including Starbucks, easyJet, Royal Dutch Shell, and The Economist.
Claire is passionate about promoting diversity in the communications industry and supports several initiatives that aim to raise the representation of women at senior levels within business. She is delighted to be joining Apples & Pears and is incredibly supportive of the work the team does.
Family Support Worker, Marion Richardson Primary School
Alison has worked as a youth and community cohesion worker in Southwark for 12 years and Tower Hamlets for 20 years giving her a wealth of knowledge in how to make a positive impact on the lives of young children in London. She’s an important resource for Apples & Pears!
Alison loves living in London and is passionate about giving families the confidence and opportunity to discover London together.
As a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 3, Alison also has significant personal experience of seeing and exploring London – meaning she knows plenty of places for families to visit!
Consultant and Former Headmaster, Hampton School
Barry was lucky enough to be appointed Headmaster of Hampton School in 1997 where he found people like Khawar and quite a few others at Apples & Pears as students. He remembers Khawar throwing himself out of a plane (with parachute) for charity and talking about it in an assembly.
After an early career in the City which ended to the mutual satisfaction of all sides, Barry spent 37 years in secondary education, 21 years as a Head, and he could spend all day telling you how much he enjoyed it. He is now running his own consultancy in educational management, strategy, finance and also helps with recruitment.
He is delighted to be involved with Apples & Pears and admires immensely what the team is doing.
Deputy Director, LKMco
Anna is Deputy Director at LKMco, a youth and education ‘think and action’ tank. LKMco specialises in supporting organisations who work with young people to translate their aims into deliverable projects that can be evaluated effectively. LKMco also carry out rigorous academic and policy research about the issues experience tells them matter.
Prior to joining LKMco, Anna spent several years as an English and drama teacher and school leader in London and Norwich. She has experience as a youth worker, learning mentor and poet-in-residence. She is also a judge for the charity Never Such Innocence’s school poetry competition.
Head of Graduate Talent, Clifford Chance
Laura is the Head of Graduate Talent at the global law firm, Clifford Chance. In her most recent role she oversees the graduate recruitment and development teams, both of which have won awards for innovative pilot schemes focusing on improving access to the legal profession and tackling the stigma of mental health whilst building personal resilience.
She joined Clifford Chance in 2006, having previously worked at J.P. Morgan in both the graduate recruitment team and also in a generalist HR role.