Meet the Trustees!
Our trustees use their insight, knowledge and expertise to shape the direction and the running of the charity.
Read more information below about our trustees:
Joyce is the founder of the Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme and co-founder of Insight Outreach. She has an MA (Oxon) from Oxford University and completed an MSc at Birkbeck University whilst previously working full-time for Her Majesty’s Government.
She discovered a passion for education while writing her dissertation, researching and comparing educational systems at home and abroad. She created Insight Education in 2006 which ran the precursor of the Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme. In the same year, she was elected to the board of governors at one of England’s leading academies where she set up a similar in-house programme. She has an excellent track record of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds into Oxford, Cambridge and other top UK universities. Passionate about raising aspirations among bright students, promoting equal opportunity and social mobility, she co-founded Insight Outreach so the Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme could benefit many more students.
Nik graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge in 2018. There, he studied Natural Sciences, specialising in chemistry. Nik applied to Cambridge from a large state school sixth-form college in Nottinghamshire with low acceptance rates to Oxford and Cambridge. Nik is highly motivated by improving access to Oxford and Cambridge for students from state schools.
Having tutored since 2012 and academically mentored since 2016, Nik decided to establish Insight Outreach with co-founder and trustee Joyce Connell. Nik acted as project lead and coordinator for the first year of Insight Outreach’s Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme. Even though Nik will hand over management of the Oxbridge Mentoring Scheme while he travels the world before starting his graduate job in 2019, he will continue to fulfil his duties as trustee in overseeing strategic direction of Insight Outreach.
Barney graduated from Hertford College, Oxford in 2015, having studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). After graduation, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Commerzbank AG within the debt capital markets as a fixed-income originator for sovereign and financial debt within Emerging Markets. Following that, he spent 18 months tutoring full-time, including at a cram school or ‘hagwon’ in Seoul, South Korea. He currently lives in Japan where he works as a financial services recruiter whilst studying Japanese.
Having attended an underperforming South London comprehensive for secondary school and a very successful Kent grammar school for sixth-form, Barney was able to see first-hand how beneficial additional extra-curricular support can be in helping pupils to maximise their potential. Whilst at university, Barney was an active member of Hertford College Access, attempting to dispel myths around Oxbridge education and encourage state school students to apply. This combination of experiences encouraged Barney to become involved with Insight Outreach.
Amol graduated from New College, Oxford in 2017 with a degree in law. He currently works as a trainee solicitor at a major commercial law firm in London. He volunteers his time to help Insight Outreach with legal and compliance matters and performs general advisory functions.
Amol grew up in India and played an instrumental role in the early-stage growth of Spark Career Mentors, an education and career consultancy based in Bangalore. Recognising that he enjoyed teaching and mentoring, he began to tutor in 2016 whilst at university, covering both university admissions and core law degree modules. He gave up fee-paying tutoring and moved into voluntary mentoring in 2018, wishing to use his privilege to impact those without it.
Dionne is an experienced management consultant with a career spanning both the public and private sector. Her work has focused on asset and transactional procurement. She holds a BSc in Organisation and Management. She began her career in a boutique consultancy undertaking bid management and analysis on behalf of the NHS as part of the Governments Public Private Partnerships initiative. Further experience was gained at KPMG within Infrastructure and Government advising the MoD and DfEE on a range of strategic asset procurement projects. Within financial services, she worked for American Express and Barclays implementing effective Purchase to Pay programmes. The key objective was to drive purchasing efficiencies through preferred suppliers, and protect spending compliance across global organisations, with a focus on emerging markets.
She is passionate about learning, and believes that social mobility is not only aspirational, but also achievable. She was educated at a comprehensive school in inner London. She will use her experience to expand business development within Insight Outreach. She is also a keen runner, especially when the hills are flat!
Tim graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 2017, having read Classics for 3 years. The excellent support that he received from his grammar school highlighted to him the importance of students receiving adequate support and information, so that they maximise their potential, within academia and beyond.
Tim started to work within university admissions while he was at university, and has since worked on programmes such as Target Oxbridge, as well as designing programmes of support for schools around the world. Combined with his own access initiatives, he has supported thousands of candidates through the application process, and is looking forward to applying his expertise with Insight Outreach.
A short stint in the corporate world made it clear that education was his true vocation, and Tim has been working as an education professional since 2018. He is currently training to teach in Latin and Classics at a Central London academy.