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Who We Are

We are teachers who wanted to create a space for students to talk about current issues that affect them the most and who are passionate about promoting the impact of student voice

The Team


CEO and Co-Founder

Kate taught for a number of years in the secondary sector during which she was a school senior leader heading up the community cohesion strategy. Kate has a passion for student voice and making politics relevant to young people.

Favourite VoteTopic - Are young people interested in politics?


Head of Educational Content

Georgie has taught as an English language teacher in India, has a Master’s in Children’s Literature and was the resident Book Doctor at her previous school. She joined VotesforSchools in 2017 and is now our resident grammar expert!

Favorite VoteTopic - Do bestselling books encourage sexism?


Content Developer

Aisling was an English secondary school teacher for three years before joining VotesforSchools and is passionate about tackling misinformation. She's the proud owner of our office dog, Ginny!

Favourite VoteTopic - Is gaming good for you?


Content Developer

Abdul has worked in education for over five years. His experiences range from teaching at a pupil referral unit to teaching Greek philosophy. Abdul is passionate about the spiritual and ethical education of students.

Favourite VoteTopic - Can money buy happiness?


Content Developer

Sophie worked as a primary educator for a number of years before joining VotesforSchools. She has a degree in English Literature and is passionate about fostering young leaders as well as amplifying pupil voice. In her spare time, Sophie is a keen calligrapher and baker!

Favourite VoteTopic - Can banter be bullying?


Content Developer

Simon has a scientific background and enjoyed being a secondary school head of year. For the past few years, he has worked in digital education and is passionate about equipping learners to make informed decisions.

Favourite VoteTopic - Is the world becoming a better place?


Content Developer

Jude has taught in UK schools for the last 21 years. She has taught in primary and secondary schools and is passionate about outstanding teaching of PSHCE. She has worked with schools and local authorities to promote pupil wellbeing.

Favourite VoteTopic - Do aliens exist?


Head of Marketing

Amy came across VotesforSchools when she was working as a primary school teacher and liked it so much she decided to join us in August 2019! She's in charge of getting the word out about VotesforSchools.

Favourite VoteTopic - Is fake news always bad?


Marketing Assistant

Rachael taught in Italy for 5 years before she joined VotesforSchools. She has a degree in Philosophy and a qualification in children’s counselling. She is passionate about providing young people with the opportunity to formulate their own thoughts and ideas!

Favourite VoteTopic - Are we getting better at recognising burnout?


Head of Partnerships

Penny joined VotesforSchools in Spring 2016. She has taught English all across the world and worked in the charity sector before becoming a secondary school Citizenship teacher. She was previously an Independent School trustee.

Favourite VoteTopic - Do social media companies listen enough to young people?


Partnerships and Impact Manager

Dan has a decade of experience in the education sector, most recently as a teacher of history and politics in a secondary school. He is passionate about ensuring that young people are listened to by those who are in positions to make real change happen.

Favourite VoteTopic - Do we underestimate the impact of conspiracy theories?


Head of Sales and School Relationships

Michelle joined Votes for Schools in July 2019. She has 30 years' experience working in both the private and public sector in accounts, administration, recruitment and office management.

Favourite VoteTopic - Do we need more female villains in books?


Sales and Schools Relationship Officer

Juliet has a wealth of experience in administration and account management in both the private and public sector. Juliet is passionate about equality and fairness and striving for excellent Customer Support.

Favourite VoteTopic - Should every country follow the same Coronavirus advice?


Sales and Schools Relationship Officer

After working as a teacher at Secondary level, Chris moved into SEN, teaching Creative Media Production and Computing before joining VotesforSchools in 2021. He has a background in the Media industry where he worked as a motion graphics designer and animator.

Favourite VoteTopic - Do superhero films create unrealistic expectations about body shape?


Head of Operations and Data

Lara supports the daily running of VotesforSchools and is passionate about bringing the students' voices to life. Lara produces our impact to get the voice of young people into the wider world and to ensure they are heard.

Favourite VoteTopic - Should we approach boys' and girls' mental health differently?


Data Manager

Melanie has previously taught as a primary school teacher, where she worked as the writing lead and leader of her year group. She has a master’s degree in English Literature and is passionate about amplifying student voices and ensuring they are heard.

Favourite VoteTopic - Does our news reflect the world we live in?


Office Manager

Sue has 20 years of experience working in office management, accounts and administration. New to VfS, she is excited to support the team and make a positive contribution. She is a keen sportswoman and a lover of dogs.

Favourite VoteTopic - Should celebrities get involved in political issues?

Education Advisory Board

Ben Spinks


As Chief Executive Ben leads BDSIP’s relationship with all key customers primarily local schools and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Ben reports to BDSIP’s chair. Ben chairs the VotesforSchools Educational Advisory Board.

Shelina Khatun

Prevent Education Officer

Shelina is the PEO for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. Previously she was an RE teacher working in secondary schools and sixth forms. Shelina's passion is to help young people have a voice.

Helen Keevil

Assistant Headteacher

Helen Keevil is in charge of Pupil Welfare at Epsom College with a particular focus on e-safety & wellbeing. As a multi-linguist she uses IT in the classroom to deliver interactive lessons in French, German & Spanish.

Dominic Mulholland


Dominic has been in the education profession for over 21 years and currently the headteacher of a junior school in Essex. He has had the pleasure of working with VotesforSchools in two schools at both primary and secondary level.

Dave Moran

Executive Headteacher

Dave is Executive Headteacher at The Ashwood Academy which is part of the Catch22 Multi Acadamies Trust. Dave has worked with VotesforSchools since it's launch.

Nick Morley


Nick is Head of School for two schools that are part of the TBAP Multi Academy Trust in Cambridgeshire. Prior to working for the TBAP Trust, Nick was an Assistant Principal at a large secondary school in Cambridge.

Founding Members

Kate Harris

CEO and Co-Founder

Kate has worked in the education and charity sector focusing on education for her whole career. She has worked on a assessment nationally for citizenship for QCDA and is a board advisor for a teacher training college.

Vivienne Creevey


Vivienne’s experience in educational and children’s book publishing with HarperCollins and Penguin convinced her of the need to involve young people in the decisions that affect them. She is a Director of Polka Children’s Theatre and Turner’s House Trust.

Natasha Oppenheim

Chairman and Director

Natasha is an experienced entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor in early stage companies. Natasha is a Business Mentor with the Princes Trust, a barrister and holds an MBA. In 2018 Natasha was the recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship for Innovation.

Youth Advisory Board Logo | VotesforSchools

In September 2020 we launched our Youth Advisory Board:

  • To advise on the interests and needs of young people in all matters to do with student voice.
  • To support young people to influence, shape and directly be involved in making positive change.
  • To ensure the voice of young people is heard by supporting a broad range of initiatives.

We invited our schools to nominate representatives and the board meets online three times a year. We are always looking for more schools to join and make their voices heard.

Youth Advisory Board

We welcome students from the following schools in 2020-21: