Our Team

Tom Ravenscroft
Founder and CEO

Tom founded Enabling Enterprise in 2009, whilst teaching Business and Enterprise in a secondary school in Hackney. Through his teaching he realised that getting students to work in teams and giving them ownership over long term projects instilled in them greater confidence, and developed valuable transferable skills. He started to implement a more practical, project-based way of learning in his own lessons and then formalised this enterprising philosophy through programmes that could be more widely distributed.
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As CEO of Enabling Enterprise, Tom has led the growth of the organisation from working with a single class to having over 85,000 students enrolled on our programmes in the last year. This has been supported by over 100 great businesses and funders.

Tom’s work has been recognised with the Teach First Excellence Award, and he was also the 2009 UK Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Tom won a ‘Future 100’ award, as one of the top 10 up-and-coming social entrepreneurs in the UK and in 2014, Enabling Enterprise was awarded “Education Partnership of the Year” in the Education Investor awards.

Tom’s first book, The Missing Piece: The Essential Skills that Education Forgot, is available to order now.
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>> Tom’s full biography
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Alice Faulkner
Head of Programmes

Before joining Enabling Enterprise in 2011, Alice was a Maths teacher at Cator Park School in Kent, having completed the Teach First programme. During that time she revelled in finding new, interactive approaches to make Maths lessons more exciting.

At Enabling Enterprise, she is able to apply her teaching expertise and enthusiasm as she develops new educational programmes and working closely with our partner schools to ensure teachers and students are getting the most out of the projects they are engaged in. Alice currently leads the Education Associate team in their work across England.

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Simon Hill
Head of Partnerships

Simon joined Enabling Enterprise in September 2013 from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Simon is a parent governor of Furzedown Primary School, where he works with governors, staff and parents to ensure that the school continues to improve and that all children enjoy a stimulating learning environment.

Simon leads on Enabling Enterprise’s links with the businesses and employers who support our work. Simon is also responsible for Enabling Enterprise’s fundraising to ensure that our plans to reach 120,000 children per year by 2019 are achieved.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Robert Craig
Head of Strategy & Operations
Robert is responsible for the strategic direction and running of Enabling Enterprise as an organisation. As treasurer of an alternative provision school in Hackney he came to see the importance of educational outcomes, particularly for those from less privileged backgrounds.

Prior to Enabling Enterprise, Robert worked in Public Sector Strategy and Operations at KPMG as well as at Social Finance.
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Claire Bayley
Regional Manager

Claire always wanted to be a teacher, and share her love of history. Following her degree, Claire taught for 10 years in Oldham, taking on a variety of roles including accreditation as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner and as Specialist Leader in Education specialising in Initial Teacher Education.

She brings this passion for learning and for developing enterprise skills to her role at Enabling Enterprise in her role as Regional Manager for the North West.

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Chris Cuckson
Regional Manager

With a degree in Italian and music, Chris’s career started in media, organising BAFTA ceremonies and working in TV production. Then changing course with a desire to make a difference, he trained to become a primary class teacher and phase leader in Hackney.

Chris joined Enabling Enterprise after having seen the impact of the projects in his own school. Chris leads our work in North London, and in the East of England and loves running projects in schools and businesses which help prepare young people for success in the real world, while still having lots of fun along the way!
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Maryam Ben Rabha
Regional Manager

Prior to working at Enabling Enterprise, Maryam was a Primary School Teacher for 7 years in a South London School. She discovered a passion for project-driven learning teaching her students about the media industry with the Lambeth CLC, The Southbank Centre and the BFI.

This inspired Maryam to work for Enabling Enterprise, where she now manages the South London & South East region.
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Richard Hart
Regional Manager

Richard joined Enabling Enterprise in 2017 and leads our work across the Midlands. His passion for education and business innovation spans over 20 years of working with children and young people as a teacher in primary, secondary and initial teacher training settings and as a curriculum adviser. Richard has headed music education and cultural service organisations in the West Midlands and East of England regions and has led business development and transformation programmes across a range of education, heritage and cultural service organisations.
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MikeMike Zatyka
Development Manager

Mike started at Enabling Enterprise in 2011, having worked at youth leadership charity Changemakers which sparked in him an enthusiasm for developing young people’s skills through partnership working.

At Enabling Enterprise Mike has led our growth outside London having set up our first partnerships in the West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber. Mike now works closely with our employer partners across England to support our growth and ensure students gain inspirational experiences of the world or work.
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Alison Gale
Senior Associate, Deputy Regional Manager

Alison has a passion for project-based learning in the curriculum, having seen first-hand the positive effect this approach has on students of all abilities in her many years of teaching, both as a classroom teacher and SLT member. At Enabling Enterprise, she seeks to develop support materials and training for teachers to assist them in delivering an inspiring and relevant curriculum. A curriculum, which she believes, should be full of engaging experiences for children and young people to encourage the development of transferrable workplace-valued skills and positive attitudes for their futures beyond the classroom.
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Chantelle Scott
Senior Associate, Deputy Regional Manager

Chantelle became dedicated to working within education whilst volunteering as a learning mentor in East London. This inspired her to train as a teacher before teaching in a primary school in North London.

Chantelle joined Enabling Enterprise after teaching the programme and seeing the significant impact it had on students’ confidence, their interactions and their academic learning. She now supports schools across North London and the East of England to deliver a programme which strives to embed transferable skills into the curriculum and prepare children and young people with the life skills necessary for success.

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Alanna Hume
Innovation Manager

Alanna’s interest in teaching first started at university where she taught English for a year in northern Spain during her Year Abroad. After university, she went on to complete the Teach First programme and taught for five years at St. Marylebone C.E. School in central London as a Spanish and French teacher and Head of Year 11.

Alanna joined Enabling Enterprise in 2014 so she could help schools develop their students’ skills for life in a fun and interactive way. She currently leads on the innovation streams of work at Enabling Enterprise, looking to ensure as many young people as possible build the ………………………………..essential skills to succeed.
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Sarah Ritchie
Curriculum Manager
Sarah’s passion for education began at University, where she studied Psychology with an emphasis on childhood cognitive development. She then gained her PGCE qualification from the University of Warwick and taught in primary schools across Warwickshire and South London.

At Enabling Enterprise, Sarah works with schools in South London and the South East, supporting teachers to ensure our programmes have the greatest possible impact on students’ skill development. She also manages our Curriculum, working with our team of ………………………………..Education Associates to develop new resources and enhance our existing offer for schools.
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Samantha George
Senior Associate for Research

Sam first became passionate about supporting the aspirations of young people after volunteering in higher education access programmes whilst at university. After graduating, she worked as a behaviour mentor in a pupil referral unit before joining the Teach First programme, teaching English in secondary schools in Birmingham and London.

Sam joined Enabling Enterprise after seeing how much her own students benefited from teaching with an explicit focus on developing skills. She works in the South London team, supporting schools in their delivery of the programme and also alongside the Programme Development team to help create teaching resources for our schools.
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Amy Paull
Education Associate – [currently on maternity leave]

Before joining Enabling Enterprise, Amy taught Secondary Humanities and Skills for 7 years in South Birmingham. Here she gained experience of planning and delivering skills-based projects and embedding a skills focus within her school.

Amy joined Enabling Enterprise in 2016, enthused by the ability to work with students of all ages to develop their transferable skills. Amy has joined the West Midlands Team to support the development of students’ skills in the region
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Rachel Mowle
Education Associate

Rachel graduated University as a Teacher of Physics, Science and Mathematics and has shared her passion for education in both Australia and the UK. She has worked enthusiastically in the classroom and also as a Leader in the areas of Pastoral Care and Curriculum Development.

Rachel joined Enabling Enterprise with the ambition of supporting a greater range of students achieve enterprise skills in an engaging and inspiring context. She has been working with students and teachers in North London and the East of England, and is supporting ………………………………..implementation of our work internationally.
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Billy Pretsell
Education Associate

Billy spent four years as a qualified Primary teacher in Tameside, following several years as a theatre, drama and singing teacher in Greater Manchester and across the country. With his background in theatre and performance, he has also produced, written and directed many youth theatre and Theatre in Education productions.

He is now combining his experiences of collaborative learning and shared creative processes in his role as Education Associate, working with the growing team in the North West.
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Kathryn Dann
Education Associate – [currently on maternity leave]

Kathryn trained as a secondary English teacher and worked for six years in several secondary academies. Her passion for teaching and learning afforded her the opportunity to work as KS3 Curriculum Lead, ITT and NQT Coordinator and to develop and implement innovative teaching strategies across a district of schools.

From her time teaching, Kathryn has fostered a love for project-based learning, motivated by promoting and delivering Enterprise Education in Yorkshire and the Humber to equip students with the skills and experiences to aspire beyond the school context.
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Evelyn Haywood
Education Associate

Evelyn’s interest in education and project-based learning was sparked during her Natural Sciences degree when she took part in a science outreach program. This time spent with teachers in school inspired her to pursue education through the Teach First Leadership Development program.

Evelyn joined Enabling Enterprise in 2016, inspired by the work carried out nationally to drive enterprise skills development across the curriculum. She is currently supporting teachers in Primary and Secondary schools across North London and the East of England.
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James Prideaux
Education Associate

Since starting his teaching career, James has had a growing interest in practical, skills-based learning. As a Head of Music in South London, James worked to raise the aspirations and opportunities for young people through Music, working closely with the English National Opera, Voice in a Million and School Ground Sounds.

James joined Enabling Enterprise to continue developing skills-based learning across the curriculum and make young people excited about enterprise. He currently works with schools across South London.
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Tom Varley
Education Associate

Having experienced the joy of teaching through voluntary work with children in India and Indonesia, Tom first stepped into the classroom in a small International Academy in Medan, Indonesia, teaching English, Maths and project-based topics for 4 years across Kindergarten and Primary. After a further year of teaching English in Izmir, Turkey, Tom returned to the UK to complete his teacher training and spent two further years as a Year 4 teacher in Surrey. Drawing upon a passion for learning through experiences, he joined the Enabling Enterprise team in 2016, where he works closely with schools in the South London and South East area.
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Louise Brannan
Education Associate

Louise has extensive experience as a former Head of Psychology and Sociology and a Science teacher in a Cheltenham school. As Assistant Head of Sixth Form, she became passionate about developing key skills such as resilience and high aspiration in secondary students, leading projects and initiatives within her school on growth mindset, along with teaching and learning methods to encourage independence. She joined the West Midlands team at Enabling Enterprise in 2016, enthused about developing enterprise skills among a wider range of students and schools.

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Emma Reay
Education Associate

Emma first became passionate about education during her time teaching English in South India while volunteering with a local charity. After returning, she went on to complete the Teach First programme, teaching History and RE in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Emma joined Enabling Enterprise in 2017, looking to promote and develop the use of skills-based learning in the curriculum. She works in the North London team, supporting teachers in Primary and Secondary schools in delivering the programme.

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Alastair Phipps
Associate for Systems and Impact

Before joining Enabling Enterprise, Alastair spent two years with Apple where he played a major role in their west London youth programmes. Prior to that he had worked as a freelance video editor and web developer, spending significant time visiting schools and youth events to deliver training on these subjects.

Alastair supports the delivery of Enabling Enterprise programmes and their development, as well as leading the development of our systems and approach to data analysis.

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Simon Camp
Communications Associate

Simon joined Enabling Enterprise in 2017, after working in Primary education for two years. As a graduate of Philosophy, he is deeply invested in helping the next generation hone the essential skills they will need to become ever more capable, empathetic and self-fulfilled.

Leveraging his skills from web design to motion graphics, Simon works on Enabling Enterprise’s communications, making sure that our branding, website and print all reflect the brilliant work of our schools, employers and other partners.

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Jana Dubovska
Partnerships and Events Coordinator

Jana developed an interest in the essential enterprise skills not only through her Master’s degree in CEMS International Management, but also through her experience of working with international entities such as P&G, KONE, Hilti and the United Nations. She came to Enabling Enterprise in 2017 from a London-based educational start-up, where she was in charge of the end-to-end development and delivery of multi-country study courses.

At EE, Jana is responsible for coordinating all of the trips that take place and liaising with our business partners.
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Jayces Garello
Finance & Operations Assistant
Jayces developed a passion for bringing positive change to people’s lives during her voluntary work within the third sector in both the UK and in a developing country. She served as a programme coordinator for an NGO whose mission is to economically empower women from impoverished communities in the Philippines. With a keen interest in delivering impact for social change, she discovered EE and found its mission chimed with her values. Building on her finance role in a global logistics firm for a few years prior to joining EE, Jayces now supports the Finance & Operations team, ensuring the smooth running of all administrative processes for the whole team and for the schools on our network.
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Stéphane Auberval
Programmes Assistant

Stéphane’s career in education started in France in 2002 as an English teacher, where he developed a passion for project-based learning. His entrepreneurial skills as a self-employed French tutor as well as an International Business Executive for a stint, brought him to London where he decided to settle for the long run.

After several years’ experience in the UK Primary sector, it was during his teacher training that he met Enabling Enterprise, delivering first hand our Challenge Days and lesson-time projects. He is now part of the North London team and also supports our work with schools ………………………………..across the country.

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Charlotte Ravenscroft
Board of Directors

Charlotte helped to develop Enabling Enterprise back in 2009, and has been a Non-Executive Director ever since. She has extensive experience working in social investment and public policy, having been the UK Policy Manager for the Big Lottery Fund and worked for the Department for Education.

Charlotte currently works as Head of Policy and Research at NCVO and her experience of education policy means that she has been instrumental in influencing the strategic and business development of Enabling Enterprise. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Honor Wilson-Fletcher
Board of Directors

Honor is CEO of British Exploring, which organises expeditions across the world. She was previously CEO for 6 years at the Aldridge Foundation where she helped establish 12 state schools in some of the most deprived parts of England – all with a focus on entrepreneurship and employability. Previous roles include Directorships at the National Literacy Trust, Southbank Centre, the British Museum, Transworld and Hodder Children’s Books. She worked in publishing in various roles at Penguin Books, Waterstone’s and with BOL.com. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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Richard Mallinson
Board of Directors

Richard is a co-founder of Energy Aspects, a research consultancy covering global energy markets. Starting the company in 2012 has given him hands on experience as an entrepreneur. Before this Richard spent six years working on education policy in the UK and New Zealand and he is also a chair of governors at a London primary school. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….



Tom McErlain
Advisor

Tom is a consultant specialising in Financial Services trading data. Having worked in a variety of strategic roles at UBS, Tom and some colleagues established Exchange Insight and Return Insight, which focus on helping to drive additional value from businesses’ data. He has supported Enabling Enterprise as a technical advisor since 2010, most recently in the development of our online learning portal.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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