Simon Coyle is a former classroom teacher who taught economics and history in an inner-city London school. He left teaching in 2012 to co-found The Brilliant Club, which is now the UK’s largest university access programme. In his time at the charity, Simon supported the creation of Researchers in Schools and led the set up of AccessEd as an independent non-profit. With his fellow co-founder Jonny Sobczyk, Simon was named in the Top 10 Young UK Social Entrepreneurs in 2010, listed in The Observer’s Britain’s 50 New Radicals in 2012 and awarded the Guardian’s Charity of the Year in 2015.
Jonathan Sobczyk is a former classroom teacher who is passionate about education, and has founded and co-founded several organisations and charitable initiatives. In 2012 he co-founded The Brilliant Club, which is now the UK’s largest university access programme. Then in 2014 he led the set up of Researchers in Schools, the world’s first teacher training programme for PhD graduates. Outside his current role, Jonny runs an award-winning property business and is on the boards of The English-Speaking Union and Tomorrow’s People.
Rajbir Hazelwood completed her PhD on decolonization at Washington University in St. Louis and was Assistant Professor of Modern British History at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. After 10 years in academia, with experience in university-level teaching and assessment, she moved back to London in 2015. Before joining AccessEd, Rajbir worked as Regional Manager at The Brilliant Club, helping to lead on the delivery of programmes in schools. Rajbir currently oversees programmes and development across AccessEd.
Jonny and Simon are supported on a pro-bono basis by Caroline Carter (former partner, Ashurst LLP), Liz Gibbons (Commissioning Editor, BBC Global News) and Penny Egan (Executive Director, The US-UK Fulbright Commission).