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.
Richard joined AccessEd in 2019 as Curriculum Manager. Before joining the organisation he was a physics teacher on the Researchers in Schools programme at Lampton School in west London, where he continues teaching three days a week. Prior to training on the programme, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in biophysics at Harvard University.
Joanna is a qualified English teacher, and has worked in secondary schools across London. She was the Deputy Head of the English Department at Morpeth School in Bethnal Green before leaving the classroom to join Researchers in Schools, a unique teacher training route designed specifically for PhD graduates, where she trained participants to become highly-effective classroom teachers. In her role as Programme Manager at AccessEd Joanna supports and trains researchers across the U.K., Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong, South Africa and Botswana.
AccessEd is excited to be recruiting a Chief Executive to lead our organisation into the future. You can view the job description by clicking below.
Our mission is to increase access to university for young people from under-served backgrounds around the world. If you share our mission and are passionate about making it happen, then we hope to hear from you.
Jonny and Simon are supported on a pro-bono basis by Caroline Carter (former partner, Ashurst LLP), Liz Gibbons (Commissioning Editor, BBC Global News), Penny Egan (Executive Director, The US-UK Fulbright Commission), and Richard Eyre (Chief Programmes Officer, The Brilliant Club).