The charity helping northern state students reach our best universities

Who’s involved


We have recruited inspiring staff from schools of all kinds, from academia and from other professions. They include staff at some of the country’s most academically successful schools and academics from world-class universities.


Ross Allen is a diplomat and from September 2016 will be Director of UK Trade and Investment in the USA and Deputy Consul General in New York. He is a former private secretary to Nick Clegg.

Paul Boyle is co-founder of Owlstone, a technology start-up which has now won more than $10m worth of orders and is making significant advances in early detection of cancers.

Paul Coupar-Hennessy is director of the Institute*. He is a former journalist on national titles and English teacher.

Pippa Dodgshon is a highly successful headteacher, and currently leads one of the UK’s largest schools, Hall Cross in Doncaster.

Matthew Engel is one of the country’s leading journalists, currently writing for the Financial Times and The Guardian; he leads a charitable fund which has raised £1.1m for a children’s cancer unit in Birmingham. He is a former visiting professor of media at the University of Oxford.

Peter Hennessy (Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield) is a leading historian, winner of the NCR prize for non-fiction and a non-partisan crossbench peer in the House of Lords. He is co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History.

Dr Richard Kowenicki is a Housemaster at Westminster School, which sends more students to elite universities than almost any school in the UK. A former Head of Chemistry, he did his research at Cambridge and Berkeley.

Mike Munro is a partner at the City law firm CMS.

Simon Savage is a hedge-fund manager at Man GLG.

* This is a paid, part-time role.

The teaching was amazing. It went further beyond the typical lessons I am used to