Mei Lim
Planning Team Lead

Mei has over 13 years experience working across all phases in education. She worked in South East London as a secondary History teacher, before leaving to study a Masters in Public Policy degree for 2 years in Berlin, with a focus on education and social policy. Returning to the UK, she decided to move into the primary phase and was Headteacher of a primary academy in Guildford until December 2018.

During this time, Mei met Ed and was inspired by his vision to develop a complementary model that works alongside schools to support children and families, which is why she joined the Reach Children's Hub in 2019. Mei now oversees the Hub and is excited to be leading the Planning Team for the FCP, as she believes passionately in the importance of building capacity across communities, so that every child can thrive and enjoy a life of choice and opportunity. 

mei.lim@reachfoundation.org.uk

Victoria Hirst
Evaluation Lead

Victoria is the Evaluation Lead for FCP’s Planning Team. She is also in the final year of her PhD, which involves developing an ethnographic case study of the Reach cradle-to-career school design in affiliation with the University of Manchester and the Economic Social and Research Council. The FCP work aligns closely with her research interests which focus on the link between area-based dynamics and educational inequities. Victoria began her career as a secondary school teacher and taught in Wolverhampton and London. In her spare time, she is a youth mentor for a local charity and also enjoys running.

victoria.hirst@reachfoundation.org.uk

Samantha Jac-During
Communications Associate

Samantha has recently finished her Masters Degree in International Communications and Media. Whilst studying, Samantha began tutoring at Explore Learning where she discovered a passion for serving and impacting the lives of children through the means of education, but also through relationships. Currently, working as the Communications Associate for both Feltham Convening Project and Reach Foundation, Samantha hopes to use her knowledge and experience in communications to help impact children and young people. It is her desire to see children and young people live their lives to its full potential whilst enjoying every single aspect of their childhood, as much as possible.  Besides communications, Samantha enjoys watching a variety of youtube channels, old television series, such as Criminal Minds and other real-life documentaries.

samantha.jac-during@reachfoundation.org.uk

Lily Pinto
Communities Lead

Lily grew up in Feltham before moving to Leeds to complete a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies. Upon graduating, she completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in Huddersfield and thoroughly enjoyed teaching “up North” for two years. She moved back to Feltham after completing her NQT year and took a brief break from teaching to have a baby. She joined Reach Academy Feltham as an English teacher in 2018, and began working for the Hub leading on the Feltham Futures project in 2020. In 2022 Lily joined the FCP Planning Team as the Communities Lead, leading on the Post-16 workstream and Young Persons Action Group. Lily is invested in the young people of Feltham and strongly believes that every child who grows up in Feltham is entitled to a joyful life with lots of opportunities. She loves working within the community and seeing it grow and develop.

 

lily.pinto@reachacademy.org.uk

Eimear North
Data Impact Officer

Upon completing her Msc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths University, Eimear worked with a music charity bringing the transformative power of the arts to young people. Now part of Reach, she is keen to use her passion for data science to ensure that we continue to deliver services and projects that benefit children and young people in Feltham. It is her mission to understand the needs of children in Feltham to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. She is also a firm believer in the power of the arts and hopes to help improve the outcomes of children and young people through music and other art forms. Eimear is looking forward to building relationships and making connections with the community whilst bringing some music along the way!

eimear.north@reachfoundation.org.uk