Our project forum

Jake Curtis

Deputy CEO at Jamie’s Farm

Kate Wareham

Strategic Director of Young People, Families and Communities at Catch22

Eva Sprecher

Research Fellow at UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Edward Davison

Leads the Chair and Chief Executive’s office at the Office for Students

Harry Hill

Founder of Rightmove, and former Chief Executive of Countrywide

Jessamy Gould

Director of Treebeard

Siân Edwards

Executive Director of Andrews Charitable Trust

Eugenie Rotjes-Nicholls

Qualified social worker, and graduated from The Netherlands in Social Pedagogy

Samira-Caterina Monteleone

Student Union President at University of Essex Students’​ Union

Anna Buscall

Former law firm partner in the City of London

Jake Curtis

Jake is co-CEO at Jamie’s Farm, which provides short-stay residential experiences for vulnerable children. This has allowed him to see close up the vast potential that all children have, if given the right conditions. As Chair of the Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust Project Forum, Jake is supporting Lighthouse to give the most deserving of children the best conditions to thrive on a permanent basis.

Kate Wareham

Kate Wareham is Strategic Director of Young People, Families and Communities at Catch22. At C22 Kate heads up a diverse portfolio of services including Child Exploitation, Missing From Home, County Lines, Substance Misuse and Emotional Wellbeing. Kate also leads the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum and Community Links (a place based charity in East London) and oversees Safeguarding at Catch22. Kate has worked in Children’s Social Care since 2000 across the public, third and independent sectors and as both commissioner and provider. She is committed to supporting her skilled teams to form trusting relationships and work alongside children, young people and families helping them to build on their strengths and increase their resilience. 

Dr Eva Sprecher

Eva is a Research Fellow based at UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She began her involvement with Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust as a teacher where she saw the challenges faced by looked-after-children in the classroom. Her work focuses on understanding the relationships that allow children growing up in care to flourish, with a special focus of championing the voice of young people in her research.

Edward Davison

Ed currently leads the Chair and Chief Executive’s office at the newly established universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS). Prior to this, Ed has worked as a teacher and Deputy Head of 6th Form and as a civil servant in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education. Ed met Emmanuel when they were both working as Associate Tutors for Teach First. This was when they first started to discuss how to improve outcomes for looked after children – a dialogue which, through Emmanuel’s leadership, resulted in the establishment of Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust.

Harry Hill

Harry is the founder of Rightmove and former Chief Executive of Countrywide. His history is almost entirely in property, and he was delighted to be able to contribute his knowledge and experience to the plans and ambitions of the executive team at Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust who are seeking to create a network of properties in the U.K. that will set a new high standard for children’s homes.

Jessamy Gould

Before joining Treebeard as Director, Jessamy worked across youth and education charities for ten years, fundraising from a range of sources including trusts, statutory and corporate. Jessamy met Emmanuel through the Teach First ambassador network and was immediately convinced of the potential of the Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust model to improve outcomes for the some of the most vulnerable children in our society. The Treebeard Trust has supported Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust through grant funding and investment in the first home.

Siân Edwards

Sian started her career in public relations, then spent twenty years working in the voluntary sector – with a focus on international development, disability and mental health. She joined Andrews Charitable Trust in December 2006, as Executive Director. She has overseen the incorporation of the charity, its merger with a sister trust and the development of new grant-making and investment programmes. She is also Chair of the Rebecca Hussey Trust for Africans and Founding Trustee of Carers Worldwide.

Eugenie Rotjes-Nicholls

Eugenie is a qualified social worker, who graduated from The Netherlands in Social Pedagogy. She worked for several years in therapeutic children’s homes in The Netherlands before moving to Africa and working in education. She has recently worked in several London local authorities experiencing practice difficulties, holding different roles within Children’s Social Care. Eugenie is a great believer that each person has inherent potential, is valuable, resourceful and can make a meaningful contribution to their wider community.

Samira-Caterina Monteleone

Samira is a university student studying Politics and International relations at the University of Essex. Since the age of 16, Samira has been involved in youth voice. She was a member of UK Youth Parliament for Brent and was the London Procedures Group member for the British Youth Council. Samira has also campaigned on youth violence and has been a part of the youth violence commission and the youth advisory forum, advocating for better children’s social care.

Anna Buscall

Anna was a law firm partner for more than 20 years in the City of London. She spent her career advising a wide range of clients and delivering on their corporate and commercial transactions. Anna provides legal expertise and guidance to the Lighthouse Pedagogy Trust Project Forum.