As soon as I graduated from Oxford in 2004 I trained to be a teacher in a secondary school in south London, teaching English, Media Studies and even Latin. Confused by why some students did better than others, and wanting to have a better understanding of what I was doing wrong, I moved to the States and studied for a Masters in Social and Cultural Studies in Education at UC Berkeley.
I never went back to the classroom. Instead I’ve worked for ten years in education, youth-focused charities and social enterprises both in the USA and the UK, including at a brilliant non-profit in San Francisco (826 Valencia). In 2011 I founded a small charity. Called Spark+Mettle, it enables less privileged 18–24 year olds to build the character strengths, soft skills and networks needed to succeed in work and life. The charity won an award as one of The Observer’s “New Radicals” in 2014.
Through Spark+Mettle and my freelance work I have established partnerships and projects with a number of large organisations including Channel 4, The British Council, Teach First, The Early Intervention Foundation, The Design Council, O2 as well as numerous small charities and social enterprises, as well as SMEs in the tech and creative industries. I have training and experience in systems coaching, design thinking, co-creation and action learning. I thrive when working with individuals and teams who are committed to widening opportunities for young people but who are at a sticking point in terms of how to deliver, revise or communicate the work that they do. Although I always take my work seriously, my approach is playful and open.
I am based in Brighton, UK, with my husband, sons and dogs.
Please contact me if you’d like to get in touch, either via Twitter (@eugenieee) or using the form below.