By the time disadvantaged young people leave school, they are on average more than 18 months behind non-disadvantaged pupils
TalentEd was set up in 2012 by a teacher, Rafi Cohen, frustrated that his brightest pupils from low income backgrounds were not being given the support and attention they needed to realise their full potential.
Our mission is to create a world where there is no gap between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers.
Meet the team
Meet the team
Dame Christine Ryan
Christine is the chair of TalentEd’s trustee board. Previously Chief Inspector and CEO of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), she is an experienced leader at board level and is also currently a Board Member for Ofqual.
Rafi founded TalentEd in 2012 whilst teaching science at Westminster Academy. He is now a strategy consultant at BCG and previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
Neil is TalentEd’s Treasurer; he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and has built and managed teams in Consulting and Operational roles across various industries. He now works as a Director of Finance at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch.
Simon is a scientist turned venture capitalist working as a Principal at Octopus Ventures. At Octopus, Simon is responsible for new investments and sits on five portfolio company boards. Before Octopus, Simon was an academic at Imperial College London.
Ruth is a product marketeer at Google, where she leads Retail Ads Marketing for EMEA. She has a background in sales, customer strategy and marketing communications, and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Rowenna works with a range of charitable and educational organisations on governance matters, project delivery and regulatory change. She is also Clerk to the Governing Body of an Academy Trust in London. Rowenna is the trustee Safeguarding lead.
Claudia is an Associate Director in the Education, Children and Families team within Public Affairs at Ipsos MORI. She specialises in research and evaluation with vulnerable children and families, predominantly for government clients.
David is a partner at the law firm Allen & Overy, specialising in restructuring and corporate finance. Aside from his client work, David has been involved in many of the firm’s initiatives about social mobility and widening opportunities. He was previously a trustee of The Brokerage Citylink.
Jessica is an experienced fundraiser, currently working for the education charity Teach First, where she is responsible for leading the Corporate Partnership Management team.