We are a team of educational professionals with a passion for championing access, equity of opportunity and social mobility

Suzanne Marchment


As Director, Suzanne develops the strategy alongside our Steering Group, building relationships with our funders and partners to deliver against our vision of equitable access, participation and opportunity for all. She has a particular interest in unconscious bias, mentoring and coaching with NEET and SEND students.

Mark Ellis

Uni Connect
Project Manager

Mark oversees Aimhigher London’s Uni Connect programmes, working closely with Aimhigher London’s working groups and liaising with Uni Connect. Mark has worked for eight years as an adviser in local authority careers and social services; leading a university team for over 10 years, during which he won a Times Higher Award for Widening Participation Initiative of the Year for his work with care leavers. With extensive teaching experience, Mark is currently Chair of Governors at a school in Kingston.

Justine Marcham

Schools Manager

Justine leads our relationship with partner schools, working closely with learners and staff. Developing and delivering our innovative in-school programmes, Justine leads the Learner Progression Programme supporting learners, ambassadors and partners at campus events and residentials, and undertaking targeted research projects.

Passionate about supporting young people to reach their full potential, Justine’s experience includes leading Gifted & Talented programmes across Hertfordshire and internationally.

Usha Askoolum

Practitioner Lead Care Experience - Young People

Usha leads the Care Experienced Network, consisting of virtual schools and universities who share good practice, collaborate and deliver annual continuing professional development (CPD). As a former teacher, Usha has worked with learners in care and supported those with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Justine Wright

Head of Programmes

Justine leads the evaluation, communication and engagement strategies across the Aimhigher London partnerships and Uni Connect programmes. Leading large-and-small-scale collaborative projects between education and industry, Justine has managed a widening participation outreach and access team for the past five years.

Berta Dominguez de la Torre

Finance and Office Manager 

Berta works across projects providing finance, office and personnel support across the Company.  She is the first point of contact for all finance matters. Previous to Aimhigher London, she worked as Operations and Facilities Manager at a number of universities, including the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.  She has experience working in property, higher education, and recruitment sectors.

Bridgette Ellis

Marketing and Communications Officer

A fun, caring and down to earth person, Bridgette is our Marketing and Communications Officer. A daughter of a British mother and a Jamaican father, Bridgette is also the first in her family to go to university; understanding first-hand what it means to have the right resources and support around you. Although Bridgette doesn’t come from an education background, what drives her daily is the knowledge that there are others who started their life like her, who just need to be aware of the support they can access to succeed.

Esther Oduor

Education Events Manager

Esther is our Education Events Manager and helps in the planning and delivery of school and campus events. Esther will be your point of contact for HEI’s. She looks forward to meeting you all and working with you to plan inciteful campus activities. As a former teacher, Esther is passionate about education and believes in helping young people to reach their full potential – irrespective of background. In her personal time, Esther enjoys taking long walks and seeing the world.