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It's who you are, not who you know.


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It's who you are, not who you know.


What we do

For too long the UK has been dominated by who you know, not who you are. With talented youngsters missing out on opportunities and roles at some of our most prestigious global firms and universities. Level Playing Field was created in 2014 to change that.

We work with secondary schools  in deprived areas where the number of children receiving free school meals (FSM) is higher than the national average to deliver our unique three stage programme to educate, inspire and embed confidence and direction into the nation’s talented 16 year olds.

Research by the Boston Consulting Group found that low and middle income students, even with the right A-level grades were less likely to choose an elite university and that city recruiters find that candidates from non-privileged backgrounds disproportionately lack self-confidence and awareness. 

We at Level Playing Field believe that with a little help, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you're a school and would like us to work with you or you're a business and which to become a partner please send us an email.

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Our team


Our founders and board of trustees

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Our team


Our founders and board of trustees

Tom Lees

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Tom founded Level Playing Field after seeing first hand some of the disadvantages those at state schools in deprived areas had to overcome. He is a Consultant in the Strategic Consulting Division of NYSE listed Jacobs Engineering. Previously in the Board Practice of Odgers Berndtson and advisor to Secretary of State for Education. 

Marcus Thompson

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Marcus is a change management and communications specialist working for both large private and public sector businesses. Previously he was a professional comedy writer.

Our Trustees

Alec Broers

Lord Alec Broers FRS was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge until 2003.

He worked at IBM for 19 years, before becoming a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cambridge. He is a pioneer of nanotechnology.

He currently chairs the Diamond Light Source and was previously an NED at Vodafone.

Jocelyn Hillman

Founder and Chief Executive of Working Chance. Jocelyn has had an international career in the management and strategic direction of communications across both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Jocelyn created Working Chance because she saw first-hand the barriers to employment faced by women ex-offenders and the lack of coordinated support on offer to them on release.

 

Helen Steers

Helen leads Pantheon’s European primary investment activity and chairs the European Investment Committee.

Helen joined Pantheon in 2004 from Russell Investments in Paris, where she was Managing Director . 

Previously Helen spent five years as Director, European Private Equity with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Graham Kirkham

Lord Graham Kirkham CVO founded British furniture manufacturer and retailer DFS from scratch, selling it in 2010.

He is the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and a Trustee of the Outward Bounds Trust.

Warren East

From 2001 to 2013, Warren was chief executive officer of FTSE 100 listed ARM Holdings plc.

He is an NED on the boards of Dyson, Rolls-Royce and BT.

Warren is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.

 

 

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Help us make a life-changing difference to child's life right here in the UK - give a talented teen a hand up.

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Help us make a life-changing difference to child's life right here in the UK - give a talented teen a hand up.