Helen Drummond
Deputy Director of Programmes

Helen was first involved with the HE Access Network as a mentor for their Academic Apprenticeship programme. Her commitment to widening access to university started at Teach First, where she was involved in setting up their HE access programme for schools.  

Helen has taught in secondary and primary schools in both the UK and overseas, and in many organisations which support schools, including The Key, Business in the Community, Future Leaders and Imperial College.

She is passionate about the influence other sectors can have in improving education. 
Helen has an MA from UCL and is a governor at a secondary school in North London.

Dr Michael Englard
Director of Research & Innovation 

Michael has a longstanding interest in Access and Widening Participation having experienced the sector as a pupil, undergraduate, and academic.

After attending a summer school as a pupil, Michael went to complete a doctorate at the University of Cambridge where he has served as a Director of Studies and continues to teach. He is a Committee Member of the Stephen Spender Trust.

He is particularly interested in working towards systemic and institutional change in the Widening Participation sector.

Michael co-founded HEAN in 2012.

Sam Holmes
Director of Programmes


Sam brings his experience as a secondary school teacher, teacher trainer and school improvement consultant to the design and implementation of our programmes. Previously, Sam has designed education programmes for organisations such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, King’s Cultural Institute, Routes into Languages, and Arsenal FC., as well as designing and delivering training for organisations such as London Challenge, Teach First, and the EAL Academy. 

Sam has an MA in Education from Goldsmiths, University of London, and recently submitted his PhD in Education at King’s College London; he is also a qualified teacher. He co-founded Translators in Schools, an initiative to train professional translators to deliver workshops to children.

Sam co-founded HEAN in 2012.


Ed Penn
Programmes Officer


Ed contributes to the design, delivery and improvement of our programmes His previous roles include managing outreach programmes and the admissions process at Jesus College Cambridge, and a brief foray into international development consultancy.

Ed read Politics, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Cambridge, achieving first-class honours. Educated at a comprehensive school and eligible for free school meals, he was the first in his family to progress to full-time higher education.

He is committed to helping improve the life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through access to education.

David Sandford
Director of Data and Evaluation


Dave has worked with schools around the world for more than 15 years, first in publishing, then at Save the Children and the Sutton Trust where he worked on evaluating the impact of interventions.

Clare Haskins
Director of Development


Clare has more than 15 years' experience in the voluntary sector, working in the UK and internationally.  She has worked with many inspiring donors and supporters who have funded effective projects improving opportunities for young people in Colombia, South Africa and the UK.

Clare studied Spanish and the History of Ideas and lived in Costa Rica before settling in London with her family.  She has an MA in Translation and is the first in her family to achieve this. She believes in the transformational power of education and is motivated by achieving impact.  

Clare is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and is committed to the highest professional standards. She has also mentored fundraisers and is Trustee of a UK registered charity.