Villiers Park Educational Trust shortlisted for TWO Social Mobility Awards

Published: 11 Jul 2017

10 July 2017: Richard Gould, Chief Executive, and Hayley Moulding, Shaping Your Future E-Mentor, have been announced as finalists in the inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards

The inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards have received an incredible response, and it was announced today that Villiers Park Educational Trust has been shortlisted for TWO awards – Richard Gould, Chief Executive, for Outstanding Achievement and Hayley Moulding, Shaping Your Future E-Mentor, for Mentor of the Year. The awards celebrate and recognise the forward-thinking organisations who are developing initiatives to promote social mobility, within their own workforce, or by influencing the debate from beyond its own walls. By raising awareness and celebrating the people and organisations that are committed to bringing about change makes advancing the practical implementation of social mobility in this country possible.

The awards, which are sponsored by PwC and the RAF, and organised by social mobility charity Making The Leap, received an impressive array of entries. The shortlist represents a range of sectors and industries who have demonstrated excellence in their social mobility initiatives. The judging panel includes prominent figures from business, charity, politics and the public. The winners will be announced at an awards gala on 12 October 2017.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Ken Olisa OBE, who is also the HM Lord Lieutenant of London, said ‘Pick up any newspaper or check out any social media thread and you will read arguments about increasing inequality in our country.  And worse, much of the blame is laid at the feet of business. Yet this depressing backdrop is far from the whole picture – happily there are many pioneering organisations doing something to reverse the apparent tide.  These awards will identify and recognise those leaders with the hope that this will become the start of a movement for change.”

Villiers Park Educational Trust, a national social mobility charity, has over fifty years of experience empowering bright students from less advantaged backgrounds with the academic and personal skills to fulfil their potential and become tomorrow’s leaders.  The Scholars Programme was established in 2009 in Hastings & Bexhill and Swindon, since then the programme has expanded to seven areas across the UK in partnership with Trinity College Cambridge, the University of East Anglia, Lancaster University, University of Sussex, the Reece Foundation and many more supporters.

Richard Gould, Outstanding Achievement award finalist, said, “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for this award.  As with all great organisations, it’s the teamwork that matters so I would like to thank all my colleagues for their commitment, skill and hard work.

The shortlist for the 2017 UK Social Mobility Awards is as follows:

UK Social Mobility Awards Shortlist


  • Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Rolls Royce
  • Wates Group
  • Bank of America ML
  • CBRE


  • Transport for London
  • Civil Service – The Cross-Government Social Mobility Network
  • Team London (Mayor of London) in partnership with The Challenge
  • KPMG
  • Movement-to-Work
  • Landsec


  • Nissan
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Civil Service Fast Stream – Opportunity Network
  • O2
  • Legal Social Mobility Partnership
  • Simmons & Simmons


  • Barclays
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Bank of England
  • Clifford Chance
  • EY


  • Browne Jacobson
  • Teach First
  • Metro Bank
  • Mindshare UK
  • JP Morgan
  • NEX Group plc


  • Allen & Overy
  • Diageo
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Rothschild & Co
  • DP World London Gateway
  • Herbert Smith Freehills


  • Rare Recruitment
  • UpRising
  • City College Plymouth
  • Transport for London


  • Phil Davies – Principal – City College Plymouth
  • Stephen Day – Community Banking Director – Barclays
  • Claire Misata – Global Client Relationship Manager – BNP Paribas
  • Chris Rix – Partner – Deloitte
  • Melanie Richards – Vice Chair – KPMG
  • Claire-Marie Smith – Director Private Banking – Coutts

Outstanding Achievement

  • Barry Matthews – Director of Legal Affairs – ITV
  • Richard Gould – Chief Executive – Villiers Park Educational Trust
  • Julie Mclean – Director WBLSP – City College Plymouth
  • Sonia Blandford – Professor of Education & Social Enterprise – UCL Institute of Education
  • Debbie Akehurst – Head of Economy and Communities – Landsec
  • Sarah Hyde – Counsel – CMS

Rising Star

  • Ricky Shearsby – London Youth Hub Manager – Tomorrow’s People
  • Chloe Causer – Community Connexions Support Assistant – Plymouth City Council
  • Sarah Magnier-Ashton – HR Manager – Vaultex UK
  • Nicola Hanns – Opportunity Network – Civil Service Fast Stream
  • Christopher Achiampong – Apprentice – IBM
  • Claudine Adeyemi – Lawyer – Mishcon de Reya


  • Lorcan Lennon – Director of Client Council – KPMG
  • Hayley Moulding – Epidemiologist – Cardiff University (Villiers Park Educational Trust E-Mentor)
  • Amy Connolly – Global Client Relationship Manager – BNP Paribas
  • Leila Thomas – Technical Project Manager – Thomson Reuters
  • James Wickes – Co-founder and Partner – RPC





Notes to editors

  1. The UK Social Mobility Awards is organised by social mobility charity Making The Leap, who have supported over 50,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds over 23 years.
  2. The mission of the UK Social Mobility Awards is to promote the issue of social mobility, and best practice, and celebrate the businesses and organisations who are demonstrating excellence in this arena.
  3. This awards programme is for UK-based private sector, public sector and third sector organisations that have at least 100 employees.
  4. Villiers Park Educational Trust is a registered charity with over 50 years of experience – empowering young people to fulfil their potential by helping them develop a passion for learning and raising their aspirations. The charity is committed to fair access – enabling students from less advantaged backgrounds to gain places at leading universities and to thrive once there.
  5. The Villiers Park Educational Trust Scholars Programme is a four year comprehensive programme of support for high ability students from less advantaged backgrounds between Years 10 and 13 which works in seven areas across the UK.