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Our Story

Charly and Becca were secondary school teachers in North West London when they witnessed the multiple barriers facing girls in their classrooms:

The pressure to conform to ideals
A lack of confidence or self-belief
A lack of professional female role models in their networks

They established a one-to-one mentoring scheme for 30 girls in 2013, based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations.

They believed that the girls needed a greater access to opportunities, but also the confidence to seize those opportunities and the skills to thrive in them.

The Girls’ Network mentoring was soon in high demand, and now operates across London and the South Coast, working with more than 1,000 girls each year.

100% of girls on the programme last year reported feeling more confident in themselves and in how to get to where they want to go.

Teachers saw 89% of girls demonstrate more resilience and self-motivation at the end of the year.

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The Team

Directors & Co-founders

Becca Dean

CEO & Co-Founder

Becca Dean trained as an English teacher and worked at a girls' school in North West London. Previously she worked for a Portsmouth Museum Servi...


Charly Young

CEO & Co-founder

Charly worked at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) as an education researcher and supporting school leadership teams with Whole Education, before ...


Network Managers

Ali Hendy

Regional Development Manager

Alison has taught English in Paris, worked as Programmes Officer for the charity Student Hubs and developed The Knowledge Project - a social ent...


Nat Rossetti

Network Manager for North London

Nat graduated from Warwick with a BA in english & theatre studies, after which she completed an MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and an M...


Jovana Tuffnell

Network Manager for South West

Jovana was a secondary school teacher before joining The Girls' Network team. She went to school in Portsmouth, and is now leading our work in P...


Kate Weaver

Network Manager for Birmingham

Kate is our Network Manager for Birmingham. Before joining the team she worked for The Challenge, and led a team of volunteers in Bangladesh.


Hayley Misell

Network Manager for Manchester

Hayley is the Network Manager for Manchester. She has a BA(Hons) in Urban Regeneration and specialised in Urban Regeneration. She has worked bot...


Programme Office

Langley King

Programme Coordinator

Langley worked in urban education in the US before moving to London. She served as a literacy teacher in a highly deprived school district for 4...


Victoria Collins

Director of Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships

Victoria studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford before starting a career in finance, where for nearly 10 years she ma...



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