Tower One, LSE

Meet the Widening Participation Team

General contact details

For general widening participation enquiries, please call +44 (0)20 7849 4906 or email

For other admissions enquiries, please contact Student Marketing and Recruitment.

Teachers and advisers are invited to join our mailing list.


Our usual postal address is:

Widening Participation Team
5th Floor Pankhurst House
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

However, due to COVID-19, as of 16 March 2020, the team are working remotely until further notice. We are all contactable by email and most of us are contactable by phone. 

Team details

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Dimple Wedgewood - Deputy Head of Widening Participation

Dimple oversees the delivery of the widening participation outreach programme, alongside Rosie Pethica. Other key responsibilities include further developing programmes of work with schools and ensuring the operational delivery of the a new CRM system to improve communication and relationship management with all key stakeholders.

After heavy involvement with the widening participation programme while studying BSc Economics at LSE, Dimple completed the Teach First programme. She taught Mathematics at a secondary school in Derbyshire for two years and has gained a PGCE through the programme.

She then joined The Smarty Train, a niche consulting firm specialising in early talent programmes for corporate clients. She worked there for four years in various roles and teams including research, project management, event delivery and client management.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5250


Rosie Pethica

Rosie Pethica - Deputy Head of Widening Participation

Currently on maternity leave until June 2021

Rosie joined LSE in April 2013 as a Widening Participation Officer before moving into the role of Deputy Head of Widening Participation in 2017.

Rosie oversees the delivery of the widening participation outreach programme as well as managing the annual Black Achievement Conference and leading on the development of the network for LSE students who have engaged in the widening participation pre-entry programme.

Since graduating from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics, Rosie has worked in student recruitment and widening participation roles at various London universities including UCL, as well as managing a university and careers success programme at ARK Schools, an education charity and academy sponsor.  


Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3662 


Rebecca Saxby

Becky Saxby-Smith - Widening Participation Officer

Currently on maternity leave until June 2021

Becky joined the WP team in November 2015 and has worked across many of the team’s projects, including the design and delivery of the CHOICE programme for two years.

Becky currently oversees the coordination and delivery of the Pathways Programmes, Promoting Potential and the LSE Compass Summer School, as well as Head Start, the network for LSE students who have engaged in widening participation pre entry programmes.

Prior to working in the widening participation team at LSE, Becky studied Psychology at Cardiff University and has worked in Higher Education for 7 years.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 7645


Catherine OMahony

Catherine O'Mahony - Widening Participation Officer

Catherine manages delivery of the LSE CHOICE and LSE Sprint programmes, as well as developing widening participation work with care-experienced students. She is also currently responsible for the LSE Tutoring programme and the Politics Conference.

Catherine has a varied background that includes many years of working with young people in schools and colleges. Much of this has been in the careers guidance field, as a manager, practitioner and information specialist. Catherine also has experience of managing training and personal development courses, teaching yoga and music journalism. Her qualifications include a BA (hons) in English, PgDip in Guidance / Qualification in Careers Guidance and an MA in Creative Writing.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 4907


Katie Willis

Katie Willis - Widening Participation Coordinator (Pathways Programmes)

Katie is responsible for coordinating the Pathways to Law, Pathways to Banking and Finance Programme and Introduction to Pathways.

Katie graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Jt. Hons) in History and American Studies. Whilst volunteering abroad, she developed an interest in social mobility and has worked as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) at Harper Adams University since graduating.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7764 



Nikita Gibbs - Widening Participation Coordinator

Nikita is responsible for coordinating the Moving On programme and providing support for the Black Achievement Conference, Promoting Potential, WP Network and Headstart. 

Nikita graduated from Brunel University with a LLB in Law. With a huge interest in education, she worked in a secondary school as a cover supervisor, particularly with sixth-form law students. After this, she worked with children with severe disabilities in a primary school. As a former widening participation student herself, she developed an interest in widening access into higher education and went on to work for the charity IntoUniversity.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7717



Phil Gerrard - Office Coordinator

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7849 4906