Tower One, LSE

Meet the Widening Participation team

General contact details

For general widening participation enquiries, please call +44 (0)20 7852 3662 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.  

Team details

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Jess Bond - Head of  Widening Participation 

Jess is responsible for LSE’s widening participation strategy and works with colleagues across the School to ensure the effective delivery of the commitments made in our Access and Participation Plan.

Jess leads the School’s Widening Participation team, who work with hundreds of young people each year from groups that are under-represented in higher education. We deliver a range of events and activities to help students to better understand the benefits of higher education and to provide information to help them make decisions about their own educational futures. 

Prior to joining LSE in June 2020, Jess was Head of Widening Participation and Interim Head of Student Recruitment at St George’s, University of London.  She has also worked in a number of widening participation roles at the University of Cambridge, where she set up a flagship outreach project called HE+ and ran many summer schools and residential events.  

Outside of work, Jess is a school governor at a primary school in Cambridge and a long-standing volunteer with Girlguiding in the UK and worldwide.



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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.




Rosie Pethica

Rosie Pethica - Deputy Head of Widening Participation

Currently on maternity leave until summer 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.  




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Jonathan Schulte - Data and Policy Analyst

Jonathan supports the Widening Participation team by ensuring that policies and decision-making relating to widening participation are evidence-informed. For this, he collates and analyses data and conducts research into widening participation work at the School and in the HE sector as a whole.

Before joining the Widening Participation team, Jonathan gathered varied experience in both teaching and consultancy. While completing a BA in PPE at Lancaster University, he worked as a tutor, teaching summer schools and other outreach programs. Jonathan then worked as part of Deutsche Telekom’s digital transformation team and for Accenture Strategy, before completing an MSc in Philosophy of Social Science at LSE and joining the Widening Participation team. 



Rebecca Saxby

Becky Saxby-Smith - Widening Participation Officer

Currently on maternity leave until summer 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 seven years.




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 has also managed training and personal development courses, and worked as a music journalist and yoga teacher. Her qualifications include a BA (hons) in English, PgDip in Guidance / Qualification in Careers Guidance and an MA in Creative Writing.



Alice King

Alice King - Widening Participation Officer (maternity cover for Becky Saxby-Smith)

Alice currently oversees the coordination and delivery of the Pathways Programmes, Promoting Potential and Head Start, the network for LSE students who have engaged in widening participation pre-entry programmes.

Alice joined the WP team in August 2020. Alice is a qualified teacher with global experience in widening participation. She worked at the University of Sydney, delivering their admission pathway schemes, and in the Widening Participation team at UCL, delivering post-16 outreach, including their flagship residential summer school. She has also worked for a social mobility charity, delivering outreach in schools.  



Phoebe Ferris-Rotman

Phoebe Ferris-Rotman - Widening Participation Coordinator

Phoebe is on secondment with Widening Participation and joined the team in September 2020, working on the LSE CHOICE and Tutoring programmes.

Her background is mainly in events, but she has worked extensively with young people. This includes working at Artis, a charity delivering performing arts education in primary schools, and organising outreach projects for secondary school students at Boundless Theatre.



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 (hons) in History and American Studies. Whilst volunteering abroad, she developed an interest in social mobility and worked as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) at Harper Adams University after graduating.




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.



Phil Gerrard - Office Coordinator

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