Spark+Mettle has a small but diverse and dynamic team. Although we might describe ourselves these days as, um, youngish, we’re proud of the varied experience we bring to the organisation. Collectively we have knowledge on everything from teaching to trading, shipping to salami-making. We come from different places and we are heading in different directions. But Spark+Mettle is our fulcrum: our shared passion for supporting young people achieve all that they can.
Please scroll down below to find out more about us all. And get in touch with any questions: you can email us directly simply by clicking on our names.
Eugenie Teasley: Founder
Eugenie first began developing the idea of Spark+Mettle on returning to England after a stint in the USA and feeling shocked at the UK’s level of social stratification and the lack of social mobility. After almost two years of incubating the idea, the recent economic downturn and its effect on government support for young people propelled her to turn it into an organisation.
Eugenie shares her knowledge on raising aspirations and well-being in disadvantaged young people through her own freelance work. Eugenie also does some consultancy for other educational charities and other social enterprises. A Fellow of the RSA, she is one of nine social entrepreneurs on this year’s RSA Spotlight programme as well as a recipient of one of their Catalyst grants for the Dreamers’ Supply Company project.
In America, Eugenie worked as Programs and Events Coordinator for 826 Valencia, an innovative educational non-profit that serves over 6,000 young people annually in the Bay Area with a variety of successful, one-on-one programmes.
Prior to this Eugenie taught English and was Head of Media Studies at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Elephant and Castle. She also taught Latin GCSE to a cross-year group of Gifted and Talented students (garnering national press coverage) and took active roles in many other school activities, from writing and directing the staff pantomime to setting in motion the school’s ultimately successful application for the International School Award.
Eugenie has a BA in Classics from Oxford University and an MA in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Brighton with her husband William, son and two dogs.
Hannah Smith: In-house Coach Extraordinaire
Hannah loves helping people and organisations flourish. She has been working with enterprising charities, social businesses and leading social entrepreneurs for many years, and has a ‘helicopter view’ of the social impact scene that is hard to beat.
Her past adventures include setting up the UK division of leading American social business Better World Books and developing new ventures with the Young Foundation and Urbivore. She loves coaching and connecting positively minded, pro-active people—joining dots and growing networks. She is one of the founders of The Point People—a collective of ‘connection-minded’ thinkers and doers. She also works with Journeys for Change on outreach, partnerships and new projects.
In 2013 she spent time in New Zealand and the South Pacific on a Winston Churchill Fellowship, exploring the role of teams and collaboration in social entrepreneurship. She now relishes the role of ‘bridge builder’ between brilliant people and social ventures in the two antipodes.
Her undergraduate degree is from Trinity College, Dublin and she has a MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths, University of London. She’s currently honing her coaching skills with the Coaches’ Training Institute and always enjoys jaunts and adventures, whether at home or abroad.
Kate Fahy: Projects Officer
Kate thrives off bringing people together socially and helping people make connections to solve practical and personal issues
Kate has spent the last 10 years working for sports fashion brands in a range of areas, including marketing, trend research and product management. Within these roles she also managed the internship and work experience programmes for the brands and mentored university students in collaboration projects.
She was an agent on Spark+Mettle’s Star Track programme in 2014.
In her free time, Kate, will usually be making plant based snacks for friends in #theradkitchen or devising a meticulous plan for some organised fun.
Anna Rowlands: Programme Manager
Anna has been working in the grassy fields of education and charity for many years, and has always been passionate about and committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all. Anna loves to support young people in their quest to realise and develop the tools required to lead fulfilling, abundant lives.
Anna worked with international students at Further Education Colleges around the South of England and as an Area Manager for an educational organisation in London before she moved into the world of social enterprise. As Programme Manager for The Girls’ Network, Anna supported girls in their mentoring journeys with older, professional women.
Outside of working life, Anna enjoys finding and sharing new, exciting music to make her ears happy. And sometimes, on rare occasions, you can find her attempting to create some of her own amateurish tunes!
Anna has a BA in English Literature and American Studies from the University of Birmingham and a MA in
Marketing from UWE.
Lewis Greener: Taqaddam Project Coordinator
Lewis discovered a passion for working with young people and informal & experiential learning (without really understanding what it was) through working with community photography projects in his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne. After periods working in youth and community outreach in the North East he joined Hyper Island’s UK school in Manchester, helping them run their first MA programme In Digital Media Mangement and later creating 15 jobs for young people through their Digital Apprenticeship in Interactive Design & Development.
Outside of work Lewis can be found cycling around London and taking photos.