You will rarely come across a man that is more passionate about school facilities management (and its intricacies) than James Lloyd. Although he didn’t know co-founder Jemma when they were chosen as the Head Boy/Girl team at school, they became inexorably paired over their common passion for supporting education through sustainable social innovation. It was this pairing that led to School Space being founded in 2011 and James has lost none of his enthusiasm and vocal advocacy for the company and it’s mission. No part of the operation is unseen by him and he is as comfortable with troubleshooting locks as he is driving high level business strategy.
After coming together with James in 2011 as one half of their school Head Boy/Girl team, Jemma has remained a passionate beating heart of School Space. A lifelong evangelist of the importance of education, she excelled as an undergraduate with a degree in history from Cambridge University. With broad oversight of sales, strategy and company expansion, Jemma leads from the front with the same conviction as the day she started.
Head of People
At the tender age of eight Laurence began his entrepreneurial career by enlisting school parents to take and deliver McDonald’s orders for students under the guise of fundraising. Fast forward to today and his methods remain similarly opportunistic however his focus has shifted strongly to people, the ‘why we do what we do’ of work and releasing people from mediocrity in the pursuit of social impact. He’s run his own company, recruited for countless early stage startups and been a long running advocate of easy peelers as the office fruit of choice.
Hugo van Dorssen
Community Partnership Lead
Hailing from the greater hills of Cumnor, Hugo’s Dutch heritage is surpassed only by his height. Naturally drawn to the outdoors he studied geography at Exeter university, and it was in and amongst the rolling hills of Exmoor that he discovered his enduring love for mountain biking. When not trail shredding with friends and clients alike, Hugo turns his rampant energy and dogged attitude to customer sales at School Space. From a friendly hello to a consultative walk through, Hugo is single handedly spreading the gospel amongst community groups in Oxfordshire and beyond. When not being 6″4, he’s practicing his yoga, and exploring his love of miniature items.
Customer Bookings Manager
As a keen geographer and lover of the outdoors, Simon built his career with the Royal Geographical Society. Here he co-ordinated nationwide volunteering schemes for thousands of individuals, making excellent use of his warm interpersonal demeanour, eye for detail and all around enthusiasm for a good cause. When not doing his bit to make the world a better place you’ll find him chewing up the miles on his road bike, being the cool dude at a gig and extolling the virtues of a strong meme game.
Cluster Manager (London)
The education sector is laden with idiosyncrasies and Mike Gadd has had extensive exposure to all of them. With an early career forged in various roles with sector heavyweights, RM Education, Mike gained an intimate understanding of the business of schools, the impact of their work and the particulars of just how they tick. Combine this with intensive experience with high growth, early stage tech startups and you have a skillset that brings tremendous industry knowledge, contemporary startup thinking and a cheery disposition that lifts and encourages all those that encounter him. When not wielding his operational magic wand, Mike is preparing for his wedding next year, climbing all over the country and extolling the virtues of his favourite CRM systems.
Venue Manager (Oxford)
Élise (like please) is our first full time hire from the North. Combining the stereotypical warm interpersonal demeanour, staggering organisational efficiency and a love of the great outdoors, her impact during her short time at School Space has been dramatic and extremely well received. With a prior career in the health sector and a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Oxford University, Élise (like please) combines her strong belief in a great social mission with a diligent work ethic to manage our Oxfordshire venues. She’s been known to scamper up a climbing wall faster than a scalded cat.
Although you don’t often see someone in an elephant onesie heading up Machu Picchu, in 2013 you would have been pleasantly surprised to see just that. When combining an adventurous soul with a burning desire to enact widespread societal change, you get Aditi – an entrepreneurially minded, operations supremo. With everything from systems, to communications to marketing falling under her remit, she has made a massive impact on how School Space runs and prepares for growth. She is also a superb chef.
Our team leaders are the glue between the Head Office team and the Community Connectors on the ground. With 1000s of events happening every month, they are the support system for our ground staff, and the friendly faces for our schools.
Our Community Connectors make sure our vision, our mission, our values are upheld day in-day out. From unlocking the schools, to giving the customers an amazing welcome, to securing the site to be handed back to the teachers in the morning, our Community Connectors are absolutely integral to what we do.
Are you passionate about building links between your local community and schools?
Looking for meaningful, flexible work in the evenings and weekends to support your
income? We’re hiring reliable, community-orientated, team players, who are flexible and amenable to join our Community Connector Team. You can find out more, and apply, here.
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