Formed in 2018 by Executive School Principal, Matt Jones OBE, The Elephant Group is a headteacher-led charity committed to increasing the number of academically gifted non-selective state school students within the UK’s ‘top third’ of universities. Founded in Elephant and Castle, London (which gave us our name), The Elephant Group harnesses the power of collaboration between school leaders, the wider education sector, charities and corporations to improve social mobility across the UK.
Our vision is to ensure that all non-selective state school students have the opportunities they need to achieve their potential, creating a longer-term greater representation in the UK’s leading professions and positions of influence. Our commitment to young people, with a particular focus on under-represented groups, is that we will work to raise their aspirations, develop their confidence and help them achieve the academic excellence that will launch successful careers and build a more equal UK.
Chief Executive of The Elephant Group
Jayne joined The Elephant Group in 2022 following 18 years working in Higher Education as a student recruitment and access specialist, most recently as Head of Student Recruitment and Access Development at Sheffield Hallam University.
Committed to working collaboratively, she has a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion, with a strong belief in the transformative power of education.
Regional Manager - London & Midlands
Regional Manager - Yorkshire & Northeast
Matt Jones OBE (Chair)
Executive Principal Ark Globe Academy
Dr Sally Burtonshaw
Associate Director (Education), Public First
Paul Cleal OBE
CEO - Mossbourne Federation
Director - Newton Europe
Associate Executive Principal Outwood Grange Academy Trust
John provides us his incredible photography and videography services with charity concessions that make his quality service affordable to us.
Kieli brings our visions to life so that we can share knowledge and skills with participants via quality infographics, presentations and workbooks.