Louisa Mitchell MBE

Chief Executive Officer

Louisa joined WLZ to design the plan and implement the pilot project in White City in 2015-16. She became Chief Executive in September 2016 and has since led its growth across four West London boroughs. Previously Louisa worked in social policy and the charitable sector in London and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she wrote for the Financial Times and worked in development finance and investment banking in Hong Kong and New York. 


  Andrew Berwick

Chief Strategy Officer

Andrew has 15 years' experience in supporting young people from marginalised communities. He started his career as a teacher in West London, before leading a charity that helps young people from under-privileged backgrounds to reach selective universities. Most recently he worked as a consultant to a range of third sector and public-sector organisations, focusing on impact and strategy.

Andrew Oliva-Hauxwell

Chief Delivery Officer

Andrew spent 10 years working at the education charity Teach First where he served as an Executive Director leading the country's largest graduate programme placing new teachers into schools serving disadvantaged communities. Andrew's first role at Teach First was leading the organisation's delivery team ensuring the approx 2500 trainee teachers in over 1000 schools had an excellent experience on the programme as well as schools also seeing the impact of the programme. Prior to this Andrew worked as a Senior Director at Microsoft. Andrew also serves as a Family Magistrate across West London.

  Esiri Lawrence

People and Culture Partner

Esiri's passion for working with children stemmed from Teaching English Literature to secondary school students for a year after graduating from university. She has since worked in schools and universities as well as in the private sector where she has over 10 years experience of strategically leading and refining the People function. She is a chartered member of the CIPD with a master's degree in Human Resources Management and currently undertaking a master's degree in Employment Law (LLM).

Joe Prendiville

Chief Development Officer

Joe has extensive experience of managing and delivering education programmes to disadvantaged and marginalised people. He worked in senior leadership at a youth charity in East London for five years through a period of significant organisational growth, leading their education and training programmes. Most recently he worked as Principal of their Alternative Provision Free School.