ReachOut at 20 – Meet Our Speakers

Hosted by our long-standing supporter Macquarie Group, on the top floor of their London headquarters, please join ReachOut as we celebrate our 20th anniversary!

We’re excited to share the details of our panel on role models, mentoring and social mobility. We’ll be joined by Dr. I. Stephanie Boyce, Charlie Allen, Joan Rodgers CBE and Kent Teague. Find out more about our panellists below. 

We would be delighted to have your company as we hear from these exciting speakers as well as having a conversation with former and current mentees who will be talking about the challenges still facing young people’s social mobility today. Followed by a drinks reception and networking with our young people, alumni, corporate partners and supporters, we hope you can join us for what is set to be a fantastic evening!

Meet our Speakers: Discussing Role Models, Mentoring and Social Mobility.

Dr. I. Stephanie Boyce

Former President of the Law Society of England and Wales

Dr. I. Stephanie Boyce is the former President of the Law Society of England and Wales, an Expert Adviser, Strategic Consultant and Public Speaker. In 2021, she made history by becoming the sixth female, the first person of colour and the second in-house solicitor in almost fifty years to become president of the Law Society of England and Wales.​ She holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of The Society of Leadership Fellows.

In 2020 she was voted on to the Governance Hot 100 – Board Influencer and made the Power List 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and jointly awarded the 2022 Burberry British Diversity Awards-Inspirational Role Model of the Year. She is the recipient of the King’s College London Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award 2022 and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women & Diversity in Law for her work on EDI and her contribution to the profession. She also received the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire award for her leadership of the legal profession during the COVID-19 pandemic and services to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Charlie Allen

Tailor and Lecturer

Charlie Allen is a menswear designer, tailor and lecturer. A third-generation tailor, Charlie grew up learning the craft beside his Father who ran his own business in North London. After achieving a diploma in art and design at Chelsea Art School, he then went on to achieve a Masters in Menswear Design at the Royal College of Art, starting the course as an already qualified tailor. After his MA, he went to Blades, then the fashionable tailoring establishment at the head of Savile Row.

Charlie then started to make his own clothes, starting firstly in his mother’s kitchen, selling an entire collection to Jones on the King’s road and a US outlet. Graduating from his mother’s kitchen, at the age of 26 Charlie opened his first store on Golden Square in London’s Soho.

Over the years Charlie has worked for an extensive range of international clients, both as a bespoke tailor and as a design consultant. These include Saks Fifth Avenue, Austin Reed, Nike and John Lewis. Charlie was a winner of the International Linen Designer of the Year award and was Head of Menswear at the Royal College of Art from 1994 to 1997.


Acclaimed Operatic Soprano

Joan Rodgers CBE is an English Operatic soprano, equally established in opera, concert and as a recitalist. After obtaining a degree in Russian from Liverpool University, she then studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. Joan made her professional opera debut in 1982 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Joan Rodgers received the Royal Philharmonic Society award as Singer of the Year for 1997, the 1997 Evening Standard Award for outstanding performance in opera for her performance as The Governess in the Royal Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Liverpool University in July 2005. Joan Rodgers was awarded the CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List for her services to music.


Chairman Lineal Services, Vice Chair of Leyton Orient FC

Kent Teague, a former senior Microsoft executive, and now Chairman and CEO of Lineal Services, has been a driving force in the remarkable journey of Leyton Orient F.C., achieving a coveted promotion from League 2 to League 1 last year.

A native Texan and founder of private equity firm Gold Creek Capital, Kent took the helm as co-owner and Vice Chairman of L.O.F.C at a challenging time, steering the club out of both financial and sporting uncertainty. His focus on community engagement and sound business strategies has led to a financially stable and socially responsible football club, solidifying its place in east London’s sporting culture.

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“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.


“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London


“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London


“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London