Our Ambassadors

Bobby Seagull

After a career in the City as a trader for Lehman Brothers, and then as an accountant with PwC, Bobby is now a school maths teacher at the same time as researching maths anxiety/phobia as a doctoral student at Cambridge University. He enjoys sharing his joy for learning, having presented a BBC series “Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain” and published a book “The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers”.  Bobby co-founded OxFizz, a social enterprise that supports students applying to university as well as being a trustee for the youth leadership charity, UpRising.  Bobby fully supports the work of Sponsorstars because he believes every child should be given the opportunity to unlock their potential, irrespective of where they have started out.

Katie Marshall

Katie Marshall is an Award winning 17 year old Soprano. Since she started Classical singing at 6 years of age, Katie has performed at the O2, sung on Warner Music’s ‘Christmas at Downton Abbey’ album with the Downton Abbey & Broadway actor Julian Ovenden,  and duetted with the King’s singers’ Paul Phoenix. She has recorded an EP and released an album this year, which was mastered at Abbey Road Studios. She was nominated in May this year for a CLASSIC BRIT Award (Sound of Classical Poll).

Anna Maxwell Martin

Anna Maxwell Martin is an actress from stage and screen . Best known for her work in His Dark Materials and Consent at the National theatre and most recently on screen in BBC’s ‘Motherland’. She has won Baftas for her work in ‘Bleak House’ and Channel 4’s ‘Poppy Shakespeare’ and is currently working on a film adaptation of ‘David Copperfield’. Anna believes that every child deserves to have their basic needs met and that the work that Sponsorstars is doing is vital to support children who are in poverty and deserve life chances through education.

Alan Kelly

Honorary Advisor

After a long and successful career with ExxonMobil, Alan now concentrates on his enthusiasm for education and teaching sharing his expertise in marketing management, business strategy, talent development and team development amongst other expertise.  Alan is Chairman of the Board of Visitors at Wake Forest University Business School, on the Worldwide Board for Junior Achievement, a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and a member and former Marketing Committee Head of the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.  He is former board member of Yokohama International School.   He is delighted to be supporting Sponsorstars.

Our Trustees

The Charity has been established by Sue Laidlaw and Deborah Streatfield, the founder of MyBigCareer who has seen extreme poverty in youths at first hand. Parul Hindocha is our incoming Company Secretary. Parul is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant of many years standing. Parul currently works as a Corporate Controller in the FTSE 100 company – RELX Group. Prior to working for RELX, Parul worked for General Healthcare Group plc . Parul has a degree in Electronic Engineering with Computer Science from UCL.


  • Sue Laidlaw

Sue Laidlaw is Founder and Senior Partner of Laidlaw Education LLP. Sue wanted to work in education from the age of five, when her favourite game was playing schools. Decades on she taught in schools before founding her education consultancy. For over twenty five years, she has headed her team of forty five at Laidlaw Education LLP. Sue remains passionate about enabling access to education for all and co-founding and developing Sponsorstars is a step forward in making the vision a reality.

  • Deborah Streatfield

Deborah Streatfield is CEO of MyBigCareer (Registered Charity). Deborah has over 35 years experience as a careers adviser. Working with female prisoners, the homeless and young people who face disadvantage, inspired founding the Charity MyBigCareer. Understanding poverty and families struggling to make ends meet, inspired her to co-found Sponsorstars. Married with 6 children she passionately believes that every student should be treated with patience, care and empathy as if they were her own son and daughter.

  • Philomena Mcmanus

Phil has worked in the field of communications for over 20 years, mainly in large corporate organisations. She is interested in ensuring people within organisations have a voice and are given opportunities to progress. Phil became a Trustee of Sponsorstars because she believes that disadvantaged children should also have a strong voice and are given those same opportunities in life.

  • Clarence Mitchell

Clarence Mitchell is a PR consultant. Clarence has more than 30 years of communications, senior public affairs engagement and government relations experience gained at the highest levels of the UK media, HMG Civil Service, the Conservative Party and, latterly, the public relations industry. He established his own communications and reputation management company, Clarence Mitchell Communications Ltd, in late 2015. He is also a Director of the Enterprise Forum and a former Trustee of Swanswell, a charity supporting those affected by alcohol and substance misuse.

  • Sean Coughlan

Sean Coughlan is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author.  He is education correspondent for BBC News and has previously written for The Guardian and The Times. He has covered many issues around access to education, deprivation and social mobility. He is the author of a number of books, including a cultural history of sleep and a book about the Titanic.

  • Miranda Lee

Miranda recently graduated in French and Spanish, and is currently working in sales and marketing for Percol Coffee. She has spent time abroad working for a social housing charity in Chile as well as a language and teaching assistant in France. She decided to become a trustee for Sponsorstars as she is passionate about opportunity in the UK education system, and earlier this year ran the Paris marathon to raise money for the charity.

  • Nagham Al-Turaihi

After completing her degree in Experimental Psychology, Nagham continued to train as a lawyer and currently works as a corporate associate in the city, having spent some time practising in New York. She has volunteered and worked on a pro-bono basis with various charities and social enterprises, at different stages in her life. Having seen the positive impact of sponsorship and the potential which fair opportunity in the education system can bring, she decided to further her support for such a worthwhile cause and become a trustee for Sponsorstars.