About Us

The Team

The West London Zone partnership is supported by a small staff team working with partners to plan the work, manage data and develop funding opportunities. They are accountable to a Board of Trustees and a ‘Reference Board’ comprising local residents.


Louisa Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

Louisa joined WLZ in 2014 to design the plan and implement the pilot project in White City in 2015-16. She became Chief Executive in September 2016. She has extensive experience in social policy research and advocacy and in managing charities in London and Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was an investment banker.

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Nigel Ball

Chief Development Officer

Nigel is a qualified teacher and was previously Head of Innovation at education social enterprise Teach First. Before that he set up two new low-fee secondary schools in Uganda and was the founder-CEO of a business incubator for emerging Ugandan entrepreneurs. Nigel is responsible for WLZ’s finance model, ensuring sufficient income from commissioners, philanthropists and investors to fund the work.


Joe Prendiville

Chief Operating Officer

Joe spent the last five years working in senior leadership for a charity in East London, most recently as the Principal of their Alternative Provision Free School. A qualified teacher, he has worked in education across a range of settings, including a local authority, work based learning and the third sector. He has completed a Masters at the Institute of Education in Economics of Education, undertaking a thesis on the Value of Apprenticeships.


Mark Linas

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mark is a graduate Chartered Accountant who has been operating in senior finance roles for 30 years. He has a broad range of experience; leading, building and continually improving finance teams across a variety of sectors, including charitable, and business units ranging in size from small rapidly growing start-up to large multi-national.


Bridget Suthersan

Senior Data Analyst

Bridget has been working in social policy research for the past seven years. Prior to joining West London Zone, she worked in the charity and academic sectors in Sydney, Australia, and completed her PhD in social policy in 2013. Bridget is responsible for the data management and outcomes tracking system at West London Zone.


Martha Stafford

Partnerships Manager

Before joining WLZ, Martha worked for six years as a Children’s and Young People’s Commissioner in London, most recently as a Senior Children’s Commissioner at Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, setting up and implementing partnership working amongst providers of children’s services. Martha has also completed a post-graduate diploma in journalism and holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Sussex University.


Freddie O’Farrell

Development Officer

Freddie joined WLZ after completing a MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, where he specialised in Education policy. He completed his undergraduate degree in History and Politics at the University of Sheffield, and has previously worked at a think-tank with a local government focus, conducting research into outcomes-based budgeting and public sector collaboration.


Paul Marshall (President)

Chairman, Ark Schools

Danny Kruger (Chairman)

Founder and former chief executive of West London Zone and Only Connect.

Sir David Verey

former Chairman, Lazard

Joanna Gillum

local resident

Katharine Hill

Chief Executive, B-Corp

Rachel Carrell

CEO and healthcare strategist

Andrew Zerzan

Director of Risk, British Council

Jocelyn James

former Chief Operating Officer, New Philanthropy Capital

Tristram Hunt

Director of the V&A and former shadow education secretary

Jim Hawkins

Headmaster, Harrow School

Nick Wilkie

CEO, National Childbirth Trust


Smita Bora

former Principal, Westminster Academy

The Story So Far

West London Zone is inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a ‘cradle-to-college’ pipeline of support for 12,000 children and young people growing up in a 100-block area of Harlem, New York. The HCZ approach is to do ‘whatever it takes’ to help young people escape generational disadvantage – with the ambition to achieve a ‘tipping point’ whereby the whole community has a positive experience of learning, work and family life.

The timeline tells the story of WLZ so far.

Contact Us

Office Address
187a Freston Road London
W10 6TH

020 7998 4044