Training and Events Officer
As NEON’s Training and Events Officer, Maria-Anna helps to organise the Summer Symposium, Awards, Access Academy Training and Summit events. Prior to this she worked at Willow Foundation, a charity dedicated to bringing special days to seriously ill people, as their Special Events Manager. For eight years, she worked at Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality charity in the UK, delivering conferences, gala fundraisers, seminars and residential training programmes during a time of significant change for LGBT equality in the UK and around the world.
A keen believer in the value of collaboration, Grace studied a joint English Language and Communications degree at the University of Hertfordshire. She currently draws on experience gained from various roles in market research, events and marketing to support the operations and communications function of NEON. Specifically, facilitating the running of NEON's Working Groups, managing NEON’s membership database and handling NEON’s social media presence and communications. Working to drive forward the widening participation agenda is of particular significance to Grace, having come from a widening participation background herself. She is enthusiastic about helping individuals, institutions and organisations in their endeavours to improve social mobility and better the outcomes for those across the student lifecycle.