Graeme Atherton

Dr Graeme Atherton


Dr Graeme Atherton studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Trinity College Oxford and has been working in the field of education research and management since 1995. After 6 years leading Aimhigher work in London, he founded and now leads both AccessHE and NEON in the UK. Graeme holds Visiting Professorships at Amity University, London and Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a member of the board of the National Union of Students (NUS) and has produced over 200 conference papers, and publications.

Martin Webster

Martin Webster

Operational Consultant

Martin Webster has been working within widening access since 2001. In 2011, he helped to establish NEON, and later became its Operational Consultant. He has regularly presented at conferences and spoken at other widening access events.

Maria-Anna Petrou

Maria-Anna Petrou

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.

Dr Tuba Mazhari

Policy and Research Officer

Tuba is a multi-disciplinary researcher with both quantitative and qualitative research skills and extensive experience of report writing and oral communication in academic and non-academic settings. She undertook a PhD in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London investigating the relationship between marital history and risk of cardiovascular disease, and the contribution of socio-demographic factors to this relationship.

Tuba has worked as a researcher for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, where she worked on the prevalence study. The prevalence study explores the prevalence of substance use among 11-18 year olds in attendance of mainstream schools, in England. Tuba led on quantitative analysis of this role. Other duties include reviewing literature; report-writing; supervising interns; recruiting schools for participation in the prevalence survey; and data collection.

Prior to her role with NEON, Tuba worked as a researcher for AccessHE. The post consists of working as a research lead for London NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Project), conducting research to explore barriers to higher education and providing specialist support on evaluation of widening-participation outreach activities, to higher education institutions. Job duties include reviewing literature, report-writing, delivery and analysis of focus groups and assisting higher education institutions in research and survey design, ethics applications and data analyses.