Meet our Team
Chris gurney - executive director
I bring to OxFizz a real passion for ensuring that all young people have equal opportunities to access the best universities.
I have worked and volunteered in education for the last 12 years. 6 those have been spent in senior and middle leadership roles overseeing national education programmes.
I spent a year as Director of Programmes at the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). Before joining HET, I spent 5 years leading national research programmes aiming to improve outcomes for pupils from low income communities, first at Future Foundations and then at Teach First.
I am also chair of governors of Central Foundation Boys’ School, an outstanding comprehensive school in Islington that OxFizz has a longstanding partnership with.
I am always happy to chat about OxFizz - please don't hesitate to get in touch.
lee robertson - Access programme lead
At OxFizz I’m responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating OxFizz’s university access programme. Each year our programme supports 400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds with their applications to top universities.
Day-to-day I work closely with our amazing partners in the sector - including The Access Project, Villiers Park, Target Oxbridge and IntoUniversity - to plan and deliver an annual timetable of events.
I’ve been at OxFizz since September 2017 - and before stepping into my current role I worked with OxFizz’s wonderful volunteers, leading on volunteer recruitment, on-boarding and management.
Before I started at OxFizz, I studied Human, Social and Political Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge - having previously been a pupil premium student.
I’m always happy to speak about OxFizz and our university access work - please drop me an email if you have any questions.
samuel inkpen, Business development lead
At OxFizz I’m responsible for leading on all areas of our growth - developing our relationships with schools and driving our B2C sales.
After graduating with an LLB from the LSE, I taught English as a foreign language in Thailand for 18 months. Upon my return to the UK I worked in various capacities at Kings College London across admissions and marketing. In 2008 I moved to JWT, which was the beginning of a nine year stint working at various specialist advertising and marketing agencies, servicing the higher education sector in the UK and Europe.
Following a successful period of freelance consultancy for a range of suppliers within the sector, I was keen to return to a team environment and company with a great mission. And that’s how I find myself at OxFizz.
Outside OxFizz I volunteer for Shout, the UK’s first free 24/7 direct messaging service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere and Epilepsy Action a charity that improves the lives of people affected by epilepsy with advice, improved healthcare, research funding and campaign for change.
Mili Malde, product manager
At OxFizz I’m responsible for developing our key digital products and creating new e-learning services for our students.
I read Classics at Wadham College, Oxford. Since graduating, I have worked as a User Experience Researcher in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office developing a digital service for diplomats, a Service Designer delivering Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions, and as the Architecture and Innovation Strategy Lead at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
My primary role at OxFizz is to own and develop our key digital products. I’m responsible for improving our internal efficiency, managing our digital marketing, and developing new e-learning material to be used by our students.
Before joining OxFizz, I volunteered with them, fundraising for the Refugee Council. I was also a Wadham Access Ambassador and volunteer at the charity Jacari during my time at Oxford. I currently volunteer with Literacy Pirates, an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney through after-school support in reading and writing in an adventure-filled learning environment.