We are an innovative consultancy that uses data and technology to help organisations make better decisions. We take pride in our ability to use data intelligently, making complicated information accessible to anyone. We are determined that our work should have the maximum impact on the life chances of young people.
What we do
We work with a range of not-for-profit organisations, including schools, local authorities, academy trusts, universities and charities.
What makes us different
Our creative passion has taken us beyond traditional consulting. We are visionary in our approach to making data, and the underlying messages in the data, easily accessible. Our success with this has been recognised externally. Our careers advice tool, Skills Route, was awarded the Nesta/Open Data Institute Education Open Data Challenge and the Nominet Trust Social Tech seed award.
Mime was founded by Steve Preston in 2007 after he identified the huge potential for using data for social benefit. His experience initially led us into the education sector. Since then we have steadily increased our consulting and support staff and expanded into other sectors with a social purpose. We remain small but perfectly formed, proud of the team we have built.
Our core team
Steve founded Mime in 2007 after he identified that the creative use of data can have a significant impact on the life chances of young people. He is an expert in all aspects of using and presenting educational data to have maximum impact and is passionate that the work Mime does should make a real difference.
His expertise in all areas of education and open data policy coupled with his clarity of thought in solving complex business problems makes him a thought leader in the education data field. His advice is regularly sought by the DfE, No. 10, BEIS and the Cabinet Office as well as other charities and public bodies. He has spoken at conferences in the UK and abroad about the potential that open data can have in addressing social problems.
Steve also co-manages the Wandsworth Education Research and Evaluation Unit on a part-time basis and is a full accredited ONS researcher.
Phil is our Technical Director with responsibility to oversee the technical design and implementation of our consulting and system developments. He has been with us since 2009 and thrives on finding technical solutions to complex data problems.
He is passionate about technology and he channels his creative side into using and presenting data more efficiently. He has an extensive knowledge of the sources, uses and idiosyncrasies of education data which he applies on a daily basis to solve our clients’ data challenges as well as in his role as a school governor. Phil is also full accredited ONS researcher.
Not only is Phil an expert in managing data, he is highly skilled at analysing it. He is able to draw out key findings and get behind the data to find the underlying messages.
Jules joined Mime in 2019 and provides support to some of our key clients. She has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh and a wide experience of working in client services, managing projects in the design and branding industry, including a number within the education sector.
James has worked with Mime since 2016 across a range of projects. He currently supports us on adult learning data management and phonics reporting, but has turned his hand to all manner of different work over the years.
On top of this, James is also an actor, playwright and filmmaker – the Mime team thoroughly enjoy going to watch his productions!
Patrick joined Mime in 2022. His previous roles in the cut flower industry sparked a passion for automating processes and using data to drive decision-making.
He has a BA in Classics from the University of Nottingham, where he volunteered with the Classics outreach programme (NoCOut). This has led to a desire to improve and create opportunities for all children and young people.
Deborah joined Mime in 2020. She has broad experience of finance roles from Bookkeeper to Finance Director level across a variety of industries such as insurance and recruitment. Deborah is a chartered accountant having qualified with Deloitte in London.
Her responsibilities include company accountancy and bookkeeping.
Kieran joined Mime in 2023 after working as a senior analyst in the Higher Education (HE) sector for five years. He has Batchelor’s and Master’s degrees in Neuroscience from the University of Sussex. He is passionate about applying his analytical skills to create a positive impact on people’s lives.
Kieran’s previous work centred around assessing teaching excellence, addressing risks to equality of opportunity, and analysing student success in HE.
Laura joined Mime in 2021. Before joining us, she graduated from the University of Exeter, having studied an integrated Master’s programme in Physics (including a year of study in New Zealand at the University of Auckland), in which she focused heavily on data analysis. She is passionate about making data more understandable, and working with organisations making a positive societal impact.
Will joined Mime in 2022 after graduating from the University of Warwick with a Master’s of Biological Sciences in Biochemistry. Will developed a passion for data analysis and visualisation during the completion of several research projects and is enthusiastic about using data and analytics to drive positive societal changes. Alongside his studies, Will volunteered as an Editor at Youth STEM Matters, a youth led scientific journal involved in providing young people in STEM with a platform to share their scientific research and ideas in an accessible manner.
Joe joined Mime in 2019 from the British Medical Association where he led on their analysis of NHS pressures data. Previously he worked at the Wellcome Trust, in their Education team working to improve science education. He studied Economics at Cambridge and has a Masters in Public Policy. Volunteering as a tutor for two London-based education charities sparked his passion for using data to improve education outcomes. Joe is a full accredited ONS researcher, allowing him to work with secure person-level datasets.
Rory joined Mime in 2021 after working for the NHS and in the third sector on health and social care policy. They are passionate about evidence based policy and using data to inform decisions, and their previous roles have had a focus on reducing inequalities. They studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford and have a Masters in Experimental Psychology.
Emma joined us in 2021 and has previously worked in IT support. He main role is to help support a growing number of schools with analysis enquiries. She currently works closely with schools doing phonics assessments, along with running focus groups and requirements gathering.
Outside of work Emma loves reading and helping to create new knitting patterns.
Aiste joined Mime in 2023 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. During her studies she gained an understanding of complex social issues and became interested in the use of data to drive positive societal changes. Aiste won the 2023 UK Data Service Dissertation Prize with her final year research.
Aiste is passionate about using data analytics to inform theory and practice in various social fields.
Stuart helps Mime on a range of activities that support our growth, including strategic planning and commercial deals. One of the founding executives of the Open Data Institute, Stuart draws upon his experience of growing technology, and consulting businesses and making connections through his network.
Gwen is a school and Children’s Centre specialist with over 20 years of experience working with education, children and families’ data and support schools in using data effectively. She has previously led education analytics teams in the London Boroughs of Islington and Southwark.
Domi started developing websites 8 years ago but more recently has focused on the development of mobile apps. He works with a number of startups that need a high quality Minimum Viable Product to test their market and also existing successful web companies that are developing an app to grow their business.
Richard runs Excell Design and has worked on a number of design projects for us. We use Richard to create a coherent and attractive brand for our systems to ensure they are both user friendly and visually appealing.
Tom works across our data activities including database development, interactive dashboards and visualisations, with a particular specialisation in Tableau.
He is particularly interested in using data to provide a sound evidence-base for policy changes with the overall aim of improving the life chances of young people.
Tom has 20 years’ recruitment experience, operating in both in-house and external search settings. With broad functional experience covering corporate and technical disciplines, he has worked with a wide range of organisations, from start-ups to multi-nationals. As the founder of a specialised resourcing consultancy, he provides expertise in the areas of talent attraction, assessment and acquisition.
Ulrike is director of LIVE Economics ltd. She holds a PhD and MA in Economics and a diploma in Econometrics. She has worked for over 18 years in the Government Economic Service and private economic consultancy. Ulrike’s research focuses on evaluation and appraisal, non-market valuation and applied microeconomics. She holds an honorary professorship and membership of an Advisory Board for a UK university.
With more than 15 years of driving growth for social enterprises, Nick has unique expertise in building and leading customer-focused organisations that deliver positive social impact at scale. Despite living in Britain since 2012, he’s still no closer to losing his American accent or his love for baseball.
Diana has 25 years’ experience working in education as a teacher, leader and inspector. Diana worked as a Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) from 2014 to 2017, where she developed a range of skills in inspection and education improvement. This included leading school inspections and monitoring visits as well as SEND area inspections. Prior to joining Ofsted she worked as a senior advisor for a local authority leading on 14 to 19 and post-16 SEND strategy.
Rebecca St John
Rebecca is an independent school data specialist and trainer with 10 years’ experience of helping primary and secondary schools to ensure that data collected contributes to improvements of outcomes. Originally a school data manager, she has more recently worked with SISRA Ltd, FFT, GL Assessments, ASCL and Herts for Learning.
Pete is an experienced Data and Insight Analyst, having worked with education and skills charities for the past 8 years. He typically examines internal data sources and blends these with external sources to create visualisations in Tableau and reports for stakeholders.
We always seek to make a difference
We are flexible with our clients and our colleagues
We are technically creative
Client centric – or clients always come first
We thrive on solving problems
We are enthusiastic about what we do
In a technology led sector we are refreshingly normal
We take great pride in all our work
We always seek fresh ideas which make a difference
Clarity and transparency are key to our success
Our tenacious character results in exceptional delivery
We are relentless in seeking the best results
We are committed to working with each other and our clients to get the best results
We go that extra mile
Quality is at the heart of all we do