The Team

Meet the team

Donna’s mission is to empower girls everywhere to make more informed career decisions. Prior to Modern Muse, Donna was a Director at everywoman, an organisation that works to advance women in business. In this role, she launched a personal development platform for women looking to progress their careers. Today, the platform has over 23,000 members in more than 100 countries. Donna started her career as part of InterContinental Hotel’s global sales team and was a member of its European leadership team.
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Donna Robertson

Youth Board members

Having achieved a first-class honours degree in Cultural and Media Studies, Bella is currently studying for her Masters in Film, Photography and Media at The University of Leeds and is the Digital Associate Editor for The Gryphon Newspaper. Bella chairs the calls and meetings for the board provides guidance for board members who develop the monthly newsletters and resolves any issues that might arise outside of meetings. Bella helps and ensures the board members perform to the best of their ability and get the most out of volunteering for the charity. Whilst chairing the board Bella is also the Social Content Creator and manages all the Modern Muse social media platforms.
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Bella Davis
Chair of the board
After achieving a first-class honours degree in BA Business Management, Ashlyn went on to join the Lloyds Banking Group 'transformation' graduate scheme within IT before progressing to Business Operations Manager. Ashlyn works on shaping and evaluating the Youth Ambassador Programme, reporting on its progress and development.

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Ashlyn Picton
Youth Ambassador Network Liason
Having completed her apprenticeship at Specsavers gaining a Level 2 Diploma in Retail Optics, Chloe is currently an Optical Assistant and has enrolled onto the Level 3 Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant course. Chloe connects and informs the board with our Director and Corporate Partner's monthly activities, reporting what is happening within Modern Muse on a broader scale.
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Chloe Gaton
CEO Liason
Before becoming an Underwriter at Countrywide Legal Indemnities, Ellen completed her BSc in Environmental Sciences followed by an MSc in Science Communication at The University of Sheffield. Ellen edits the blog pieces once they have been written and creates the template for the monthly 'Girls Newsletter'.

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Ellen Coqui
Blog Content and Newsletter Editor
Graciella is a final-year Sociology student at The University of Warwick and a Lloyds Scholar. An alumni of Sutton Trust US and the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programmes, she is passionate about helping to inspire students with future steps. With Ashlyn, she will work on shaping our Youth Ambassador programme.
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Graciella Martin Rojo
Whilst completing her apprenticeship at Specsavers, Henna manages the board's activities and plans and schedules the board meetings and calls to keep all the girls informed and connected. Henna creates an agenda for the agreed actions with everyone's responsibilities, compiling a monthly update for our Director.
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Henna Basharat
Board Planner
Whilst studying for her BSc Computer Science degree at Queen Mary's University of London, Sawda brainstorms Modern Muse social content, reports the social media successes and flags any inappropriate content. Sawda also assists with our website co-ordination.
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Sawda Onanuga
Social Content Associate
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The Microsoft website team

Shahd is studying Business, Computing and IT at Aston University. She's currently an intern and joined Microsoft as a rtechnology solutions professional (TSP) within Dynamics. Her focus is Talent within the Finance & Operations sector. She is also involved in various projects at Microsoft such as Milkround and BAME. She's excited to be part of Modern Muse's technical team and is also supporting Microsoft to recruit more Muses. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and travelling.

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Shahd Ahmed
Design Lead
Tarun is studying Computer Science at the University Of Nottingham.  He's an intern at Microsoft and joined as a resource coordinator, he allocates Microsoft's internal resources to create project teams for Microsoft's customers. His hobbies involve going to the gym, playing football, watching football, socialising and reading. He's looking to create a big network in the coming future and wants to make a massive impact in both his external and internal teams at Microsoft, including Modern Muse.
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Tarun Mirpuri
Tech Team Co-Lead
Tighe Brennan is a computer science student at Loughborough University. He is an intern at Microsoft doing a year-long industrial placement as a Partner Technology Strategist. In his role, he works to grow and transform partners with the use of Microsoft’s technology.  He's passionate about technology and getting people into tech. In his spare time, he plays sports including touch rugby, basketball and darts. He's excited to be able to work with the Modern Muse team and help them achieve their goals.
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Tighe Brennan
Tech Team Co-Lead
Vanessa Okoh is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Kent. She's an intern at Microsoft and helps transform lives through the use of technology. Her role is a Technical Solutions Professional which involves a lot of communication with customers, she finds this 'exciting'! In terms of Modern Muse she's involved in recruiting Muses and is part of the technical team, so is getting quite hands on. Her hobbies include watching anime, reading, travelling and she's quite interested in hair styling.
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Vanessa Okoh
Data Lead
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The Microsoft recruitment team

Caitlan began at Microsoft on a Level 3 Apprenticeship in September 2017. Caitlan has previously attended a year of University, before wanting to go into the place of work nbsp; She is now starting a Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship at Microsoft continuing as a Technical Account Manager. Caitlan is enthusiastic about growing young girls thoughts of what STEM careers are and what routes they can take, having taken two different paths already!
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Modern Muse Lead
Lily is a degree apprentice at Microsoft and works as a Cloud Solution Architect within the Customer Success Unit at Microsoft. In her role, Lily develops and deploys cloud solution strategies such as adoption plans and designing architecture. As the Microsoft lead for Muse Recruitment, Lily is passionate about inspiring and empowering girls and women to succeed in whatever industry or subject they choose. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor sports, such as hiking and gorge walking, as well as socialising with friends. 
Lily Marston
Recruitment Lead
Tom is an Apprentice acting as a Service Delivery Manager within Microsoft Services. His role is essentially an advanced customer service for consumers of Microsoft services. It's his role to expand the customers business and remediate any issues they might face with our products. Having had exposure to a number of large retail consumers of Microsoft products, Tom is keen to make an impact with the Muse project to make a change for women in STEM subjects and workplaces across the map. Tom tries to keep himself busy in his spare time with a range of sporting activities, including cricket, badminton and football and he is a keen festival enthusiast during the summer months!
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Tom Thomspson
Noah is a Microsoft apprentice within the Customer Success Unit. Noah's role is as a Cloud Solutions Architect (CSA) and has recently changed roles from Sales Operations Program Manager. In his previous role, Noah would serve the many Commercial business stakeholders which he hopes he can translate into skills that can be utilised to support and drive Modern Muse recruitment. In his spare time, he can be found developing programs or building networks and this passion for technology has lead him to follow a technical path and move roles to a CSA. Outside of work, Noah focuses on the art goal achieving and enjoys listening to key motivational speakers. He also enjoys going to the gym and his jiu-jitsu club.
Tom is an Apprentice at Microsoft sitting within OCP, using Incentives to drive Partner's business growth. As a Partner Incentive Analyst communication and readiness is at the centre of what he does every day, hopefully these skills can be utilized to serve Modern Muse well and promote the cause of helping women in STEM subjects. Outside of work Tom enjoys playing football, Mixed Martial Arts and travelling.
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Tom Balchin
Josh began Microsoft on the apprenticeship scheme in September 2018 as a business excellence manager in Services. He is very passionate about technology and getting everyone to have an equal chance of joining the business area. In his spare time, he plays rugby and ice hockey. Josh is very excited to work with Modern Muse and help promote the charity to many school girls!
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Joel is a business degree apprentice at Microsoft coordinating the business side of a specialist sales department. He runs communications in the department and is involved in monthly forecasting. Joel is passionate about equality in the workplace and believes that a diverse team will always be more effective and successful as different perspectives lead to more original ideas. In his spare time Joel enjoys photography and cooking.
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