The Secretariat

Sam Butters, CEO


Sam brings ten years of experience in strategy, business and organisational leadership and is committed to bringing her skills and experience to having a social impact and creating a fairer world. She is passionate about social change and has a strong belief that social mobility and a strong education system are critical to improvements in society.

Sam studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Warwick and started her career on the Deloitte ‘Scholar’ scheme in Audit, gaining a strong grounding in business and accountancy.  She then re-joined Deloitte as a Management Consultant on the graduate programme and was a Manager in Public Sector Consulting before she left to join TeachFirst in 2014.

In the last three years she has been a key member of Teach First’s Strategy and Planning team, most recently as Head of Strategy and Planning and before that leading Strategy and Planning for Delivery of Teach First Programmes across England and Wales. She has led on Teach First organisational strategy and worked closely with the Executive Committee on strategic projects and organisational change, providing support and challenge to ensure that all activity is aligned to the organisation-wide strategy and the 2022 Fair Education Impact Goals.


Yasemin Aykut, Communications and Membership Manager

Yasemin comes from a HR/PA background, and has had experience working in the Higher Education sector in Australia. With over ten years of administrative support experience, Yasemin has recently joined the Fair Education Alliance to work alongside Sam; supporting her with her organisation and administration tasks. Yasemin is responsible for supporting the Fair Education Alliance membership and managing the Fair Education Alliance’s key relationships. Her role comprises driving the collaborative work of the Fair Education Alliance’s key stakeholders within its membership, managing thought leadership projects, and assisting Sam in tracking Fair Education Alliance’s policy recommendations. Yasemin’s role consist of delivering the public affairs activities, launches and events; to support progress towards the Fair Education Alliance Impact Goals by 2022.