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 29,000 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

Microsoft Lead

Lily is a Computer Science 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 solutions such as apps and designing architecture. As the Microsoft lead for Modern Muse, 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

The Microsoft Website Team

Sophie is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Reading. She's doing a year long internship at Microsoft as a Technology Solutions Professional (TSP) within dynamics and is aligned to health within the Customer Engagement sector. She is also involved in the DigiGirlz project which aims to get more young girls interested in Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and socialising with friends.

Sophie Charlwood
Serena Samra studies Computer Science at Newcastle University. Her role in Microsoft is a Cloud Solution Architect (CSA) aligned to SAP/Communications and Media. She works with customers to help develop cloud solutions that suits the needs of their businesses. One of her interests is advocating young women to get inspired and involved in Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing, socialising and travelling. She is passionate about making an impact this year in Modern Muse and plans to develop the website to be its very best!
Serena Samra
Jalal Uddin is a Computer Science student at Aston. He is currently embarking on a year-long industrial placement as a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. His role entails deploying cloud strategies for strategic customers. He is passionate about smartphone technologies and getting people interested in tech. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football and going on hikes. He is excited to work with the Modern Muse team and help them achieve their goals.
Jalal Uddin
Jalal Uddin
Technical Co-Lead
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The Microsoft Recruitment Team

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.

Tom Balchin
Recruitment Lead
Beverly is a second year graduate at Microsoft and is a Technical Account Manager for public sector accounts in healthcare and central government including the NHS and Parliament. Beverly works closely with customers on their digital transformation journeys and sees how Microsoft can support them in reaching their goals. Having come from a non-technical background, Beverly is keen to show that you can pursue a career in tech no matter what you study, but also that STEM subjects are so important for the future of the digital workplace and wants to encourage young girls to try STEM subjects by showing them how many doors it can open for them in their later careers.
Beverly Tran

Zoe Nichols
Shannon Ford
Alia Asif