Ashley is currently the Executive Director of the UK charity Speakers for Schools, and has a rich background in programme development, communications and cross-sector partnerships. Prior to this she held a post at sister charity the Education and Employers Taskforce, first managing corporate stakeholders as a part of the ‘Visit Our Schools’ campaign, then later working to deliver projects including Speakers for Schools. Before moving to London, Ashley previously held positions with not-for-profit and digital media companies focusing on communications planning, community outreach and production. In 2008 she left her post as a Communications Specialist to become a staff member for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign in the city of Pittsburgh, later moving to London to complete an MSc at the London School of Economics, focusing on media, politics and third sector innovation.