Esther founded Opened Palm in 2015, with the focus of increasing the pipeline of Black, state-comprehensive educated students into Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group institutions. She graduated from Oxford University in 2017, having studied an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religion. She then joined Goldman Sachs as an Equity Derivatives Investment Banker, before joining the 10,000 Black Interns team as Programme Director. Esther also sits on the board of Intermission Youth (Theatre).
Julie is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist who has worked in organisations in the Third Sector and in recruitment.
Following her undergraduate study at King's College London, Julie completed a Masters in International Economic Law, Justice and Development and worked as part of the UKBA Gateway scheme team.
More recently, she has worked in the diversity and inclusion space, creating and delivering programmes to improve access for underrepresented candidates to careers in Law, Financial Services, Creative Industries, the Third Sector and many more.
Social Media Manager
Jacob was first involved in the launch of the #100BlackInterns initiative as a programme consultant, advising on social media strategy. He is now the Social Media Manager for the #10000BlackInterns initiative. Having won the 2017 National Spanish Debating Competition, Jacob studied Spanish at the University of Manchester, where he also worked for Red Bull as a Brand Manager alongside his studies.