Entrepreneur in Residence, Nesta Impact Investments

Graeme Duncan

Join Date

August 2014

What I do

Graeme was Entrepreneur in Residence with Nesta Impact Investments.

He is the founder of Right to Succeed, a social enterprise focused on harnessing the burgeoning social investment market to tackle educational disadvantage across the UK.


Graeme was the first graduate hired by Teach First in 2003, teaching for two years in a secondary school serving a highly disadvantaged community, where he led the Maths Faculty in the second year.

He then joined London First, a business lobby group, as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Baroness Valentine, before focusing on education and immigration projects.

From there he joined Teach First in 2008 to work on fundraising, policy and public affairs before, in 2010, becoming Director of Development at Greenhouse, a charity that uses sport to engage and develop young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In June 2014, he launched Right to Succeed.

Beyond work, Graeme is a footballer, cyclist, DJ and violinist, although all such activities have taken a back seat following the arrival of his two daughters.

As a new school year of excitement and inquisitiveness dawns upon us, it feels right to pose a crucial question: what are we actually trying to achieve with education?
Graeme Duncan
Monday, 8 September 2014