Messiah has spent most of his career in the higher education sector and has held roles at three very different institutions that have focused on improving student retention, student outcomes, student engagement and student experience for underrepresented students. He currently leads on Kings College London’s work to close differences in attainment. Prior to joining King’s, he was the Access and Participation Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and also worked at University of East London where he led work with care experienced and estranged students. Messiah played an instrumental role in developing the holistic provision of support for care-experienced and estranged students at both the University of East London and ICMP. He has also served as the chair of the AccessHE Care Experienced and Estranged Students Forum since September 2019.
Messiah is particularly passionate about capturing the student voice and supporting the sector to strive for the best possible access, student support, experience, success, and graduate outcomes for Care Leavers.