Perella joined Team Up in June 2011. As a trustee, she is actively involved with the charity’s day-to-day workings, getting involved in individual projects and also sitting on the finance sub-committee having been involved in the financial running of the charity from the start. Perella has always been interested in education, believing it to be the best way to achieve personal happiness and professional success. It was Team Up’s unique approach to engaging society’s most disadvantaged young people in education that led to her involvement with the organisation. Perella gained a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of London and went on to work in public relations until taking a break from her career to raise her three children. In 2001, she took a certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties.