SPEAKERS
Having cemented itself as the UK’s premier forum for thought leadership, innovation and development, the Sunday Times Festival of Education continues to attract the very best of education’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change and policy makers. 

Our speakers for 2015 include: 
Nicky
Morgan
Secretary of State for Education
(Parliamentary business permitting)
Nicky was elected for the Loughborough seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. Nicky has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that was a member of the BIS Select Committee. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government, until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013. She was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women on 9 April 2014. Nicky has also been 
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since July 2014.
Tinie
Tempah
Artist
One of the UK’s most innovative, credible, charming and authentic artists. Like his multi-platinum selling debut Disc-Overy, Demonstration succeeds on many levels, not least because Tinie has once again delivered an innovative, bold, surprising, pioneering piece of work. 

On the eve of releasing Pass Out in 2010, no one could have predicted just how huge a star the then 21 year-old Patrick Okogwu would become. Not only the winner of BRITs, MOBO’s and an Ivor Novello, his debut album Disc-Overy sold over a million copies. He played every major festival the world over, including the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Tinie wrote his own book, designed a clothing line, invested in a record label, rubbed shoulders with royalty, made mates with pop hierarchy and broke boundaries by appearing on the front page of The Times and GQ. Last year he was invited to join, alongside Prince Charles and Sir Paul Smith, a dinner to help promote the British Fashion Council.

A lovely, down to earth, polite, funny, genuine young guy who didn’t pretend to be anything other than himself, his effortless ability to put people at ease while maintaining a strong sense of star quality made him stand out a mile from his peers. 

It’s been over three years since Tinie released Disc-Overy and much has changed in the Plumstead raised rapper’s life. He’s seen even more of the world, he’s moved homes, gotten into the gym. His perspective on life has altered and matured, and with it, his musical one too. His focus has been on creating an album that’s not only as good as his debut, but better. Demonstration is an album that underscores why he became such a star in the first place and reveals just how much bigger he’s about to be; both in the UK and around the world.
Carol
Dweck
Professor
Stanford University
Carol S. Dweck is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, one of the highest awards in Psychology. Her bestselling book Mindset has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Her recent TEDx talk can be seen at: http://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve?language=en
Piers
Morgan
Journalist


Ken
Robinson
Al
Murray
Comedian / Pub Landlord
Award winning comedian Al Murray, with his alter-ego The Pub Landlord, is one of the most successful comics in the UK. 

For over 20 years Al has filled arenas, won numerous awards, hosted an array of TV series and appeared on LIVE AT THE APOLLO (BBC1) and LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM (ITV). He’s performed at THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE (ITV1) three times and hosted two AN AUDIENCE WITH… shows for ITV1. 

Swapping his stage persona for himself, Al hosts 7 DAY SATURDAY for BBC Radio 5. He has recorded several factual programmes for the BBC, as well as AL MURRAY’S ROAD TO BERLIN a moving 10-part documentary for Discovery. Al has also enjoyed great success as an author and in 2013, he released the book WATCHING WAR FILMS WITH MY DAD, a unique look on his childhood and where his fascination with history and war began.

Most recently, the Pub Landlord stood for the hotly contested Kent constituency of South Thanet in the general election against Nigel Farage. He got 318 votes.
Sebastian
Faulks
Author
Sebastian Faulks’s novels include Human Traces, Engleby, and A Possible Life. He worked for 13 years as a journalist  before taking up writing full time in 1991. He was appointed CBE in 2002, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is on the Government Advisory Group for the Commemoration of the First World War.
His fourth novel, Birdsong (1993), has established itself as one of the country’s favourite books. It has sold more than three million copies. His latest novel, Where My Heart Used to Beat, is to be published by Hutchinson in October.
Faulks  has also written popular James Bond and P.G.Wodehouse tribute novels and presented a BBC television series Faulks on Fiction about great characters in the British novel.
Alain
de Botton
Writer
Alain de Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’  Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain’s newest book is published in February 2014 and is titled The News: A User’s Manual.

In The Art of Travel, he looked at themes in the psychology of travel. In 2009, Alain was appointed Heathrow’s first Writer-in-Residence and wrote a book about his experiences, A Week at the Airport.

Turning his attention to the news, in January 2014 Alain began an ambitious new project www.philosophersmail.com a news website that aims to make us think differently about the news stories we read every day. Updated daily, with articles written by a team of philosophers, the site gives current celebrity news and global affairs stories a philosophical analysis, so they become opportunities to think about and understand ourselves in a new way.
Angela Lee
Duckworth
Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Angela received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.
AC
Grayling
Author and Philosopher
New College of the Humanities
A C Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are "The Good Book", "Ideas That Matter", "Liberty in the Age of Terror" and "To Set Prometheus Free". For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the "Thinking Read" column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.
Gareth
Thomas
Speaker
Prospero Teaching
Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas, the 100-times capped former Wales rugby skipper, leads the Balls to Bullying campaign set up by Prospero Teaching. He visits schools across the UK to work with pupils on building resilience and boosting self-confidence, drawing on his own experiences of being bullied as a youngster.  He says: ‘I am Welsh before I am anything else.’

Michael
Wilshaw
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector
Ofsted
Sir Michael Wilshaw was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills on 1 January 2012. 

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) is statutorily responsible for Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory work. He is able to draw on the full range of inspection findings to report on the quality of education, children’s services and skills, locally and nationally. He is responsible to Parliament for the organisation, staffing and management of Ofsted, and for ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources.

Prior to joining Ofsted, Sir Michael had a distinguished career as a teacher for 43 years, 26 of these as a headteacher in London secondary schools, and most recently as Executive Principal at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney. In addition to leading Mossbourne Community Academy, Sir Michael was Director of Education for ARK, a charitable education trust running a number of academies across England.  
Stella
Rimington
Exclusive Speaker
c/o DBA Speakers

Dame Stella Rimington DCB MA was Director General of the Security Service MI5 from 1992 to 1996. 


Educated at Nottingham High School for Girls, Edinburgh University and Liverpool University, she accompanied her husband to India and worked for the Security Service. In London, she worked in all three branches of MI5 - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism becoming Director of them all. The first woman to be appointed Director General and the first DG to be publicly named, she was made a Dame Commander of the Bath on her retirement.


Dame Stella received Honorary Degrees from Nottingham and Exeter Universities. A Governor of a prep school, she has two daughters and four grandchildren.

She has written eight best-selling thrillers (featuring Liz Carlyle) and her autobiography Open Secret. In 2012, she chaired the Judging Panel for the Booker Prize for Fiction.


She is known worldwide as the role model for “M” played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.

Claire
Fox
Director
Institute of Ideas

Claire Fox is Director of the Institute of Ideas (IoI) and convener of the annual Battle of Ideas festival; panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze; monthly columnist for TES and MJ.
Alastair
Stewart
Ambassador
Missing People

Bonnie
Greer
Born in Chicago, Ilinois and grew up on the Southside of Chicago, the eldest of 7 children of a World War Two vet and factory worker and mother who slayed at home.  She attended Catholic schools, and graduated from university with a B.A. in History.  She came of age during the Civil Rights and feminist movement and became a playwright. 
At the end of the ‘70’s she moved to NYC, where she studied playwriting at the Actors Studio. She was taught by Elia Kazan, and Norman Mailer. She also developed new plays for producer Joe Papp, and while doing so, created a method to transmit her love of Shakespeare by “luring” disadvantaged children and young people into taking ownership of the text .. She moved to London in 1986; became a naturalized citizen in 1997, and was awarded, in 2010, the OBE for contribution to the arts.
Vicky
Beer
National Teaching Schools Council
Kenneth
Baker
Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking CH
A Conservative MP from 1968-1997.  His  Ministerial positions included being first Minister for Information Technology,  introducing computers into schools; Local Government Minister; Environment Secretary, privatising BT and abolishing the GLC; Education & Science Secretary, introducing the National Curriculum, Grant Maintained Schools, City Technology Colleges, and Student Loans; and Home Secretary.  He also served as Chairman of the Conservative Party.  Left the Government after the 1992 election, was appointed a Companion of Honour, and became a member of the House of Lords in 1997.  Through the Baker Dearing Educational Trust Lord Baker is spearheading the initiative for University Technical Colleges - 30 are already open with 26 opening between 2015-2016.  Lord Baker is Chairman of Edge Foundation, an educational charity championing technical, practical and vocational learning, and supporting the newly launched Career Colleges.  Born in 1934 and married with three children.  Author of several books, 14-18 A New Vision for Secondary Education was published in 2013.
Tony
Abrahams
Co-Founder & CEO
Ai-Media

Tony Abrahams is the Co-founder and CEO of Ai-Media, a for-profit social enterprise operating in media and education �" delivering accurate speech-to-text and related analytics and insights.
The company’s Visible Classroom internet captioning service was supported by the Australian Government and is used at universities, schools, workplaces and conferences. Visible Classroom is a highly adaptive development tool for teacher improvement, and a
flexible and scalable tool for learners with communications barriers including autism, deafness, learning difficulties, and for students for whom English is an additional language. Tony is a non-executive director of Northcott Disability Services, Member of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors, Rhodes Scholar, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
James
Allcott
Reporter and Presenter
James Allcott is most recognisable for his role as a reporter for ITV’s Daybreak, presenting and producing red carpet interviews with celebrities including The Rolling Stones, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Jessie J and Will.I.Am. 

James is a regular presenter for Showcase:LIVE TV, a monthly music night showcasing the UK’s best unsigned music talent, giving pre-fame airtime to the likes of Lawson, Jessie J and JLS. He also presents on Sky One’s Arts and Youth culture show What’s Up, interviewing bands and comedians.

Throughout his time working as a producer at ITV, James has worked on Good Morning Britain and has also previously worked on shows including 24 Hours in A&E, Al Jazeera sport and This Morning. 

James is a sports fanatic, has a degree in Sports Development with Coaching and these days gets his sporting fix through his blog Great Touch for A Big Lad and hosting live events for British Gymnastics. 
Shaun
Allison
Deputy Headteacher


@shaun_allison
Shaun Allison is currently a Deputy Headteacher at a large, successful comprehensive school on the south coast in West Sussex, where he leads on CPD and developing evidence informed teaching.  He writes a popular blog https://classteaching.wordpress.com/ and is the author of three books �" the most recent, 'Making Every Lesson Count', was co-authored with Andy Tharby and examines six principles that support great teaching. He loves finding and sharing the bright spots and getting that little bit better.
Karen
Armstrong
Author
KAREN ARMSTRONG is the author of numerous books, including The Case for God, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, and Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence.  Her work has been translated into over fifty languages.  She has addressed the U.S. Congress on three occasions, the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and New York, and is an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

Dr. Armstrong received a medal from the Egyptian government for her services to Islam, the first foreigner to have been awarded this decoration.  Other awards include the Four Freedoms Medal for Freedom of Worship by the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Gandhi/King/Ikeda Prize for Community Builders, and the British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize. She is a Trustee of the British Museum and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Literature. She was awarded the TED Prize in 2008 for her vision of a Charter for Compassion (www.charterforcompassion.org).
Ian
Ashman
Principle
Hackney Community College
Ian Ashman has been Principal of Hackney Community College in London since 2007.   Prior to this Ian was an independent consultant; his projects included the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, quality improvement in colleges and developing vocational partnerships with China and India.  He was previously Principal of Lambeth College, a Deputy Principal in Hackney and worked in local government and the voluntary sector. Ian is Co-Chair of the Association of Colleges London and a member of the London Enterprise Partnership - Skills and Employment Working Group.
Since his appointment, Hackney Community College has seen significant improvements in student success rates and increased work with employers. He has led a series of innovative initiatives, including the development of a new hospitality centre, facilitating training of volunteers for the London 2012 Games and expansion of work with students with learning difficulties and disabilities.  He is currently working with technology companies to implement a new Tech City Apprenticeships Programme.
Benedick
Ashmore-Short
Principal
Hamford Primary Academy
Benedick Ashmore-Short was the winner of the 2014 Pearson ‘Primary Headteacher of the Year’. He is currently Principal of Hamford Primary Academy 

https://hamfordteachingandlearningblog.wordpress.com

Benedick has worked in education for the past 12 years starting his career as a secondary Maths Teacher before going on a to become Head of Maths in a large secondary school. He then went on to join the Academies Enterprise Trust in 2010 on the Executive team at Clacton Coastal Academy in charge of assessment, recording and reporting. Whilst working in this role Benedick was selected from over 2500 educational leaders onto the National College of School Leaders Tomorrows Head Programme, which gave him a fast track into headship which he successfully passed. He has worked with some of the most senior educators in Essex ensuring he has a direct impact on children’s learning. Benedick is a motivational and inspirational leader who believes in empowering teaching staff to extend their potential. 
Christina
Astin
Head of Partnerships
The King's School

Christina is Head of Partnerships at The King’s School Canterbury, responsible for academic outreach, and was previously Head of Science.
She also offers STEM education consultancy (www.astinconsulting.com) supporting school science and developing education resources for business clients.
Christina is the Teaching and Learning Coach in East Kent for the Institute of Physics and is a trainer for and trustee of Physics-S3, an educational charity which trains non-specialist science teachers in physics.
She co-founded and mentors Young Scientists Journal, the international online science journal written, edited and run by school students (www.ysjournal.com).
Richard
Atkins
Chief Executive
Exeter College
Richard Atkins has been Principal and Chief Executive of Exeter College since 2002, and was previously Principal of Yeovil College. He is currently President of the Association of Colleges and Chair of AoC Sport, the sector owned organisation responsible for the development of sport and physical exercise in colleges.

Exeter College was rated as outstanding by Ofsted in a private "no notice" inspection in 2012 and again in a public inspection in 2014.

Richard started his working life at Harrods, successfully passing through their management training programme before returning to university, graduating in History and Education, and becoming a secondary school teacher. Whilst studying for an M.Sc he transferred to working in an FE college in Sussex. Following posts at colleges in Surrey and York, Richard was appointed Principal at Yeovil in 1994.
Kenneth 
Baker
Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking CH
A Conservative MP from 1968-1997.  His  Ministerial positions included being first Minister for Information Technology,  introducing computers into schools; Local Government Minister; Environment Secretary, privatising BT and abolishing the GLC; Education & Science Secretary, introducing the National Curriculum, Grant Maintained Schools, City Technology Colleges, and Student Loans; and Home Secretary.  He also served as Chairman of the Conservative Party.  Left the Government after the 1992 election, was appointed a Companion of Honour, and became a member of the House of Lords in 1997.  Through the Baker Dearing Educational Trust Lord Baker is spearheading the initiative for University Technical Colleges - 30 are already open with 26 opening between 2015-2016.  Lord Baker is Chairman of Edge Foundation, an educational charity championing technical, practical and vocational learning, and supporting the newly launched Career Colleges.  Born in 1934 and married with three children.  Author of several books, 14-18 A New Vision for Secondary Education was published in 2013.
John
Bald
Independent Consultant

John Bald took first class honours in French, and became a reading teacher when he found that a boy who had truanted from his class in a London comprehensive school could not read. He became a head of department, moved to a reading and language development centre in Essex, and wrote extensively for The Guardian and Times Educational Supplement.  John was then an Ofsted inspector for 13 years specialising in English, foreign languages and special educational needs.
 
Since 2005, John has worked as a consultant, writer, trainer and teacher. He has been languages consultant to the Hackney Learning Trust, and helped write the new national curriculum for languages.   He offers free help to people with educational problems, in person and via the internet.   He is co-founder of A Book of My Own, which provides books of their choice to children who would otherwise not have them. His website is www.johnbald.typepad.com

Alice
Barnard
Chief Executive
Peter Jones Foundation

Alice joined the Peter Jones Foundation in March 2012 as their Chief Executive. Her mission is to unleash the potential of aspiring entrepreneurs, to excite a new generation of entrepreneurs, and to celebrate entrepreneurship through inspiring events which help create a culture of enterprise in Britain.

Alice Barnard graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 with an MA in History, starting her career in the field of journalism before joining a publishing house. Before the Peter Jones Foundation Alice was the Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance. 
Andy
Barnes
Director of Technology
Bryanston School
I started my career as an engineer within the aerospace industry. Deciding quickly that my real vocation lay within the education sector, I ran a number of technology departments in a range of schools located as far afield as Singapore and Thailand.

Embracing the increasing use of ICT within education again gave a change of direction. As the Director of Technology for Bryanston School I oversee both the academic and business technology operations for this leading HMC boarding school. Using independent learning as the focus I am building a range of tools and systems to support flexible learning patterns at Bryanston. Empowering
learners to move forward within a guided framework is driving the convergence of technology and learning services offered.
Dai
Barnes
Head of Digital Strategy
Oundle School
Dai is the Head of Digital Strategy at Oundle School. An ICT and Computing teacher, is a Google Teacher Academy mentor and has led Educational Technology in schools for many years in both the maintained and independent sectors. Dai also records and distributes a weekly podcast, Today In Digital Education, available at tidepodcast.org. And, he runs barefoot.
Caroline
Barnett
I have worked all my life around helping people to learn, develop and change.
Working in the ’70 on the ‘Right to Read’ campaign both as a teacher and a trainer, then as a leader of a project for the Birmingham Rathbone Society helping adults with learning difficulties into employment.

I spent many years as a freelance education coach and trainer - working for the Industrial Society in both the not for profit, housing and business sectors. 
During this time I ran programmes focussing on Women’s Leadership and how women could have a positive impact on the workplace.

My work for the National College for School Leadership involved co tutoring on programmes for ‘Leadership of Serving Headteachers’ to developing middle leaders in schools.

I have recently run joint workshops with Nicky Frobisher in helping parents to talk to their teenage children - by using a coaching rather than a telling model of communication.
Matt
Barrett
Creative Director
MAXX Design
Matt has been a graphic designer with MAXX for almost 15 years and has worked with many school clients including Eton College, Westminster School and Lancing College. Matt has also worked on award winning projects with charities including Breakthrough Breast Cancer although the challenge of a new school magazine is always a particular thrill!
Geoff
Barton
Headteacher
King Edward VI School

Geoff Barton was appointed Headteacher of comprehensive school King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, in April 2002. 

He has written and edited more than 100 books on grammar and literature. He has worked as a consultant to the Department for Education, TDA and QCA and has spoken on literacy, leadership, behaviour management and school improvement. 

He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and a monthly columnist for the Times Educational Supplement, East Anglian Daily Times and Bury Free Press. 
Nigel
Barton
Founder
Wyrd

Worked in the London specialist insurance market for 35 years, I’m a non-exec director on various insurance/investment businesses. However my passion of late has been in creating Wyrd (www.wyrd.co) which is an online community to help those at school be better prepared for the sometimes daunting world of work that awaits them after their years of education. Through the means user-generated content, we’ve developed an innovative way to engage students to develop some of the soft skills they’ll need for the world of work. We want Wyrd to become their "employability toolkit". It’s still early days; last summer we ran a (mercifully successful) beta test at one Academy, and with the backing of Pret a Manger and other forward-thinking businesses, this summer we’re doing a second beta test, but this time with ten Academies. If all goes well, then it’s a nationwide roll-out.
Ian
Bean
SEN ICT Consultant
SEN ICT Training and Consultancy
Ian was the ICT teacher and curriculum coordinator at Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough which is internationally recognised as a model for best practice in the use of ICT to support teaching and learning for students with severe and complex difficulties including Autism. HIs leadership of teaching with technology won the school many local, national and international awards. 
Ian left Priory Woods to lead the Information Team at Inclusive Technology in the UK where he was responsible for delivering training and consultancy to hundreds of schools around the world. 

Ian now runs a successful independent consultancy providing high quality training and support to schools and other organisations involved in the education of children and adults with special educational needs. Ian is hugely respected for his work which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the understanding of the use of technology with children and young people with complex needs.
Vicky
Beer
Chair
National Teaching Schools Council
Vicky is Chair of the National Teaching Schools Council representing an ever increasing number of Teaching Schools across England.

She is a National Leader of Education and the Executive Principal of Ashton on Mersey School in Sale and Broadoak School in Partington, part of the multi academy Dean Trust.  Ashton on Mersey has a national reputation for quality education and in April 2013 was judged for the fifth consecutive time to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. In July 2011, as a result of consistently high levels of attainment and the high quality of its teaching Ashton became one of the first schools in the country to be designated a National Teaching School.
 
Vicky is an Ofsted Additional Inspector and the Director and founding member of By Schools for Schools, a system led school improvement body serving the Greater Manchester area.

She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2013.

Tom 
Bennett
Director
researchED
Tom Bennett is a teacher and behaviour adviser for the TES. He also runs the popular teacher blog 'The Behaviour Guru', and is the author of several books such as 'Not Quite a Teacher'.
Andrea
Berkeley
Senior Consultant
RSAcademics
Andrea is a senior consultant at RSAcademics, working on leadership consultancy with Barry Speirs.  She has been at the cutting edge of education leadership reform for a decade, following thirteen years as a secondary headteacher, and was until recently Education Director at Teaching Leaders and consultant to the Future Leaders Trust since inception.  Currently she advises Leading Educators USA and supports Growth Coaching International in the UK.

She has facilitated leadership development programmes for the National College for School Leadership in its various guises and the UCL Institute of Education and was an early London Challenge consultant.  As a qualified executive coach, Andrea has supported hundreds of headteachers, chief executives and directors and their teams, taking great pleasure in combining her depth of understanding about people, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics to help them develop the insight and confidence to maximise their potential in ways they hadn’t anticipated possible.
Eleanor
Bernardes
Associate
LKMco
Eleanor Bernardes is an Associate at LKMco and draws together a broad base of educational, research, arts and business experience. Since joining LKMco she has worked on projects for organisations like the Royal Society of Arts, Teach First and the Royal Society for Literature.
She began teaching in 2002 and worked, most recently, at the RSA Academy in Tipton. There she held the role of Literacy Coordinator with responsibility for improving Key Stage Three outcomes across the curriculum. She was awarded a distinction for her MA in Educational Leadership in which she assessed the impact of a literacy intervention.
During her time in schools, Eleanor was team Leader for ‘Opening Minds’, helping to design and implement an innovative new curriculum. She was also closely involved with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and completed a secondment with the IBO to develop the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) with a focus on the Approaches to Learning course. 
Jill
Berry
Educational consultant
J Berry Associates ltd

Following a 30 year career across six schools, the last ten of which I was a head, I finished full-time headship in 2010.  I loved teaching, and headship, and recommend both, constantly!  But 30 years felt like long enough, for me.  Since 2010 I have been studying part-time for a Professional Doctorate in Education, researching the transition from deputy headship to headship.  I also work as an Associate for the National College for Teaching and Leadership, including within their International Business Unit, and I carry out various sorts of educational consultancy work, including heads' appointments, heads' and senior leaders' appraisal/professional review, and staff training, especially in leadership. 
Julie
Bindel
Journalist


@bindelj

Julie Bindel is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher. She has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children since 1979 and has written extensively on rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder, prostitution and trafficking, child sexual exploitation, stalking, and the rise of religious fundamentalism.

Julie has authored over 30 book chapters and academic reports on a range of topics pertaining to gender inequality and abuse, and writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper, the New Statesman, Sunday Telegraph and Standpoint magazines, and appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News. She is a Visiting Researcher at Lincoln University (2014 - 17). Julie’s book on the state of the lesbian and gay movement in the UK has been praised for being thought-provoking and challenging.

Since October 2014, Julie has been researching a new book on the global sex trade, working title, Abolishing the Sex Work Myth: The Rise of the Prostitution Survivor Movement.
Ian
Birbeck
Groups Trips Manager
Projects Abroad

Ian has been involved with Projects Abroad since 1992, when he was one of the very first Projects Abroad volunteers in Moldova. He is now in charge of our Group Trips programmes and regularly visits schools and groups around the UK to talk about plans for group trips, as well as attending many general school talks and career fairs. Ian is one of Projects Abroad’s most experienced members of staff, having worked in a variety of roles in the UK and worked overseas in many of our destinations, including Peru, Nepal and Ghana.
Simon
Birch
Education Director
Solutions Inc.

In 1968, Steve Jobs was inspired by these words, “A realm of intimate personal power is developing - power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment and share his adventure with whoever is interested.”

With the advent of the internet during the mid 1990’s and the launch of the iPad in 2010, this vision is now a reality. I passionately believe these technologies are already transforming the ways in which we learn and share. My role is to develop and lead a team of Apple education experts who share my passion.
William
Bird
GP / Founder
Intelligent Health
Dr William Bird MBE is a family GP who founded Intelligent Health to provide ways to integrate physical activity into health and wellbeing, from Green Gyms and GP training to whole city physical activity strategies. Through Intelligent Health, William has been commissioned by Cities in the UK and the EU, as well as WHO in the Middle East, to help develop physical activity strategies. 

He regularly addresses conferences throughout the world including last year’s Keynote to the American College of Sports Medicine. 

William is a member of the Physical Activity Strategy Board for Public Health England and an advisor to WHO and Public Health Wales. He is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health and board member to the Parks Alliance. 

In 2010 William was awarded the MBE by The Queen for services to promote physical activity and health. 
Sonia
Blandford
CEO
Achievement for All
Professor Sonia Blandford is Founder and CEO of the national charity - Achievement for All 3As.  Sonia is one of the UK’s leading practitioners of education within the voluntary, community, charity and public sectors and is passionate about raising the aspirations, access, and achievement for all children and young people.
A former Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Education, Sonia is currently Professor of Education and Social Enterprise at the Institute of Education, London, and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University. Sonia is an advisor to the UK government, European Commission and international governments, representing the Department for Education as expert adviser on a pan-European Raising Achievement for All project.
Sonia has been actively involved in creating and sustaining of 7 charities that continue to provide educational, social and artistic opportunities for local and national communities.

Cara
Bleiman
English Coordinator / Teacher
Arnhem Wharf Primary
Cara is acting English coordinator and year two teacher at Arnhem Wharf Primary School. She has a background in music, anthropology and Chinese language.
Kris
Boulton
Deputy Head of Maths
King Solomon Academy
Kris is deputy head of maths at King Solomon Academy, a role he took up after training with Teach First.  He’s damned sure our education system can be doing better, believing every child deserves an excellent education that stays with them throughout their life, and he is committed to helping teachers achieve that goal.  Kris frequently speaks and writes on topics of curriculum design and teacher development, and has more recently turned his eye towards assessment and teacher workload, wondering how we can resolve the tensions between the apparent demands of the job and the desire for greatest positive impact in the most challenging contexts.  Kris is also trustee of the charity Team Up, which he helped to found in 2011.
David
Bowden
Associate Director
Institute of Ideas
David is associate director Institute of Ideas, where he has a core organisational role in producing the Institute’s flagship Battle of Ideas festival alongside managing key partnerships, special events and press. In 2015 he is acting as convenor of the ‘Justice, Money, Power’ programme of talks at the City of London Festival. Outside of the festival he produces, chairs and speaks at events for schools, universities, festivals and business on a broad range of topics.
A regular columnist for the online magazine spiked, he also regularly contributes to national broadcast and print media on issues relating to politics, the regulation of lifestyle, the arts and popular culture.
Gillian
Bridge
Psycholinguistic Consultant

Qualified as teacher, lecturer and addiction therapist (in private practice and the NHS), Gillian has worked both in prisons and in Harley Street. On the other side of the behavioural coin though, she has also worked with academics at Sandhurst Military College, and as an executive coach to CEOs in the City.


Now working primarily as a Psycholinguistic Consultant she sees personal clients in Harley Street and in Surrey, providing them with help for communication, behavioural and relationship difficulties; and she travels throughout the country in her role as Resilience Consultant, delivering presentations and training at conferences and to individual schools.


However seemingly diverse it may look, in all the work Gillian does the functions of brain, language and behaviour are all important. And her focus is always on how we may use the latest science to inspire practical strategies which really work - on this occasion, to promote the development of Resilience in our young.


Jon
Briggs
Owner and Founder
Excellent Talent Ltd & The voice of Siri

@jon_briggs
Jon Briggs has been a broadcast journalist for the BBC and ITN for 30 years. His credits include anchoring BBC Radio 5’s Breakfast News show, reporting for BBC Radio 4’s current affairs programmes, and chairing London’s top weekly political discussion programme for LBC. 

Jon is a highly experienced international conference moderator, having hosted over 300 international events for many of the world’s largest companies, from Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover to Pernod Ricard, Vodafone, Hewlett Packard and Ericsson. He is an experienced interviewer, having grilled everyone from Bill Clinton, Jack Welch and John Major to Buzz Aldrin, Sir Richard Branson and Alan Greenspan.

Jon is also one of the best-known commercial voices in the UK. Recognised as the voice of the BBC’s Weakest Link quiz show and until recently as the UK English voice of Apple’s Siri iPhone assistant. He is also the owner of his own agency, Excellent Talent - representing 200 of the UK’s top artists.

Rod
Bristow
President, Core Markets
Pearson
Rod Bristow is President, Core Markets for Pearson. Core Markets include those 100+ countries with, in general, developed economies and education systems. In 2010, Rod became President for Pearson UK and was appointed to lead all other Core Markets for Pearson in January 2014.
Rod has worked in education, publishing and assessment for thirty years in universities, schools, colleges, professional training and learning technologies in the UK and internationally. He is a Trustee for the Education and Employers Taskforce, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and past President of the Publishers Association. Rod is a graduate of University College London.
Dave
Bryan
Inspector
Thames Valley Police
I am Inspector Dave Bryan from Thames Valley police with 26 years’ service I have experience in CID, Force Intelligence,  Major and serious crime investigation,  I am currently a Neighbourhood Inspector for Bracknell police area, I manage a diverse team of  Neighbourhood police officers and PCSO’s along with the schools officer.
Joel
Cadbury
Chair
Kidzania UK

Joel Cadbury is an English Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, the son of Peter Cadbury and Jennifer d'Abo. 
Joel’s first job was a three month role as ‘factory boy’ at Thomas Tingley Steel Works in Elephant and Castle. He subsequently spent five years in the nightclub business working with over 30 clubs until, aged 23, an opportunity arose to purchase a bar which resulted in the acquisition of ‘The Goat in Boots’ and the foundation of Longshot Ltd in 1994.
Since then, Joel has been the company’s Chief Executive and he is now Chair / spear-heading the development of KidZania in London - the UK’s first educational entertainment centre where children aged 4 to 14 can experience the world of work through role-play brought to life in collaboration with our many industry partners.
Joel Cadbury also instigated the start-up of the Longshot Kids Foundation and sits on the Board of The Royal Parks Foundation.
Tom
Callahan
Director
Merck-Horton Centre for Teaching & Learning
Tom is currently the Director of the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, USA.  That position includes supporting faculty in their effort to: remain oriented to current research in the areas of learning and cognition; create innovative instructional methods to reflect that understanding; and to benefit from outside expertise.  Specific activities include creating faculty learning groups, hosting visiting scholars and conducting research with university partners.  He has recently co-authored several published articles in the area of teaching and learning.  Prior to creating the program at St. George’s, Tom worked in private practice as and educational evaluator and consultant.  In his 10 years in that role, he worked with nearly one thousand independent school students across the United States and some internationally.
Beatrix
Campbell

Beatrix Campbell OBE is an award winning writer, broadcaster and campaigner. Appeared on the 2012 World Pride Power List. Her latest book is a feminist manifesto, End of Equality


Photo: Provided by Carrie Lyell

Hayley
Carr
Co Director
Lauriston Lights

@hayleygcarr
Hayley is Co-Director of the education charity Lauriston Lights. Founded in 2012, Lauriston Lights is a summer camp for eleven year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the vital transition from primary to secondary schools. It has been created and is run solely by current or recently graduated university students. The aim is to raise the aspirations, communication, character and intellectual skills of the children it works with to empower them for secondary school and beyond. It does this through a variety of innovative workshops and teaching methods, such as one-to-one mentoring sessions, Philosophy for Children, debating, character education workshops and workshops delivered by external companies and individuals.  Lauriston Lights has run two summer camps (in 2013 and 2014) in the London borough of Newham and is in the process of expanding: it’s running two camps this coming summer and aims to continue to grow beyond summer 2015’
Andrew
Carter
Headteacher
South Farnham School

Andrew is Headteacher of South Farnham School, an Academy with 758 pupils aged from 4 11 years. The school has been named as Sunday Times Primary School of the Year twice. It has achieved success in both the National Training and National Business Awards. South Farnham features in the DfE publication ‘Making Great Progress’ as one of the 20 highest achieving schools nationally. 

He has contributed articles and features in educational journals and his publication ‘Financial Management in Schools’ has been widely used by Headteachers and Governors to support them in school improvement. He has recently written ‘School to Academy’ a detailed publication to guide schools going through the conversion process. 

In 2003 Andrew received the O.B.E., for services to education and a knighthood in 2014. 

Most recently Andrew has been appointed to chair the Independent Review of Initial Teacher Training which will report to the Secretary of State in December 2014.

Esther
Carvalho
Head Principle
Colégio Rio Branco
Esther Carvalho is post graduated in Interactive Technologies Applied to Education and has a BA in Education. She is currently the Head Principal of Colégio Rio Branco, a school with two units in São Paulo, Brazil, maintained by a non-profit organization - São Paulo Rotarian’s Foundation. She is interested in the professional development of educators, developing processes in order to improve teaching and learning as well as in improving learning environments. She has participated in international programs, conferences and has also visited educational institutions and government educational departments in different countries, such as Finland, China, Scotland, England and Italy, particularly Reggio Emilia. She has taken part in professional development programs in Harvard Graduate School of Education such as Improving Quality in Education Systems; Connecting The Mind, Brain and Education; Redesigning High Schools for Improved Instruction, Learning Environments for Tomorrow, The Future of Learning and Leadership as an Evolving Vision.
Cazzypot
Teacher


@cazzypot
A teacher for 19 years. I have taught in key stages 2-4 in mainstream schools, special schools and, more recently, in the role of Subject Leader for English in a Pupil Referral Unit. I also worked for some time in an LEA funded advisory capacity, providing strategies for dealing with pupil behaviour issues. I also offered teachers advice, resources and guidance on the National Literacy Strategy.

I started writing about education because I thought I had a perspective to offer that differed from the widely-seen dialogue, but which I suspected many fellow teachers would empathise with. I wrote originally for an online political magazine, but, in summer 2013 I decided to start my own blog site: cazzypotsblog.wordpress.com . I have since contributed to a variety of magazines, books and blogs. 

Nick
Chambers
Director
Education & Employers Charity
Nick Chambers is the Director of the Education and Employers charity. Founded in 2009, the mission of the Charity is to ‘ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK's future prosperity’. The Charity runs the national Inspiring the Future programme and undertakes research into the effectiveness of employer engagement.
Steve
Chinn
Independent
Consultant/Researcher
Maths Explained
Steve received a PhD in applied physics in 1967. He taught in mainstream schools until 1981 when he was appointed as Head of a specialist school for dyslexics, then Principal of a specialist school in the USA where he studied special education at Johns Hopkins University and in 1986 he set up, in the UK, a school for dyslexic students. It received several awards, including Beacon School status and the ISA’s ‘Award for Excellence’. 

Steve has written many research papers, articles and books including the award-winning ‘The Trouble with Maths’. His recent work is as editor of ‘The International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties’ and a series of teaching videos for maths.

He is Chair of the BDA’s dyscalculia group and a member of ESRC Peer Review College.

He has lectured in 30 countries, including consultancy work for the Singapore MoE.

Steve is a Visiting Professor at the University of Derby.    

Renuka
Chinnadurai
Headteacher
Bridge and Patrixbourne Church of England School
Ren is headteacher of Bridge and Patrixbourne Church of England Primary School and has recently been appointed as Executive headteacher of Littlebourne Church of England Primary School.  Both schools are situated in villages on the outskirts of Canterbury and serve a mixed mainly rural community. Prior experience includes working successfully as deputy headteacher in inner city schools and amalgamating schools in challenging in circumstances. Bridge Primary School is particularly noted for the breadth of its curriculum, creative approach to teaching and learning, ethos, contribution to school improvement across a wide range of schools and contribution to teacher training.  Staff are encouraged to carry out action research and Ren has worked hard with her team to continue to engage, motivate, challenge and enthuse all children to reach high standards and enjoy their learning across the curriculum. Ren has worked as a National Leader of Education and the school has been a National Support School.
Daisy
Christodoulou
Research and Development Director
Ark Schools
@daisychristo
Daisy Christodoulou is the Research and Development Manager at ARK Schools. After training through Teach First she taught English in two London comprehensives. Her book, 'Seven Myths about Education', will be published in March 2014.
Jess
Clark-Jones
Co-Director
Lauriston Lights
Jess is Co-Director of the education charity Lauriston Lights. Founded in 2012, Lauriston Lights is a summer camp for eleven year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the vital transition from primary to secondary schools. It has been created and is run solely by current or recently graduated university students. 

The aim is to raise the aspirations, communication, character and intellectual skills of the children it works with to empower them for secondary school and beyond. It does this through a variety of innovative workshops and teaching methods, such as one-to-one mentoring sessions, Philosophy for Children, debating, character education workshops and workshops delivered by external companies and individuals. 

 Lauriston Lights has run two summer camps (in 2013 and 2014) in the London borough of Newham and is in the process of expanding: it’s running two camps this coming summer and aims to continue to grow beyond summer 2015.
Alison
Clarke
CEO, UK and Ireland
Grayling
Grayling CEO, UK and Ireland. Alison has over 20 years’ consultancy experience working with some of the world’s best-known global organisations. Her particular focus has been on reputational campaigns and the effective implementation of multi-market communications strategies.
Guy
Claxton
Professor of Education
Kings College London

Guy Claxton has pioneered practical methods of education that combine high levels of achievement with the development of useful, general habits of mind. He is the author of many books including Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind, Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning and The Learning Powered School. Guy’s bestseller What’s the Point of School? was highly praised by Harvard Professor Howard Gardner, Sir Ken Robinson and Baroness Susan Greenfield. 

His practical Building Learning Power (BLP) approach to creating learning cultures in schools has influenced youngsters’ lives throughout the UK as well as in, for example, Ireland, Poland, Dubai, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. The first free school to be based on BLP opens in 2015. 

Guy has a ‘double first’ in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a doctorate from Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He is Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College London.

Julia
Cleverdon
Co-Founder
Step Up To Serve

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected', inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good.

Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people's engagement in social action Julia co-founded the Campaign for Youth Social Action, now known as Step Up To Serve, which was convened by HRH The Prince of Wales and launched in 2013. She is now a trustee of Step Up To Serve, which by 2020 aims to increase the number of young people taking part in youth social action by 50 percent.

As chair of Teach First from 2006 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers in low-income communities across the UK. In addition Julia was appointed to chair the National Literacy Trust in 2013 and chairs Read on. Get on.

Gill
Clipson
Deputy Chief Executive
Association of Colleges
Gill started her career as a primary schoolteacher and has taught in secondary schools. After taking a break to have a family, she taught young people and adults at her local college. Gill's career developed and she led the merger to create what is now known as North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. After a period at the funding council leading the team developing quality assurance, Gill took up her first Principal post at Salisbury College. Having improved standards, she merged the organisation to become part of Wiltshire College and then moved to become the Chief Executive and Principal of Amersham and Wycombe College. Here she secured sustained improvement in success rates throughout her tenure, completed the major redevelopment of one of the college’s main campuses and established from scratch the first Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in the country.

Gill deputises for the Chief Executive at meetings with politicians and officials, leads our policy and governance teams and our corporate arm, AoC Create.

Kim
Clifford
Chief Executive
Cirencester College
Kim Clifford is the Principal and Chief Executive of Cirencester College, a very large Sixth Form College in the Cotswolds.  She is also a National Board Member of the Association of Colleges.

Cirencester Sixth Form College, which is Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ won the Career Academy Institution of the Year Award in 2014.

Kim has dual post graduate qualifications in teaching and the Diploma in Careers Guidance.  She worked in the National Careers Service as a Post 16 Specialist for six years before she made a career change to enter post 16 teaching.  Kim was previously the Principal at Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College in London and has been on the Senior Management Team at Exeter College and Oldham Sixth Form College.  Kim is a passionate advocate and lobbyist for 16-19 education and training.
Sally
Coates
Director of Academies South
United Learning
Sally Coates was Principal of Burlington Danes Academy an Ark Academy in Hammersmith & Fulham from 2008 - 2014. Burlington Danes was graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in November 2013. She acted as Executive Principal at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton until July 2012 and was Executive Principal of Ark Putney and West London Free School until July 2014.

Sally was previously Head of Sacred Heart School an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ VA school in Camberwell, London Borough of Southwark. 

Sally chaired The Review of the Teaching Standards and most recently chaired the Skills Test Review. She also served as a member of the Key Stage 2 Test Review Committee under the chairmanship of Lord Bew. 

In September 2014 Sally joined United Learning as Director of Academies South. 

Her book ‘Headstrong’ 11 lessons of school leadership was published in February 2015.

Sally was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Years Honours List.
Robert
Coe
Director
CEM, Durham University
Robert Coe is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University. 

CEM is the largest educational research centre in a UK university and has provided assessment and monitoring systems for 30 years. CEM assessments are taken by over a million children every year in more than 70 countries; making CEM the largest provider of computer-adaptive assessments outside the US. 

Rob was a teacher of mathematics, with experience in secondary schools and colleges. His research focuses on ways of using evaluation and assessment to improve learning. Particular interests include: evaluation methodology; Evidence-Based Education and the involvement of practitioners in research and school effectiveness and improvement.

Rob is a co-author of the EEF’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit and its DIY Evaluation Guide for teachers. He is a member of Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group. He has been a member of policy or technical advisory groups for a number of organisations including The Sykes Commission on Assessment, Department for Education, AQA, Pearson, Cambridge Colloquium on Educational Assessment, The Curriculum Centre, and the Teacher Development Trust. He has been invited to provide advice and expertise on assessment to government and opposition ministers and to the Education Select Committee.

Tait
Coles
Vice Principal
Dixons City Academy

@Totallywired77
Tait Coles is a teacher, Vice Principal in a Bradford Academy and an educational speaker. He is a skilled and highly regarded classroom practitioner and a respected radical of modern teaching. Previously, Tait has been Assistant Head Teacher at a comprehensive school in Leeds and was Head of Science in one of the many challenging schools in Bradford. He has also been a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Bradford’s LEA. He is also a Specialist Leader of Education and an accredited facilitator. Tait is the author of ‘Never Mind the Inspectors; Here’s Punk Learning’ a manifesto that challenges the orthodoxy and complacency of teaching, allowing students to be central to a critical educational culture where they learn how to become individuals and social agents rather than merely disengaged spectators who have their ‘part to play’ in the Neoliberal ideology of modern schooling.
Kevan
Collins
Chief Executive
Education Endowment Foundation
Kevan Collins is Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Kevan has worked in public service for over twenty-five years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education �" starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets
Sandra
Cooke
Director of Partnerships
Jubilee Centre of Character & Virtues
Sandra joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in 2012 and is now Director of Partnerships and a member of the Centre’s Management Committee. Her role involves encouraging new and managing existing partnerships between interested partners and the Centre. She is Principal investigator to the Character and Virtues Amongst Marginalised Young People project. Sandra also has responsibility for staff development across the Centre. Between 2012 and 2015, Sandra was Principal Investigator to the Good Teacher: Understanding Virtues in Practice flagship research project.
Philippa Cordingley
Chief Executive
CUREE
Philippa Cordingley is the Chief Executive of CUREE and an internationally acknowledged expert in using evidence to develop education policy and practice.  She co-led the design and support for the large scale Close the Gap Test and Learn programme.  She also led the development of CUREE’s established SKEIN methodology for evaluating how effectively schools and colleges are connecting staff and student learning www.skein.org.uk . She is the founder and professional adviser to the National Teacher Research Panel, chair of the EPPI Centre Impact of CPD Review Group, an Honorary Fellow of the College for Teachers and a member of the Steering Groups of several HE research centres/projects and is chair and vice chair respectively of a high fsm secondary academy and primary school. 
Nick
Corston
Co-founder
STEAM co

Nick Corston : Co-founder STEAM Co.

 

Inspired by Sir Ken Robinson’s No1 TED talk on how schools can teach creativity out of children, the charity STEAM Co was launched to power communities to inspire primary school children with creativity.  They help communities of carers, artists, businesses and teachers run STEAM Co. Days - school days like no other, where children get to choose from 20 creative thinking/doing activities across the crucial STEAM skills of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Sue
Cowley
Director
SCTC Ltd

@Sue_Cowley
Sue Cowley is a writer, presenter and teacher trainer, and the author of over 25 books on education. Her international best seller, Getting the Buggers to Behave is a fixture on university book lists, and it has been translated into ten different languages. After training as a primary school teacher, Sue taught English and Drama in secondary schools in the UK, and overseas. She now spends her time writing educational books and articles, working internationally as a teacher trainer, and helping to run her local preschool. Sue’s website is www.suecowley.co.uk
Nicky
Cox
Editor in Chief
First News
Nicky Cox is editor-in-chief of First News, the national newspaper for young people. Since then, Nicky has launched First News TV, online video content for kids, including a daily weather forecast and news bulletin. Nicky was made an MBE for services to children in 2009 and, in 2013, was given a Patron’s award from the NSPCC and ChildLine for dedication to children. She is passionate about giving kids a voice and a fair deal. In the 2012 Newspaper Awards, it picked up the gongs for Weekly National Newspaper of the Year and Niche Newspaper of the Year. It was also made National Newspaper of the Year by the Plain English Awards and Save The Children gave the newspaper an award for outstanding contribution to children. 

In 2014 Nicky was one of the Women of Achievement in the Women of the Year Awards. 

At the centre of her life are her gorgeous kids �" Barney, Beth, Daisy and Liberty.
Lucy
Crehan
Consultant


@lucy_crehan
Lucy is an education explorer. She began her career teaching Science and Psychology at a secondary comprehensive in London, where her experiences led her to become interested in education policy. 

She then did a Masters in Education at Cambridge, but despite reading a lot about the policies of top-performing education systems, she found that no books could tell her what these policies actually looked like in practice. So, she set off to personally visit and study six education systems, spending at least three weeks inside classrooms in each place, and stayed with teachers as she went. She is currently writing a book about what she discovered. 

Lucy also works as a freelance education consultant, and in this capacity has worked for organisations including the National Education Trust, CfBT Education Trust and UNESCO.

Twitter: @lucy_crehan

John
Cridland
Director General
CBI
As Director-General of the CBI, John Cridland is the key spokesman for the business community in the media, on public platforms and with the government.  He leads the CBI �" the voice of business - in the UK and represents it internationally.

John is a Board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He was Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007-2010. He spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the ACAS Council, and was also a member of the Council of Cranfield University and the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance. 

John was educated at Boston Grammar School and has an MA in History from Christ’s College Cambridge. He joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982.  John was Deputy Director-General from 2000 to 2010.

John is married with two teenage children and lives in Bedfordshire. He was awarded a CBE for services to business in 2006 and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Lincoln in 2011 and the University of Bedfordshire in 2013.   
David
Cullimore
Greenpower World Champion 2014

I compete in the Greenpower IET (Institute of Engineering Technology) F24+ electric race car competition against schools, universities and corporate teams. My team is my family. National Champions in 2012/2013 and International Champions in 2014, competing against entries from Jaguar Land Rover, Prodrive, Lockheed Martin and MIRA, as well as teams from USA, Poland & South Africa.

As a Digital Genius STEM Ambassador I help encourage students to realise their potential through better technology skills. I currently study Engineering at Loughborough University thanks to a scholarship from Red Bull Racing.
Arabella
Davies
The Interview Experience Workshop

In 2002, following a career in recruitment, Arabella Davies set up The Interview Experience Workshop which provides motivational skills based workshops, seminars and one to one interview preparation for children and students of all ages. She is also one of the designated researchers writing for The Tatler Schools Guide and acts as an advisor to parents in the UK & abroad assisting them on their choice of independent schools. 

At this year’s Times Festival of Education Arabella will be running a motivational seminar for students aged 16-18 entitled “Introduction to the Workplace”. 

Aimed at students who are thinking about future work experience post A-Levels including temporary work, Gap Year Opportunities & graduate internships. 

Topics will include the key attributes employers are looking for and how students can effectively demonstrate these on paper & face to face at interview as well as the methods of selection currently used by employers and some universities.
Robin
Davies
Education Consultant
rldecucation
Robin Davies enjoyed a circuitous route to Prep School Headship. Before nearly twenty years teaching and leading in Prep Schools, he spent a decade adventuring on expeditions to Iceland, Borneo and Australia, teaching in the Everglades and being an education ranger in the New Forest.  As Head at Barfield School for six years, he has pursued the very finest blend of the highest quality academic delivery and the most meaningful enrichment activities inside and outside the classroom, trips and visits for the children in his duty of care. This resulted the most recent 'Outstanding' Inspection in all areas, and Barfield becoming the country's first Independent School to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Mark. It has also resulted in the ‘Mapping’ process, in which the school’s full provision, curricular, extra-curricular and pastoral, can all be plotted in one easy to see and use format.
Mark
Dawe
CEO
OCR
Mark Dawe was appointed Chief Executive of OCR in 2010. He is currently a governor of Sawston Village College and vice chair of Stapleford Community Primary School. He is also a member of the Business in the Community Education Leadership Group. Previously he has been a corporation member of Lewisham College as well as being on a variety of National Boards and a Trustee of VTCT. Mark was Principal and Chief Executive of Oaklands College in Hertfordshire. He has a wealth of experience across a broad spectrum in the education field. Prior to his role at Oaklands College, Mark was Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills having joined as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit in 2003. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services in 1994. In 2000, he helped set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to the public sector. In his spare time he is a scout leader, cycles and supports Plymouth Argyle!
Andrew
Day
Author
The Philosophy Foundation
Andrew Day is the author of The Numberverse, which opens up the world of mathematics to the unkeen, and co-author of Thoughtings, a volume of poetry for children on philosophical themes.  He works for The Philosophy Foundation, delivering philosophy sessions in a wide range of schools in both the state and independent sector.  His interests are focused on how to teach curriculum subjects as enquiries, and he particularly enjoys working closely with teachers to plan lessons and solve problems.  In addition to his work in schools, Andrew is a communications consultant in the corporate sector and, as a writer, is involved with The Big House theatre company, where he has written plays with young care leavers.
Alain 
de Botton
Writer
Alain de Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’  Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain’s newest book is published in February 2014 and is titled The News: A User’s Manual.

In The Art of Travel, he looked at themes in the psychology of travel. In 2009, Alain was appointed Heathrow’s first Writer-in-Residence and wrote a book about his experiences, A Week at the Airport.

Turning his attention to the news, in January 2014 Alain began an ambitious new project www.philosophersmail.com a news website that aims to make us think differently about the news stories we read every day. Updated daily, with articles written by a team of philosophers, the site gives current celebrity news and global affairs stories a philosophical analysis, so they become opportunities to think about and understand ourselves in a new way.

David
Didau
Director
The Learning Spy

@LearningSpy

David is the author of two books, with a third, What If Everything You Know About Education Is Wrong? out in June. His award-winning blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most popular and influential in the world. After teaching for 15 years, in which he lead two English departments and was an Assistant Principal, he is now a consultant and provocateur.
Paul
Dix
Managing Director
Pivotal Education

@pivotalpaul
As a difficult child, relentless teacher and award winning behaviour trainer Paul Dix's voice has echoed through many classrooms. A leading expert in Behaviour Management and Behaviour Change his inspirational perspectives and fascinating narratives reveal a ferocious passion for education.
 
Paul has been working with the most difficult behaviours in the most challenging urban schools and colleges for the last 25 years. He leads a thriving Education Consultancy transforming behaviour, teaching and learning in schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.
 
Paul has advised the Department for Education on Teacher Standards, given evidence to the Education Select Committee and done extensive work with the Ministry of Justice on Behaviour and Restraint in Youth Custody.
 
In his 'spare time' Paul is Chair of the Board of Directors of the TBAP Trust  (Tri Borough Alternative Provision) the UKs first Multi Academy Trust for Alternative Provision and AP. 

Martin
Doel
Chief Executive
AoC
Martin Doel took up his appointment as Chief Executive in 2008, after a successful career in the Royal Air Force. Martin's previous role was Director of Training and Education for all three Armed Services, working in the Ministry of Defence, the largest employer of apprentices in the UK. 
Prior to this he filled several operational support, personnel and training posts in the RAF, including service as the equivalent of a Director of Studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff College providing post-graduate level education to officers. 
He was appointed OBE in 1998 for his work in support of operations in the Balkans and for his contribution to Anglo-German relations. He holds a Masters Degree with Distinction from King's College, London and a First Class Honours Degree in Education from King Alfred's College Winchester.
As Chief Executive, Martin is responsible for the overall management of AoC.  He regularly meets with politicians and partners to represent colleges.
Finton
Donohue
Chief Executive
Gazelle Group
Fintan Donohue is CEO of the Gazelle Group.  He is widely credited with bringing entrepreneurship as a strategic driver for change into the Further Education sector.  He is the author of several published works on Entrepreneurial Leadership and in the book ‘New Perspectives on Entrepreneurship’, he challenged the Further Education sector to use entrepreneurship as the catalyst for the reinvention of curriculum and practice. The Gazelle Groups focus on leadership, student advocacy, employer engagement and teaching and learning is designed to bring about holistic change across UK colleges.
Sheila
Dore
Socialist Educational Association (SEA) 
Sheila has been a classroom practitioner for forty two years. Her experience includes: nursery, infant, junior, secondary, 6th form college, adult education, an SEN school and a Pupil Referral Unit. She also spent some time teaching in a township school in South Africa. 

She has been Chair of the Socialist Educational Association for the last five years. The SEA works inside the Labour Party to promote policies that represent greater equality of opportunity and provision for all children and young people. Sheila has spoken at many meetings, debates and forums including the Parliamentary branch of the SEA.

Sheila has written extensively for education journals and websites for example Education Politics and Left Futures. She has appeared on ‘The Big Question’ and Radio 2 and Radio 4. Sheila is deeply committed to a publicly accountable system of state education, rooted in the comprehensive principles of fairness, equality and opportunity for all.


Christine
Doubleday
interim Director, Education & Development
Find a Future

Christine Doubleday is the interim Director of Education and Development at Find a Future. Christine has worked in the education sector for over 30 years in the U.K. and internationally. Christine has worked with Government supporting the development of education policy as well as putting that policy into practice on the front line. Her particular interest is in widening participation and enhancing aspiration of those at risk of missing out on the power of education. Christine’s career began in community and adult education which fuelled her passion for good career education and guidance. Christine has a Master’s degree in Educational Management from the University of Warwick and a post graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from Canterbury Christchurch University. 

Laura
Doughty
Director of External Affairs & Income Generation
Volunteering Matters
Laura joined Volunteering Matters in September 2014. In her role, she leads on communications, employee volunteering, policy, Europe, impact and policy and fundraising. Laura was formerly Deputy Chief Executive at Stonewall, the gay equality charity. Laura spent the first 18 years of her career in the private sector, including working for the Guardian and Observer Newspapers, Talk Radio and Viacom Outdoor (Exterion Media) where she was National Sales Director.

@volunteering_uk
@lauradoughty
volunteering matters.org.uk
Angela
Duckworth
Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Angela studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict success both academically and professionally. Her research populations have included West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee finalists, novice teachers, salespeople, and students. Angela received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Iroise
Dumontheil
Lecturer
Birkbeck, University of London
@idumontheil 
Dr Iroise Dumontheil is a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London. She obtained a PhD from the University of Paris VI and then was a postdoc in labs in London, Cambridge and Stockholm. 

Her research focuses on the typical development of social cognition and cognitive control during adolescence and their functioning in adulthood. Her studies combine a variety of methods to study brain and cognitive development including functional and structural neuroimaging, behavioural assessments, and genetics. She is further interested in the potential implications of this neuroscience research for education. 

Twitter: @idumontheil

John
Dunford
National Pupil Premium Champion, Department for Education
@johndunford
Sir John Dunford is the government’s National Pupil Premium Champion, working with schools on the effective use of pupil premium funding to raise the educational achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
John is chair of Whole Education and of the charity WorldWide Volunteering (WWV), and is a school governor.
John conducted an independent review of the Office of the Children's Commissioner, making recommendations that have been incorporated into the Children and Families Act 2014. He has recently co-authored reports for the National College for Teaching and Leadership on academy chains, on closing the attainment gap, and on the leadership of free schools. He is currently working on an evaluation of teaching schools.
John was general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders from 1998 to 2010. Prior to that, he was a member of the leadership team of three secondary schools in the north-east of England, including 16 years as head of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School.

Carol
Dweck
Professor
Stanford University
Carol S. Dweck is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, one of the highest awards in Psychology. Her bestselling book Mindset has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into over 20 languages. 

Her recent TEDx talk can be seen at: http://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve?language=en
Daniel
Edwards
Director of Learning
Stephen Perse Foundation
@syded06
Daniel Edwards is Director of Innovation and Learning at the Stephen Perse Foundation, an Apple Distinguished Educator and an Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer. 'Interested in global connectivity for all and risk taking in education'.
John
Fallon
Chief Executive
Pearson
John became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013. Since 2008 John had been responsible for the company's education businesses outside North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed President of Pearson Inc., a role he combined with his communications responsibilities, in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson's educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) and gradually took on a broader international education brief. Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergen plc, where he was also a member of the company's executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in UK local government.
Sebastian
Faulks
Author
Sebastian Faulks’s novels include Human Traces, Engleby, and A Possible Life. He worked for 13 years as a journalist  before taking up writing full time in 1991. He was appointed CBE in 2002, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is on the Government Advisory Group for the Commemoration of the First World War.
His fourth novel, Birdsong (1993), has established itself as one of the country’s favourite books. It has sold more than three million copies. His latest novel, Where My Heart Used to Beat, is to be published by Hutchinson in October.
Faulks  has also written popular James Bond and P.G.Wodehouse tribute novels and presented a BBC television series Faulks on Fiction about great characters in the British novel.
Keziah
Featherstone
Headteacher
Bridge Learning Campus

@BLC_head34
Keziah is Headteacher of Bridge Learning Campus. BLC is an all-through school for children aged 3-16 in a challenging area of South Bristol. She spent the first twenty years of her career teaching English, Film and Media in the West Midlands and has been a senior leader for eight years. Her educational philosophy is to deliver better futures for children and their families with no excuses.
Glen
Fendley
Head of Development
Girls' Day School Trust
Glen Fendley, GDST Head of Development. Glen has over 20 years’ experience in a number of senior fundraising and development roles in organisations as diverse as the NSPCC, WWF-UK and Maggies’ Cancer Caring Centres. 
Richard
Fenwick
Headmaster
Hazlegrove Preparatory School
Richard Fenwick has been an IAPS Headmaster for seventeen years, initially at St Andrew's, Turi, a full boarding school in the highlands of Kenya and since 2002, at Hazlegrove, a leading Prep School in Somerset. He is passionate about childhood, educational management structures and learning environments, and has an interest in positioning, marketing and communication.

He started working life in the city, working for a bank, before completing a 4-year BEd and starting his teaching career at 30. His time in the classroom revolved around the primary years as well as Science and Design & Technology up to 13+ leading to some years as a Director of Studies. His post-graduate studies focussed on assessment and learning as well as management in education. He is currently a Vice Chairman of ISEB, the Independent Schools Examination Board.

Spare time interests, which he shares with Katie his wife, often involve a combination of bicycles, kayaks, fish, a Land Rover and a tent.
Daniel
Finkelstein
Associate Editor
The Times
Daniel Finkelstein, OBE, is the Associate Editor, a Columnist and Leader Writer for The Times. He also sits in the House of Lords as Lord Finkelstein. 

As well as his weekly political column in the comment section and his Saturday Notebook, he writes the “Fink Tank” for the Saturday paper, a statistical column on football.

Between 1997 and 2001, he was chief policy adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. William Hague MP and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.  In 2001, he was Conservative parliamentary candidate in Harrow West.

Between 1995 and 1997, he was Director of the Conservative Research Department in which capacity he advised Prime Minister John Major and attended meetings of the Cabinet when it sat in political session.

Daniel was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the City University and joined the House of Lords in the autumn of 2013.
Ian
Fordham
Co-Founder
The Education Foundation
Co-founder of The Education Foundation, the UK’s first cross sector education think tank. He is also Director of the Edtech Incubator, the  Europe’s first education technology accelerator programme and CEO of Edtech UK a new strategic body launching in the Summer of 2015 to help accelerate the growth of the UK’s education technology sector globally. 

He was previously Deputy Director of the British Council for School Environments; Head of Policy for ContinYou, the national charity responsible for scaling up the Extended Schools agenda; and Training Manager for Education Extra, the national out of school hours learning charity and is a former state secondary school teacher.

In 2014, Ian and co-founder Ty Goddard set up and led the UK’s first Education Reform Summit in partnership with the Department of Education and has led a number of collaborations with leading technology companies and organisations in the UK, Europe and USA including Facebook, Samsung, Skype, Google, IBM, Sony, Facebook, Harvard University and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Allan
Foulds
Headteacher
Cheltenham Bournside School
Headteacher, Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre. Bournside is a large 11-18 Academy with over 1700 students.  He has been a Headteacher for more than 15 years and has experience of senior leadership across five different schools across the last 25 years.
Claire
Fox
Director
Institute of Ideas

Claire Fox is Director of the Institute of Ideas (IoI) and convener of the annual Battle of Ideas festival; panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze; monthly columnist for TES and MJ.
Helen
Fraser
Chief Executive
Girls' Day School Trust
Chief Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST). The GDST is the leading network of independent girls' schools in the UK, with 24 schools and two academies in England and Wales.
Sam
Freedman
Director
Teach First
Sam is Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact at Teach First. From May 2010 to February 2013 he was the senior policy adviser on schools at the Department for Education, focusing particularly on research; structural reform; funding and teacher training. Prior to working in Whitehall Sam was the Head of Education at Policy Exchange where he wrote reports on a wide variety of issues including academies and free schools, qualifications, teacher training and the pupil premium. Sam is also a trustee of the Brilliant Club; the Teacher Development Trust and Floreat Education as well as a governor at Woodside High School in Haringey.
Nicky
Frobisher
Nicky is a coach, parent, cycling instructor and mechanic. She is often found out on her bike as she runs Breeze rides (free bike rides for women) to encourage women into cycling. This is an important endeavor to increase exercise but also to improve general wellbeing, as Nicky frequently finds that people are happiest to talk when on a bike!

Nicky comes from an IT consultant background and retrained as a Brief coach, did qualifications in adult education and became a bikeability instructor. Along with Caroline Barnett, she set up a series of coaching courses for parents. The first, called ‘Growing our Children’ looks at how we can help our children learn and develop emotionally. The next, ‘Talking to Teenagers’ teaches the art of coaching to parents, to find an alternative to telling teenagers what to do. She also does one to one coaching sessions.

nicky@frobisher.co.uk
Frank
Furedi
Professor of Sociology University of Kent

Dr. Frank Furedi, author and broadcaster is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England

 

Furedi has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. His studies on childhood and parenting are oriented towards exploring the obstacles that stand in the way of young people gaining independence intellectually and socially.

 

Furedi has written extensively about issues to do with education and cultural life. His study, Where Have All The Intellectuals Gone? deals with the lowering of expectations in cultural and intellectual life in contemporary western societies. His book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating deals with the disturbing tendency to devalue the status of knowledge in the curriculum and with the  erosion of adult authority on schooling. His latest book titled: The Continuing Rise And Fall Of The Reader; From Twitter to Socrates is published by Bloomsbury in November 2015.

Christie
Gaimster
Student
Queen Mary's College
Christie is a student who has just completed her A Levels at Queen Mary’s College Basingstoke.  She will speak of her experiences on how sport has positively influenced her life even when times were tough.
Nicholas
Gair
Trustee
The Outward Bound Trust
Nick's background is in education, having gained a Certificate in Education, with Qualified Teacher Status, from the University of London. He then taught for five years, during which time he completed a BEd (Hons) degree and qualified as an Associate of the College Preceptors. In 1983, Nick joined The Duke of Edinburgh's Award as National Operations Officer, where he completed an MA in Urban Education. Nick gained a PhD in Education in 1997 and an MSc in Management in 2000. Nick has been the Chief Executive of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland since 2001. He's also well known for his work in Outdoor Leadership and published many papers and articles in the educational press. Nick is a Freeman of the Company of Educators, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the College of Teachers.
Digital
Genius Students
Partner Schools
We are a team of students from different schools across the UK . We are committed to developing better technology skills and helping others to do the
same.
Ruth
Gilbert
Chief Executive Officer
Career Colleges Trust

A qualified teacher, Ruth has held a number of roles in further education as well as in the commercial sector.

Most recently, Ruth was CEO and Principal of Southwark College and prepared the college for merger to secure a sustainable future. Ruth pursued high profile employment - linked training and financial investment through local regeneration, supported by the developers of the Shard.

 

Ruth previously worked in the commercial sector for blue chip companies. She later ran a successful management consultancy providing performance recovery support and developing training programs for banks, law firms and other international organisations.

 

Ruth also has seven years of experience as Deputy Principal in two Further Education colleges. Her key area of expertise was on financial recovery, quality improvement and changing the business focus, with ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grades at inspections.

 

Thomas
Gilliford
Project Engagement Manager
Royal Society for the Arts
Tom is a Project Engagement Manager for the Creative Learning and Development team at the Royal Society for the Arts.
Catherine
Glennon
Teachers College Columbia University
Catherine Glennon is a Ph.D. candidate at Teachers College Columbia University where her research focuses on embodied cognition and music perception. Catherine previously earned an Ed.M. from the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Catherine is Senior Researcher with Research Schools International (RSI) where she leads school-based research projects on topics related to global education, student engagement, metacognition, mindfulness, motivation, and self-compassion. Catherine’s undergraduate degree is in music from Rice University and she currently teaches piano privately to a studio of young and adult students in New York City.
Ty
Goddard
Co-Founder
The Education Foundation
Co-founder of The Education Foundation, the UK’s first cross sector education think tank. He is also Chair of Edtech UK a new strategic body launching in Summer 2015 to help accelerate the growth of the UK’s education technology sector globally. In 2014, Ty and co-founder Ian Fordham set up and led the UK’s first Education Reform Summit in partnership with the Department of Education

He was previously Founder and Director of the British Council for School Environments; Managing Director of the award winning design company School Works; and Strategic Community Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council.

Ty worked as an advisor to the Department for Children, Schools and Families on Extended Schools and the co-location of services and was an elected the Chair of Education at Lambeth Council. He also worked as the UK and European Political Advisor for the NSPCC; National Campaigns Co-ordinator for SCOPE; and as a Researcher for the Social Market Foundation. He was also voted onto the Evening Standard 1000 most influential people in London list from 2013 �" 2015.
David
Goodhart
Journalist & Writer


I am a journalist and writer. Author of the 2013 book The British Dream about the successes and failures of postwar immigration to Britain. Currently chair of the advisory board of the think tank Demos and head of its Mapping Integration research unit. Also founder editor of current affairs monthly Prospect magazine and writer for newspapers and occasional broadcaster (most recently Conservative Islam, Liberal Britain a Radio 4 Analysis programme still on I-Player).
Katy
Granville - Chapman
Director of the Wellington Leadership Institute
Wellington College
Katy is a geography teacher and the Director of the Wellington Leadership Institute. Before Wellington, Katy served in the British Army as a Troop Commander and then trained soldiers and young officers in leadership serving in Iraq, Nepal, the USA and across Europe. Katy has an MSc from St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Ger
Graus
Director of Education KidZania UK

KidZania London is the UK’s first educational entertainment centre where children aged 4 to 14 can experience the world of work through role-play brought to life in collaboration with our many industry partners. Ger is developing the education strategy, including the learning offer, partnerships with schools and communities, Higher Education, commercial and third sector partners and an independent evaluation by the University of Cambridge, as well as KidZania globally.  
 
He is also establishing the Longshot Kids Foundation which aims to widen horizons and raise aspirations of children and their communities. It aims for “… today’s learner to become tomorrow’s leader …” by facilitating experiences to young people in order for them to become agents of (their own) change. Longshot Kids Foundation will operate in tandem with KidZania UK.
Ger Graus was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2011 and an Honorary OBE for services to children in 2014.
AC
Grayling
Author and Philosopher
New College of the Humanities

A C Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are "The Good Book", "Ideas That Matter", "Liberty in the Age of Terror" and "To Set Prometheus Free". For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian newspaper and a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the "Thinking Read" column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.
Frank
Green
Schools Commissioner


Frank Green took up the post of national Schools Commissioner on 1st February 2014. As Schools Commissioner he is the public face of the academies and free schools programmes, leading communications between government and the education sector. He promotes school-to-school support and works closely with ministers to shape the future of the academies and free schools programmes. 

Previously, Frank was Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust for 5 years. He has a proven record of innovation and transformation as part of the school improvement process, leading three schools through to academy status. Frank has worked with a number of other academy trusts providing advice, guidance and executive leadership. He has published many articles on aspects of educational leadership and innovation, including the book, ‘The Head Teacher in the 21st Century’. In June 2013 he was awarded a CBE for services to Education.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/people/frank-green
Sophie
Green
Director
SGA Education

Sophie Green is an emerging thought-leader in education who co-chairs an art education charity and has vast experience in providing supplementary education services to a wide variety of international students studying across the UK, Switzerland and the USA. She founded a boutique education firm that specializes in providing independent advisory and preparation services for entry into top-tier educational establishments. 

Sophie is also involved in developing the first independent private tuition awards with the Tutors Association that will evaluate tutors levels of excellence nationwide. Sophie’s belief is that access to education, ought to be a birthright for each British citizen. She also believes that character development is as important as academic development if we are to ensure that we are educating the next generation to the very best of our ability. 

Having been educated at St Paul's Girls' School, London, home-educated by a team of tutors and thereafter at the University of Edinburgh, Sophie is fully committed to not only raising education standards across the UK but, in a world which is changing faster that ever, is striving to ensure that education methods are catching up and staying contemporary. 
Bonnie
Greer
Born in Chicago, Ilinois and grew up on the Southside of Chicago, the eldest of 7 children of a World War Two vet and factory worker and mother who slayed at home.  She attended Catholic schools, and graduated from university with a B.A. in History.  She came of age during the Civil Rights and feminist movement and became a playwright. 
At the end of the ‘70’s she moved to NYC, where she studied playwriting at the Actors Studio. She was taught by Elia Kazan, and Norman Mailer. She also developed new plays for producer Joe Papp, and while doing so, created a method to transmit her love of Shakespeare by “luring” disadvantaged children and young people into taking ownership of the text .. She moved to London in 1986; became a naturalized citizen in 1997, and was awarded, in 2010, the OBE for contribution to the arts.
Mike
Grenier
House Master
Eton College

@mikegrenier1
Mike is a House Master at Eton College, a Governor at Reed’s School in Cobham, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2012 he co-founded the Slow Education Movement in the United Kingdom which is a cross-sector educational thinktank that aims to throw a spanner into the works of any attempt to make education resemble an industrialised model. The movement has held meetings across the country and in the United States, as well as receiving a good deal of positive and supportive media coverage in the United Kingdom.

He has taught for 20 years on Eton’s Summer School programmes and has also led sessions for the member schools of the Eton-Windsor-Slough State School Partnership. He specialises in promoting greater co-ordination between academic and pastoral programmes, as well as leading staff development in the key areas of motivation and creating and maintaining a school-wide ethos.

Andy
Griffiths
President
Samsung
Andy is in charge of overseeing Samsung’s successful and wide-ranging portfolio; from mobile phones and TVs through to wearable technology and refrigerators.  Andy has achieved outstanding commercial success and, in recent years, has overseen several high profile launches and campaigns including Samsung’s most successful Olympic sponsorship activation to date �"London 2012.

Before his promotion to President, Andy was MD and Vice President of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics business where he built the profile of the business, resulting in Samsung’s position as market leader in TV as well as holding a strong position in both Digital Imaging and Digital Appliance sectors. 

In addition to his personal career success, Andy is a passionate believer in vocational training and apprenticeships, following his own career success which started on the shop floor. He has been involved with many Samsung initiatives that focus on giving opportunities to tomorrow’s generation, including the Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards and the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum
Chloe
Gwynne
Teacher

Chloe Gwynne is an experienced teacher who mainly teaches Latin and English Grammar. Her main teaching medium nowadays is Skype which gives her access to people all over the world.  

The one subject which she cannot teach over the internet is handwriting, and this she believes to be of the highest importance. Because it is now an almost completely lost art, and hardly anyone knows even how to hold a pencil or pen correctly, let alone how to form perfect letters, she finds herself constantly teaching adults how to teach children and has even taught teachers in schools in England and America..  

In modern child-centred education, having to learn the basic rules of hand-writing is thought to be disruptive to a child’s creativity. That, she says, is ridiculous. In any subject, the science " the basic technicalities and techniques" must be taught first, and the art " the individual creativity " built on top of that.
Nevile
Gwynne
Teacher
Formerly a successful businessman, N. M. Gwynne has for many years been teaching just about every sort of subject - English, Latin, Greek, French, German, mathematics, history, classical philosophy, natural medicine, the elements of music, and “how to start up and run your own business” - to just about every sort of pupil - ranging in age from three years old to more than seventy and of many different nationalities and in several different countries - in just about every sort of circumstance: in lecture halls, large classrooms, small classrooms, and homes and since 2007 “face-to-face” over the Internet. 

His teaching methods are very much in accordance with the traditional, common-sense ones, refined over the centuries, that were used almost everywhere until they were abolished worldwide in the 1960s and subsequently. His teaching has been considered sufficiently remarkable - both in its unusualness in today’s world and in its genuinely speedy effectiveness - to have featured in newspaper and magazine articles and on several television and radio programmes.

A little more than two years ago, his first book to be published by a mainstream publisher, Gwynne's Grammar, was one of the top ten hardbacks bestsellers in the country for about five months. Last year, another book, Gwynne's Latin, also became one of the top ten hardback best-sellers. It is thought that this is the first time this has ever happened to any textbook, let alone to two textbooks by the same author in succession.

Rania
Hafez
Senior Lecturer
School of Education & Health
Rania Hafez is senior lecturer in Education at the University of Greenwich and visiting Research Fellow at the University of Derby. In 2008 Rania founded ‘Muslim Women in Education’, a professional network for women students, researchers and educationalists. In addition to her academic work Rania Hafez is a regular political and cultural commentator whose media credits include the BBC, Levant TV, and Islam Channel.
Peter
Hamilton
Headmaster
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
Heather
Hanbury
Head Mistress
The Lady Eleanor Holles School
Mrs Hanbury was educated at Princess Gardens School, Belfast and Edinburgh University where she read Geography. After a gap year she went on to Wolfson College, Cambridge and gained an MSc in Land Economy. She then worked as a market analyst, moved on to be a senior consultant with Touche Ross and then to VSO as head of corporate fundraising.  In 1995 she turned to a career in education after a PGCE at London University, her first appointment was at Blackheath High School where she progressed to Head of Sixth Form. From there, she moved rapidly via Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls to Deputy Head at Latymer Upper School before taking over as Headmistress at Wimbledon High School in 2008. In September 2014 Mrs Hanbury was appointed Head Mistress of The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton.
David
Hanson
Chief Executive
Independent Association of Preparatory Schools
Chief Executive, Independent Association of Preparatory Schools. As well as fulfilling all the functions of Chief Executive, David works with the Chairman and Council to shape the strategic direction of IAPS.
Percy
Harrison
Director of Administration and IT
Eton College
A physicist and a lifelong educator, Percy joined Eton’s Senior Team in 2009 as Director of School Administration and IT, with overall responsibility for the provision of IT infrastructure and services. 

As well as encouraging the use of new technology to enhance teaching and learning within Eton, he now leads Eton Online Ventures, a project which brings together technologists, educators and entrepreneurs aiming to transform the delivery of education for students worldwide through ventures which will also generate revenue for Eton’s programme of scholarships and bursaries, helping to make an Eton education available to those who could not otherwise afford it.
Tom
Harrison
Director of Development
Jubilee Centre of Character & Virtues

Tom has spent many years working on research and development programmes mainly relating to character and citizenship education. Previously he has led projects on behalf of engagED, Learning for Life, CitizED, the ASC as well as the national volunteering and training charity CSV. Tom founded the international educational volunteering charity VESL in 2003 and is currently a trustee for the organisation. Tom’s specialist interests are character and virtue ethics, citizenship, community development, student leadership and volunteering. He has written extensively on many of these areas as well as developed a range of resources and training programmes for schools. 

Amy
Harvey
Teacher
St. Martha's RC primary school

I've been teaching since 1997, the first 8 of which were overseas, in the Middle East and Africa. It was a phenomenal experience for me and teaching overseas is something I would recommend to everyone if they have the opportunity.
Since coming back to the UK in 2005 I have mostly been teaching at St. Martha's RC primary school in King's Lynn (for the last 8 years). During my time here I have moved roles form PSHE co-ordinator, to Senco to my current role as Curriculum lead and Head of KS1. I am passionate about continually developing myself and have taken part in Teachmeets and the first SLTcamp, going on to organise the first TeachMeet for West Norfolk last year, the second one happening in July, and co-organising the highly successful second SLTCamp based in Cambridge. I am delighted to be here for my chapter on SEN in mainstream schools, on behalf of all on Team Lightbulb, particularly Rachel.

Latifa
Hassanali
Programme Manager
ACS International Schools' Centre

Latifa has a business background and holds a post-graduate degree in Management Studies.  She is also a qualified Project Manager and a Member of the Association of Project Managers (APM).  Latifa gained her business and project management experience in the oil and gas industry before entering the education sector 8 years ago as an IT Project Manager at ACS International Schools.  In 2011 Latifa helped set up the ACS International Schools’ Centre for Inspiring Minds and currently works as a Programme Manager at the Centre, supporting the development of educational professionals by engaging them in purposeful collaboration that informs school development and improves learner outcomes.  The ACS International Schools Centre for Inspiring Minds is located in Cobbham, Surrey (UK).

Website �" www.acs-schools.com
Allison
Havey
Co Founder
The RAP Project

@rapprojectuk

Allison Havey is a writer, TV news producer and mother of two. She is also the Co-Founder of The RAP Project.

 

She grew up in New York City and attended Sarah Lawrence College where she studied Russian, French and History. She has lived in Paris, Moscow and London where she has worked for NBC News, Associated Press Television News, ABC News and Fox Business Network. She is also a print journalist who has published for ABCNews.Com and others.

 

Working with lawyer and fellow mum Deana Puccio, she developed The RAP Project, which focuses on preventing sexual assault as well as communicating common sense skills to practice while on dates, Gap Year, Fresher Year and at Music Festivals.. The response from the young man and women has been extraordinary and they plan to carry their message of empowerment to as many young people as possible throughout the UK and beyond.

Scott
Hayden
Teacher
Basingstoke College of Technology
Scott Hayden has been a Lecturer of Creative Media Production and DTLLS and an Assessor for Apprentices at Basingstoke College of Technology for 5 years.

In 2014 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for innovative use of social media and application of educational technology and received praise and recognition for his work developing new approaches to teaching and learning in the online community (all resources are available for others to adapt and use for free).

The techniques and style of teaching and assessing have been cited by Edexcel and Ofsted as outstanding practice of engaging both students and industry.

As well as running a blog for his students he has provided pieces for The Times, Edudemic, and the recent FE book ‘Don’t Change the Lightbulbs’ as well as providing training for peers.
Scott was shortlisted for ‘Teacher of the Year 2015’ at the TES FE Awards.
Joe
Hayman
Chief Executive
PSHE Association
Joe Hayman is the Chief Executive of the PSHE Association. The PSHE Association is the leading national body for for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in England, providing advice and support to a network of over 9,000 teachers and other professionals working in state and independent schools nationally.
As Chief Executive of the PSHE Association, Joe works closely with colleagues from the Department for Education, Public Health England, Ofsted and leading teacher unions and voluntary sector bodies to influence policy and practice on PSHE education nationally. He is a member of the steering group for the Education Endowment Foundation-funded Healthy Minds pilot project, the largest randomised control trial of PSHE programmes currently taking place in England.
Joe is the former Deputy Chief Executive at education charity ContinYou and a former senior policy advisor at the Youth Justice Board. He is author of the book British Voices which looks at the state of UK society. 
Mandie
Haywood
Head Teacher
Old Park Primary School

Mandie is Headteacher of Old Park Primary School, Telford, which opened in September 2007 following the amalgamation of three local schools. High deprivation and low aspirations were characteristics of the community that Old Park Primary School serves. Since then the school has worked tirelessly to transform the curriculum and change attitudes to learning.  

Old Park’s commitment to raising attainment through inspiring practice was recognised in 2009 when the school achieved national status as a Creative Partnerships ‘School of Creativity’. 

In 2011 Old Park won the TES Outstanding Primary School of the Year Award in recognition of their innovative approach to the curriculum. Awarding the accolade, a competition judge said “Against a backdrop of difficult circumstances, Old Park Primary has proven the power of creative activities to engage children and parents. The school has created magical learning experiences that its pupils will remember for the rest of their lives”.
Mark
Healey

I am a father, a husband, a son and a brother. I am in year 24 of teaching, a journey which has taken me from the UK to the UAE to Honk Kong. I am currently a Deputy Head Teacher in a Scottish Secondary School. I also teach Psychology to our Year 13 students. I was previously a Deputy Principal in a large International school in Hong Kong (2011-2013).

I have taught in mainstream schools, pupil referral units and residential schools, each equally widening and questioning my perspectives on the purposes of education. I taught in two all through schools (primary and secondary) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (1991-2003). 

I am a member of The General Teaching Council of Scotland’s “Research in Education Group” focusing on the benefits of developing a research aware profession in tandem with our professional standards and update processes.

Dan
Heap
Teacher
Samsung Classroom Project
Dan has been teaching in and around Greater Manchester for the last 14 years. Most of his experience has been working in Key Stage 2 with children who are bi or multilingual.  Over the last 2 years he has been part of the Samsung Classroom project and has been particularly interested in how technology can remove the barriers for international new arrivals.  He is also a blogging enthusiast and keen to find new ways to promote lifelong learning
Colin
Hegarty
Teacher
Preston Manor School
Colin is an advanced skills teacher at Preston Manor School, Wembley.  In his school role in school he is first and foremost a maths teacher, but he also designs in-house teacher professional development for staff in the school.  Colin is also the current winner of the Teacher of the Year Award 2014/15 for his work creating a free maths website called hegartymaths.com that provides free maths tuition online to students.  Colin's main ambition is to level the playing field in maths education so that all students have access to the highest quality maths teaching possible, since maths can be such a life differentiating subject.  Along the way his aim is to demonstrate that anyone can do maths and there is no such thing as "being bad" at maths - like anything in life, anyone can be successful in maths with hard work, confidence and the right kind of support.  His new website, coming in time for the Maths GCSE curriculum reforms, aims to provide that confidence and support for pupils, parents, teachers and schools in this difficult transition. 
Lucy
Heller
CEO
Ark
Lucy Heller is the Chief Executive of Ark, an international children’s charity focussing on education, health and welfare, which she has led since its inception in 2004. Ark Schools is one of the UK’s top performing academy groups and currently runs 31 academies in some of the most under-served areas of London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth. Ark aims to ensure all pupils, regardless of their background or prior attainment, perform well enough in school to succeed at university or in their chosen career.

Lucy joined Ark from TSL Education, a subsidiary of News International, where she was Joint Managing Director. Her previous roles include General Manager of The Observer, Executive Chairman at Verso and Managing Director, Capital Markets at Manufacturers Hanover, a US commercial bank.  She has worked for many years with a number of charitable and voluntary organisations including the Marshall Commission, Community Links and the Bush Theatre.
Serena
Hemmings
Headteacher
Hale School
Serena is the newly appointed headteacher of Hale School, Farnham - an improving school in Surrey where the team are working hard to tackle the challenge of high deprivation and low aspiration in the school community. Serena is a passionate about seeking sustainable and innovative ways of supporting colleagues be the best teachers they can be. She has supported schools in the use of film as a coaching tool to improve practice. 
Serena brings to education business experience from running, growing and selling a family business. Before education Serena worked in mental health, supporting vulnerable adults in achieving independent living. 
Before embarking on headship Serena worked with Ark Schools 2012 �" 2014 as Deputy Headteacher of Ark Oval Primary Academy. Serena also worked on the Ark Fellows programme in India that was set up to enable disadvantaged families to claim their right to free primary education.
Carl
Hendrick
Head of Learning & Research
Wellington College
Carl Hendrick is the head of learning and research at Wellington College where he teaches English. He is also completing a PhD at King's College London. He has taught for several years in both the state and independent sectors where has worked on several cross sectoral collaborations. His areas of interest are practitioner-led research in schools and the impact of technology in English. In 2014 he established the Wellington Learning and Research Centre.

Among the many projects he is leading is a two year collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty evaluating Growth Mindsets and student self efficacy.

Laura
Henry
CEO
NEYTCO

@neytco
Laura Henry is a leading, award winning expert in Early Years education, both in the UK and internationally.

For three decades she has used her skills to support colleagues who work directly with children, parents and companies; Laura also works with organisations that provide services and expertise to children and families.

Laura is a highly regarded and popular trainer and author. She is passionate about quality in the Early Years sector, making sure that children receive the best possible care to help them reach their full potential. 

She is a regular contributor to Nursery World and other trade publications. She has sat on the judging panel for the Nursery World and Nursery Management Awards on numerous occasions. Laura has shared her expert knowledge with Government departments, as well as national and international organisations.




Joe
Heppell
After 15 years of teaching in a variety of schools and helping to develop the groundbreaking Education Identity platform Joe is now directing The Day’s vision for schools, teachers, students and parents. He is passionate about education and the role The Day can play in engaging students with current affairs and the world around them. 

Joe believes that every young person should be equipped with the tools they need to understand the world around them, and that events in the news link form crucial links to the curriculum. The Day provides a digital news service: writing new articles every day of the school year for teachers to use as a toolkit to talk about challenging issues like Isis, the Charlie Hebdo attacks and international migration.

Joe has also helped to develop The Day's new primary service: a brilliant way to encourage young minds to develop a deeper understanding of their world.
Christina
Hinton
Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Christina Hinton is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Hinton is a neuroscientist and educator committed to bridging the gap between interdisciplinary research on learning and education policy and practice. Hinton is leading a research schools initiative that partners researchers with schools around the globe to carry out cutting-edge research, professional development, and dissemination of findings. Prior to teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Hinton worked in multilateral diplomacy and international policymaking at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in Paris. In this capacity, she was a primary editor and author of the books Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science and Languages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding. In addition, Hinton worked in early childhood education at the United Nations Children's Fund and Sesame Workshop. 
Gary
Holden
Chief Executive Officer
The Williamson Trust
Eileen
Hopkins
Executive Director
Ai-media

@Eileenasd

Eileen started work in one of the first schools for ASD in the early 70s before moving into development work with Local Authorities. She moved to the National Autistic Society and worked as Director of Development and National Services for 16 years, opening up work in partnership with LEAS and Social Services to enhance services for people with an ASD, developing the NAS training programme, membership and   the network of Local Branches. Latterly this included the NASs largest school and a number of adult services. After ‘retirement’ she worked as Special Advisor in Autism, Policy and Practice to Autistica the research charity. 


Eileen continues to provide consultancy in ASD development, both internationally, and within the UK and is the Autism Consultant to the Shirley Foundation. She is Executive Director of Ai-media UK, the UK arm of  an  Australian captioning  technology company. Ai-Media   provides  captioning for film and television and  an education technology to support the learning and development of students with an ASD, students with Hearing Impairment, and  Learning Disability.


Twitter @eileenasd



Ben
Hren
Head of Centre
Centre for Inspiring Minds

Ben has a Science and Education background and holds a post-graduate degree in Ecological Landscape Design. Ben has worked with environmental charities and schools in the United States, Qatar, and the United Kingdom for more than 30 years. He is the former Head of Education of WWF-UK and, while seconded to the UK Sustainable Development Commission, was the project manager for the Department for Education and Skill’s Sustainable Schools programme. Ben has worked for ACS International Schools for six years. He was a member of the founding staff of ACS Doha International School before accepting his post as the Head of the Centre for Inspiring Minds.

Website �" www.acs-schools.com
Greg
Hughes
Assistant Principal
The de Ferrers Academy

I’ve been a Physics teacher since 1990 and a passionate ICT in education advocate for nearly as long.

Originally from Liverpool, I studied Astrophysics at University College London and now live in the Midlands, UK. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Currently I am Assistant Principal: Learning Technologies & Curriculum at The de Ferrers Academy (UK) responsible for the Curriculum and the use of all Learning Technologies, websites and the ICT network. I am also the Apple RTC manager and the driver for the Academy’s highly successful 1:1 iPad programme.

Peter
Imray
Director
SENTA Ltd
Peter Imray has been working in education for nearly 30 years, mainly as a teacher and school leader with The Bridge School in London, a serially outstanding school for pupils and students with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple  learning difficulties (PMLD) and/or autistic spectrum condition (ASC). He is now an independent trainer and advisor in the area of special educational needs and is the author of numerous articles on many subjects relating to SLD and PMLD. Peter’s first book, Turning the Tables on Challenging Behaviour, was published by Routledge in 2008, and his new book (written with Viv Hinchcliffe) entitled Curricula for Teaching Children and Young People with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, was published, again by Routledge, in 2014.
Virginia
Isaac
Chief Executive
Inspiring Futures Foundation
Since her appointment in 2013 she has done much to promote the importance and value of quality careers education, advice and guidance and how this can help young people succeed in their future employment.  Originally a teacher in secondary schools, she then practised self-sufficient farming in Wales and was a Founder and Director of Brecon Waters. Prior to taking up her position at IF, Virginia was Director of Business Development at UCAS and also Executive Director of UCAS Media.  She also worked for the Quality Assurance Agency and ECCTIS. She is a Board Member of Careers England and chairs The Quality Task Group and is a trustee of the Quality in Careers Consortium Board.  Formerly a Council Member of Cheltenham College, Virginia is now a governor of the University of Wales: Trinity St David and Chairs the Student Experience Committee.  She is also a trustee of the Student Union.  Virginia is a graduate from the University of East Anglia and has a PGCE from the University of Swansea.
Faisal
Islam
Political Editor
Sky News

Faisal joined Sky News in March 2014. Since then he has led the news organisation’s political coverage, providing the latest news and analysis from Westminster on TV and across its digital platforms.
 
Faisal took the lead role in reporting all aspects of the Scottish Referendum in September and headed up Sky’s 2015 General Election coverage.  
 
Before joining Sky News, Faisal was the Economics Editor for Channel 4 News. He began his career as Economics Correspondent at The Observer where he was awarded the prestigious Wincott Award for Young Financial Journalist of the Year. He was also named Young Journalist of the Year at the Royal Society of Television Awards.
 
Faisal Islam attended Trinity College at the University of Cambridge where he gained a BA in Economics. In 2000, he was awarded a post-graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University, London.
Marina
Ituarte
I was born in Mexico City, Mexico. My parents were advanced for their times. Both graduated from college in 1930; my father as a chemical engineer and my mother as a chemical pharmacologist.
For them the best gift they could give to their children was a good education and I have appreciated this gift my whole life. I started my career in education as a preschool teacher and worked for five years in the Public School System. I got my bachelor degree in education and my master degree in group therapy. I worked as an Assistant Director of a new school and after as an assistant director in the Universidad Panamericana.
I moved to the United States in 1998. I have been working with Pine Village Preschool in Boston as the Regional Community Director since 2009.
Education has been my dream, my life and the journey I want to travel to make a difference in this world.      

www.MyBilingualPreschool.com
Susan
James - Relly
Deputy Director
SKOPE
Dr Susan James Relly is the Deputy Director of the Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) research centre and Director of Doctoral Research in the Department of Education, University of Oxford. Susan’s entire career has been in education; she taught in secondary schools in Australia and England before starting her academic career. Susan completed a B.Ed at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and read for a M.Sc in Comparative and International Education and a D.Phil in Education at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems and policy; vocational excellence; apprenticeship; work-based learning; on-the-job and off-the-job training; teaching and learning in FE; and social mobility. She has published widely on these topics in journals and books. 
Chris
Jeffery
Head Teacher
The Grange School
Head of The Grange School, Hartford in Cheshire and Chairman of the HMC Pupil and Staff Well-being Group, Chris has a particular and growing commitment to addressing the mental and emotional health needs of young people in our schools. He was previously Deputy Head at The Perse School and Housemaster at Bristol Grammar School, following a solid but unremarkable ‘career’ as a singer and songwriter. Married with three children (ages 14-23), he will take up the Headship of Bootham School in the Autumn of 2016, occasionally dabbles with music and performance via his band The Unsuitable Boys, and continues to support several spectacularly underperforming sports teams for no good reason other than habit mixed with unwarranted optimism
Catherine
Jenkins
Business Development Director
MAXX Design
Catherine has a background in marketing and has been a Director at MAXX since 2006.  She particularly enjoys working with schools, helping to understand what makes each school unique and capturing this in print, websites and marketing communications.  Married to a teacher, education has been a major part of her professional and personal life for many years!
John
Jones
Head of Digital Learning & Computing
King's Prep School
I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and the Head of Digital Learning at King’s Rochester, having previously worked as a Primary School Teacher in Brighton and Monte Carlo. My career in teaching has coincided with the digital revolution and I have made it an absolute priority to incorporate it’s endless potential in my classroom and beyond.

I passionately believe that technology has redefined the traditional classroom  and can empower students in a myriad of exciting and stimulating ways. My vision is for schools and educators to embrace change and give each and every learner the creative opportunities they deserve.
Rachel
Jones
eLearning Coordinator
King Edward VI School, Southampton
@rlj1981
Rachel Jones, is an eLearning Coordinator and Google Certified Teacher interested in creativity and innovation in the classroom. She thrives on trying new things and engaging and empowering students. 

Her blog www.createinnovateexplore.com was a finalist in the 2013 EduBlog awards and 2013 Innovation Awards. 

She was recommended by The Guardian as a must-read edu-bloggerfor 2014, and was on the Education Foundation ‘Innovators of the year’ list 2014 and 2015.  

Her book ‘Don’t change the lightbulbs,’ was out in September. You can find her on twitter @rlj1981
Annette
Karmiloff-Smith
Professional Research Fellow
Previously a simultaneous interpreter with United Nations organizations, Annette Karmiloff-Smith has a "Doctorat en Psychologie Génétique et Expérimentale" from the University of Geneva, where she studied with the famous Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget. 

She worked for two years in the Palestinian refugee camps of Shatilla and Bourj-el-Barajneh from 1970-1972.  

She is the author of 13 books and of over 300 chapters and articles in scientific journals, as well as a series of booklets for parents on different aspects of foetal, infant and child development. 

Until she officially “retired” in 2003, she was Head of the Neurocognitive Development Unit at the Institute of Child Health in London. 

She currently holds a Professorial Research Fellowship at the Birkbeck Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, University of London.

Recently she obtained a grant from the Welcome Trust to study risk and protective factors for Alzheimers disease in infants with Down syndrome. 
Andrew
Keen
Unemployed
Unemployable
Named by GQ magazine in its 2015 list of the "100 Most Connected Men", Andrew Keen is one of the world's leading authorities on the digital revolution. He is a twenty year veteran of Silicon Valley, having founded Audiocafe.com in1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet business. He is currently executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast, the host of the popular Internet chat show "Keen On", a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates,a columnist for CNN and a much acclaimedpublic speaker around the world. 
He is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigoand his current international hit The Internet Is Not The Answerwhich the London Sunday Times acclaimed as a "powerful, frightening read" and the Washington Post called "an enormously useful primer for those of us concerned that online life isn't as shiny as our digital avatars would like us to believe".
Ian
Kelleher
Head of Research
Centre for Transformative Teaching & Learning
Dr. Ian Kelleher is the head of research at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL, www.thecttl.org) at St. 
Andrew’s Episcopal School. Ian grew up in Cambridge, England. He went to the University of Manchester as an undergraduate, then returned to Cambridge as a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, working in the Mineral Physics group at the Department of Earth Sciences. After his Ph.D., Ian moved to the U.S. where he spent six years teaching, coaching and dorm-parenting at Brooks School in North Andover, MA. At St. 
Andrew’s, Ian teaches Chemistry, Physics and Robotics, as well as coaches boy’s soccer. Ian's work for the CTTL focuses on the development of research projects that measure the effectiveness of brain based strategies used by St. Andrew's teachers and students. Ian also co-facilitates the CTTL”s “Creating Innovators through Design Thinking” workshop.
Naureen
Khalid
Co-Founder
UKGovChat

Naureen is co-founder of @UKGovChat, a Twitter forum for governors, providing networking opportunities, help and support for governors.
Rachel
Kelly
Writer


Rachel Kelly is a journalist with a long-standing interest in mental health. Her book "Black Rainbow" describes how poetry helped her overcome depression and is published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2014. 

Rachel worked at The Times for ten years as a reporter, feature writer and columnist on alternative health. In October 2011, she co-created iF Poems, a children's poetry app for Apple's iPhone and iPad. If Poems was on the Apple Editor's Choice: All Time Favourite apps list and has sold in over twenty-five countries. A book version of the app "If: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility" was published in 2012 by Canongate and is now in its fourth edition. 

Rachel read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. She has been a board member of The Empty Homes Agency, a committee member of the Ladbroke Association, on the Foundation Council of St Paul's Girls' School, and was a trustee of the Magdalen College Development Trust as well as chairing the College's Alumni Association. She is now actively involved with two mental health charities, SANE, and United Response. 

Twitter: 

Debra
Kidd
Teacher


@debrakidd
Debra Kidd has worked in education for over twenty years, teaching children from the ages of 4 right through to post-graduate Master's students. She has delivered Teacher Training and CPD both in the UK and across the world. She is an Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd, The Royal Society of Arts and guest lectures at several universities. Her first book, 'Teaching: Notes from the Frontline' was published in September 2014 and was described by the Times Educational Supplement as “bold and impassioned” and her second, an adaptation of her doctoral thesis 'The Complex Matter of Education' will be published in 2015. She is a passionate advocate for the Arts and she is a master trainer of ‘Mantle of the Expert’ and a proud staff member of the International Schools’ Theatre Association.
Marcus
Kingwell
Managing Director
AoC Sport
Marcus is the Managing Director of AoC Sport �" the lead organisation for college sport and physical activity. He joined AoC Sport in October 2014, following chief executive positions with London Sport, Welsh Cycling and the Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure. Prior to this, he was a sports consultant specialising in strategic planning and facilities. 
AoC Sport believes that sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. Our vision is every college student participating regularly in sport or physical activity. AoC Sport’s purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity.
Amanda
Kirby
Professor
University of South Wales

@profamandakirby
Professor Kirby is unusual, as she has experience of health, education and being a parent of an adult with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. She has worked a GP, worked in adult psychiatry and now as a chair in developmental disorders in education. She founded The Dyscovery Centre (part of the University of South Wales), a trans disciplinary centre for children and adults with neurodiverse challenges which is recognised internationally for its work. 

She has written over 100 papers and 9 books. Two of her latest are: How to Succeed in Employment with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and ADHD and, How to Succeed in Further and Higher Education with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and ADHD.

She works internationally with support organisations and chairs Movement Matters, the UK umbrella organisation for DCD/dyspraxia groups, and is medical advisor to The Dyspraxia Foundation and ADDIS.

She has developed a unique person-centered computer profiling system-Do-IT Profiler, used in education and a range of other settings including the Criminal Justice System.

Richard
Kirkham
Director of Curriculum
East Berkshire College
Richard Kirkham is Director of Curriculum for Construction, Engineering and Apprenticeships at East Berkshire College. Prior to this he held the position of Head of school for Construction. Richard is passionate about offering learning opportunities that equip individuals for the workplace to meet employer’s current and future requirements. Working closely with employers to ensure the College’s curriculum is responsiveness to the industry’s needs and supports growth in the Construction and Engineering sectors. Richard has driven major investment in the curriculum area since becoming a Director and the College currently offers an extensive and inclusive curriculum from Entry Level to Level 5.
Emma
Knights
Chief Executive
National Governors' Association
Emma Knights is Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA), the leading charity for support, advice and guidance for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010, she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust, a policy and information charity working on early education and childcare for school-age children. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics, from child support to the costs of early education. She is now co-author of the Chair’s Handbook with her deputy at NGA, Gillian Allcroft, and regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She is Vice-chair of governors at a secondary school in Warwickshire. 
Simon
Knight
Deputy Headteacher
Frank Wise School

@simonknight100
Simon Knight is a Deputy Headteacher at Frank Wise School in Banbury, a school for children aged between 2 - 19 with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, described by OfSTED as being “Outstanding and inspirational”, where he has worked for the past sixteen years. Simon is also an Associate Director at the National Education Trust and one of four Directors of Teaching School leading the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance, where he has responsibility for SEND and Research and Development. He has served as part of the DfE’s group developing the Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants and is currently part of the DfE group looking at Professional Development.
Emily
Knowles
Head of International Statistics Team
Department for Education
Emily leads the International Statistics team within the International Education Division at the Department for Education. Her team aims to raise education standards in English schools, early years and post-16 settings and improve education policymaking through analysis of and comparisons with the best in the world. 
 
What this means in practice:
*managing England’s participation in a number of international comparison projects, such as the OECD’s Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) and submitting statistics such as the rates of education participation, funding, outcomes and qualifications to international organisations such as the OECD and European Commission, which can be used to position England’s education policy and performance in an international context. 

*disseminating key messages from these studies and benchmarking exercises to Ministers, policy makers, delivery teams, schools, teachers and the public more widely, to ensure education policy and practice in England is informed by rigorous international comparison and evidence.
Suze
Kundu
Teaching Fellow
Imperial College
Dr Sujata Kundu is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College. A nanochemist both literally and professionally, Suze’s research focuses on materials that can capture solar energy. This energy can be used to split water molecules to make hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel that only produces water as a product of burning. Suze is a passionate science communicator, giving regular public lectures at schools, universities and science festivals, and is a presenter on the Discovery Channel programme 'You Have Been Warned' / 'Outrageous Acts of Science.' Suze loves sharing the secret science of everyday things. In her spare time, Suze loves dance classes, live music, and cake, which she firmly believes is one of science’s greatest achievements.
Steph
Ladbrooke
Teacher
Steph Ladbrooke is an experienced and award winning primary teacher. Her special interests are project based learning, global citizenship and literacy, including digital literacy.  

In 2012 Steph was named UK Learning Technologist of the Year for her ‘highly original and innovative use of learning technology.'  - Association for Learning Technology.
 
TOTAL & Young Peoples Trust for the Environment Awards in 2011 
Finalists at the Living Rainforest Essay and Debate Awards in 2011 
Make IT Happy Awards in 2010 
Final 10 of 3000 entrants in the Amnesty International Young Reporter of the Year Awards in April 2012 

Steph is a Google Certified Teacher and a winner of the Microsoft UK Innovative Teacher’s Award.  She was a Lead Learner at the UK Google Teacher Academy in December 2013; a presenter at the Google Apps for Education Summit in Prague and she presented for Google at Bett in 2013.  She recently contributed to Don’t Change the Lightbulbs.
Barnaby
Lenon
Chairman
Independent Schools Council
Head Master of Harrow from 1999 to 2011, Barnaby Lenon taught at Eton for twelve years, was Deputy Head Master of Highgate School from 1990-95 and Headmaster of Trinity School, Croydon from 1995-99. He has been a governor of twelve schools and is currently a governor of the Chelsea Academy and chairman of governors of the London Academy of Excellence in Newham, the first Free School to be set up for sixth formers and the first sponsored by a consortium of independent schools.   He is Chairman of the Independent Schools Council, a Board member of Ofqual, and a trustee of the New Schools Network.

Brian

Lightman

General Secretary
Association of School and College Leaders
Brian Lightman became General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders on 1 September 2010. He served as President of the Association in 2007-8.
Brian was Headteacher of St Cyres School - a large, mixed 11-18 comprehensive in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan from 1999-2010. He taught Modern Foreign Languages for 16 years in three comprehensive schools in the South East of England before becoming Headteacher of Llantwit Major School in 1995.
Brian is acknowledged as an authority on the English and Welsh education systems. As an invited speaker he regularly contributes to seminars and conferences on education, leadership and governance and frequently appears in the media. Broad experience within the English and Welsh education systems includes, extensive representation on UK and Welsh Assembly Government Committees, being an external examiner and an Estyn inspector.
Brian was included in the January 2014 Debrett’s list of the 500 most inspiring and influential people in Britain today.
Murray
Lindo
Future Head of the Foundation
Wellington College
After working in merchant banking and then teaching Murray moved to the charity sector and has been working in the sector for over 20 years including; Macmillan Cancer Support, Samaritans and 7 years as Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Breast Cancer Care. During this time Murray qualified as Business Psychologist.

Murray will be joining Wellington College as Head of the Foundation in October having spent the last 4 years as Director of Development at Tonbridge School. Although not a major part of his day job at Tonbridge Murray also teaches drama and is a cricket and rugby coach.
Tony
Little
Head Master
Eton College
Tony Little has been Head Master of Eton College since 2002.  He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he read English.  He taught English and Drama at Tonbridge and at Brentwood, where he was head of department and a boarding house master, before becoming Headmaster of Chigwell School in 1989.  Some seven years later, he became Headmaster of Oakham School.  In addition to his current job, he is President of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, Chair of WLSA, an organisation which connects schools in China with the West, and a governor of a number of state and independent schools.

Chris

Lloyd

CEO
What on Earth Publishing

@wallbook
Christopher Lloyd writes books on Big History, connecting together the curriculum through narratives, timelines and interactive workshops. His books include What on Earth Happened?
Alistair
Lyon
Audit Partner
Crowe Clark Whitehall
Alastair is audit partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill, the UK’s leading accountancy firm in providing audit, tax and advisory services to the Independent schools sector. 
Jan
Macvarish
Research Fellow
University of Kent
Dr Jan Macvarish is a sociologist at the University of Kent and a founding associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies. Her research is concerned with parenting, family life, sex and intimacy and she has written on single women, teenage parenthood, neuroscience, parenting culture and family policy, and the regulation of fertility and reproduction. She is co-author of 'Parenting Culture Studies' (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and is currently working on a new book with the working title,  'The Rise of Neuroparenting and the Destruction of Parental Love'.
Khawar
Malik
Founder & CEO
The Apples & Pears Foundation
Khawar is the Founder and Chief Executive of The Apples & Pears Foundation, a London based charity enabling inner city families to take weekend school trips with their children and volunteers. He is also a commercial banking professional at ABN-AMRO Bank, having previously been a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in both London and Dubai for global law firm Clifford Chance. He has also worked for international private equity houses CVC Capital and Actis.   

Khawar studied History at the University of Nottingham before attending BPP Law School and then the College of Law. He is a Fellow of the RSA and was previously on the Board of the Swan Foundation.

Khawar is a lifelong Palace fan and recently discovered he's a woeful snowboarder...
Brid
Martin
I was born in Ireland and immigrated to Boston with my husband Raymond in 1985. I graduated from The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) with a Bachelors Degree in English and History (BA) and A Higher Diploma in Secondary Education HDIP). In 2001 my friend and fellow educator Emma La Vecchia and I opened the first Pine Village Preschool in Brighton MA. Since then we have successfully opened seven additional programs, all of which follow the same Spanish Immersion model. Our values of Language, Love, Learning and Laughter are lived and experienced in each school. I believe that children learn through play and by doing. We build a unique learning experience for each child with a focus on encouraging curiosity and learning how to learn rather than acquiring knowledge and facts.  We want children to leave Pine Village with a strong sense of self-esteem, a love of learning, and roadmap for engaging with others. 

www.mybilingualpreschool.com
Jack
Marwood
Jack studied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Leeds, before embarking on a career in theatre and advertising. He trained as a teacher in 2003 and has taught in a wide range of primary schools, from inner city to rural, from the very large to the extremely small. 

Ten years into his teaching career, Jack began writing about the state of education in England. His writing focuses, amongst other areas, on the way in which the use of data is affecting teaching and learning in England.

Jack’s blog Icing on the Cake has looked closely at the way in which Ofsted and the Department of Education use data to judge schools, and has offered a fresh perspective on the ongoing debates into the way in which schools and teachers are held to account.

Alistair
McConville
Deputy Head Academic
Bedales School

Alistair McConville is Deputy Head, Academic at Bedales School, an institution known for its curricular adventurousness and emphasis on independence and informality. He teaches Religious Studies and Philosophy, some Classical Civilsation, and Latin when anyone will let him. He has lovingly run the ‘Bedales Assessed Courses’ for seven years. These are alternative qualifications to GCSEs, but significantly broader in assessment and student choice. He has previously worked at Dean Close, Latymer Upper School and Cheltenham Ladies’ College. He is an occasional contributor to the TES, a trained ISI inspector-in-waiting, poor but keen cricketer, Ireland rugby fan, vegetable gardener and occasional swine-herd. He is married to Joanna and has three feral children and a dog.

Laura
McInerney
Editor
Schools Week

@miss_mcinerney
Laura McInerney is Editor of Schools Week and a columnist for the Guardian. Previously, she taught in East London for six years before completing a two-year Fulbright scholarship in the US where she studied free schools. 

She is a staunch advocate of the Freedom of Information Act, having fought in court for the release of Department for Education documents, and is still trawling through the biographies of past education secretaries as part of her greatedusecs.com project. 
Ewan
McIntosh
Managing Director
NoTosh

Ewan McIntosh is an award-winning educator and the founder of NoTosh Limited, based in Scotland, Australia and San Francisco, with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. The team has a unique ongoing experience in creativity in creative contexts (we work with some of the world’s top fashion, media and tech companies) and research-based learning and teaching development with schools.
Marc
McPake
Head of the Rail Academy
Newcastle College
Marc heads up Newcastle College’s new Rail Academy, a multi-million pound training hub for rail engineering. He opened the Academy in September 2014, after spending over 13 years working in the rail industry for companies such as Network Rail, Serco, Northern Rail and Balfour Beatty. Through the Rail Academy, Marc and his team are providing life-changing opportunities for young people looking for a career in Rail and for employers looking to address skills gaps. Coming from industry, Marc continues to champion the need for education and business to work together to provide opportunities for young people and to ensure that high quality education and training is available to support the huge investment in the UK rail infrastructure.
Fiona
Millar
Writer & Journalist


Fiona Millar is a writer and journalist specialising in education and parenting issues.

She writes a column in Guardian Education and regularly takes part in television and radio debates about education policy. Fiona is co-founder of the Local Schools Network website and is a governor of two North London schools. She also chairs the National Youth Arts Trust.
Sara-Jane
Millar
Research Manager
Edcoms
Sara-jane is a mixed method researcher specialising in the education sector. At EdComs, Sara-jane works with public and private sector organisations to help them engage with a variety of audiences, including teachers, young people and their families. Over the last two years Sara-jane has worked with Samsung to evaluate the impact of the Digital Classroom programme, conducting research in schools, colleges and charity partners. Sara-jane is passionate about providing insight and expertise that helps make a positive impact to teaching and learning.  When not speaking with teachers or pupils, Sara-jane is training to become a Yoga Teacher.
Peter
Millican
Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Professor of Philosophy
Oxford University
Peter Millican is Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a familiar voice in the media (e.g. on Melvyn Bragg’s “In Our Time”).  Previously he was Senior Lecturer in Computing and Philosophy at Leeds University, teaching there from 1985 until 2005.  At Oxford, Peter has continued to be a passionate advocate of interdisciplinary computer science, and set up the degree programme in Computer Science and Philosophy, which in 2012 became the first new Oxford Philosophy degree for 39 years.  He has developed several major software systems for teaching, and is currently leading a £100K project (co-funded by a private donor, two Oxford faculties, and the UK Department of Education) to provide software and materials to support the new English school Computing curriculum.  As a philosopher, Peter is best known for his research on early modern philosophy "especially David Hume and John Locke" though he has published over a wide range including epistemology, ethics (pure and applied), philosophy of language, science, and religion.  He is also a grandmaster of correspondence chess.
Richard
Moore
Trainer
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Dick Moore has been an English teacher, rugby coach, senior school housemaster and prep. school headmaster, the latter for almost 23 years. Circumstances led to a developing passion for adolescent emotional wellbeing within an educational context. 

A qualified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Dick is also closely involved with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, for whom he is a Trainer. As such, he visits businesses and schools around the UK and overseas to talk to pupils, parents and teachers about the challenges of adolescence - for young people and those who care for them and about the signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders.

Dick will shortly be giving a TEDx talk,  has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 and well as local radio and BBC1’s Breakfast TV and has a passion for The Great War and Fulham FC!
Nicky
Morgan
Secretary of State for Education
(Parliamentary business permitting)
Nicky was elected for the Loughborough seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. Nicky has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that was a member of the BIS Select Committee. She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government, until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013. She was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women on 9 April 2014. Nicky has also been 
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since July 2014.
Piers
Morgan
Journalist


Ian
Morris
Teaching Fellow
Jubilee Centre of Character & Virtues
Ian Morris is Head of Well-being at Wellington College. Ian introduced the well-being curriculum at Wellington in 2006 and has since written 2 books on the teaching of Happiness and Well-being (second book currently in press) and articles for Springer and OUP on the centrality of well-being and happiness as aims of education. Ian is currently on placement at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.
Andrew
Morrish
Executive Head teacher & CEO
Victoria Academies Trust
Andrew is founder Chief Executive of Victoria Academies, a primary-only multi academy trust in the West Midlands, currently consisting of five schools and growing. As well as a sponsor, the trust also provides school-centred ITT through Central England Teacher Training (@EnglandSCITT).  Andrew is the Executive Headteacher of two schools: Victoria Park Academy, which he led from special measures to outstanding in exactly one thousand days and more recently, Rowley Park Academy, currently in special measures and sponsored by Victoria Park. 
Prior to this Andrew was the Headteacher in East London of one of the largest primary schools in the country with almost a thousand pupils, a school that he also led to outstanding. Andrew is passionate about the role creativity, social enterprise (check out @thespiceacademy) and innovation can play in creating stand-out learners.  
Andrew is also an Ofsted inspector, chair of governors, trustee and Fellow of the RSA.
Al
Murray
Comedian /Pub Landlord
Award winning comedian Al Murray, with his alter-ego The Pub Landlord, is one of the most successful comics in the UK. 

For over 20 years Al has filled arenas, won numerous awards, hosted an array of TV series and appeared on LIVE AT THE APOLLO (BBC1) and LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM (ITV). He’s performed at THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE (ITV1) three times and hosted two AN AUDIENCE WITH… shows for ITV1. 

Swapping his stage persona for himself, Al hosts 7 DAY SATURDAY for BBC Radio 5. He has recorded several factual programmes for the BBC, as well as AL MURRAY’S ROAD TO BERLIN a moving 10-part documentary for Discovery. Al has also enjoyed great success as an author and in 2013, he released the book WATCHING WAR FILMS WITH MY DAD, a unique look on his childhood and where his fascination with history and war began.

Most recently, the Pub Landlord stood for the hotly contested Kent constituency of South Thanet in the general election against Nigel Farage. He got 318 votes.
Mary
Myatt
Inspector
Ofsted 

Mary leads inspections in secondary schools. She believes inspections should be done with schools, not to them. She sees great things working with students, teachers and leaders on learning, leadership and the curriculum.

She speaks at conferences about sensible school improvement, inspection and the importance of paying attention to outcomes for all groups of students, particularly the most vulnerable. 

Mary is a project manager for the RE Quality Mark http://reqm.org/ and is a lead consultant for the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust www.cstg.org She has written about spiritual, social, moral and cultural development in schools and colleges. 

Her education blog has been described as ‘informative curtain-parting’ www.marymyatt.com
Daljit
Nagra
Poet
In Association with Arvon
Daljit Nagra has published three collections of poetry. His most recent collections have both been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry. He won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection with Look We have Coming to Dover! Daljit is an experienced teacher, mentor and Arvon tutor. 

www.daljitnagra.com
Arifa
Nasim
Member of Youth Panel
PLAN UK

After reading Daughters of Shame, aged 14 Arifa joined the fight against FGM, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse. With a group of friends aged 16 she initiated a campaign at her school, putting together a charity fundraising dinner to raise awareness and funds for Karma Nirvana. Her campaign surpassed £5,000 and included original drama, contemporary dance, an auction and speeches from Jasvinder Sanghera and Baroness Scotland. Her activism was successful in putting the issue on the local and national agenda. She continues to break silences by giving talks, assemblies and workshops on her experiences and the issue of Forced Marriage. Arifa works closely with young people and advocates for more opportunities in order to unlock their potential. She is also currently member of the PLAN UK youth advisory panel, one of ten young people nationally campaigning for girls’ rights.
Johnny
Nelson
Former World Boxing Champion
Graham
Newell
Director of Education
Iris Connect

@Graham_IRISC
Graham has worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher and manager in schools, colleges and universities and as well as a senior officer in a number of local authorities. He has held a very deep interest into what makes effective professional development for a number of years and really enjoyed providing training across the spectrum from mid-day supervisors to MAs.  Graham would be one of the first to admit that, although he worked hard to provide great courses, there was often a fundamental flaw in the structure of courses.  He is now Director of Education for IRIS Connect.  IRIS Connect pioneered the use of advanced video and cloud technology for CPD and now works with nearly 20% of English secondary schools and a rapidly growing number of primary schools and ITE providers; the company also works in 12 other countries and is involved in a number of innovative projects. Graham co-ordinates the company's research programme, the education advisory and support team and is currently actively working with colleagues across Europe and the USA.
Simon
Noakes
Founder
Interactive Schools

Founder, Interactive Schools. Simon is at the cutting edge of marketing and communications within the international education sector. He is an expert in strategic marketing, thought leadership, social media, brand value, and innovative thinking.
Dominic
Norrish
Group Director of Technology
United Learning
@domnorrish
Dominic Norrish (@domnorrish) is a former history teacher, school leader and educational technology consultant and is currently the Group Director of Technology at United Learning, a national group of over 50 maintained and independent schools. 

Prior to this he worked for an academy trust where he implemented a 1-to-1 strategy and is now involved in similar projects in several United Learning schools, utilising iPads, Chromebooks and Android tablets. 

He has written a book on the subject in collaboration with other UK expert practitioners available at www.educate1to1.org/book
Philip
Nottingham
Primary Computing Teacher

Philip is a Primary Computing teacher in Bootle, Liverpool. He has spent the past two years embedding the new computing curriculum in his school through Team Teaching and leading CPD events. He also supports Literacy and Numeracy as part of his current role and has worked within specialist provision for pupils with additional needs. He is a Raspberry Pi Certified Teacher and a lover of gadgets and tech, even more so if they can enhance teaching and learning.
Tim 
Novis
Senior Chaplain
Wellington College

The Rev. Tim Novis is Senior Chaplain at Wellington College, having moved from Canada in 2008.  Previously Chaplain at Ridley College in Ontario, he was a parish priest in the Diocese of Niagara, trained at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is Chair of the Board of Directors at Carwarden House School where his very special daughter is a student. He continues to be instrumental in bringing Wellington and Carwarden into a formal and collaborative relationship. In addition to his pastoral role as Senior Chaplain he also teaches Philosophy and Religion and is a leadership consultant to the school using the insights from the Birkman Method.   In his remaining spare time, he watches with great interest whilst his two boys receive an education from the same institution for which he works. 
Jarlath
O'Brien
Headteacher
Carwarden House Community School
@JarlathOBrien
Jarlath is Headteacher of Carwarden House Community School, an 11-19 special academy in Surrey. He has worked in comprehensive, selective independent and special schools. Alongside his colleagues, he is pioneering a collaboration between Carwarden House and Wellington College. Jarlath is also a Leading Thinker with the National Education Trust, and a member of Headteachers’ Roundtable.
Fin
O'Regan
Director
SF30Limited
Fin O’Regan is one of the leading behaviour and learning experts in the UK and Europe.

He was the Headteacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, 
the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD .   
    
He is currently a Behaviour and Learning Consultant and Trainer for a number of educational and commercial organisations both nationally and internationally. 

He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and a board member of the European ADHD Alliance. 

He has written a number of books and published articles on the subject of ADHD, Behaviour and Learning issues.

James O'Shaughnessy
Managing Director
Floreat Education

James is the Managing Director of Floreat Education. A passionate advocate of the potential of character education to transform children’s lives, he created Floreat in order to bring the evidence and practice of character virtue development into UK state primary schools. James is also chair of the International Positive Education Network, a global organisation that promotes the ‘character + academics’ approach to education.
James is a co-founder of EDSPACE, a shared workspace for education entrepreneurs and innovators, and Chief Policy Advisor at Portland Communications. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and an Advisor to Character Lab.
James was Director of Policy and Research for Prime Minister David Cameron between 2007 and 2011, latterly in No.10 Downing Street. Prior to that he was deputy director at Policy Exchange, where he published and edited several reports on school reform. James holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Suzanne
O'Sullivan
National Hospital for Neurology
SUZANNE O’SULLIVAN has been a consultant in neurology since 2004, first working at The Royal London Hospital and now as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and for a specialist unit based at the Epilepsy Society. In that role she has developed an expertise in working with patients with psychogenic disorders alongside her work with those suffering with physical diseases such as epilepsy. It’s All in Your Head is her first book.

Photo: credit to Jonathan Greet
Tim
Oates
Group Director of Assessment, Research & Development
Cambridge Assessment
Tim Oates is Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, leading a 40+ research group which focuses on national and international research on assessment and measurement. 

In 2005, whilst Head of Research at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Tim co-authored, with Dr Mike Coles, the foundational research for the European Framework of Reference Levels, which became the European Qualifications Framework. He joined Cambridge Assessment in 2006.  

In 2010, again with Mike Coles and an international group of researchers, Tim had a major role in the European strategy document ‘Changing Qualifications - a review of qualifications policies and practices’, a key document for the European Commission. 

From Dec 2010-Dec 2011 he was chair of the Expert Panel for Review of the National Curriculum (Profs Mary James, Andrew Pollard, and Dylan Wiliam) informing the Secretary of State’s 2011 review. 

In 2010 he published ‘Could do better - using international comparisons to refine the National Curriculum in England’ which both laid down the principles for the review of the National Curriculum in England and explored progressive comparative methodology. He has published widely on technical evaluation of assessment and is a member of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation’s Standards Advisory Group. 

Tim regularly has provided briefings and evidence for the House of Commons Education Select Committee, and routinely provides briefings and advice to UK Government and a range of governments around the world. 

He is a visiting professor at the University of Leeds and a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.
Mohsen
Ojja
Principal
The Crest Academies

Mohsen Ojja was been appointed as Principal of The Crest Academies in January 2015. The school serves a community where over 80% of students speak English as an additional language and the proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is much higher than the national average. 
Previous to this post Mohsen worked as a senior leader in a number of challenging London schools.
Mohsen has been teaching for 12 years, entering the profession to share the passion for education he gained from his degree at the Sorbonne University. He speaks several languages fluently and is particularly interested in the science of language learning. As a teacher and leader in school he aims to promote academic excellence for all.
Mohsen is driven to close the attainment gap through great leadership and aims to secure an education system that offers meaningful pathways and fulfilling learning to all students.
Clive
Opie
Dean
McMillian school of Teaching, Health & Care
Clive’s entire career has been in education, starting out in secondary schools then moving into HEI ITT and then on to a senior management positions at MMU and, finally, at Bradford College as Dean of the McMillan school of Teaching, Health and Care.
  
His areas of curriculum activity have centred on Science Education being involved in early developments of the use of technology to promote ‘authentic learning’.  He moved to Sheffield University with responsibility for ICT/Science development within ITT and at Bradford he still teaches on the colleges’ Subject Knowledge Enhancement’ course.  

Clive has developed Masters work with a particular focus in the area of Research Methods and in his present role he promotes the strategic development of the ‘caring professions’ e.g. Early Years, Social Work, Teaching and Youth Work.  

Clive is the first person within an FE College to be awarded a Principal Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.
Claire
Oulton
Consultant
RSAcademics
Claire Oulton read History at Oxford and then did her PGCE at King’s College, London. Her first teaching post was at Benenden and after four years there she moved to Charterhouse to become Head of History. In 1994, she was appointed Head of St Catherine’s, Bramley and in 2000 she was asked to return to Benenden as Headmistress, a post which she held for 14 years. During her time as Head of Benenden, Claire helped to set up a 3-19 Academy in Ashford. 

Claire now acts as a consultant for Twig (producing digital educational resources), for BXR (a private equity firm now investing in education) and for RSAcademics (where she focuses on recruitment, educational research, governance and leadership). She also sits on the Governing Bodies of several schools, both HMC and state schools, sits on an advisory group for an academy chain and is a trustee for two charities.
Jo
Palmer-Tweed
Course Director
The Thames Primary Consortium

Trained at Homerton College, Cambridge, Jo has worked in education for the past 24 years.  Jo’s career has included work as an advanced skills teacher and a period working in headship in primary education in an improving schools team.  Having worked in initial teacher education for the past ten years in both universities and school-based provision Jo is currently The Course Director of The Thames Primary Consortium, a teacher-training provider, comprising 100 schools across Essex, working in some areas of extreme challenge.   Jo is currently seconded to The National College for Teaching and Leadership as an Advisor and is Strategic Lead for The Expert Subject Advisory Groups.  Jo advises a range of organisations in the UK, including The Teacher Development Trust.  Her work overseas includes a programme currently in development with The Ngorangoro Education Trust in Tanzania to create networks for school improvement. Throughout her career in education Jo has also worked as a professional actor and voice artist, working with a range of companies of international renown.

Neil
Parr
School's Specialist
Texthelp
After graduating in 1994 with a degree in Information Systems, Neil spent several years working in London as an IT engineer within the Banking sector. 
Keen for a new challenge, Neil returned to study and retrained as a teacher. His first post was as an IT teacher and he then moved into the role of Behaviour Manager.

Throughout his 10 year teaching career, Neil has held positions such as Head of Pastoral Care and Head of Inclusion.

In 2011, following a move to Ireland, Neil joined Texthelp's education team as a Schools’ Specialist. Since then Neil has worked with over 200 schools and is a strong advocate for the use of assistive technology across the curriculum.
Neil is also studying for his MBA at the University of Ulster. 
John
Parvin
Managing Director
Solutions Inc.

I co-founded Solutions inc. in 1992. As Apple Experts we were invited to be one of the founding Apple UK education partners.

I created the Digital Genius programme to work directly with students and teachers using Challenge Based Learning principals. How else can I confidently speak about the role technology has to
play in education.
Katie
Paxton-Doggett
Company Secretary / Advisor
Katie Paxton-Doggett FCIS is company secretary and advisor to a number of single academies and multi-academy trusts. Katie has substantial experience of the issues in converting to academy status and setting up free schools, and is the author of How to Run an Academy School.
Emma
Payne
Headteacher
St Mary Redcliffe CE VC Primary School

@Emma_payneHT

Emma is the Headteacher of St Mary Redcliffe CE VC Primary School for children aged 3-11, serving a diverse community in South Bristol. 

She has worked in schools in and around Bristol for the past 22 years as a teacher and Senior Leader.  

She has a great passion for Child Protection work & sits on the LSCB Education sub group.

But mainly she can be found tying shoe laces, supporting families, loving great teaching, reading a story, dressing for world book day, welcoming children on the gate and eating cake- depending on what day you visit.
Robert
Peal
Teacher
West London Free School & Civitas
Robert is a history teacher at the West London Free School, and an honorary research fellow at the think tank Civitas. Having qualified through Teach First, Robert taught at a comprehensive school in Birmingham for two years before joining Civitas. Here, he wrote a history of teaching methods since the 1960s entitled Progressively Worse, and a report on Ofsted entitled Playing the Game. In September 2014 he returned to the classroom to teach history at the West London Free School, where he is working on a key stage 3 history textbook. 

Robert has written about education for many publications, including The TES, Standpoint Magazine, Demos Quarterly, and the Daily Mail. Robert has recently edited a book of essays on education reform which is being published on 1st June. It is entitled Changing Schools, and includes contributions from Tom Bennett, Daisy Christodoulou, Katharine Birbalsingh, Andrew Old, Jonathan Simons, James O'Shaughnessy, Tina Isaacs and Doug Lemov
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Jago
Pearson
Lindsay
Peer
Chartered Psychologist
Peer Gordon Associates
Educational & Chartered Psychologist, Speaker, Author & Expert Witness, Lindsay is widely recognised as an expert in the range of specific learning difficulties, SEN & mainstream education. In 2002 she was appointed CBE for services to Education & Dyslexia. In 2011 she was awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Academic Achievement Award by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). She is Patron of GroOops, a charity dedicated to creating an emotionally healthy dyslexia aware world. 

Lindsay held the posts of Education Director & Deputy CEO of the BDA until 2003. She has published a considerable body of material both theoretical & practical & published the first ground-breaking book linking ‘Glue Ear’ with Dyslexia. 

Lindsay has a private practice assessing children, students & adults facing challenges in learning and at work. She is authorised to assess for public examinations. Expert witness experience: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, AD/HD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Speech & Language Difficulties, APD, Hearing Impairment, Global Delay, MLD & Cerebral Palsy. 


Mallory
Perry
Researcher
Research Schools International
Mallory Perry studied Psychology at Brigham Young University, with a focus on learning and cognition. After two years on the administrative team at a private montessori school in Boston, Massachusetts, she returned to school for a Masters in Education in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently Mallory is a researcher with Research Schools International, focusing on student centered learning in math education and teacher training in practitioner-led action research.
José
Picardo
Assistant Principal
Surbiton High School

José Picardo is Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School, where he leads on Digital Strategy. He has taught modern foreign languages for over ten years and regularly speaks at learning technologies and foreign languages themed conferences and training events, both nationally and internationally. In addition, José advises schools, government bodies and other organisations on the use of new and emerging technologies. He has devised and implemented his school’s 1-to-1 strategy after having undertaken extensive research on the role of technology in supporting the processes involved in teaching and learning.
Robert
Plomin
Professor
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Robert Plomin is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King¹s College London. The theme of the Centre / research is bringing together genetic and environmental research strategies to study behavioural development.

In 1994, Plomin launched the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) of all twins born in England and Wales in 1994-96 which focuses on developmental problems in cognition and behaviour.

During the past decade his research has increasingly turned towards harnessing the power of molecular genetics, especially genome-wide association strategies, to identify genes for psychological traits in order to help understand the developmental interplay between genes and environment. Plomin has published more than 650 papers and is senior author of the major textbook in the field ('Behavioral Genetics’, Worth Publishers, 6th edition, 2013) as well as author of more than a dozen other books including 'G is for Genes: The impact of genetics on education and achievement’ (Wiley, 2013).
Richard
Pring
Retired
University of Oxford
Richard Pring retired from being Director of the Department of Educational Studies (and first Professor of Education) at the University of Oxford in 2003 after 14 years. 

From 2003 to 2009, he was lead director of the Nuffield £1 million Review of 14 to 19 Education and Training for England and Wales, the largest such review since the Crowther Report in 1959. Previous to that he was Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Exeter, education lecturer at the Institute of Education and Goldsmiths College, teacher in a London Comprehensive School and Assistant Principal at the Ministry of Education. 

Recent publications have been 'The Life and Death of Secondary Education for All' (2013), 'John Dewey: Philosopher of Education for the 21st century' (2014) and the third much rewritten edition of 'Philosophy of Educational Research' (2015). 
Deana
Puccio
Co Founder
The RAP Project

@rapprojectuk
Deana Puccio is a former Assistant District Attorney from New York City. She worked in the Sex Crimes Unit in Brooklyn.  She attended New York University, George Washington University and The City University of New York Law School.
 
Married and the mother of three daughters living in London, she co-founded the nonprofit organization The RAP Project, Raising Awareness and Prevention, in 2012. Through a variety of presentations, RAP addresses personal safety, sexual assault, consent, porn, ‘sexting’ and how these influence teenage attitudes today. Having worked in over 55 schools, and having spoken to over 5,000 teenagers, RAP has expanded to include presentations on Body Image, Music Festivals and The BIG Leap, or life as a fresher or on Gap Year. 

She has appeared as an expert commentator on Sky News. The RAP Project has been featured in The Mail on Sunday’s You Magazine, The TIMES and The New Statesman.

Alex
Quigley
Deputy Head & Director of Learning
Huntington School
Alex has been an English teacher for over a decade and he writes regular blogs on a range of educational subjects (at www.huntingenglish.com) and he makes regular article contributions to The TES and Teach Secondary magazine etc. He leads the RISE Project, which is an EEF project exploring how we can better schools with evidence-based practice.  He has written a book for English teachers called ‘Teach Now! Becoming a Great English Teacher’ for Routledge and he is working on his second book, entitled: ‘The Confident Teacher’. 
Nascira
Ramia
Director of Programs
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
(Equador)
Nascira Ramia is the Director of Programs in Education at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) where she is also a professor of Education and Psychology.  She received her Ed.D. in Developmental Studies: Human Development and Education and her Ed.M in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. 

Nascira has 20 years of experience in the field of education working as a school teacher at first, and then as an educator of future and current teachers.  Her research interests include the area of socio-emotional development of children, adolescents and adults, service-learning, and innovative educational research in schools and universities. She has been invited to speak at international conferences in Peru, Mexico, United States and Qatar. 

In recent years, she has been working in collaboration with Research Schools International, a Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty project, and also collaborating with Ghent University, Belgium in a project funded by VLIR-UOS. 
Maria
Ramsay
Teacher
Carwarden House
Community School
Maria is teacher at Carwarden House Community School, an 11-19 special academy in Surrey.

She has worked both in the KS4 and KS5 of Carwarden and is currently Carwarden's lead link teacher in an innovative collaboration between Carwarden House 6th form and The Stanley, Wellington College. Maria is also a staff governor at Carwarden and one of Surrey's autism champions.
She has worked both in the KS4 and KS5 of Carwarden and is currently Carwarden's lead link teacher in an innovative collaboration between Carwarden House 6th form and The Stanley, Wellington College. 

Maria is also a staff governor at Carwarden and one of Surrey's autism champions.

Dominic
Randolph
Head of School
Riverdale Country School

@daar17
Dominic A.A. Randolph became the sixth Head of , a Pre-K-Grade 12 independent school in New York City of 1100 students, in 2007. 

Previously, he served as Assistant Head Master at The Lawrenceville School and worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. 

His work has focused on curriculum development, understanding the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning, character development and positive psychology, interdisciplinary studies and design thinking. His work with KIPP and the University of Pennsylvania on character strength development was featured in the NYT article “What if the Secret to Success is Failure” by Paul Tough and in his recent book. This work has led to the founding of the Character Lab in NYC-a non-profit sponsoring “translational research” on character strengths in schools. Riverdale has also sponsored and helped develop with IDEO a toolkit for educators on design thinking. 



Stella
Rimington
Exclusive Speaker
c/o DBA Speakers

Dame Stella Rimington DCB MA was Director General of the Security Service MI5 from 1992 to 1996. 


Educated at Nottingham High School for Girls, Edinburgh University and Liverpool University, she accompanied her husband to India and worked for the Security Service. In London, she worked in all three branches of MI5 - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism becoming Director of them all. The first woman to be appointed Director General and the first DG to be publicly named, she was made a Dame Commander of the Bath on her retirement.


Dame Stella received Honorary Degrees from Nottingham and Exeter Universities. A Governor of a prep school, she has two daughters and four grandchildren.

She has written eight best-selling thrillers (featuring Liz Carlyle) and her autobiography Open Secret. In 2012, she chaired the Judging Panel for the Booker Prize for Fiction.


She is known worldwide as the role model for “M” played by Dame Judi Dench in the James Bond 007 films.


Martin
Ripley
Duncan
Ritchie
Businessman
A businessman with a Financial background who has created a series of workshops to introduce finance to the non financial among us. Encouraged by his own children who were academically successful, but surprisingly ignorant when it came to finance, Duncan has designed some workshops aimed at the young.
Duncan was educated at Radley College, St Andrews University and completed his Chartered Accountancy qualification with KPMG. A career in the IT industry spanned 30 years, and amongst other interests, he is a Governor of Wellington College and Eagle House Prep school.
Hywel
Roberts
Teacher and Imagineer
Independent Thinking Ltd

@hywel_roberts
Hywel is a teacher, author and educationalist. Hywel was a senior leader and Advanced Skills Teacher at a secondary school until 2009. From basic but great classroom pedagogy to developing a ‘blended brave curriculum’ to teacher coaching, leadership development and mentoring to wonderfully innovative and life-changing strategies such as ‘Mantle of the Expert’, Hywel covers �" and practices - a whole variety of approaches that make learning real for young people. Recently Hywel has supported curriculum innovation in special settings where his contributions have been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Hywel has most recently worked with Mick Waters, Roy Leighton, Karen Ardley, Phil Beadle, Alistair Smith and is an associate director of Ian Gilbert’s Independent Thinking. Hywel was recently described as ‘a world leader in enthusiasm’. His award winning book ‘Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’ is published by Crown House Publishing. His next book is due out later in 2015.

Charlotte
Robertson
Co-Founder
Digital Awareness UK

Charlotte is passionate about social media and using her YouTube fame to inspire young people to enjoy using the internet safety. Currently, Charlotte is Director and Co-Founder of Digital Awareness UK (DAUK), an organisation that seeks to address the need for more to be done in schools to promote responsible social media usage and safeguard its students and staff against digital-related issues, such as cyberbullying, sexting and hacking. Charlotte, together with her sister and DAUK Co-Founder, Emma travel the UK with a team of hackers, developers and YouTube stars, working with schools to bolster their e-safety set up, offering interactive workshops, social media policies, teaching resources, crisis plans/management and more. With a background in communications, Charlotte has represented brands such as Pepsi, BSkyB and BP. She is also a popular YouTube personality (Willow B) who’s videos have been viewed and shared by over 100,000 fans. This allows her to collaborate with organisations including Google, Tresemme, Dove and Tony & Guy who hire her to create tutorials advertising their products. For more on Charlotte’s work, visit www.digitalawarenessuk.com. 
Emma
Robertson
Co-Founder
Digital Awareness UK

Claire
Robinson
Julie
Robinson
General Secretary
Independent Schools Council
Julie Robinson was Head of Ardingly College Junior School and then Vinehall School in Sussex before becoming Education and Training Director for the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.  She served on the Standing Group of Teachers Associations and the Independent Schools Examination Board.  Julie chaired the Independent Schools Council’s Cross Association Leadership group and serves on the Independent/State Schools Forum for the DfE promoting partnership work. 
In 2015, Julie became General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council, representing schools across the independent education sector.  She liaises with influencers in education across schools, government and the media, serving the interests of ISC constituent associations and member schools.  The ISC provides authoritative sector-wide research and data collection through the annual ISC Census and other surveys.
ISC is a coordinating body which brings together AGBIS, GSA, HMC, ISA, IAPS, ISBA and the Society of Heads along with affiliates BSA, COBIS, SCIS and WISC in order to promote the sector and protect joint interests.          
Ken
Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson’s famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization, seen by an estimated 300 million people. 

He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia. 

He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. 

Martin Robinson photo (cropped)
Martin
Robinson
Liz
Robson-Kelly
Founder & CEO
Worth-It Projects

Liz Robson-Kelly is pioneering her ground breaking approach to improving the mental wellbeing of young people through training and working with schools, educators and young people. She is a leading expert and practitioner in the field of positive psychology coaching. She has discovered that through specific application, the integrated approach of combining positive psychology and evidence based coaching can improve the mental wellbeing of young people, including those at risk of developing mental health problems. This approach results in better outcomes for individuals, organisations and the wider economy. 

She is an award winning social entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Worth-It Projects. Worth-it Projects pioneers the early intervention and prevention of mental health problems through providing positive psychology coaching interventions and training for schools, educators, young people and their families. They have won awards for social enterprise and rank number one for the sector of Education and Youth on the SE100 social enterprise index.
Fergal
Roche
Chief Executive
The Key
Fergal Roche is chief executive of The Key, the national support service for school leaders. Fergal has led The Key since its development in 2007 as a pilot scheme under what was then the Training and Development Agency for Schools. The Key was designed to test the hypothesis that a service could be developed and scaled to provide every senior school leader in the country with personalised information and support. The Key is now a private company serving over 56,000 school leaders and 12,000 governors across 9,000 member schools. Prior to joining The Key, Fergal was business development director for VT Education and Skills (now Babcock Education), strategy director for GEMS Education, and head of two schools in the southeast of England. He is also chair of governors of a Brixton voluntary-aided school and on the board of Guildford Education Partnership (a multi-academy trust).
David
Rogers
Assistant Headteacher
Patcham High School

David Rogers is a multi-award winning teacher, author and wannabe ultra-marathon runner.  As an Assistant Headteacher in Brighton he helps lead Teaching and Learning across the school.  David doesn't like desks, but has sat behind one for long enough to write textbooks and educational resources, becoming a Microsoft Innovative Fellow and Google Certified Teacher and Mentor along the way.  David is most proud of being a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and winning it's coveted 'Excellence in Geography Teaching Award' in 2013.  In terms of technology, David first became known for developing the use of social media in the classroom, later developing projects linked to geocaching and a whole school BYOD project.  He takes a 'guerrilla' approach to innovation.  This year, his challenge is to learn to ride a unicycle.
Nick
Rose
Teacher & research lead
Turnford School

Prior to training as a teacher, Nick Rose worked in the NHS with stroke and head injury patients before gaining a post-graduate research post in parapsychology. Working with Susan Blackmore at the University of the West of England in Bristol �" he investigated paranormal claims and psychological explanations for anomalous experiences. 
In 2002 he trained as a science teacher but has gravitated towards teaching more psychology. He currently works as a leading practitioner at Turnford School in Hertfordshire with responsibilities for research and professional development. 
Nick has been a keen supporter of the researchED movement and presented a talk at the recent conference on some of the neuromyths and nonsense which serve in place of genuine psychological insights into learning. He writes the ‘Evidence into Practice’ blog (evidenceintopractice.wordpress.com) which critically appraises research evidence and looks at how it might be applied within teaching.
Johnny
Rich
Chief Executive
Push Talks
Johnny Rich is chief executive of Push and a consultant in education, careers and media. His recent clients include the European Commission, HEFCE and many recruiters, education bodies and media organisations. He is also a director of the Higher Education Academy.
 
Since founding Push in 1992, Johnny has built it into an award-winning social enterprise providing information, advice and research about universities, careers and employability. Push runs a programme of outreach and training events that visit nearly 400 schools and colleges each year. 
 
As a member of various think tanks and strategy bodies, Johnny contributes widely to policy debates on education, careers, wider participation and social mobility. He is currently spearheading an initiative on work-related learning.
 
With degrees from the Universities of Durham and East Anglia, his background also includes journalism, publishing, media relations, television and the web. He appears regularly in the media and is author of the highly acclaimed novel The Human Script.
Paul
Rushforth
Headteacher
Minehead Middle School

@mineheadmiddle
Paul has been Headteacher of Minehead Middle School in Somerset since 2002, bringing the school out of ‘Serious Weaknesses’ through ‘Good’ to ‘Good with Outstanding Features’. 
 
Paul has been a Headteacher since 1998, in Cornwall, Wiltshire and Somerset and an Ofsted inspector since 2003, becoming a lead inspector in 2011.
 
He has developed and run several courses on making performance management, whole school planning and raising achievement manageable and designed a set of materials to enable headteachers to gain an overview of the strengths and areas for the development of teaching staff. Most schools in Somerset now use this system.  Paul has also worked with many of Somerset’s school leadership teams in helping them achieve the best Ofsted outcome their school deserves.
 
He is currently Secretary of the Somerset NAHT and Executive Headteacher of the ‘Exmoor Coast Federation’ which educates over 1000 3 to13 year olds. 

Andrew
Sabisky
Pasi
Sahlberg
Mark
Saltmarsh
England RFU
Mark has led the development and delivery of England Rugby’s strategy to support schools, colleges and universities for the last 3 ½ years.  Previous to this was the RFU’s National Schools Development Manager and has fulfilled various roles from local to national scale in a 20 year career with the RFU.  This has included working with sporting, commercial and educational partners on all levels.
Jacob
Sam-La Rose
Jacob Sam-La Rose is a poet, performer, educator and artistic director. His poetry collection 'Breaking Silence' was shortlisted for a Forward Poetry Prize and the Fenton Aldeburgh award. Sam-La Rose has facilitated workshops, delivered literature programmes and held residencies internationally at hundreds of schools and cultural institutions. His enthusiasm for using poetry as a tool for creative education and interaction has made him a renowned and inspirational figure in the poetry and educational communities alike. He currently leads the Spoken Word Education Programme, based at Goldsmiths University, placing poets as resident educators in London schools. 


Kathleen
Saxton
The Lighthouse Company
Kathleen Saxton is the founder and Chief Executive of bespoke headhunting firm, The Lighthouse Company, and co-founder of Advertising Week Europe. 
After an 18 year, 360 degree journey in the media and advertising sphere, Kathleen moved into professional headhunting. 
In 2009, Kathleen set up The Lighthouse Company with a vision to create the modern headhunting firm that clients demanded. Today, The Lighthouse Company represents talented individuals globally, and works with the most interesting and forward thinking businesses, both in creative and media. 
Kathleen is a psychotherapy graduate from Regents University, seeing patients at The Grove Practice. She holds a non-exec directorship, contributes regularly to the Government Speakers for Schools programme, is president of the Centre for separated families, and passionately speaks about leadership within the digital age. 
Kathleen lives in Hampstead, has two children Ned and Nancy, plays the flute and piano, and loves live music. 

Alka
Sehgal Cuthbert
Institute of Ideas Education Forum

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert is studying for a PhD in Philosophy of Education at Cambridge and writes on educational issues for online publications.  She has worked in education for over 20 years, as a secondary English teacher, associate lecturer in cultural studies, and a tutor in further education.  She is a member of the Institute of Ideas Education Forum.
Adam
Seldon
Co-Director
Lauriston Lights

Adam is Co-Director of the education charity Lauriston Lights. Founded in 2012, Lauriston Lights is a summer camp for eleven year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the vital transition from primary to secondary schools. 

It has been created and is run solely by current or recently graduated university students. The aim is to raise the aspirations, communication, character and intellectual skills of the children it works with to empower them for secondary school and beyond. It does this through a variety of innovative workshops and teaching methods, such as one-to-one mentoring sessions, Philosophy for Children, debating, character education workshops and workshops delivered by external companies and individuals.  

Lauriston Lights has run two summer camps (in 2013 and 2014) in the London borough of Newham and is in the process of expanding: it’s running two camps this coming summer and aims to continue to grow beyond summer 2015.
Tom
Sherrington
Headteacher
King Edward VI Grammar School
Tom Sherrington is Headteacher and a teacher at Highbury Grove School in Islington, having worked in schools for over 25 years.  
He is a member of the Headteachers’ Roundtable think tank and has a strong following for his blog where he regularly writes on contemporary ideas in teaching and learning and school leadership.  Tom is a regular contributer to conferences and CPD sessions locally and nationally.

Find his blog www.headguruteacher.com
Stephanie
Shirley
Founder
The Shirley Foundation

Dame Stephanie Shirley (81) arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee and soon became fascinated by mathematics.  At 18 she started working for the Post Office as a very junior sort of mathematical clerk, taking her honours maths degree at evening classes. As a late pioneer of the computer industry, she is in the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park; but her main claim to fame was her software company, an early hi-tech business. This started on her dining room table as a company of women, a company for women. When it was finally acquired after 45 years it had 8,500 staff, men and women, 70 of them were millionaires! 

Her late son’s autism triggered her interest in education for special needs, including setting up Prior’s Court as a day and residential school for students with autism and complex needs. Dame Stephanie is speaking about the appeal of science to girls.

Jonathan Simons
Head of the Education Unit
Policy Exchange
Jonathan is the Head of the Education Unit at Policy Exchange, where he directs research on all aspects of education including Early Years, schools, skills and HE. 
Before joining Policy Exchange Jonathan worked at Serco Group, where he was Director of Strategy and Market Development in both the company's specialist education and health practices. Prior to that, he was Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, where he co-authored the Open Public Services White Paper, and Senior Policy Adviser and then Head of Education in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit where he developed policy in the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron. 
Outside of work Jonathan is the Chair of Governors and Co-Founder of Greenwich Free School, which opened in 2012.


Brian
Sims
Director of Education
Ark
Before moving to the UK from America, Brian was a Managing Director at the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) in Chicago. Prior to joining AUSL, Brian was an Assistant Principal at a charter high school in San Francisco. Brian has Master’s degrees from Stanford University and a BA from Dartmouth College
Julie
Slater
Chief Executive
Outwood Institute of Education
Iesha
Small
Assistant Head Teacher


Iesha Small is an assistant head teacher at a mixed comprehensive academy in Hertfordshire. Previously she taught for a decade in London, including as head of maths at an outstanding school.  Iesha believes that a student’s educational and life outcomes should not be determined by their place of birth or family background. Iesha is a featured author in ‘Don’t Change The Light Bulbs’, released last year, and has served as a governor of a children’s centre.
Iesha has particular interests related to effective leadership and positive mental health.  She believes that the best leaders listen carefully and ask incisive questions prior to acting, and embodies this as an education professional and in her capacity as a documentary storyteller. Iesha’s ongoing documentary project telling the positive stories of people who have experienced mental ill health can be found at www.mindshackles.co.uk
Cath
Smith
Headteacher
Bow School
Cath Smith is Head teacher of Bow School in Tower Hamlets. Bow was graded ‘good’ in 2013 and has very recently moved into new premises, built as a part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme. Bow is undergoing significant transformation �" it has begun its scheduled growth from a small (500) 11 �" 12 school for boys to a large (1600) mixed 11 �" 18 school by 2020.
Iain
Smith
Trainer and Consultant
Teacher Support Network
Iain works with Teacher Support Network Group as an Associate, delivering training and consultancy to schools.  He also runs the cunningly named Iain Smith Coaching and provides one to one blended coaching for School Leaders, and training for whole schools. Since volunteering way back when, as an English teacher in a dusty village in rural Tanzania, Iain has worked for over 20 years in the Education sector. Teaching in secondary schools before setting up his own business, Iain is passionate about helping teachers become more effective at what they already do well and learning the resilience needed.
He is a natural communicator and delegates enjoy his open and practical approach to ideas that make a tangible difference. Iain's calm manner and ability to help leaders find solutions in a crisis is probably why so many of his clients have him on speed dial.
Jonny
Sobczyk
The Brilliant Club


Jonny studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Durham. He then joined the 2008 cohort of Teach First and taught at Bow Boys School in Tower Hamlets. Jonny left the classroom to found to university access charity, The Brilliant Club, with Simon Coyle in 2010. The Brilliant Club currently supports over 7000 pupils from over 300 schools across the UK to secure places at leading universities. Jonny also co-founded Researchers in School in 2013, the world’s only teacher training programme exclusively for PhD graduates. Jonny was named in the ‘Top 10 Young UK Social Entrepreneurs’ and listed in The Observer’s ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals‘. The Brilliant Club has been short-listed for The Sunday Times ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ and was also listed in Social Enterprise UK’s ‘Top 5 Start Up Companies of 2012′.  Jonny has also written for The Guardian and The Telegraph.
Jessie
Soohyun Park
Citizenship Manager
Samsung Electronic UK
Jessie Park is Citizenship Manager at Samsung Electronic UK, looking after educational initiatives and partnerships that inspire learning and innovation through technology. These include the Digital Classroom and Digital Academy programmes that support access to and training in technology for children and young people as well as teachers. Jessie is also working closely with charitable and cultural organisations that are committed to helping bridge the digital skills gap in the UK. 
Barry
Speirs
Head of Leadership Consultancy
RSAcademics
Barry joined RSAcademics in 2014 as Head of Leadership Consultancy after a long international career in Human Resources with leading multinational companies.
His experience includes 14 years with Burmah Castrol and BP where he held HR Director positions in the UK, US and India, as well as a number of specialist regional roles in leadership development and employee relations for firms which include PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Barry has a post-graduate qualification in HR and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).  He works with various members of the RSAcademics’ consultancy team, particularly with former Heads, to provide schools with support in a number of HR and leadership areas.
www.rsacademics.co.uk  @RSAcademics
Russell
Speirs
Founder
RSAcademics

Russell attended Sevenoaks School before studying Modern Languages at Exeter College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. 
A three-year post-graduate course at The European School of Management in Paris and Berlin followed before he began his marketing career at Unilever. His responsibilities included managing product development programmes and interpreting research findings. 
After a period as Senior Consultant with Marketing Dynamics in London, where clients included Unilever, Halfords and Capital Radio, Russell joined Uppingham School as their first Marketing Director in 1997. It was during this time at Uppingham that he fell in love with the world of schools. 
He founded RSAcademics in 2002 with the aim of helping schools to thrive.
www.rsacademics.co.uk  @RSAcademics
Amanda
Spielman
Chair
Ofqual

@amanda_spielman
Amanda Spielman is Chair of Ofqual and an education adviser at Ark, where she was part of the founding team and formerly Research and Policy Director. She is also a trustee of STEMNET. 
Alex
Standish
Senior Lecturer
UCL Institute of Education
Alex Standish is a Senior Lecturer in Geography Education at UCL Institute of Education and author of Global Perspectives in the Geography Curriculum (2009) and The False Promise of Global Learning: Why Education Needs Boundaries (2012). He taught geography and social studies education for six years at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and holds a PhD from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Before switching to higher education Standish taught for ten years at primary and secondary schools in the south of England. His research interests include geography education, curriculum change, teacher education and global change.
Julian
Stanley
Group Chief Executive
Teacher Support Network
Julian’s career to date has encompassed the civil service, local government, arts education, teaching and community and economic regeneration (developing two multi-million pound venues and a business Improvement district). Since his arrival as Chief Executive at Teacher Support Network in May 2009, Julian has set out on a mission to reshape the charity group to make it stronger, more integrated and to be the leading provider of health and wellbeing services to teachers, lecturers and all staff working in the education sector.  Julian appears regularly on TV, Radio and in the press to comment on a range of issues affecting teacher wellbeing, stress and mental health issues. 
Kevin
Stannard
Carrie
Starbuck
Managing Director
Learning Performance Training
Carrie Starbuck is Managing Director of the UK’s leading study skills company, Learning Performance Training, who work with 1000 schools across the UK every year to raise achievement.
 
As a former teacher and political advisor, Carrie’s aim is to inspire a love of learning by injecting creativity and imagination into every aspect of education.
 
Beyond this, Carrie is dedicated to raising aspirations and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among young people. Her blog A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom is to help start �" ups and young woman in particular, navigate the realm of business.
 
http://awomansplaceisinthe.blogspot.co.uk
www.learningperformance.com
David
Starbuck
Deputy Head
Albyn School

@davidestarbuck
David's unique blend of humour and reality lends a fresh and useful perspective to applying growth mindsets, the creativity agenda and positive psychology ‎to your school.  Last year David's talk, Growing a Love of Learning, attracted over 100 people to a room set out for just 30.

David is Deputy Head of Albyn School, a leading independent school in Scotland.  He is also author of the Learning Performance study skills workshops and the book Creative Teaching: Learning with Style.  He is working on a project in his school to “grow” a love of learning, implementing much of what Carol Dweck, Ken Robinson, John Hattie and others have to say about what education should be about.   His talk this year is entitled Growing Confident Learners.
John
Stein
Professor of Neuroscience
University of Oxford
John Stein first trained as a neurologist at Oxford U., St Thomas’s Hospital and Leicester.  He has been a Fellow and Tutor in Medicine at Magdalen College, Oxford since 1970.  He has always been passionate about widening access to elite Universities, contrary to Gordon Brown’s allegations in the ‘Laura Spence affair’.  He therefore has a particular interest in children’s reading problems.  He works on their brain basis and has studied how blue or yellow coloured filters and fish oil omega 3s can help.  His brother, TV chef Rick Stein, does not teach neuroscience; he does not often cook fish!
Martin
Stephen
Author
Martin Stephen was Headmaster of The Perse School, Cambridge, and High Master of The Manchester Grammar School and St Paul’s School, London. He was elected Chairman of The Headmasters’ and Headmistress’s Conference in 2004. He is the author or editor of twenty three books, including five novels in the acclaimed ‘Henry Gresham’ series of historical crime thrillers, and his first play script, a compilation of poetry and prose from World War 1, was premiered in London in May 2014. Educating The More Able Student. What Works and Why  was written with co-author Ian Warwick and published in 2015. His most recent other publications, in 2014, were Scapegoat: The Death of HMS ‘Prince of Wales’ and ‘Repulse’ and Poetry and Myths of the Great War: How Poets Altered Our Perception of History. He is a regular broadcaster and writer for the printed media.
Alastair
Stewart
Ambassador
Missing People

Alastair Stewart OBE is one of the UK’s most experienced and respected presenters, having anchored national news bulletins since 1983. He now presents ITV News at 1.30pm and co-presents ITV News at 6.30pm with Mary Nightingale.

Alastair presented ITV’s Election 2010 programme and made television history as he moderated the First Election Debate on ITV between David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg. 

Winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Presenter of the Year in 2005, Alastair was also named as The Face of London by the Royal Television Society in 2002 for his former role of presenting London Tonight. 

In 2006 Alastair was awarded the OBE for his work in broadcasting and for charity, and he in 2008 was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Bristol, followed by a Doctorate of Letters from Plymouth University in 2010.
Carole
Stott
Chair of the Board
AoC
Carole is Chair of the Board of the Association of Colleges and also chairs its charitable Trust, which oversees the AoC Beacon Awards and Gold Awards. 
Carole is Chair of the Skills Show and the UK Skills Board, which governs and directs the nation’s largest showcase for vocational training, skills and careers, delivering the hugely popular event at the NEC in Birmingham as well as supporting a range of local initiatives across the country. 
Carole is also a governor and chair of City of Bath, her local FE College. Professionally she is a qualified teacher and has had a long career in adult and further education. She has held a number of CEO positions, including CEO of a national qualification awarding body. She was awarded the MBE in 2012 for services to adult education.
Purnima
Tanuku
Chief Executive
National Day Nurseries Association
Purnima Tanuku OBE is the Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association, a charity and membership association for nurseries across the UK.
Recognised as an authority on early years and childcare, Purnima works closely with ministers and senior civil servants and is a major contributor to the policy debate in all three nations. 
Awarded the OBE for her services to families, Purnima has led the way for Asian women in business since becoming the first Asian female managing director of an Environmental Regeneration Trust.  She is also the holder of the prestigious Institute of Directors Voluntary and Charitable Sector Award for the Yorkshire and Humber region.  
Away from the board room Purnima is a trained dancer and sits as Chair of the Kala Sangam, an internationally renowned South Asian Academy of Performing Arts, based in Bradford.
Peter
Tatchell
Director
Peter Tatchell Foundation

Peter Tatchell has campaigned since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice.
 
From the 1970s, he proposed a comprehensive Equal Rights Act to ensure equal treatment for everyone. This proposal was eventually enshrined in the Equality Act 2010.  
 
In 1994, he named 10 Anglican bishops and urged them to “Tell The Truth” about their sexuality; accusing them of homophobia and hypocrisy. Four years later he interrupted the Easter Sermon of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, in protest at his opposition to gay equality.
 
In 1999, in London, he ambushed the Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, attempting a citizen's arrest on charges of torture. A repeat attempt in Brussels in 2001 resulted in him being beaten unconscious by Mugabe's bodyguards.
 
He coordinated the Equal Love campaign from 2010, which pioneered same-sex marriage.
 
He is Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation. 


DJ
Taylor
D.J. Taylor is the author of eleven novels, including Derby Day (2011), long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and The Windsor Faction (2013), joint winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. His non-fiction includes Orwell: The Life, which won the 2003 Whitbread Biography Prize, and Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940 (2007). His most recent publication is a volume of short stories, Wrote for Luck (2015). His journalism appears in a variety of newspapers and weekly magazines, including the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and Private Eye, and he writes a weekly column for the Independent on Sunday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Norwich with his wife, the novelist Rachel Hore, and their three sons
Moj
Taylor
Comedian
Push Talks

Moj Taylor (mojtaylor.com) is a professional stand up comedian & the Executive of Push.co.uk - the award-winning independent guide to university and student life. He has won a Fringe First as a performer, and continues to deliver 100s of Push Talks in schools and universities across the UK each year - using storytelling and comedy to help students think about what they truly want from life, and establish the principles of employability so they can do what they love and love what they do. He has a firm belief in using stand up as a highly effective tool for student engagement and social mobility. At Push, Moj is also responsible for business development, collaborative outreach and widening participation. He attended Queen Mary University (BA) and Drama Centre London (MA) and is currently working on his first full length Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy show, which will debut this August. You can follow his Push Talks and comedy projects @PushTalks
Nigel
Taylor
Headmaster
Amesbury School
Nigel Taylor joined Amesbury as Headmaster in 1994. It is his second headship. 

His career began at Stowe, followed by St Andrew’s Scots’ School, Buenos Aires, Argentina. On return to the UK he taught at Cheltenham College, from where he was appointed Deputy Headmaster of St Paul’s School, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Although during the first part of his career he tended to have itchy feet after three / four years, he has now lead Amesbury, a school he adores, for just over two decades.

He was born in Leicester (and is a Tigers fanatic), completed his BSc (Hons), PGCE and MA at Loughborough University,  lives in West Sussex with wife Caroline, limps (having run too many marathons), loves to read, and enjoys keepings a low profile. 
Tinie
Tempah
Artist
One of the UK’s most innovative, credible, charming and authentic artists. Like his multi-platinum selling debut Disc-Overy, Demonstration succeeds on many levels, not least because Tinie has once again delivered an innovative, bold, surprising, pioneering piece of work. 

On the eve of releasing Pass Out in 2010, no one could have predicted just how huge a star the then 21 year-old Patrick Okogwu would become. Not only the winner of BRITs, MOBO’s and an Ivor Novello, his debut album Disc-Overy sold over a million copies. He played every major festival the world over, including the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Tinie wrote his own book, designed a clothing line, invested in a record label, rubbed shoulders with royalty, made mates with pop hierarchy and broke boundaries by appearing on the front page of The Times and GQ. Last year he was invited to join, alongside Prince Charles and Sir Paul Smith, a dinner to help promote the British Fashion Council.

A lovely, down to earth, polite, funny, genuine young guy who didn’t pretend to be anything other than himself, his effortless ability to put people at ease while maintaining a strong sense of star quality made him stand out a mile from his peers. 

It’s been over three years since Tinie released Disc-Overy and much has changed in the Plumstead raised rapper’s life. He’s seen even more of the world, he’s moved homes, gotten into the gym. His perspective on life has altered and matured, and with it, his musical one too. His focus has been on creating an album that’s not only as good as his debut, but better. Demonstration is an album that underscores why he became such a star in the first place and reveals just how much bigger he’s about to be; both in the UK and around the world.
Gareth
Thomas
Speaker
Prospero Teaching
Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas, the 100-times capped former Wales rugby skipper, leads the Balls to Bullying campaign set up by Prospero Teaching. He visits schools across the UK to work with pupils on building resilience and boosting self-confidence, drawing on his own experiences of being bullied as a youngster.  He says: ‘I am Welsh before I am anything else.’

John
Tomsett
Headteacher
Huntington School
John Tomsett has been a teacher for 27 years and a Headteacher for twelve. He is Headteacher at Huntington School, York. He writes a blog called "This much I know..." and is a co-founder of the Headteachers' Roundtable Think Tank. His first book is called, "Love over Fear, This much I know about growing truly great teaching." He remains resolutely wedded to teaching and helping colleagues improve their teaching.
Darren
Towers
Head of Education
EDF Energy
Darren is Head of Education at EDF Energy, leading the company’s work on education and skills. This has a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and inspiring the next generation on wider sustainability issues. 

He leads EDF Energy’s national schools programme, The Pod (www.jointhepod.org), which supports 60% of UK schools on energy, science and sustainability and recently launched a ‘Helping Hands’ campaign to enable schools to introduce youth social action into their activities. He oversees EDF Energy’s ‘Inspire’ education programme in the south west and its network of over 300 STEM Ambassadors.

Darren volunteers as Chair of EDF Energy’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Supporters Network, working to build truly inclusive workplaces. He volunteers with Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT charity, as a schools speaker, championing diversity and inclusion in schools and was listed in the FT’s Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders in 2014.
Anna
Trethewey
Senior Associate
LKMco
Anna Trethewey is a Senior Associate at LKMco, a youth ‘think and action’ tank, combining on-the-ground expertise with rigorous research to develop outcomes for disadvantaged young people and children. She specialises in supporting charities, schools and social enterprises translate their aims into deliverable projects that can be evaluated effectively. She has supported organisations such as the Royal Society of Literature, Teach First and the Greater London Assembly. 
Prior to joining LKMco, Anna was an English and drama teacher, school leader and Union rep in London and the East of England. She has also been a mentor to trainee teachers and a youth worker and she currently volunteers as a judge of a national poetry competition for schoolchildren.
Jamie
Trusler
Student
Loughborough College
Jamie (18) currently attends Loughborough College, and took part in National Citizen Service (NCS) in the summer of 2013 near his home in Leicester. 
After completing NCS, Jamie has continued to volunteer with St Johns ambulance and was the regional St. Johns Ambulance cadet of the year in 2014. He is now a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament, International Youth Ambassador for the International Lions Club, as well as having run a number of social action projects of his own. Experiencing the impact of social action while on NCS, has inspired him to stay involved in his community and has helped him to develop the core key skills he needs to reach his ambition of becoming a police officer.
Julia
Upton
Headteacher
Debenham High School

@juliaupton

Julia is Headteacher of a rural comprehensive school in Suffolk. Despite the fact that her role encompasses all aspects of school development, from boilers to budgets, statistics to staffing, she is still a committed practising Mathematics teacher. 

She has worked in four schools in different roles but at my core remains a drive to make mathematics accessible and achievable for all and support staff locally and nationally, considering how they can build confidence and hence attainment in Mathematics. I run workshop for leaders of Mathematics, write articles on Mathematics Education and whole school leadership and have recently written my first book, Teach Now: Mathematics, aimed at trainee teachers.
Ed
Venables
Housemaster
Wellington College
 
Ed joined Wellington as a teacher of Economics and Business Studies in 2008. In 2010 he became Head of Business Studies and in 2011 was appointed Head of Economics and Business Studies, the largest sixth form department in the school. He took over as Housemaster of the Stanley in 2012. Ed is an Old Wellingtonian, having been Head of House of the Stanley in 1993.  Between stints in the Stanley, Ed studied Classics at Oxford and worked in the City for investment banks and a distressed debt hedge fund. Ed is passionate about learning as much about pastoral education as possible and experimenting with new ideas. He is an active practitioner of coaching and is beginning to use of Mindfulness in the boarding house. He is really proud of the relationship that boys in his boarding house have developed with the pupils of Carwarden House School this year.
Caroline
Vernon
Head Teacher
Victoria Junior School
In my role as head teacher, I have worked with colleagues to challenge traditional learning & teaching, ensuring education is highly engaging and has real purpose for students. Our approach gives equal weighting to high academic attainment and community based learning opportunities. Embedded within our curriculum is the explicit teaching of learning skills and pupil led self assessment. Student voice is powerful within our school community, motivating pupils to think beyond themselves and develop social conscience.
Beyond school, I have set up and lead a professional group, drawn from education and business, which works cross sector to develop a community wide education strategy. Recognising the demand, from the local economy, for key transferable skills, this work supports schools in developing a curriculum driven by future employers �" a ‘grow your own’ model. By co-constructing learning we aim to develop an educational journey for students which crosses traditional boundaries and equips young people with the skills and experience to improve their future prospects and impact positively on their local communities.
Jon (Keith)
Ward
Professor
Professor Keith Ward, FBA is the Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. His website is: keithward.org.uk. He has written on philosophy of religion, religion and science, and ethics, among other things. He is also an ordained Canon of the Church of England.
Ian 
Warwick
Founder and Director
London Gifted & Talented
Ian Warwick set up London Gifted & Talented (www.londongt.org) in 2004 and we have directly worked with well over 3,000 schools and 11,000 teachers internationally. More than 150,000 educators worldwide have used our free e resources. Ian has published extensively in the field of education with books, articles and chapters in national and international journals. He has spoken at many national and world conferences and is consultant editor for Gifted Education International. He has also written award winning high challenge e-learning materials and several film screenplays.  

He is currently also Director of the REAL Project (www.realproject.org.uk), a national programme that for five years has led the way to improve the provision of education for BME and EAL students. 

Ian’s chief areas of interest are professional development and urban gifted education, designing materials that address academic literacy for disadvantaged and underachieving students, online and independent education and ways to increase creativity and intellectual curiosity.
Kirsty
Watt
Head of Academy Ambassadors
Kirsty Watt is Head of Academy Ambassadors and brings to the panel insights from growing multi-academy trusts and why education leaders are looking to business and other sectors to help improve governance. 
Kate
Webb
Chief Executive
East Berkshire College
Kate Webb was appointed Principal and Chief Executive of East Berkshire College in March 2010, having previously held the role of Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality. Since joining in 2005, Kate has seen the College go from strength to strength and is committed to ensuring every single student has the chance to succeed. Kate is proud of the role Further Education plays in transforming people's lives and the difference East Berkshire College makes to the 8,000 students it serves each year at its campuses in Langley and Windsor. Kate has over 20 years of experience in the further education sector and originally started her career as a key skills teacher. As well as being an Association of Colleges board member, Kate is also Chair of Slough Aspire, a private-public sector led skills and training social enterprise in Berkshire.
Rob
Webster
Researcher
UCL Institute of Education

Rob Webster is a researcher at the UCL Institute of Education, where he also leads the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants programme. He worked on the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff project and its follow-up study, the Effective Deployment of TAs project. He co-directed the Making a Statement study and now leads the SEN in Secondary Education study, both of which focus on the educational experiences of students with SEN. He also has five years experience of working as a TA. For more about his work and research visit, www.maximisingtas.co.uk 

 

David
Weston
Chief Executive
Teacher Development Trust
@Informed_edu
David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. He founded the Trust in 2012 after spending nine years as a secondary school maths and physics teacher and experiencing a growing frustration with the way that teachers are developed across the school system. Since its launch, David has steered the Trust to be one of the foremost voices in education on the subject of professional development. He has written extensively in the TES, Guardian, SecEd and a number of other education journals and works closely with stakeholders across the sector including government ministers and policy makers. David’s background includes consultancy around effective use of data in schools and he has written textbook materials in mathematics and physics. David is currently a primary school governor in North London and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education.
Steve
Wheeler
Associate Professor
Plymouth University

@timbuckteeth
I'm Associate Professor of Learning Technology in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at Plymouth University. My research interests include social media and mobile technologies in education, and I also blog regularly on these topics at Learning with 'e's. I am regularly invited to present my research in seminars, workshops and keynote speeches, and have been an invited speaker in more than 30 countries world wide. I'm a former editor of Interactive Learning Environments, and between 2008-2013 served as chair of IFIP's Working Group 3.6 (Distance Education).

I'm active in research in Europe, and as a Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) I network widely within the international learning technology community. I live in South West England with my wife (also a teacher) and my children.
Ella
Whelan
Writer & Research


Journalist, regular contributor to Spiked Online Magazine, organiser for the 'Down With Campus Censorship!' Campaign and Research Coordinator for the Free Speech University Rankings organised by Spiked this February. Ella regularly speaks on feminism, student politics and freedom of speech. 
ellawhelan.co.uk
Glenn
Whitman
Director
The CTTL, St. Andrew's Episcopal School
@gwhitmancttl
Glenn Whitman directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning () at St. Andrew's Episcopal School where he also serves as the Dean of Studies for grades Preschool through 12th grade. Glenn is A Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow and author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History as well as editor of Think Differently and Deeply, the national publication of the CTTL. Glenn’s most recent publication is,  “Assessment and the Learning Brain” that can be found in Independent School magazine. Glenn earned his MALS from Dartmouth College and a BA from Dickinson College and is a leader in translating research in how the brain learns to enhance teacher quality and student achievement.

Dylan
Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
UCL
@dylanwiliam

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London.

After a first degree in mathematics and physics, and one year teaching in a private school, he taught in inner-city schools in London for seven years.

In 1984 he joined Chelsea College, University of London, which later merged with King's College London. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Dean of the School of Education at King’s, and from 2001 to 2003, Assistant Principal of the College. In 2003 he moved to the USA, as Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. From 2006 to 2010 he was Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, University of London.

Over the last 15 years, his academic work has focused on the use of assessment to support learning (sometimes called formative assessment). He now works with groups of teachers all over the world on developing formative assessment practices.


Michael
Wilshaw
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector
Ofsted
Sir Michael Wilshaw was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills on 1 January 2012. 

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) is statutorily responsible for Ofsted’s inspection and regulatory work. He is able to draw on the full range of inspection findings to report on the quality of education, children’s services and skills, locally and nationally. He is responsible to Parliament for the organisation, staffing and management of Ofsted, and for ensuring the efficient and effective use of resources.

Prior to joining Ofsted, Sir Michael had a distinguished career as a teacher for 43 years, 26 of these as a headteacher in London secondary schools, and most recently as Executive Principal at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney. In addition to leading Mossbourne Community Academy, Sir Michael was Director of Education for ARK, a charitable education trust running a number of academies across England.  
Leo
Winkley
Head Master
St Peter's School

Leo Winkley is Head Master of St Peter’s School in York (2010 - current).  

He was educated at Cranleigh School and Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) where he gained an MA in Theology.  He completed an Open University Masters in Education in 2007. 

Leo was previously Head of Religious Studies and Assistant Housemaster at Ardingly College (1994 - 1999) and Head of Religious Studies at Cheltenham Ladies’ College (1999- 2004), before holding senior roles (Deputy Head, Acting Head and Managing Head) at Bedales School (2004 - 2010).  

Leo is married to Jules and has two daughters, Tabitha (11) and Dora (6), and a son, Ivo (9).

Peter
Worley
Co-founder & CEO
The Philosophy Foundation
Peter Worley BA MA FRSA is co-founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation, President of SOPHIA, the European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children, and an award-winning author and editor of eight books about doing philosophy in schools.  

As CEO he represents the charity worldwide, trains philosophy graduates and classroom teachers, whilst leading The Philosophy Foundation in its mission to transform thinking in education. 

Peter is resident philosophy teacher at 5 state primary schools in Lewisham working with teachers and students, visiting philosopher at Wellington College and Eagle House School, and Visiting Research Associate at Kings College London Philosophy Department. He has delivered training for philosophy departments across the UK, including LSE, Edinburgh, Warwick, Oxford Brookes and Birmingham Universities.
Toby
Young
Chief Executive
West London Free School Academy Trust
Toby Young is the chief executive of the West London Free School Academy Trust. His books include How to Set Up a Free School and What Every Parent Needs to Know. He is a Fulbright Commissioner and a visiting fellow of the University of Buckingham.