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Carl Ward

FED DIRECTOR: Carl is the leader of the City Learning Trust, a 3 to 19 MAT in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. He has worked as a senior leader over the last 18 years and has been a teacher for 26 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across

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Wendy Dean

FED DIRECTOR: Wendy Dean is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.  Educated at Staffordshire University. Became HR Director at ANC Ltd, latterly to become FedEx UK in 2000 (2500 employees) and went on to deliver a

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Nick Mackenzie

FED DIRECTOR: Nick is an education lawyer and partner at Browne Jacobson LLP, one of the UK’s pre-eminent education law practices. He is also a member of the firm’s Board. He has significant experience of advising boards in the social housing, corporate and, now for over 10 years, education sectors

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Professor Fiona Forbes

FED DIRECTOR: Fiona Forbes is the inaugural Director of the NESLI Office of International School Leadership.  She brings to this position a wealth of experience and expertise having worked in early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and special education fields for over 30 years.  She has been a principal for the

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Priya Lakhani

FED DIRECTOR: Priya Lakhani OBE is the Founder CEO of CENTURY, the award-winning AI education technology company. CENTURY’s team of teachers, neuroscientists and technologists develop world-leading artificial intelligence tools for schools, colleges and learning and development environments. In 2008, Priya left her career as a barrister to launch a successful

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Dr Steve Munby

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Professor Steve Munby is a consultant and speaker on leadership and system reform in education. Between 2005 and 2012, Steve was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England. From 2012 to 2017, he was Chief Executive of the Education Development Trust, an international

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Mike Buchanan

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Mike Buchanan is the Executive Director of HMC, the English-speaking world’s oldest association of Head Teachers. From 2005-2018 he was Head of Ashford School, part of United Learning, where he oversaw its transformation from a small girls’ school to a thriving all-age, co-educational day/boarding, independent school of

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Paul Drechsler CBE

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Paul is Chairman of Bibby Line Group and London First, London’s premier business organisation. He is also a board member of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC (UK), Chancellor of Teesside University, a member of the Global Advisory Board of Trinity College Dublin and a member of

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Dame Julie Cleverdon DCVO, CBE

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: 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 in the most challenged communities. During her tenure as Chief Executive of Business in the Community

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Lord David Young

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Lord Young of Graffham, long time entrepreneur, occasional politician. More than Interested in Enterprise, Employment, and making the education system fit for today.

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Estelle Morris

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley, is the Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership. Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multiracial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992, she entered Parliament, becoming the Secretary of State for

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Sam Freedman

FED COUNCIL MEMBER Sam is the CEO of Education Partnerships Group (EPG) a charity that works with Government’s around the world to improve education systems. Previously he was Executive Director at Teach First, responsible for the largest teacher training programme in the UK. From 2010-2013 Sam was the senior policy

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Sir Mick Davis

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Sir Mick Davis is currently Chairman of MacSteel, a global trading and shipping company, and was Chief Executive of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom, but has since stepped down from this position. He stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata plc in 2013, one

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Dr Karen Edge

FED COUNCIL MEMBER: Dr Karen Edge is currently a Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education and recently served as Pro-Vice Provost (International) at University College London, UK. Karen has conducted research in over 30 countries and has recently completed a 6-jurisdiction study of teacher motivation and retention. Karen’s Global City Leaders Project worked with Generation X (under 40-year-old)

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David Feldman

FED SENIOR COORDINATOR: David is founder of Phoenix Business Consultants which he established in 1992. He has over 30 years’ experience in business management consultancy with a wide range of organisations in the UK and internationally. He was Director of Leadership Studies at The Industrial Society – latterly The Work

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Alastair Falk

FED COORDINATOR: Alastair’s career has encompassed three Headships, work on education strategy at a local and national level and the setting up of new education organisations. His first Headship was a single form entry primary, after which he moved to become the founding Head of a new secondary school in

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Professor Samantha Twiselton

OBE is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University.  She uses her research and practice in the progression of teacher expertise, and curriculum design to improve school embedded approaches to teacher development. Sam has been heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education and was

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Vivienne Durham

Vivienne began her career in 1983 at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. Thereafter, she worked at Godolphin and Latymer School for Girls and Guildford High School before becoming Deputy Head of South Hampstead High School GDST in 1997. She served as an accredited ISI Schools Inspector from 1999 to 2015.

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Deborah Annettes

Deborah trained as an employment lawyer becoming a partner in the City in 1998. In May 2008, she became Chief Executive at the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the professional body for musicians. Set up in 1882, the ISM has close on 10,000 members covering every aspect of the music sector

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Nigel Genders

Nigel is the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer and leads the work of the Church of England Education Office, which serves the church’s ministry with children and young people in churches, schools, colleges and universities. The Church of England provides 4,700 schools educating over a million children and the

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Zamzam Ibrahim

Zamzam is the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) where she is elected to represent the views of learners across the UK. Along with student leaders in Students’ Unions across the country Zamzam works every day to campaign toward a free and funded education system. Prior to her current role

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Emma Knights OBE

Chief Executive of the National Governance Association (NGA) – the leading charity for guidance, research, advice and training for school governors and trustees. Prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly

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