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Carlward

Carl Ward

Carl is Chief Executive of the City Learning Trust; a 3 to 19 MAT in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Chair of the Foundation for Education Development.  He has regional, national and international experience in leadership development and school to school improvement and has supported national and international projects and

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Wendydean

Wendy Dean

FED Trustee: 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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Fionaforbes

Professor Fiona Forbes

FED Trustee: Fiona Forbes is the CEO and founder of ConfigurED – an education transformation consultancy eco-system with a specific focus on school leadership.  Fiona has 30 years of experience and expertise in the leadership of schools from the early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and special education sectors.  Fiona is

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Priya Lakhani

FED Trustee: 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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Ianlivingstone

Ian Livingstone CBE

FED Trustee: Ian is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He co-founded iconic company Games Workshop in 1975. He is currently Non-executive Chairman of Sumo Group plc. His gamebooks empower readers through choice and are recognised for raising literacy levels in children. He is a leading

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Nick Mackenzie

FED Trustee: 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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Patrickwall

Patrick Wall

FED Trustee: Patrick Wall is the founder of edpol.net, a research project to support better and more enduring policy change. Patrick set up the first Oxford University access program, Target Schools, in 1982 and first became a school governor in 1988. For the last ten years he has been chair

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Gavin

Gavin Anderson

FED Council Member: Gavin Anderson is Managing Director Europe, Middle East, Africa for Cognition Education, part of the New Zealand-headquartered Cognition Education Group. Gavin oversees Cognition’s portfolio of education services, working with the UK and other governments, education institutions, and corporate clients. Cognition focus particularly on curriculum development, teacher recruitment

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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

FED Council Member: Mark is a former school leader with more than twenty years of experience in the classroom, leading successful faculty departments, being a local authority lead teacher for my subject and I am responsible for some of the world’s most innovative 1:1 programmes. My mission has always been to

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Deborah Annetts

FED Council Member: 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 UK’s professional body for musicians. Set up in 1882, the ISM has almost 11,000 members covering every aspect of

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Professor Anne Bamford Obe

Professor Anne Bamford OBE

FED Council Member: Professor Anne Bamford OBE is Strategic Director of the Education and Skills for the City of London. Anne has been recognized internationally for her research in creativity, lifelong learning and technology. She instigated the term, ‘fusion skills’ to describe the competencies needed for flourishing now and into

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Jim Carrick Birtwell

Jim Carrick-Birtwell

FED Council Member: Jim is the CEO and Founder of Future Talent Group, an e-learning business that delivers immersive digital learning programmed with virtual events, simulations and multimedia content to upskill employees in large organisations around the world with more highly evolved human and interpersonal skills. Future Talent conferences, events

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Meet The Team

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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Damejulia

Dame Julia 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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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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Jonathan Douglas Cbe

Jonathan Douglas CBE

FED Council Member: Jonathan Douglas CBE is Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust. Previously he was Head of Policy Development at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, where he also worked as Head of Learning and Access. Prior to that, he was Professional Adviser for Youth and School Libraries

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Meet The Team

Paul Drechsler CBE

FED Council Member: Paul is Chairman of London First, London’s premier business organisation. He is also a board member of Greencore Plc, 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 the Advisory

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Vivienne

Vivienne Durham

FED Council Member: 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

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Kirstie Donnelly

Kirstie Donnelly MBE

FED Council Member: Kirstie Donnelly MBE is Chief Executive at the City & Guilds Group, prior to this role she was the Group Managing Director for City & Guilds, ILM and DigitalMe brands operating globally. Kirstie joined City & Guilds Group in 2011 and has worked at the forefront of

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Karen

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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Jason Elsom

Jason Elsom

FED Council Member: Jason Elsom’s early career centred around internet innovation – leading some of the most progressive early ‘dotcoms’ – before turning his heart to education, becoming a teacher, Head of Faculty in Secondary Schools, Senior Leader in Further Education, and Education Consultant. Jason has acted as a critical

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Dr Adam England

Dr Adam England

FED Council Member: Dr Adam England. I have been a headteacher or principal since 2004, serving in the UK and internationally. Originally a languages and sports teacher, I was dragged kicking and screaming into educational leadership and have been doing my best to do justice for the young people of

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Craigfenton

Craig Fenton

FED Council Member: Craig Fenton is a business leader and entrepreneur who has worked in the technology industry for 20 years.  He leads Strategy & Operations for Google in UK and Ireland, is an investor in and mentor of several start ups, and founded his own record label to give

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Sam

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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Davidgallagher

David Gallagher

FED Council member: David Gallagher is Chief Executive Officer at NCFE, a leading educational charity, with business operations in Awarding, Assessment and Learning Technologies and Resources. David initially joined NCFE in 2018 as Managing Director of NCFE EPA Plus, leading a new team to deliver End-Point Assessment for apprenticeships. NCFE

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Philip Garner

Professor Philip Garner

FED Council Member: Professor Philip Garner works at Brunel University London, UK. He taught in mainstream and specialist schools for nearly 20 years. Subsequently he joined the staff of the West London Institute prior to its incorporation within Brunel University. Philip has previously held Chairs in Education at Nottingham Trent

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Nigel Genders

FED Council Member: 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

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Professor Dame Clare Gerada

FED Council Member: Dr Clare Gerada MBE  has more than 35 years experience practising medicine, and has been a driving force behind efforts to provide more wellbeing support for NHS staff. She is the first female Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in 50 years. She has

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David Gregson

FED Council Member: David Gregson is Chairman of The Gregson Family Foundation; an Executive Committee Member of The Institute for Fiscal Studies; a Trustee of Pro Bono Economics and The Windsor Leadership Trust; an advisor to both the Sutton Trust, which seeks to improve social mobility through education, and the

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Hugh Greenway

FED Council Member: Hugh Greenway is CEO of the Elliot Foundation which, over the last nine years, he has grown from concept to one of the more successful primary trusts in the country with over 11,000 children and 2,000 staff in 28 schools. Over the same period, he has helped

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Fed Members

David Harkin

FED Council Member: David is an entrepreneur and the CEO of the award-winning education company 8billionideas which exists to give every student the skills and belief to change the world. Since its formation, 8billionideas has worked with over 100,000 students around the world in 500 schools. 8billionideas has strategic partnerships in every

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Claudia Harris

Claudia Harris OBE

FED Council Member: Claudia Harris OBE is the CEO of Makers, an innovative coding provider that helps mid-careers switchers to retrain as software engineers in 16 weeks. Prior roles include setting up The Careers & Enterprise Company as its founding Chief Executive, working for the management consultancy firm McKinsey &

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Zamzam Ibrahim

FED Council Member: 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

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David Jaffa

David Jaffa

FED Council Member: David Jaffa founded SAM Learning, an online learning tool for GCSE and KS3 used in hundreds of secondary schools in the UK, and founded Penda Learning, an online Science and Math tool for US schools that was sold in 2019. David Jaffa currently works as CEO/Founder of

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Joysyjohn

Joysy John

FED Council Member: Joysy John is the CEO of 01 Founders, tuition-free coding centres with a job-guarantee to improve diversity in tech. She is also an entrepreneur, Edtech advisor and global speaker. She is the former Director of Education at Nesta, an innovation foundation in the UK, where she was responsible

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Al Kingsley

FED Council Member: Al Kingsley has over 30 years’ experience in the technology sector predominantly with his work on educational technology and digital safeguarding. For the last 25 years Al has been the Group Managing Director of NetSupport, an international software company developing market-leading software solutions used by over 18

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Emma Knights OBE

FED Council Member: 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

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Dr Rania Marandos

Dr Rania Marandos

FED Executive Team: Dr Rania Marandos believes in the power of young people and is a passionate campaigner for social justice. She enjoys building cross-sector partnerships that include people of all backgrounds, ages and communities to achieve lasting system change. Rania started her career at the London Probation Service and then

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Richard Merriman

Richard Merriman

FED Council Member: Richard Merriman began his career in 1981 at Geoffrey Chaucer School, Canterbury, a State, Bi-Lateral senior school, before transferring into the Independent Sector, at Clayesmore School. A further move to Kimbolton School as Director of Sport culminated in 1997 when he took on the first of his

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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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Meet The Team

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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Rajay Naik

Rajay Naik

FED Council Member: Rajay Naik is Chief Executive Officer of Skilled Education, the enabler of online courses and degrees for the world’s most prestigious Universities and largest companies. Skilled also delivers marketing, recruitment and other support to Universities seeking to grow enrolments, increase revenue and enhance quality. In 2014 Naik

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Wayne Norrie

Wayne Norrie

FED Council Member. Wayne Norrie is a qualified teacher with 20 years of senior management experience in the education sector holding roles such as Headship, LA Advisory Work, DfE consultant and Senior HMI for Ofsted. Wayne was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) in

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Lamideodanye

Lamide Odanye

FED Council Member: Lamide Odanye is the co-founder of LIVE (Learn, Inspire, Visualise, Elevate), a mentoring programme for students in Years 8-13 from low socioeconomic backgrounds. LIVE focuses on teaching young people soft transferable skills required for the professional environment and has the long term aim of reducing the rate

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Meet The Team

Ndidi Okezie OBE

FED Council Member: Ndidi Okezie is the CEO of UK Youth; a leading charity with a movement of over 5,500 youth organisations, reaching 1.6M young people. Prior to this, she worked as a teacher and school leader for ten years, spent six years as the Executive Director of Teach First,

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Roger Outwin Flinders

Roger Outwin-Flinders

FED Council Member: Roger Outwin-Flinders began his teaching career in 1981 at St. Martin’s Preparatory School, Northwood in London and after 12 years, at the age of 34 years old, he became Headmaster of Wycliffe College Junior School in Gloucestershire. During the next 27 years, he became Headmaster of 3

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Claire Paul

Claire Paul MBE

FED Council Member: Claire Paul MBE has thirty years’ experience working in the media. Most recently as the BBC’s Director of Leadership and Career Development, she started her career as a presenter and journalist, moving into management when she took on the editorship of two BBC Radio stations and then

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Kerry Jane Packman

Kerry-Jane Packman

FED Council Member: Kerry-Jane Packman is the Executive Director of Programmes, Membership and Charitable Services, who arrived at Parentkind in February 2018 from Tomorrow’s People where she was Director of Fundraising and Marketing.  Prior to that Kerry-Jane worked as Director of Resource Development & Communications for International Medical Corps UK.

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Raksha Pattni

Raksha Pattni

FED Council Member: Raksha Pattni is the National Partnerships Director at national education charity, Ambition Institute.  Ambition Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children in disadvantaged areas, by improving the standard of leadership and teaching across the UK school system. Previously to this, Raksha worked for a national

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Vivienne Porritt

Vivienne Porritt

FED Council Member: Vivienne Porritt is a speaker and a leadership consultant supporting school and trust leaders with vision, strategy, professional learning and development, and impact evaluation. Vivienne is currently one of the Co-founders and Strategic Leaders of WomenEd, a global not-for-profit community that supports and empowers aspiring and existing

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Professor Dame Alison Peacock

FED Council Member: Professor Dame Alison Peacock is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a new Professional Body that seeks to raise our status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire.

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Laura-Jane Rawlings

FED Council Member: Laura-Jane Rawlings is CEO of Youth Employment. She is a passionate campaigner for youth employment and the rights for all young people to access employment and have their voices heard on the issues that affect them. Laura-Jane believes that it is for all of us to create

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Jonathan

Jonathan Slater

FED Council Member: Jonathan Slater was the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education from 2016-2020, serving Nicky Morgan, Justine Greening, Damian Hinds and Gavin Williamson. His career started in operational research, before Jonathan moved into local government, first at Newham and then 10 years in Islington, where he ended

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Annika Small

Annika Small OBE

FED Council Member: Annika Small is a social entrepreneur committed to the imaginative use of digital technologies to address big social challenges. As co-founder of CAST, Annika has supported hundreds of charities and social enterprises to embed digital in their strategy, services and culture. Prior to CAST, Annika was founding

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Professor Samantha Twiselton OBE

FED Council Member: 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

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Carole Willis

Carole Willis

FED Council Member: Carole Willis is Chief Executive of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).  NFER is an independent not for profit organisation dedicated to providing research and analysis to help improve outcomes for children and young people.    Carole was formerly Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Adviser at the

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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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Bukky

Bukky Yusuf

FED Council Member: Bukky Yusuf is a Thought Leader with over twenty years teaching experience. She has undertaken several leadership roles within mainstream and special school settings, centring around professional development programmes, quality first teaching and learning and effective implementations of Educational Technology. Bukky has also been a successful Secondary

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Mohammed Alam Begi

Mohammed Alam Begi

Mohammed graduated from the University of Oxford in 2021. His journey through life has been a turbulent one. He was born and grew up during the heart of the war that has troubled Afghanistan for decades. The instability brought about by the conflict kept him away from the classroom as

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Joe Baker

Fed Executive Team: Following 3 years as a secondary school teacher in Stoke-on-Trent, where he led on curriculum design for his department, Joe is now looking to influence education through policy and governance.  Joe is undertaking a Masters in Politics at Keele University alongside his work for the FED, and

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Eugene Dapper

Eugene Dapper

FED Executive Team:  Eugene Dapper consults with organisations domestically on strategy, leadership and teacher recruitment and retention. Alongside his work at the FED, Eugene is currently the Independent Chair for the Norfolk Commissioning Hub, a strategic partnership, co-ordinating groups of stakeholders across Norfolk to support school improvement. Eugene recently served

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Loic Menzies

Loic Menzies

FED Executive Team: Loic Menzies is a researcher and policy specialist with twenty years’ experience in the education and youth sector.  He has authored numerous high profile reports on issues ranging from youth homelessness to teacher recruitment and is editor of “Young People on the Margins: Priorities for Action in Education

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Meet The Team

Alastair Falk

FED Senior Coordinator: Alastair Falk’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

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Dr David Feldman

FED Senior Coordinator: David Feldman 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

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Dr Trevor Lee

Dr Trevor Lee

FED Executive Team:  Dr Trevor Lee  FED Executive Team:  Dr Trevor Lee has enjoyed a 40-year career in education, teaching in state and independent schools as well as in universities. He is now Chief Educational Consultant at Saracens RFC and a key member of the development team for Saracens Multi-Academy

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Jo Malone

Jo Malone

FED Executive Team: Jo Malone is passionate about the transformative power of education. Following 15 years in the classroom as a secondary teacher, AST, curriculum and pastoral leader, Jo worked as Senior Education Adviser and Senior Project Manager at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. There she had a

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Dr Rania Marandos

Dr Rania Marandos

FED Executive Team: Dr Rania Marandos believes in the power of young people and is a passionate campaigner for social justice. She enjoys building cross-sector partnerships that include people of all backgrounds, ages and communities to achieve lasting system change. Rania started her career at the London Probation Service and then

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Jonathan Slater

Jonathan Slater – FED Strategy Consultant.

Jonathan Slater has been a high-ranking British civil servant. From May 2016, he was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education until his departure in August 2020.  Jonathan also brings previous experience from his roles in leading major delivery programmes at both the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence, as

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Rae Snape

Rae Snape

FED Executive Team: Rae has been a head teacher since 2007, formerly at The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge and at Milton Road Primary School since January 2020. Rae describes being a headteacher as the best job in the world! Interested in policy and passionate (some might say obsessed) about education, Rae

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Mohammed Alam Begi

Mohammed Alam Begi

Mohammed graduated from the University of Oxford in 2021. His journey through life has been a turbulent one. He was born and grew up during the heart of the war that has troubled Afghanistan for decades. The instability brought about by the conflict kept him away from the classroom as

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Dr Neil Bentley Gockmann Obe

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE

FED Ambassador: WorldSkills UK is a skills quality improvement partnership between employers, education and governments. Neil joined WorldSkills UK as CEO in 2015 and under his tenure, the organisation has grown and developed to focus on how international benchmarking from the global WorldSkills network in over 80 countries can be

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John Bird

Lord John Bird MBE

John, The Lord Bird MBE was born into poverty and brought up in care. His life journey has included spells as a prisoner, artist and printer. Now an activist, publisher and Crossbench member of the House of Lords, Lord Bird is the driving force behind The Big Issue Group, which

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Rod Bristow

Rod Bristow

Rod Bristow has led Pearson’s growth in online learning and also leads Pearson UK. He has worked in education for 40 years in qualifications, publishing and learning technologies across schools and higher education and corporate learning in the UK and internationally. Rod is a trustee for the Education and Employers

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Karan Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Karan Bilimoria, Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE DL, is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer,

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Tom Clark

Tom Clark

FED Ambassador: Tom Clark CBE was formerly Chief Executive of George Spencer Foundation School and Technology College in Nottingham during which time the school received consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports. For 3 years he was Associate Director of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) leading on workforce-remodelling and helping to

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Andrew Copson

Andrew Copson

FED Ambassador: Andrew Copson was appointed Chief Executive of Humanists UK in 2009 and elected President of Humanists International in 2015. He is a former director of the Religious Education Council, the Values Education Council, and the National Council for Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education. His books include the

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Julia Cleverdon

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE – Ambassador

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 from 1991 to

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Trish Franey

Trish Franey

FED Ambassador: Trish Franey has been actively involved in the development of leadership and school improvement initiatives at local, regional, and international levels for over twenty years. Under her leadership, a failing urban Primary Community school was transformed and awarded Beacon school status within 3 years. The school was also

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Rupert Gather

Rupert Gather

FED Ambassador: Rupert graduated in Law and, following operational service in the British Army, has built a distinguished career in venture capital and has a far-reaching insight into investment into innovative, viable and scalable early-stage companies. In 2013 Rupert founded InvestUK Group, a Foreign Direct Investment platform helping international entrepreneurs

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Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver

FED Ambassador: Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, he famously transformed the school into

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Sir Paul Grant

Sir Paul Grant was Headteacher at Robert Clack Comprehensive School in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham from 1997-2017. Previously he had taught in schools in the Australia, USA and in the North of England. Robert Clack is featured in Ofsted’s influential study, ‘Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools – Excelling against the

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David Goodheart

David Goodheart

FED Ambassador: David Goodhart is a British journalist, commentator and author. He is the founder and a former editor of Prospect magazine. He was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years; for part of the period he was stationed in Germany. He founded Prospect, a British current affairs

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Neil Hawkes

Dr. Neil Hawkes D. Phil (Oxford), MEd, BA, FRSA

Dr. Neil Hawkes D. Phil (Oxford), MEd, BA, FRSA is internationally well known as an inspirational speaker, educator, broadcaster, author and social commentator.  He is a popular TEDx presenter.  Neil’s thinking is having a profound influence on education and more widely in society. Neil first gained international recognition when he

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David Hopkins

Professor David Hopkins

Professor David Hopkins is currently Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Bolton, as well as being Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University College London and the University of Nottingham. David is passionately committed to improving the quality of education for all and has worked at the

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Jon Hering

Jon Hering

FED Ambassador: Jon is the Head of Business Development for The Inspirational Learning Group (TILG), the UK’s leading careers and enterprise challenge provider. The nature of this role means that he spends most of his time speaking to – and learning from – educationalists, policy makers and students from across

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Matt Hyde Obe

Matt Hyde OBE

Matt Hyde is Chief Executive of the Scouts, the UK’s largest youth movement. Formerly Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS), he has undertaken a number of leadership roles in the charity sector and as Chief Executive of the Scouts has contributed to a period of record membership

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Aliyah

Aliyah Irabor-York

Aliyah is a fierce change maker and the founder of Pupil Power, a national student-ledmovement challenging the reimagination of the future of education. Her advocacy strives tocentre youth voices; whilst bridging the gap between young people and educational leadersand policy makers. Aliyah’s critical work has been recognised through her nominations

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Howard Jackson

Howard is CEO of Hub4Leaders & Evaluate-Ed Ltd. He has been involved with the education sector for over 35 years and founded the successful education finance software company HCSS Education, now part of The Access Group. Prior to setting up his own education finance consultancy business in 1993, Howard’s roles

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Sue John

Dame Sue John

Dame Sue John was the headteacher of Lampton Academy from 1997 to 2015. During the London Challenge she was the secondary director of the leadership strategy and as a National Leader of Education worked with some of London’s most challenging schools. Sue has been awarded an honorary fellowship and an

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David Jaffa

David Jaffa

David Jaffa – David Jaffa founded SAM Learning, an online learning tool for GCSE and KS3 used in hundreds of secondary schools in the UK, and founded Penda Learning, an online Science and Math tool for US schools that was sold in 2019. David Jaffa currently works as CEO/Founder of

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Larissa Kennedy

Fed Ambassador: Larissa Kennedy (23) is the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) which represents seven million students across further and higher education in the UK. Throughout her 2-year term in office, NUS seeks to grasp at the root of a broken system to de-marketise, democratise and decolonise

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Ann Limb

Ann Limb CBE DL FRSA

A Mancunian by birth, and a Milton Keynesian by adoption, Ann Limb describes herself these days as a philanthropist, mover and Quaker. Ann’s first career was in the public sector – in education and the civil service. She spent 25 years in adult and further education serving for ten years

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Joy Madeiros

Joy Madeiros

As Founding Director of Oasis UK, Joy established Oasis as a group of organisations delivering education, housing, health, anti human trafficking and a wide range of local community projects.  When Oasis became a MAT, she took on the role of CEO of Oasis Community Learning, now responsible for 52 academies.

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Gordon Marsden

Gordon Marsden

FED Ambassador: Gordon Marsden is a politician, historian , writer and commentator and was MP for Blackpool South from 1997 to 2019. Before entering Parliament Gordon was an Open University Lecturer and tutor for 20 years , helped launch and later advised  English Heritage , and was both Publisher and

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Shane Mann

Shane Mann

Shane is the managing director of Lsect, an education publishing and events company operating across the UK. He is the publisher of the leading education news outlets Schools Week & FE Week. He joined the organisation to launch FE Week in 2011. A dedicated newspaper for the further education and

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Diana Osagie

Diana Osagie

FED Ambassador: Diana has 21 years’ experience leading secondary education, including six years as a successful head teacher in a London secondary school; Diana works at the cutting edge of leadership development. She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial

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Vikas Pota

Vikas Pota

Vikas Pota: is the Founder of T4 Education, a digital platform he established as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic on education, globally. T4 seeks to strengthen the cause of teachers and schools by providing them with opportunities to learn and share with each other, and is

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Lord Ranger

Lord Rami Ranger CBE

Lord Rami Ranger CBE, FRSA, is a British Peer and a successful businessman honoured by Her Majesty the Queen on Eight occasions. Six times for Business and twice personally for community services and was made a Member of the British Empire in 2005 and Commander of the British Empire in

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Anthony Seldon

Sir Anthony Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS

Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. Artificial intelligence and well-being in education are two of his specialist areas. He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College before becoming Vice-Chancellor of The University of

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Alastair Stewart

Alastair Stewart OBE

Alastair Stewartis a presenter on GB News and will host a news and current affairs programme on Saturdays and Sundays. Before that, he presented a range of news and current affairs programmes on the ITV network and was one of the longest serving newscaster-journalists on British television. Over many years,

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Robert Swannell

Robert Swannell

Robert is Chairman of Royal National Children’s SpringBoard Foundation, an educational charity providing boarding bursaries and other educational opportunities to children from some of the most deprived communities in the UK, many in care. He is also Chairman of the LP Advisory Committee of Ahren, an investment company based on

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Les Walton

Les Walton

Les Walton has a unique record of being a successful leader and innovator within most education sectors. As Headteacher, his school was identified by HMI as ‘one of the most successful urban schools in the country’. In his time as Director of Education the Council achieved Beacon Status for ‘tackling

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Jim Knight

Baron Jim Knight of Weymouth

Jim Knight, The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth works in education, digital technology and as a legislator. He is a director of Suklaa Ltd, providing advice services to UK and international clients working in technology for education and learning, international schooling, and teacher engagement.  Jim also regularly speaks and

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Rebecca Winthrop

Rebecca Winthrop

Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on education globally, with special attention to the skills young people need to thrive in work, life, and as constructive citizens. Dr. Winthrop works to promote quality and relevant

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