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Amanda Spielman

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted

Amanda Spielman has been Ofsted Chief Inspector since January 2017.

Between 2011 and 2016, Amanda was chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator. From 2005 she was a founding member of the leadership team at the academy chain Ark Schools, where she became Research and Policy Director and an education adviser to Ark, the education charity. She previously spent more than 15 years in strategy consulting, finance and investment at KPMG, Kleinwort Benson, Mercer Management Consulting and Nomura International.

She is a council member at Brunel University London and has previously served on the boards of a number of organisations including the Institute of Education, STEMNET and Wales Millennium Centre, and has been a governor of two schools.

Andrew Morrish

Chief Executive, Victoria Academies Trust

Andrew is founder CEO of Victoria Academies, an established multi-academy trust in the West Midlands. As well as a sponsor, the trust also runs a SCITT (Central England Teacher Training) and a thriving social enterprise (@ballotstreet). As a headteacher of 19 years, Andrew has led several schools to outstanding, including from special measures. He has worked in schools in Liverpool, London and across the West Midlands, all in challenging circumstances.

Andrew is author of The Art of Standing Out and more recently contributed to The Working Class: Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices. He is an international speaker, a National Leader of Education, and Fellow of the RSA. For many years he chaired his children’s primary school governing body and is now a trustee on the MAT. Andrew blogs at and has written for the TES and Guardian but more often than not can be found on Twitter @AndrewDMorrish.

Ani Magill CBE

Chief Executive, Xavier Catholic Education Trust

Ani has been in education for 35 years, working in both primary and secondary schools. Before her appointment as CEO of Xavier, she was headteacher at St John the Baptist School for 23 years. During that time she has also had five headships of schools in difficulty, that required rapid change. Over 20 staff from SJB have gone on to become headteachers of schools in Surrey and beyond.

Ani has been an associate headteacher for SSAT, worked as part of the SSAT Leading Edge & Raising Achievement Transforming Learning partnership, been appointed an NLE, and been a member of the Secretary of State’s consultative group of headteachers. This experience culminated in a CBE for Services to Education, in the 2017 Birthday Honours List.

Caroline Derbyshire

Executive Headteacher, SWCHS and CEO, Saffron Academy Trust, Saffron Walden County High School

Caroline is the CEO of Saffron Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher of Saffron Walden County High School in North West Essex. She has been a headteacher for 13 years in both Cambridgeshire and Essex, is an NLE and works on the East of England Head Teacher Board.

Caroline is committed to the highest quality comprehensive state education and strongly believes in the power of schools, working in partnership, to bring about greater social justice and unlimited opportunities to children.

Cath Murray

Commissioning Editor, Schools Week

Cath Murray is Commissioning Editor and Head of Digital content for two education publications: Schools Week and FE Week.

She writes and commissions features, interviews and comment pieces on the burning education policy issues of the day.

She was previously Managing Editor at parenting website Netmums.

Charlotte Church

Educational campaigner and singer

Charlotte Church is a well-known singer, songwriter, actress, presenter and activist. Charlotte’s first number one classical album Voice of an Angel was released exactly 20 years ago when Charlotte was just 12. Making the transition to pop music in 2005, Charlotte has sold more than 10 million records worldwide. Since 2006, Charlotte has had numerous acting and presenting roles, including her own talk show The Charlotte Church Show, which won her several awards and accolades. Earlier this year, Charlotte starred in the BBC One documentary Charlotte Church: Inside My Brain, which explored mental health and neuroscience.

Charlotte has campaigned for many political and social issues including women’s rights, environmental issues and media intrusion. In July 2018, she was invited to guest edit BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour; and chose to focus her editorial on education in the UK. This has led to an immersive research project in which Charlotte has been seeking evidence about what works in education, with the intention of setting up a school in Cardiff focused on creativity and learner-autonomy. Charlotte is currently filming a documentary with the BBC tracking her research and mission to set up her own school. Charlotte also has two school-aged children, aged nine and eleven.

Photo credit: Keven Law from Los Angeles, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Claire Preston

Chief Executive, Lexonik

Claire is the driving force behind the growth and development of Lexonik and those within it. Passionate about education, personal development and raising standards, Claire brings 30 years’ experience in teaching, training and management to the role and is committed to channelling her leadership experience and expertise to lead the whole company to success in existing and new sectors.

David Lammy


David Lammy is the Member of Parliament for Tottenham, London’s most diverse constituency. One of the leading agenda setters in the fields of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism, he was a member of the previous Labour Government (2001-2010), is respected across the party spectrum and a well-known figure amongst the general public.

David was elected to Parliament at the age of 27 in 2000, following the untimely death of Tottenham’s long-standing MP Bernie Grant. He joined the Labour Government in 2001 and remained a member until 2010. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health, Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and latterly Minister for Higher Education. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 2008.

A well-known advocate of social activism, diversity and multi-culturalism, David’s current position as an active backbench MP has enabled him to engage in his passion for tackling the big issues facing society (on a macro and micro scale), and provide tangible solutions to bring about effective change. In September 2017, David published his review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System.

He remains the Chair of the All Parliamentary Party Group on Race and Fatherhood, is an active member of the Crossrail 2 and Wellbeing Economic Groups and was instrumental in founding the City Talent Initiative.

David Lowebridge-Ellis

Deputy Headteacher, Barr Beacon School

David has 15 years’ experience in the classroom and has been a senior leader for more than 10 of those.

As Deputy Head Teacher of Barr Beacon School in Walsall, he leads CPD, staff wellbeing, curriculum intent, implementation and impact, parental engagement and equality and diversity.

In the past year, his work has been featured by Schools Week, SecEd, The Key for School Leaders, SSAT, the National Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, the Centre for LGBTQ+ in Education, the BBC, the DfE and LGBTEd. He is a regular contributor to Teacher Toolkit.

An SLE for assessment, he has worked with many schools, in the UK and worldwide, to slash their marking burdens while improving feedback to pupils. He is most passionate about all aspects of leading change (the focus of his Masters degree). In his time away from education, he enjoys travel blogging with his husband and watching classic westerns with their two cats.

David Priestley

Executive Headteacher, Greenfield Community College, A Specialist Arts & Science School

David Priestley is Executive Headteacher of Greenfield Community College, A Specialist Arts & Science School serving the County Durham town of Newton Aycliffe and Shildon. The school has over 1000 learners and is a local authority maintained school.

Within the Ofsted report it states that this is a very well led school. A former leader of Personal and Social Development and Religious Studies David is committed to a balanced and creative approach to learning that takes account of the whole child and every child.

David has been a headteacher since 2006 and is committed to partnership working. He has been chair of the Sedgefield Local Children’s Board and a member of LSCB. He is part of the Schools North East Advisory board.

Greenfield is one of TED prize winner Sugata Mitra’s international ‘School in the Cloud’ experiment. Greenfield was a school of creativity under the Creative Partnership programme and has developed a strong programme for improvement through the work of Greenfield Arts, a community arts agency which focuses on extended diversion to the organisation.

Jack Worth

Lead Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research

Jack is an expert on the teacher labour market. His research and analysis aims to understand the changing teaching profession and identify ways of improving teacher recruitment and retention. He has given evidence to the Education Select Committee on how schools and policymakers can better retain teachers and is a member of the Department for Education’s Teacher Supply Model technical group.

Specialising in analysis of large datasets, including the National Pupil Database, School Workforce Census and Labour Force Survey, Jack uses advanced techniques to gain insights for policy and practice.

Jack is experienced in quantitative policy evaluation and value for money analysis. He has led a number of impact evaluations using randomised controlled trial and quasi-experimental designs and has also developed the Education Endowment Foundation’s guidance on cost evaluation.

Katy Parkinson

Founder, Lexonik

Katy is the inspiration behind and creator of Sound Training, and the Lexonik range of products. Prior to developing the programme she was a Senior Learning and Language Advisor in a large urban unitary authority. Katy has 27 years’ teaching experience, specialising in supporting pupils with dyslexia. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Special Education, a PGC in Dyslexia and was an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). Katy is passionate about literacy and ensuring all students can reach their potential.

Luke Tryl

Director, Corporate Strategy, Ofsted

Luke has been Director, Corporate Strategy at Ofsted since February 2017. In that role he is overseeing the development and implementation of Ofsted’s strategic priorities, as well as the organisation’s research function and external relations.

Before Ofsted, Luke was Special Adviser to Nicky Morgan at the Department for Education and he has also been a Director of Public Policy Projects at an independent think tank, Head of Education at Stonewall and an Education Researcher at Reform.

Priya Lakhani OBE

Chief Executive Officer/Founder, CENTURY Tech

Priya Lakhani, former libel barrister, university law lecturer and founder of FMCG business Masala Masala, launched CENTURY Tech in 2015.

CENTURY utilises artificial intelligence, big data technology and cognitive neuroscience to learn how every brain learns, personalise learning for every student and provide real-time data insights to educators.

Priya has been a member of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Entrepreneurs’ Forum and an advisory board member to several educational/skills organisations.

Priya was awarded Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, The Mayor of London Fund’s Special Recognition Award 2016 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. Priya now also presents on BBC World News as a commentator on world news, politics, business and technology on a bi-monthly basis.

Stephen Munday CBE

Executive Principal, The Cam Academy Trust

Stephen Munday is Executive Principal of Comberton Village College and the Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust, a group of secondary and primary academies based in and around part of Cambridgeshire.

He has engaged in many ways with SSAT over many years, including chairing the Heads’ Steering Group of the Leading Edge Partnership of Schools. This strongly fits with his philosophy of seeking to make a positive reality of the school-led system. He is currently a member of both the Teaching Schools’ Council and ASCL Council.

In October this year, he was appointed to the post of President of the Chartered College of Teaching. He considers supporting the Chartered College to become fully what we all want it to be, the professional body of the teaching profession, to be the most important challenge of his career to date.

Will Gompertz

Arts Editor, BBC

Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first Arts Editor, a senior journalistic role he took up in 2009. In the past eight years, Will has conducted major television interviews with many of the world’s most recognised arts figures including Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, and JK Rowling. He has written and presented numerous documentaries on BBC Television and Radio and hosts his own show on Radio 5 Live.

Will has written two best-selling non-fiction books (both published by Penguin in the UK). What Are You Looking At? – a history of modern art – which was published to excellent reviews in 2012, and Think Like an Artist (2015), which is about creativity. He has written for many newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Guardian, and Vanity Fair.

Before joining the BBC Will spent seven years as a director of the Tate Galleries where he was responsible for its BAFTA-winning website, creative direction, and the launch of the UK’s first Performance Art festival.

Will was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity magazine and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester, Oxford University.