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.
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 www.andrewmorrish.me and has written for the TES and Guardian but more often than not can be found on Twitter @AndrewDMorrish.
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 BCC 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 BCC tracking her research and mission to set up her own school. Charlotte also has two school-aged children, aged nine and eleven.
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.
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.
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.
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.