Thank A Teacher is governed by an engaged and dynamic board of trustees with a vast experience in education. We are grateful for their time and support.
Steve was previously CEO of Education Development Trust.
Before that, Steve was chief executive of the National College of School Leadership and director of education in Knowsley, Merseyside, and was awarded Commander of the British Empire for his services to leadership in schools and children’s services.
Steve is now a consultant/speaker on leadership and system reform, and chair of the Teaching Awards Trust.
Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students.
He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy.
Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He became General Secretary of Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) in April 2017.
Sir David Carter became National Schools Commissioner on 1 February 2016, having previously worked for as Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West. He is the former CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation, a post he held from 2007 to 2014.
Sir David is a music graduate of the University of London and has taught music in comprehensive schools across the country since he started teaching in 1983.
In 1997, he became headteacher of Cirencester Deer Park School in Gloucestershire. In 2003 Sir David joined the Department for Education to spearhead the National Remodelling Team, supporting primary, special and secondary schools to introduce the workforce remodelling programme.
In 2004, he was appointed Principal of John Cabot City Technology College in Bristol and led the formation of the Cabot Learning Federation, now made up of 12 schools. He became one of the first National Leaders of Education and, in the summer of 2011, the Cabot Learning Federation successfully applied to become one of the first Teaching Schools in the country.
Sir David received a knighthood for his services to education in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013.
Priya Lakhani OBE is an entrepreneur who founded Century Tech, developing the latest artificial intelligence and big data technology to understand how the brain learns.
Trained as a barrister, Priya left the security of the legal profession to pursue her passion for business. She founded the Masala Masala food brand and built it from a kitchen table idea to a line of products stocked in major supermarkets.
Lakhani founded Century Tech, a company bringing together AI, neuroscience and education. Century’s aim is to measure and simulate brain responses to tuition, analyse what works for whom and how, and ultimately produce personalised learning. By understanding how the brain learns and responds, educators can receive real-time insights, tailoring the learning experience and improving student performance.
As well as starting businesses Priya has worked with government as a member of the Department of Business, Education and Skills’ Entrepreneur Forum.
Sue began her working life as an administrator in the NHS. She had wanted to become a teacher, but was advised by her teachers not to do it! She studied for her BA (Hons) in Humanities (English and History) whilst continuing to work in the NHS, and went on to study for the PGCE (History) at the Institute of Education, London. Sue began teaching as Head of History at Rounds Manor School in Northamptonshire. Sue’s first headship was at Monks’ Dyke School in Lincolnshire.
Sue joined the SSAT, a national organisation which works with schools to improve performance through the development of staff and students, in 2002 as Director of Affiliation with responsibility for membership, innovation and the National Conference. She developed SSAT’s suite of leadership programmes working with outstanding headteachers like David Carter and Mike Wilkins.
Sue has written widely on education, including pamphlets on personalising learning and redesigning schooling.
Mandy Coalter is the author of the successful book ‘Talent Architects; how to make your school a great place to work’, published in 2018. Previously, she was Director of People at United Learning, one of the largest school groups in the UK. Before that, Mandy worked in senior HR roles in local government, the NHS, the voluntary sector and schools and is a very experienced board director and advisor on aspects of corporate governance.
HR magazine listed Mandy in the top 40 HR Most Influential Practitioners in 2017 and she was shortlisted for the HR Excellence Awards ‘HR Director of the Year’ in 2018.
Shane is the managing director of Lsect, the publisher of Schools Week and FE Week. He is responsible for the overall management and performance of the organisation, and is also the managing director of our sister organisation Summerhouse Events, which runs the prestigious The Telegraph Festival of Education and Festival of Skills.
Appointed as Executive Director for THE Partnership in September 2017, Tracy was at Seven Kings School in Redbridge for 21 years and was Headteacher from 2008, the last 3 as Executive Headteacher. Tracy oversaw the growth of the school to become an all through school with the opening of a brand new 4FE primary school in 2015.
Seven Kings was one of the first 100 Teaching Schools and Tracy has a track record of working collaboratively with schools and other partners. She has supported colleagues by acting as a professional coach and was a leadership coach for the GAL/Challenge partners ‘Getting Ahead London’ programme, supporting aspirant headteachers and now sits on the advisory board for that programme. Tracy is an Associate of UCL/IOE and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.
As Executive Director of THE Partnership, Tracy leads school improvement and professional learning across the 97 schools in THE Partnership, working closely with school leaders and the Local Authority.
David Weston is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, the national charity for effective professional development. He Chaired the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group and advises the Department on Early Career Teachers and school leadership. David taught maths and physics for ten years in two schools in London and the South East. He is a Council Member and Fellow for Chartered College of Teaching. David speaks and writes frequently for the education sector and national media and has had a number of radio and TV appearances around teaching, teacher development and LGBT issues.
An entrepreneur and educator at heart, Jon is passionate about building ‘bigger’ people and organisations.
Having spent much of the last 30 years in professional services, he has built his career around helping both blue-chips (Merrill Lynch & Credit Suisse) and start-ups (Redington) grow and develop their businesses around engagement, alignment and relationship development.
Today, as Co-CEO and Co-Founder of 4 Habits Consulting, Jon helps leaders and teams build ‘Relational Intelligence’ to improve wellbeing and productivity, and develop heathier, happier, more inclusive cultures. As part of his give back, Jon co-founded Soulmates Academy Foundation to help people in schools, colleges and communities develop the skills to do relationships well, on purpose.
Together with his wife Andrea, Jon talks about the importance of proactively developing ‘The 4 Habits of ALL Successful Relationships’ in their TEDx talk and book of the same title.