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Andrew Day

Andrew is Executive Director of the Northumberland Church of England Academy.

Andrew is the Executive Director of the NCEA, an all-through, 2 – 19 academy, including a provision for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The Academy currently educates 2500 children on six campuses in Ashington, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Lynemouth. The Academy is jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Newcastle and The Northumberland Estates.  

Andrew previously taught English and History in both the independent and state sectors. He joined the Future Leaders programme in 2006, following a spell in the travel industry, and took a Deputy Headship in Ealing, West London in the same year, before becoming Principal of an academy in south east London in 2009. He took up his current position in 2012.

Andrew is also a trustee of the Hirst Miners’ Welfare and serves on committees for the Association of Anglican Secondary Heads, the NAHT Secondary Heads, amongst other commitments.


Matt Jones

Matt Jones has been Principal of Ark Globe Academy (an all-through academy, ages 3-18) since May 2012. Since his appointment as Principal the academy achieved its best ever outcomes for children in all Key Stages, most notably in 2013 when Year 6 achieved 100% of level 4 plus in reading and mathematics, and in 2014 when GCSE results were above the national average for the first time ever; two years ago the academy was 15 percentage points below.

In February 2013, Matt chaired an all party parliamentary group discussion about Social Mobility and how the development of critical emotional and social skills impacts on society both academically and personally.

Ark Globe Academy had an OFSTED inspection during October 2014. The report concluded that; ‘This is a good school’. In addition, OFSTED rated Globe’s Early Years provision, Behaviour and Safety of pupils and Leadership & Management as ‘Outstanding’.

Matt has been teaching for 22 years, the last 10 in senior leadership roles. He joined the Future Leaders programme in 2008 and remains committed to closing the achievement gap in education and raising standards for all, especially those threatened by urban deprivation and poverty.


Baroness (Sally) Morgan of Huyton

Baroness (Sally) Morgan is Adviser to the Ark schools chain and is also chair of The Future Leaders Trust. She is a member of the Council of Kings College, London and a non-executive director of DixonsCarphone, Infinis Energy and Copthorn Holdings. She was also a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

As a member of the House of Lords since 2001 her particular interests are public services and, as a former Minister for Women, equality issues. She recently chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills.

Sally worked in No 10 as Director of Government Relations for Tony Blair until 2005. 


Jo Owen

Jo Owen is one of the founders of Teach First, Teaching Leaders, The Future Leaders Trust and five other charities with a collective turnover of £100 million annually.

He is the author of fifteen management books, including How to Lead and Tribal Business School. He has built a business in Japan, started a bank and was a partner at Accenture and worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble.


Sue Williamson

Sue Williamson is Director and Chief Executive of SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd.  Sue was Strategic Director and then Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust from 2002 – 2012. 

As Strategic Director, Sue was responsible for innovation and she has led some ground-breaking work on personalising learning, system redesign and the Innovation Fellows Pilot Programme.  She was responsible for the annual SSAT National Conference described by the TES as "the most prestigious education event in the UK." 

She has written extensively on education, including four pamphlets on personalising learning, system redesign and redesigning schooling.  Sue has worked with headteachers to develop a suite of high quality leadership programmes that focus on innovation and leadership.  She created and introduced the concept of iNet (international networking for educational transformation).

Sue has worked in education for over thirty years. She was headteacher at Monks’ Dyke Technology College for eight years and under her leadership the college’s results went from 15% A*- C to 56%. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of her work in school improvement.


Brett Wigdortz

Brett has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. He wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then took what was originally planned as a six month leave of absence in February 2002 to develop and build support for the idea. Previously he has worked as a Consultant, a Journalist and Researcher.

He is originally from New Jersey and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii.

Brett is Co-Founder and Trustee of Teach For All, and he also serves on the board of Code College and The Future Leaders Trust and on the advisory boards of the Educational Endowment Fund and STIR. He was a member of Teacher Standards Review Board.

In 2007 Brett was named the UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and was awarded the 2010 CASE European Leadership Award and the 2013 UK Charity Principal of the Year Award.

Brett was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queens New Year’s Honours list for Services to Education.

Brett’s book Success Against the Odds, a candid account of the first ten years of Teach First, was named WHSmith’s Business Book of the Month.


Our Project Board 

Amanda Timberg

Amanda is Executive Director of Programme at Teach First, working to develop and equip leaders in the UK to make an impact towards a vision of educational equity. In this role she has oversight over our Graduate Recruitment, Leadership, Community Impact and Research, Evaluation & Impact functions.  Amanda joined Teach First in 2006 to lead on the charity’s geographic expansion outside of London and then led on the design, development and delivery of the two-year Leadership Development Programme, which is delivered in partnership with schools and universities. As part of her commitment to growing a movement to tackle educational equality, Amanda sits on the boards of both The Future Leaders Trust and Achievement for All. 

An alumnus of Teach For America, Amanda taught in a primary school in Compton, California and worked at both Teach For America and the Los Angeles Unified School District in southern California.  Amanda holds an MsC in Voluntary Sector Management from the Cass Business School.


Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski 

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski DBE is CEO of the Bright Futures Educational Trust, and Executive Principal of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. She is also a Board member of Ofqual and an educational expert consultant, including work with the Centre for Social Justice. Most recently she was Chair of the Review for Head Teachers’ Standards.

Dame Dana is the NW Head Teacher lead for the Prince’s Teaching Institute; facilitator and trainer for the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme; senior partner of Challenge Partners; and member of national and international working groups such as The Future Leaders Trust and IoD. She also has a regular slot on BBC Radio Manchester.


Julia Goldsworthy

Julia spent four years working at HM Treasury as a Special Adviser to the Coalition Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander. It was a role that gave her first hand experience delivering set piece fiscal events and developing policy across Whitehall. 

Prior to the 2010 General Election she was a Liberal Democrat MP in Cornwall, with front bench responsibilities that ranged across health, local government and the economy. She's now working as a freelance consultant, helping her clients understand and engage with government policy, identify new market opportunities and develop their business strategy.


Liam Nolan 

Liam Nolan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Perry Beeches Academy Trust and its Executive Headteacher.

Liam was appointed a National Leader in Education in 2011 and a Stonewall Role Model in 2012. He was also awarded “Regional Headteacher of the Year 2012/2013” by Pearson Teaching Awards.

As well as being on the Future Leaders Trust Board, Liam is also on the Board of the Schools Forum.  He speaks for organisations including ASCL, The Academies Trust, COBIS, Stonewall and countless Local Authorities. Liam also advises at a Governmental level, recently on the interview panel for the new Chair of OFSTED, and writes and appears regularly in the media.


Malcolm Trobe 

Malcolm Trobe is currently Deputy General Secretary for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). He was previously the Association’s Policy Director, a post that followed 17 years of headship at Malmesbury School in Wiltshire. Malmesbury School is a 1250 student 11-18 mixed comprehensive school for science, maths, computing and the performing arts. He also taught in schools in Hampshire and Dudley and for five years was the TVEI (Technical and Vocational Educational Initiative) Director for Dudley MBC. 

In 1996 Malcolm joined ASCL Council. He served as chair of Funding, Pay and Conditions Committee, honorary secretary and vice president, and was ASCL president in 2006-07.


Nick Weller 

Nick Weller is Executive Principal of the eight Dixons Academies in Bradford: three primaries, four secondaries and one all-through 4-19 school. It includes both sponsored turnaround academies addressing educational failure and new free schools meeting growing demand.  The Trust is built around the high-performing Dixons City Academy, which opened 25 years ago as one of the first state-funded independent schools in the country. It also includes Dixons Trinity, the first secondary free school to be graded outstanding by OFSTED.  

He is also Chief Executive of the Bradford Partnership, a school-to-school improvement company which is closing the gap between Bradford and national averages in the secondary sector. Nick is a former Chair of the Independent Academies Association and was designated a National Leader of Education in 2009, and was awarded a knighthood for services to education in 2015. 


Dame Rachel de Souza

Dame Rachel is the Chief Executive of the Inspiration Trust. She previously transformed two failing schools, achieving an "outstanding" Ofsted rating within three years. Her first Academy was named England's most improved school in 2007-2010, winning 15 national awards.

She was named an Education Reformer of 2013 by the Education Foundation, and a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2014 New Year's Honours for services to education.

She is a frequent speaker at education seminars and conferences as well as in increasing demand as a commentator by newspapers, radio and television.


Russell Hobby 

Russell Hobby is general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.  NAHT is the largest union for school leaders in the UK, representing over 28,500 members in every phase of education.  Before taking up this post in 2010, Russell worked as a management consultant and in the software industry.  

Russell is also a trustee of the Brilliant Club, Teaching Leaders and the Teacher Development Trust.  He is a member of the project board of The Future Leaders Trust, the management board for NAHT Edge and the Independent State School Partnership forum.