Julie McCulloch

Director of Policy, Association of School and College Leaders After an early career in educational publishing, Julie has held a number of senior roles in education policy, including as Director of UK Policy and Thought Leadership at Pearson, and Primary and Governance Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Julie became Director […]

Nicole Reid

Nicole Reid is the Executive Principal of four high achieving local primary schools in Hackney, London. Moving from Jamaica in her early twenties, Nicole has over twenty years of experience in education, working her way from class teacher to Executive Principal, spending some time at every rung of the ladder. Her passion for education as […]

Toby Salt

Professor Toby Salt is an experienced CEO and non- executive director. His present clients include the Ed Tech company Zen Educate and he is senior advisory director for AQA, Thomas’s Schools and Academies Enterprise Trust. He also provides coaching and mentoring for a number of CEOs in the schools sector. Until recently he was the […]

Dr Tesca Bennett

Dr Tesca Bennett is an Executive Principal and School Improvement Partner for the Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South and leads Haberdashers’ Knights Academy a large 11-18 school in London. She is a Trustee of Astrea Academy Trust, chairing the Education and Inclusion Committee and sitting on the Finance and Budget Committee.  She is a Local Leader […]

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 skills system in England. In […]

Mandy Coalter

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, […]

Jonathan Taylor-Cummings

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, […]

David Weston

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 […]

Corrienne Peasgood OBE

Corrienne Peasgood is President of the Association of Colleges, the national voice for England’s colleges. Corrienne took up the role in October 2022 after more than 25 years in Further Education. Corrienne trained as a plumber after leaving school at 16 and by the age of 21, she had completed an apprenticeship and joined her […]

Andrew McCully OBE

Andrew retired in 2023 after a long career at the highest levels of the civil service:  26 years as a senior civil servant in the Department for Education and its predecessors, the last 12 of which he was the Director General on the Leadership Team of the Department responsible for the school system.  His wide […]

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