Chair and MP for Huddersfield
Barry Sheerman is the Labour MP for Huddersfield and a former chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee. He was the opposition spokesperson for Education and Employment from 1983-1988, co-chairs the Policy Connect Skills Commission into further education and skills policy and has chaired various internal Labour Party groups on education. Barry was a lecturer at University College of Wales, Swansea, for 13 years, and was a governor of the London School of Economics for 20 years. He is a Visiting Professor at UCL’s Institute for Education and at Huddersfield University.
King Edward VI High School for Girls
Ann is the Principal of King Edward VI High School for Girls, in Edgbaston, Birmingham, a successful and harmonious multi-cultural school with accessibility high on its agenda; currently around 20% girls receive some form of financial support thanks to the generosity of alumnae and the Foundation of King Edward in Birmingham. A Modern Linguist and graduate of Cambridge University, she is passionate about teaching and learning having worked in education for 30 years, in four different comprehensive schools and as a lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Sheffield.
Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets.
Stockton Sixth Form College
Joanna is the principal of Stockton Sixth Form College, Stockton-on-Tees. Originally from Durham, Joanna has more than 25 years’ experience in education. She was previously principal of the over-subscribed Winstanley College in Wigan, rated outstanding by Ofsted. At Stockton she has transformed enrolment practices to adapt to the current financial and demographic pressures that colleges are facing.
University of Cambridge
Jon is Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Head of the Cambridge Admissions Office at University of Cambridge. Jon has led the development and expansion of the University’s efforts to reach out to and engage with pupils from underprivileged backgrounds. Cambridge now hosts one the UKs largest residential summer school programmes and delivers a range of innovative interventions focusing on different kinds of under-representation and disadvantage. Jon was previously Head of the Admissions and Outreach Office of the University of East Anglia.
Denbigh High School, Luton
Dame Yasmin was Chief Executive and Executive Principal of the Chiltern Learning Trust and Headteacher of Denbigh High School in Luton, Bedfordshire from 1991 until her retirement in December 2014. She won Headteacher of the Year for the Eastern region in the 2005 Teaching Awards and Denbigh High School won the Times Educational Supplement’s ‘Secondary School of the Year’ Award in 2009. She also chaired the Department for Education’s Secondary Heads Reference Group from March 2010 to July 2013.
University of Oxford
Naomi is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. In 1999 Naomi became the first director of the Department for Education’s Sure Start Unit. In early 2006 she was the Secretary of State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services before taking over as director of the Social Exclusion Task Force in the Cabinet Office. In 2015, Naomi was appointed the independent adviser on poverty and inequality to the First Minister of Scotland.
Lampton School, Hounslow
Dame Sue was the headteacher of Lampton School in Hounslow from 1997 to 2015, transforming it into an outstanding school. Dame Sue also worked as a National Leader of Education and as project manager for some of London’s most challenging and complex schools. From 2011 to 2014 Sue served as a Non- Executive Director at the DFE and also served on the Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders Boards. Sue is also Chair of the Brilliant Club Board of Trustees, a Teach First Innovation Partner and Executive Director of Challenge Partners.
Diaspora Emerging Leadership Programme
Kelvin is a recent law graduate from SOAS, University of London. He was on two Sutton Trust programmes (Pathways to Law and Pathways Plus). At university, Kelvin was elected President of the university’s Law Society, representing over 400 members. He also successfully secured new sponsorships for SOAS-exclusive events, in addition to introducing constitutional reforms to the society’s leadership and committee structure. He was also a Brand Ambassador for a leading City firm.
Ann has been Digital Publishing Director & Editor TES since September 2013. She started her career as a music titles and joined TES’s sister publication the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1994. She held a number of roles at the newspaper and helped it relaunch as the Times Higher Education magazine in 2008. She served as the magazine’s editor between May 2008 and January 2012.
Peter is Professor of Education, School of Education, Durham University. Peter has previously been Head of the Durham University’s School of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University. He established the PIPS (Performance Indicators in Primary Schools Project) monitoring system and is Director of iPIPS, which places early childhood education at the heart of policy making.
University of Cambridge
Anna is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge. She has published widely on widening participation in higher education, social mobility, and on the socio-economic gap in pupil achievement. Anna has advised the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury. Anna is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education.
University of Nottingham
Shearer is a Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham, a Professor of Art History and has also held a number of significant leadership roles in universities and higher education. In 2008 Shearer was appointed Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council where she also chaired the Research Directors Group for Research Councils UK. Shearer has authored and edited many articles and nine books and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and has held two visiting Fellowships at Yale University. She was the first in her family to attend University.
Talent Organisation is comprised of Talent Acquisition, Learning & Leadership Development and Diversity & Inclusion. As the Head of the Infrastructure TA and Junior Talent Natasha is responsible for day-to-day operations and the strategic direction of the function. In addition, Natasha has been spearheading the Returning Talent programme since its launch in 2013, collaborating with HR, business leaders and Diversity & Inclusion partners to ensure its success. During her time, the programme has evolved into a diverse talent pipeline; combining two of her main passions: attracting/hiring top talent and diversity of backgrounds.