Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, DfE
Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System at the Department for Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Women) at the Department for International Trade on 14 February 2020. She was a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 29 July 2019 to 19 March 2020.
National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education
Dominic Herrington took over the role of National Schools Commissioner on
23rd April 2019. Before that he undertook the Interim NSC role since 3rd September 2019.
He has also been the Regional Schools Commissioner for South East South London region since 1st July 2014.
Dominic has a wide range of experience in the world of education. Before his current appointment, Dominic was Director of the Academies Group at the Department for Education.
Earlier in his career he has:
• Led on a range of policies and programmes at the Department for Education including specialist schools, school improvement, 14 to 19 reform and education legislation;
• Been on secondment to a management consultancy;
• Worked at Warwick and Birmingham Universities.
In addition to his responsibilities as NSC, he is also a Trustee and The Brilliant Club and has been since August 2020.
Programme Director, Schools Inspection and Improvement, Ofsted
Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global Ltd
Jim Knight works in education, digital technology and as a legislator. He is the Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global Ltd, advising on key strategic partnerships. He founded Tes Institute in 2014, which is now the fifth largest qualifier of teachers in England; he has also managed Tes Resources, a global teacher community of 13.5 million users. Jim is a founder of XRapid, using artificial intelligence to power the diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPads and microscopy.
As a UK government minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He was a member of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. He is also Honorary President of COBIS, on the Global Advisory Council for BETT, Chair of Whole Education, advises the London School of Commerce and is working with the social impact agency Purpose on teaching climate change.
Travelling Teacher, Writer, Humourist, Speaker & Storyteller
Hywel has been a teacher for over twenty-five years. His reputation has grown hugely since he stepped out of the full-time classroom. He has found an incredible and innovative niche in the world of model teaching contributing to and advising curriculum designers and innovators from Barnsley to Brussels, from Cairo to Cleethorpes. Hywel is as at home in front of hundreds of Headteachers on the conference circuit as he is when working with EAL children on the carpets of their classrooms. Hywel contributes to the national conversation around education at school and university level. He is an experienced teacher in Special, Primary and Secondary settings, nationally and internationally. He is also a well- respected author and contributes regularly to a variety of publications. Hywel is a visiting lecturer at Leeds Beckett University delivering on Masters courses, and at the University of Huddersfield where he runs the Secondary Drama PGCE. His work now reaches beyond the world of education focusing on how stories can promote compassionate cultures and humane leadership.
His award-winning book ‘Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally’ is published by Crown House Publishing and has proved very popular with educators around the world and now is a feature on the reading list of many university teacher training courses. It has just been released on Audible. His book ‘Uncharted Territories’ is written with Dr Debra Kidd and was published in 2018. He writes a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement about his encounters as a ‘travelling teacher’. His next book is ‘Botheredness’, due in 2021. He has also contributed fiction to a prison-based literacy reading programme developed by The Shannon Trust.
He was recently described as ‘..a world leader in enthusiasm’.
Twitter: @hywel_roberts – over 28K followers
Facebook: Create Learn Inspire Hywel Roberts
Regional Schools Commissioner for the North, Department for Education
Katherine Cowell started her role as Interim Regional Schools Commissioner for the North in July 2019. Katherine is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Opportunity North East Programme.
Prior to this Katherine was Deputy Director within the north region from 2016. Katherine is an experienced civil servant with a broad range of experience including:
• an area director within the Cities and Local Growth Unit
• FE and skills policy
• an education advisor in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit
CEO, Confederation of Schools Trust (CST)
Leora Cruddas is the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts – the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England. She has advised successive governments and sits on several Department for Education Advisory Bodies. She is the vice chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review Group.
Prior to establishing CST, she was Director of Policy and Public Relations for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Just before leaving ASCL, Leora established the Commission for Ethical Leadership, on which she served as a commissioner. She now sits on the Ethics Committee. She believes education is for the common good. Leora has six years of experience as a Director of Education in two London Local Authorities. She has extensive experience at senior executive level of working with schools and trusts to improve the effectiveness and quality of education.
Head Teacher, St Teresa’a Catholic Primary School
Paula graduated from Leeds University in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Educational Studies and English. She became Deputy Head in 2010 and joined St Teresa’s as Head Teacher in 2015. Paula led the school through a successful Ofsted and Section 48 inspection.
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School serves a diverse community with 54% of pupils from an ethnic minority group. The school and Paula’s leadership are used by the Catholic Education Service as a role model for schools with a diverse community and those with a high percentage of GRT pupils.
St Teresa’s is a very successful primary school in the east side of Darlington. Progress measures and attainment at Key Stage 2 are consistently well above average. It is a lead early years school for the Archimedes Maths Hub and is an Early Excellence Partner School.
Paula considers herself blessed to have spent her entire time in education in Catholic schools. She enjoys mentoring new Head Teachers within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and gains satisfaction from her Professional Tutor role within CTTP. Paula is the EYFS network lead for BHCET. Paula is currently Executive Head Teacher between her substantive role in St Teresa’s and St Chad’s Catholic Primary School.
Paula is passionate in her mission to ensure that all children, regardless of their starting points, are able to ‘shine’ and become the very best that they can be. She delights in the daily conversations that she has with the children that she serves. Paula strives to have a school that is full of smiles – and not just on the faces of the children!
Executive Director for School Leadership at Ambition Institute
Tom Rees is the Executive Director for School Leadership at Ambition Institute, a national education charity providing professional development for thousands of teachers, school leaders and system leaders each year serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Previously, Tom was a headteacher and Executive Headteacher over a period of ten years and the Education Director of a medium size Multi-Academy Trust before joining Ambition Institute in 2019.
Tom served on the Regional School Commissioner’s headteacher board for the North West London and South-Central region and is a trustee of two Multi Academy Trusts. In 2019, he was appointed by the Department of Education to the Headteachers' Standards review group.
Tom is a founder of Ups ‘n’ Downs, a local charity supporting families affected by Down’s syndrome.
CEO, Cabot Learning Federation
Steve Taylor has been a Senior Leader in education since August 2001, including two headships spanning 10 years, one in the Netherlands and one in Bristol, and 8 years as an executive leader.
For the past 6 years, Steve has been the CEO of Cabot Learning Federation (CLF), a Multi-Academy Trust of over 20 entities, serving the educational needs of over 12,000 children and young people aged 3 to 19. Since its inception in 2009 the CLF has grown to serve children across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, employing around 2,000 people in a range of roles designed to help children to be successful in their lives.
As leaders of a mature MAT, Steve and his team participate in a range of local, regional and national networks that are designed to support the broader development of the education sector for the benefit of all children.
Steve joined the CLF in 2009 as Principal of the new Bristol Metropolitan Academy, which replaced a school that was experiencing serious weaknesses. In 2012 the academy was judged good by Ofsted and in 2013 the Academy’s outcomes placed it in the top 3% of schools in the South West and the top 6% in the country. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of The Queen Street Group of 26 multi-academy trusts.
CEO, Education Village
Mike is the Chief Executive of the Education Village Academy Trust in Darlington, a family of schools encompassing mainstream and specialist provision for children and young people aged 2 to 19. He has held a wide range of leadership roles in schools and national organisations during a 30-year career in the education sector.
He spent the early part of his teaching career in the East Midlands, where he led the transformation of two very different schools, via the takeover of a failing school by a city technology college, into one of the first ever academies, which opened in 2003. The academy’s subsequent success was recognised by numerous awards.
Mike then led the creation of a multi-academy trust (MAT), incorporating primary, secondary and post-16 provision. He was Chief Executive of the MAT, which co-sponsored and established a technical academy, until 2013. He has also been a consultant and course facilitator for national leadership programmes, and has held a number of board positions over the years, including having been: a school governor; a Director and Chair of the Independent Academies Association; and a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation. He is currently a member of the Education Strategy Group in Darlington and the Schools North East Advisory Board.
Chief Executive, Creative Education Trust
Marc Jordan is a social entrepreneur with a background as a senior executive and consultant in the creative industries, culture and heritage. He is one of the Founders of the Creative Education Charitable Trust and is Chief Executive of the Creative Education Trust, which is now responsible for the education of 14,000 children in six primary schools and eleven secondary schools across areas of deprivation in the Midlands and on the East Coast.
Marc has a BA in English from Exeter, an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and an MBA from London Business School.
His business career before he became interested in the reform of education has included senior editorial, product development and management roles for prominent businesses in the creative world including Phaidon Press and AEA Consulting. He has been a strategic adviser to national cultural organisations including Arts Council England, the British Council and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Marc has held a wide range of advisory positions on culture and education initiatives, including membership of the Government Advisory Panel for European Capital of Culture 2008, and the Heritage Lottery Fund. He has been a Governor of Midhurst Rother College, an academy in West Sussex, and was for six years a member of Council of the University of Exeter. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, England’s second oldest learned society, in recognition of his contribution to art-historical publishing.
He is a founder of the Queen Street Group of 26 multi-academy trusts and is currently Board Chair.
Commercial Improvement Lead - Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust and Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust
Director, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership
As its first permanent Director, he has established the Northern Powerhouse Partnership as the business led organisation which convenes the North together. From securing further investment to guarantee HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail would work together as an integrated high speed network, to challenging for a better deal for the most disadvantaged from the education system, his team are focused on how government, business and partners can drive the North’s ambitions. Before joining the Partnership, he worked in senior research and public affairs roles for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Yorkshire Building Society, as well as previously serving as Cabinet Member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council.