At Edurio, we spend a lot of time meeting, reading about, working with, and engaging with some of the most impactful educationalists and school & trust leaders. This year we have decided to share 20 of these School/Trust CEOs and 15 thought leaders in education to follow on social media in 2023.

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15 Thought Leaders in Education to Follow in 2023

Here’s a list of 15 thought leaders and social media influencers with which more people should follow and interact in 2023. Ordered alphabetically by first names.

Becky Francis CBE

CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation

Topics to follow for: educational challenges, educational dates and deadlines, educational research & resources

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Rebecca Francis CBE FAcSS FBA specialises in educational inequalities. Since January 2020, she has been the Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Before joining the EEF, she was Director of the UCL Institute of Education at University College London. She has also been the Director of Education at the Royal Society of Arts (2010–12) and an advisor to the Education Select Committee of the House of Commons since 2015.

David Weston

CEO of the Teacher Development Trust

Topics to follow for: educational news & trends, teacher career development, educational research & teaching resources

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David Weston is the CEO of the Teacher Development Trust, and Former Chair of the Department for Education CPD group. He is an author, school governor, a former secondary maths and physics teacher and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Emma Knights OBE

Chief Executive of National Governance Association

Topics to follow for: educational policies in the UK, educational management and governance, educational research & equality

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Emma Knights is the CEO of the National Governance Association. Before that, she worked in several roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. She also leads projects on child poverty and educational attainment. Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is a co-author of the Chair’s Handbook.

Geoff Barton

General Secretary, the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL) & Writer

Topics to follow for: academic literature, reading recommendations, ASCL views, educational politics & trends

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Geoff Barton is a founding fellow of the English Association and writes for various newspapers and journals. He was a longstanding member of the ASCL Council and became General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017. Geoff most recently edited ‘If I Were Education Secretary…': Views from the Frontline.

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Hannah Wilson

Leadership Development Consultant, Coach and Trainer

Topics to follow for: education equality, diversity, equality & inclusion, educational leadership, management, and inspiration

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As one of the more prominent EDI leaders in education, Hannah is a leadership & development consultant, coach and trainer, a DfE coach for the Women Leading in Education initiative, and an advocate for flexible working. Hannah specialises in diversity, equity and inclusion and is the Company Director of Diverse Educators.

James Pope

Co-executive leader at Whole Education Network and Founder at HeadsUp4HTs

Topics to follow for: mental health, fitness, educational news, teacher mental health, coaching & education trends

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James Pope is the founder of HeadsUp4HTs. He has extensive education experience as a teacher, leader and mentor. He is also a Director at EInspir and an Exec. Director at Wholeeducation.

Dr Kate Chhatwal OBE

Chief Executive at Challenge Partners

Topics to follow for: family life & sports, equality, inclusion and diversity, inclusive education in the UK

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Kate helps schools and other education organisations better evaluate what they do and prioritise what makes the most significant difference for young people. She also co-founded the Leading Women's Alliance.

Leora Cruddas CBE

Chief Executive and Founder at Confederation of School Trusts and Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education

Topics to follow for: school trust news, education news, educational politics, education-related media

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Leora Cruddas is the Chief Executive of the Confederation of School Trusts – the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England. In recent years Leora has advised successive governments and sits on several Department for Education Advisory bodies, including the Head Teacher Standards Review Group.

Loic Menzies

Education and Youth Policy Specialist and Third Sector Leader

Topics to follow for: education policy in the UK, educational employment, leadership and management

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Loic Menzies is a researcher and policy specialist. He was previously CEO of the think-tank 'The Centre for Education and Youth'. Loic has publications around educational marginalisation, the teaching workforce and accountability. Most notably, his edited collection "Young People on the Margins" was published by Routledge in 2021.

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Dame Rachel de Souza

Children’s Commissioner for England

Topics to follow for: education policy in the UK, educational politics, school legislation

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As Children’s Commissioner, Rachel de Souza takes on a crucial role, sitting at the heart of the Government, delivering for children, and championing their voices and needs.

Russell Hobby CBE

CEO of TeachFirst, Former General Secretary of the NAHT

Topics to follow for: educational challenges, staff and management, educational news, policy & research, teaching resources

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Russel is the CEO of TeachFirst, particularly interested in unlocking the potential of all children to ensure that opportunities in life are not predetermined by wealth or background. Russel was the National Association of Head Teachers General Secretary until September 2017.

Sufian Sadiq

Director of Talent and Teaching School at Chiltern Learning Trust

Topics to follow for: personal development, culture in schools, education news, educational leadership and management

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Sufian Sadiq is a passionate activist within the educational landscape, particularly around equity and inclusion. Sufian is the Director of the Teaching School at Chiltern Learning Trust. He is also a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered College of Teaching and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Steve Chalke

Founder of Oasis Charitable Trust, British Baptist Minister

Topics to follow for: equity, inclusion and diversity, academies and trust news, educational leadership and management, education trends, inclusive education

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Steve Chalke MBE is a British Baptist minister, the founder of the Oasis Charitable Trust, a former United Nations Special Adviser on Human Trafficking, is a social activist. He is also the author of a large number of books and articles as well as a former presenter and now regular contributor and commentator on television, radio and other media.

Stephen Morales

CEO at the Institute of School Business Leadership

Topics to follow for: educational news, UK educational policies, educational research, educational politics

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Stephen is the Chief Executive of the Institute of School Business Leaders. Previously a finance director in the UK education system, Stephen has a 20-year career history in operations and finance, working at a senior level in both the public and private sectors.

Tom Rees

Executive Director of Programmes at Ambition Institute

Topics to follow for: educational challenges, school improvement, educational blogs and media, educational research, educational teaching resources, school leadership

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Tom Rees is the Executive Director of Programmes at Ambition Institute. Tom served on the Regional School Commissioner’s headteacher board 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.


20 school trust or MAT CEOs to follow in 2023

Throughout 2022, Edurio engaged with many CEOs and trust & school leaders. During that time, we collated a list of CEOs who we found interesting and active on social media. This list brings together 20 inspirational leaders in education who also happen to be school or trust CEOs worth following on social media in 2023.

Wayne Norrie FCCT

CEO of Greenwood Academies Trust

Talks about: leadership and staff development, leadership in schools, educational policies

Wayne often posts about charity and community work in which the trust is involved. He also posts commentary on educational news and trends.

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Wayne is the CEO of Greenwood Academies Trust, which consists of 37 open academies. GAT is a 'not for profit’ organisation, and any income received is spent for the benefit of our pupils.

Cathie Paine

CEO of REAch2 Academy Trust

Talks about: community ethos, leadership in schools, large MATs

Cathie often posts about education and community outreach and shares successes and responsibilities involved in being a CEO.

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Cathie is the CEO of REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. They currently support 60 primary academies across England, all of whom share the trust's mission to provide the best possible education for our young people.

At the heart of this mission is the unshakeable belief that every child deserves a rich, rewarding education, regardless of their background or geographical location.

Sir Martyn Oliver

CEO of Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Talks about: educational resources, teacher training, leadership in schools, educational reform

Martyn often posts about popular educational issues and news and regularly shares teacher training resources and programs.

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Martyn is the CEO of the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, an education charity and not-for-profit sponsor of primary, junior and secondary academies. The Trust is recognised nationally as one of the highest-performing families of schools in the North of England.

Debbie Stratton

CEO of The Island Learning Trust

Talks about: leadership in schools, trust community, UK educational policy, UK education news

Debbie often posts educational activities students in her trust have completed or retweets trust newsletters which share great insights into her Trust.

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Debbie is the CEO of The Island Learning Trust, which consists of three primary schools. The trust is committed to creating a learning community in which children are perseverant, resilient risk-takers who take responsibility for their learning and develop their critical, creative and social abilities fully.

Jonny Uttley

CEO at The Education Alliance

Talks about: leadership in schools, mental health, educational reforms

Jonny published co-authored book “Putting Staff First” in 2020 and regularly posts about mental health in the workplace support and educational trends.

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Jonny is the CEO of The Education Alliance Multi Academy Trust, an established MAT developing collaborative partnerships with academies across the Humber region. 

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Benedick Ashmore-Short

CEO of The Park Academies Trust (5-school trust)

Topics to follow for: community ethos, educational change & news

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Cassie Buchanan OBE

CEO of Charter Trust (6-school trust)

Topics to follow for: educational research, leadership in schools, community ethos, educational development

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Dan Morrow

CEO of Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (large MAT)

Topics to follow for: educational resources, UK educational policy, leadership in schools

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Gavin Booth

CEO of Infinity Academy (large MAT)

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools, educational successes, teacher training, CPD

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Jon Coles

CEO of United Learning (large MAT)

Topics to follow for: sports, leadership in schools, trust management

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Lesley Gwinnett

CEO of Endeavour Learning MAT

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools, equality in schools, inclusive education

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Liz Robinson

CEO of Big Education (3-school trust)

Topics to follow for: educational politics, inclusive education

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Luke Sparkes

CEO of Dixons Academy Trust

Topics to follow for: workplace culture, educational research, leadership in schools, inclusive education

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Marie Sweetlove

CEO of Fortis Trust (2-school trust)

Topics to follow for: educational politics, literacy in education

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Paul Smith

CEO of White Horse Federation

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools, school trust communities, educational insights

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Rebecca Boomer-Clark

CEO of AET

Topics to follow for: educational policies, school management, leadership in schools, work-life balance

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Richard Gill

CEO of Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools

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Rowena Hackford

CEO of Astrea (large MAT)

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools, educational resources

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Sajid Gulzar OBE

CEO of PACT

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools, UK educational politics, community ethos

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Stuart Lock

CEO of Advantage Schools (4-school trust)

Topics to follow for: leadership in schools, career opportunities, school culture

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