Head of Department (Maths)
King Edwards VI Handsworth Wood Girls Academy
Independent Special School
Abed is maths teacher who stammers. He is also leading a maths department through a pandemic. However, becoming a teacher has not been easy for Abed as he had many obstacles along way. Coming from a deprived area and being a person with a speech & language communication need meant he had to work harder.
Performing Arts (Dance & Drama) teacher for 11 years, originally from Birmingham. Part of the LGBTed Steering group and radio host of Saturday Brunch on Teachers Talk Radio.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Consultant
Lecturer in Childhood and Education
Leeds Becket University
Angie is an experienced education leader, speaker, author, and DEI Consultant. After carving a successful path through school leadership Angie became Deputy CEO of a multi-academy trust before deciding to follow her passion of coaching others to create luminary practice in schools with ethical leadership and DEI coaching.
Claire has worked in education for 30 years. During those 30 years she has held various posts which have included subject specific roles or senior leadership positions in secondary education. Currently, she is a lecturer in Childhood and Education and Director for the Centre of LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education at Leeds Beckett University.
Retired Founding CEO
The Learning Alliance
Founder and CEO
The Teacher Development Trust
David is an Educational Consultant and former founding CEO of The Learning Alliance. David is now employed as a Consultant providing Universities, Trust Boards and Academies with leadership support. David is currently doing research as a doctoral candidate specialising in Equality Diversity and Inclusion and regularly speaks on a wide range of topics linked to equality issues.
David is the founder and Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust and an advisor to the Department for Education on teacher development and school leadership. He is also an advocate for LGBT teachers and founded OutTeacher, which has become LGBTed and has written and spoken extensively in the media on LGBT teachers.
Co-Founder and CEO
Ernest is a frequent public speaker globally on effective use of stakeholder feedback in schools and has published research on student feedback and assessment. Ernest advises several school trusts and national school systems and participates in policy debates by the OECD and European Commission.
Hannah is the Co-Founder of #WomenEd and #DiverseEd, she is a leadership development consultant, coach and trainer specialising in diversity, equity and inclusion. Her former roles in education include Head of Secondary Teacher Training; Founding Executive Headteacher; Strategic Lead for a Teaching School Alliance; Professional Learning Lead for a large trust and DfE Diversity grant holder.
Jerrel D Jackson FRSA, MIoD
Chief Creative Changemaker
Creative Academies Network
Confederation of School Trusts
Jerrel is a social entrepreneur from the Midlands and founding Chief Creative Changemaker (CEO) of Creative Academies Network (CAN). Jerrel holds a variety of roles on strategic boards & advisory panels across the social, cultural, leisure and education sectors and funders/commissioners, with his experience to diversify leadership representation, but also encapsulating collective voice to address inequality, injustices and inclusion.
Leora is 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 DfE Advisory Bodies. She was recently the vice chair of the Head Teacher Standards Review Group. She is Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Education.
Lord Dr Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Black Business Institute Advisory Board
Lord Dr Hastings began his career as a teacher, before moving into government service. He was the BBC’s head of Public Affairs and its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility. He served on the Commission for Racial Equality for nine years as a Commissioner. He was listed at number six on the 2016 list of 100 Black British Business Leaders.
Mandy is the Founder of ‘Talent Architects’ with a simple mission; helping schools become great places for pupils to learn by being great places for adults to work. She was formerly the Director of People at United Learning and is the author of Talent Architects; how to make your school a great place to work.
Director of Teaching School
Chiltern Learning Trusts
Sufian is the Director of the Teaching School at Chiltern Learning Trust, a cross-phase multi-academy trust of 11 schools based in and around Luton. He is part of the senior team of the highly successful MAT, which have just announced they are managing two of 81 new regional Teaching School Hubs.
Edurio is the UK’s leading stakeholder feedback platform for schools. We run research projects in the UK and internationally and create guidance reports for school leaders and policymakers. Edurio’s survey platform allows easy feedback collection from pupils, parents and staff members on important topics.