David Butler – Physics
(Ark Globe Academy)
David studied Astrophysics at UCL and then spent seven years in the Royal Marines as a Lieutenant and Captain. He completed an MBA at Warwick Business School in 2000, and then held senior positions in business. He was the interim CEO of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce, and later founded and ran Glenportal Associates, a business risks consultancy.
Lucy Moore – Maths
(Ark Elvin Academy)
Lucy has spent over 30 years working in the NHS – training first as a doctor, then in public health medicine. She spent 10 years spent as a Chief Executive of two challenging hospitals in London and in Essex. During her tenure she made big improvements to financial and operational performance in organisations employing 4000 people with budgets of £300m. She has degrees from Manchester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Adam Cooke – Biology
(West London Free School)
Adam is a former partner at the law firm DLA Piper where he specialised in intellectual property and patent litigation. He is chair of the trustees of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery and a trustee of SOS Sahel International UK, which helps marginalised communities in Ethiopia and Sudan. He studied biology at Durham.
Lynda Burns– Spanish
(Oasis Academy Shirley Park)
Lynda joined the Diplomatic Service in 1999 and has served in Athens, Washington and Nicosia. She has specialised in EU work, USA, strategy, crisis planning, Olympics and security. Lynda was seconded to the Met Police in 2010-12 working on the London Olympics. She has a degree in Spanish from Edinburgh.
Phong Dinh – Maths
Phong worked as a lawyer in the US before moving to the UK to work as a financial consultant since 2005. He studied Classics at Boston College and Law at Suffolk University Law School.
Howard Smith – Maths
(Mossbourne Community Academy)
Howard has worked in the City of London for about 25 years, mainly in senior roles concerned with the trading and risk management of securities and financial derivatives. Howard is a keen poker player and was runner up in the latest World Series of Poker Tournament in Las Vegas. He has a maths degree from Oxford.
Basil Comely – English
(Ark All Saints Academy)
Basil worked at the BBC for 23 years producing and directing Arts and History programmes. During this time he has been Head of Arts and Head of Arts Features. Before the BBC he was a print journalist specialising in writing about media and worked for Channel 4. He studied English and American Literature at Sussex.