About Us

One of the biggest problems facing secondary schools is the shortage of maths, science and language teachers. At the same time, there is a colossal waste of talent as people who are reaching the end of one successful career want to do something meaningful.

Now Teach was set up in 2016  to encourage people who have already had one successful career to retrain as teachers. These people will start a movement of senior professionals redeploying their skills in the classroom and teaching the children who need it most. Now Teach exists to find them and help them become formidable teachers.

Lucy Kellaway
Lucy Kellaway is the co-founder of Now Teach which she set up in 2016 with Katie Waldegrave. In September 2017 she will train to be a maths teacher, part of the first cohort of Now Teach trainees. She spent 30 years as a journalist on the Financial Times, and nearly 10 as a non-executive director of Admiral insurance. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in PPE, she worked for JP Morgan.
Katie Waldegrave
Katie Waldegrave is Director of Now Teach. She is the founder of First Story, the literacy charity, which she ran from 2007 to 2015, by which time it had helped thousands of children learn to write. Katie studied history at Oxford, after which she trained to teach with Teach First. She went on to be Head of History at Cranford Community College and has also taught at Ashoka University in Delhi. She has a PhD in creative writing.
Charlotte Hobson
Charlotte Hobson is the Head of Recruitment for Now Teach. She worked at the social integration charity, The Challenge, for almost 6 years, and was Head of Sales and Marketing for its start-up apprenticeship programme, Step Forward. Charlotte studied English at Sheffield University, and was an English language teacher in Portugal for a few years after graduating.
Rebecca Mond
Rebecca Mond joined Now Teach at its launch as Programme Manager. Her
previous roles were as Product Manager for a tech and marketing company, and most recently, she was involved in the conception of a predictive tool, analysing big data for fashion and luxury brands. Before this, Rebecca studied Anthropology at the University of Sussex.
Libby Dangoor
Libby Dangoor is the Operations Director for Now Teach. She previously worked as a Venture Partner within Ark and before that spent 4 years with the Social Business Trust as Portfolio Director. Prior to this, Libby spent 5 years as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. She studied biological natural sciences at Cambridge.
Sarah Shaw
Sarah Shaw joined in June as the Programme Manager for Now Teach. She previously worked at the Barbican Centre and was responsible for programming the theatre and music outreach programme before becoming Senior Events Manager at The Prince’s Teaching Institute. Sarah studied European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford and has an MA in Arts Management and Policy from Birkbeck.
Chloé Poplar
Chloé is the Recruitment Manager for Now Teach. She previously lived in Paris for four years where she taught at an international secondary school. Prior to this, Chloé taught at a large state school in Derbyshire and has also spent a year as a TEFL teacher in China. She studied English Literature at Durham University and attained a PGCE in Secondary English from The University of Nottingham.

Shadow Board

Now Teach is currently incubated within Ark UK Ventures and until independence a ‘shadow board’ ensures that Now Teach delivers its operational plan. It will assume legal responsibility when Now Teach becomes an independent entity:

Graeme Danton (Executive Chair)
Former COO Teach First

Lucy Kellaway

Michael Clark
Deputy Chief Executive, Ark

David Harding
Winton Capital Management

Charlotte Hogg
Chief Executive, Visa Europe

Graham Elton
Partner, Bain & Company

Matt Jones
Principal, Ark Globe Academy

David McCahon
General Counsel, Barclays

Margaret Johnson
CEO Leagas Delaney

Victoria Tillbrook
Partner, PWC

Reuben Moore
Director of Leadership, Teach First

James Darley
Director of Strategic Alliances, Teach First


Andrew Adonis
Labour Peer & Former Education Minister
Dame Julia Cleverdon
Former Chief Executive, Business in the Community
Rob Eastaway
Founder, Maths Inspiration
Lynda Gratton
Author, The 100 Year Life
Richard Lambert
Chancellor, The University of Warwick & Chair of the British Museum
Chris Patten
Chancellor, Oxford University
Robert Peston
Political Editor, ITV & Founder of Speakers for Schools

Manny Roman
Chief Executive, Pimco

Dame Marjorie Scardino
Former CEO, Pearson
David Stevens
CEO, Admiral
Tidjane Thiam
Chief Executive, Credit Suisse

Our Structure


Now Teach is incubated by Ark Ventures. Ark Ventures is part of the education charity Ark, and incubates, launches and supports organisations that have the potential to deliver widespread change in education and society.

We work closely with a number of schools and training providers including Mossbourne Community Academy, Holland Park School, and Ark Teacher Training to place candidates in school-based teacher training roles.

Begin your application to teach in 2018

Questions?   Give us a call on: 0207 430 8878