Co-founder and Economics & Business Studies Teacher
After more than 30 years as a journalist I decided to become a teacher. Finding the path to the profession somewhat tricky for someone of my age, I co-founded Now Teach with Katie.
Since graduating from Oxford with a degree in PPE, I have been a journalist, worked for JP Morgan and been a non-executive director of Admiral Insurance.
I leave the running of Now Teach to Katie and the team and focus much of my time on teaching economics and business studies at Mossbourne Academy in Hackney.
Co-founder and Chief Executive
I founded Now Teach with Lucy in 2016, before that I started the literacy charity First Story. I studied history at Oxford and have a PhD in creative writing.
I was one of the first teachers recruited through Teach First. From there I became Head of History at Cranford Community College and I’ve also taught at Ashoka University in Delhi.
As Chief Executive, I try to balance thinking about how to grow and improve Now Teach with the day to day dramas and joys of running any organisation.
I studied biological natural sciences at Cambridge before starting my career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. I then moved to the Social Business Trust as Portfolio Director.
Before joining Now Teach I was a Venture Partner within Ark. I am also an active governor at Westminster Academy in London.
I work with Katie on the overall direction and growth of Now Teach and how we can deliver our strategy.
Executive Chair and Corporate Relationships
Before working with Now Teach, I was the COO of Teach First, the largest recruiter of graduates in the UK.
Prior to that I worked for 26 years at the Bank of England in policy, risk and crisis-management roles. I have a BSc and Masters in Economics from Warwick University.
As Executive Chair, I am responsible for Board-management, corporate and external relationships, fundraising and overall management of the charity. I am also working on Now Teach’s plans toward charitable independence.
Recruitment & Marketing Director
Being the first in my family to go to university I was proud to graduate in Psychology & Management from Aston University. I started my in-house recruitment career at Andersen. 19 years later, I still really enjoy large scale recruitment and now get to do it where our hires make a difference and improve the life chances of young people.
I am thrilled to be working to help reduce the deficit of teachers needed in the UK and do something new by actively targeting a large number of late stage career changers. I’ve worked to grow the brand and hire talent into numerous organisations after Andersen including Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Grant Thornton and Police Now.
Policy and Strategy Director
I am interested in education, history and public policy, and in the history of education and public policy, and in the implications for public policy, including education, of history.
I studied history at Oxford and a Master of Studies in advanced history teaching from Cambridge. I completed my PGCE at UCL.
I’ve been a classroom teacher, middle and senior school leader, a curriculum specialist across some of the best schools in the country, a teacher trainer and a policy professional in Westminster.
I studied English Literature at Durham University and have a PGCE in Secondary English from The University of Nottingham.
I taught at a large state school in Derbyshire and spent four years teaching at an international secondary school. I also spent a year as a TEFL teacher in China.
I studied European Theatre Arts as the first cohort at Rose Bruford College. I then studied Arts Management and Policy part time at Birkbeck whilst working full time.
I began my career at the Barbican Centre as assistant to the Artistic Director before moving to the Education department. I was also at The Prince’s Teaching Institute where I was responsible for designing and delivering the charity’s subject focused CPD for teachers.
I was previously Product Manager for a tech and marketing company. Most recently I was involved in the conception of a predictive tool, analysing big data for fashion and luxury brands.
Before this, I studied Anthropology at the University of Sussex.
External Affairs Officer
Having studied English Literature and History at university, I spent two years teaching with Teach First. I moved in to corporate communications and public relations at a Magic Circle law firm before starting at Now Teach.
I engage with key stakeholders including journalists and corporates to communicate Now Teach’s mission, proposition and strategy.
I studied Telecommunication Engineering at Al Balqa’a Applied University in Jordan. I have worked as an Underwriting Assistant at an international reinsurance company based in Jordan and as a Quality Controller at NOKIA.
I support the Programmes, Recruitment and Operations teams at Now Teach. I am responsible for the logistical organisation of our cohort events and our core administrative tasks.
I studied Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. After graduating, I worked at an education-technology company, before joining Now Teach.
I ensure the business runs smoothly – from finances to GDPR and more.
I studied Industrial Economics at Nottingham University and worked in finance before changing careers and moving to the children’s literacy charity Beanstalk. There I recruited and trained volunteers to provide literacy support to children in primary schools in London and more recently set up their offices in the East of England.
I help throughout the application process and focus on finding the right candidates for East Anglia, Hastings and the West Midlands.
I’m a History graduate from the University of York, where I wrote my dissertation on the value and nature of history in the national curriculum. After a period of work in the city, I joined Now Teach to pursue positive change in education.
I answer all the questions that potential applicants might have about our programme. I also work with the rest of the team to track down inspirational individuals and future teachers.