“Almost everyone said the same thing: you’re mad. I replied I was perfectly sane. I’d spent so long writing columns that I was no longer getting any better at it and was possibly getting worse. Many of my contemporaries were restive in their assorted jobs too and some, like me, longed to start all over again doing something new, difficult and worthwhile.”

Lucy Kellaway

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  the team and focus much of my time on teaching economics and business studies at Mossbourne Academy in Hackney.

“We have a crisis in teacher recruitment and, in the meantime, there are all sorts of brilliant people who have never actively been recruited into the profession. I remain hugely optimistic about the potential Now Teach has to address the recruitment crisis and benefit from the experience Now Teachers can bring to education.”

Katie Waldegrave

Co-founder and Director

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 Director, 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 believe that young people benefit greatly from being taught by career changers. Now Teachers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, experience and subject passion to the classroom and to schools."

Clare Geldard

Executive Director 

I graduated from De Montford University with a BSc in Speech pathology and therapy. I spent ten years in the NHS and then a further 20 years in I CAN, the Children’s Communication Charity.

Over my last ten years at I CAN as Director of Operations/Business Development, I am most proud of building the Social Enterprise. I grew it from its inception to the £1m turnover it is today, working with schools , local authorities and other voluntary sector organisations to ensure its scalability and sustainability.

I am excited to grow Now Teach to ensure career changers becomes the norm.

“I have a strong affinity with Now Teach’s mission, having worked in education previously and with young people and communities.  I am convinced that, if we get it right and work with the system, Now Teach can help to bring innovation and systemic change.”

Graeme Danton

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.

"Now Teachers have the potential to make a huge impact in our educations system: on pupils, on colleagues and on schools."

Liz taylor

Programme Director

I ‘taught first’ after my Maths degree, training with Teach First alongside Katie. Since then I’ve worked in a range of roles across education, charities and the voluntary sector and I now lead the Now Teach network including the cohort offer and bespoke support.

I lead on our partnerships with schools and training providers and am excited to see the impact that career changers can make in schools across our regions.

“I believe every person irrelevant of background or age has the opportunity to have the life they want and can make a difference.”

Maria Floud

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. 

“Having worked across the private, public and charity sectors over my career, I see huge value in the way that Now Teach can help people bring the value of their life and career experiences into the classroom and provide a huge pool of talent and additional value for schools and students.”

Meera Moynihan

Head of Operations

After studying History at the University of Cambridge, I started my career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young before moving into the social enterprise and charity sector.

Prior to joining Now Teach, I spent 4 years at Ark leading projects in operations, strategy, and supporting growth. I am Chair of In2Science, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) charity. I have been a mentor for Teach First and Worthwhile, a school governor in south London and was a Games Maker in the London 2012 Olympics.

“It’s so important for young people to come into contact with teachers and role models from a variety of backgrounds. Now Teachers bring even more diversity and experience to the classroom and can provide links and opportunities which students may not otherwise have access to.”

Chloe poplar

Programme Manager

I studied English Literature at Durham University and have a PGCE in Secondary English from The University of Nottingham.

After a year teaching TEFL in China, I trained and then taught at a large state school in Derbyshire for three years followed by four years teaching at an international secondary school in Paris.

I work with our Now Teach trainees once they are in the classroom, visiting them in school, running events and offering bespoke support.

“I’d just returned from maternity leave in my previous job and I remember hearing about Now Teach from my manager and being blow away by the idea. Here was something addressing two needs at entirely opposite ends of the age spectrum and being amazed no-one had thought of it before! Now that I work here I am proud by how much has been achieved in such a short space of time.”

Sarah Shaw

Senior Programme Manager

Day-to-day I am responsible for supporting the cohort, in terms of answering any queries they have, liaising with their ITT providers and schools.

I am also responsible for designing the Now Teach network offer which includes teach meets and cohort sessions. I basically get to spend my job speaking to remarkable people, doing remarkable things!

“I joined Now Teach because I wanted to work for an organisation delivering change in the education sector; I find it fascinating working with career changers who come from all walks of life and bring incredibly diverse experience into schools, and it's great to be part of a dynamic team and a wider movement making late-stage career change the norm.”

Lindsey Graver

Recruitment Lead

Prior to joining Now Teach I worked in a number of roles across the charity sector, beginning my career working on overseas development projects, and then moving on to lead staffing of the government’s NCS programme in South East London, work in selection for Teach First, and mostly recently head up recruitment of volunteers for Future Frontiers, a Teach First innovation partner delivering careers coaching in London schools.

I’ve been lucky to work on large-scale recruitment for several impactful organisations, and what I most enjoy is finding amazing candidates and helping them to realise their potential. At Now Teach I lead the recruitment team to support our career changers in their transition into teaching, right from the point of expressing interest to helping them secure a training place in the right school.

“I believe that both schools and students can hugely benefit from the experience and cultural capital that career changers bring to the teaching profession. The impact is greatest for students whose aspirations may be limited. Now Teachers can bring a wealth of contacts and careers advice.”

Elizabeth Place

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.

“Working at Now Teach is a little infectious and I find family and friends wanting to talk to me about it whenever they get the chance. Linking generations together to support young people’s education is a pretty inspiring feeling – and I guess it catches on!”

Fadi Marouf

Operations & Programme Co-ordinator

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, Marketing and Operations teams at Now Teach. I am responsible for the logistical organisation of our cohort events and our core administrative tasks.

“I always thought I might become a teacher one day, so the Now Teach mission really appeals to me. It’s inspiring to see people making a change in their lives and using their life experience in schools.”

Becky Jones

Operations Manager

I studied Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. After graduating, I worked at an education-technology company before joining Now Teach.

Day to day at Now Teach, I help ensure the business runs smoothly, covering finances, GDPR, legal contracts and more. My main focus is managing our data and CRM.

“An inspiring teacher can have a huge impact on a child’s life and it’s exciting to be part of an organisation which helps people bring additional life and career experience into the classroom to achieve this”

Jo Holmes

Recruitment Advisor

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.

“Now Teach works in two fields that inspire me: education and personal development. Our support means people can embrace change and make a difference to young people.”

Matt Crowder

Brand and Content Manager

I like finding things out , so spent a lot of time studying and ended up with a PhD in TV audience research.

I decided I wanted to work in the charity sector, and have worked in education for the last seven years. I am responsible for Now Teach’s brand, content and PR, so am still working hard to find things out about our teachers and then share it with the right people.

“The Now Teach network is incredible. In my role, I have the opportunity to connect to so many interesting, talented people. The stories participants tell are funny, sad, interesting and inspirational; often within a 5-minute conversation. I enjoy retelling those stories and inspiring a new generation of teachers.”

Robert Dickinson

Marketing Manager

I studied History at the University of Hull before going on to do my post-grad diploma in Marketing Communications (CIM). Whilst at university I worked as a Teaching Assistant in secondary schools.

Post-graduation I worked for several award winning advertising agencies. I became a specialist in Attraction Marketing and Employer Brand on projects for several major brands such as M&S, Carlsberg, Shell, Teach First, HSBC, Anchor, Oasis Learning and the Met Police.

My role at Now Teach is to ensure our marketing strategy is planned and enacted as envisaged.

“Now Teach are part of the solution to the recruitment and retention crisis in teaching. Our pupils deserve the best teachers and I believe Now Teach recruits and develops career changers who have the potential to be fabulous and impactful teachers! Now Teach's commitment to championing flexible working makes them forward-thinking and well-being focused - this is so important in the context of teacher workload.”

Charlie Higgins

Programme Manager

I studied Law at University of Leeds, then qualified as a secondary school teacher and completed an MA in Educational Leadership at University of Warwick.

I developed trainee teachers through previous roles at Teach First and now develop our network of Now Teachers in East Anglia.

I work closely with our training providers and trainee teachers to ensure that Now Teachers are well supported, have a positive impact on pupils and ultimately are retained in the profession.

“I joined Now Teach to help potential trainees navigate the field of education and teacher training in order to make a difference to the lives of the next generations.”

jO lANE

Recruitment Advisor

I studied Primary Education at Kingston University and have spent the past 7 years working in education recruitment, recruiting teachers and support staff into schools.

I work on the recruitment team, providing support throughout the application process.

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