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.
Co-founder and Director
Lucy and I started Now Teach – on a wing and a prayer – in 2016. I began my working life as a teacher in the first cohort of Teach First. From there I became Head of History at Cranford Community College and I’ve also taught at Ashoka University in Delhi.
In 2007 I founded the literacy charity First Story which I ran until 2013. I studied history at Oxford and have a PhD in creative writing. My first book, a biography of the daughters of Wordsworth and Coleridge, was published by Penguin Random House in 2013.
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. In the rest of my life, I try to bring up three small people while promising myself there will one day be a second book!
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.
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.
Sarah Darrall Shaw
Head of Programmes
As Head of Programme, I am responsible for supporting the Programme Team and work with them to design, develop and deliver the network and one to one support offer.
Additionally I get to work with our cohort on a one to one basis, from QTS, through NQT and beyond into the Network.
I basically get to spend my job speaking to remarkable people, doing remarkable things!
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.
Director of Operations
After graduating in History from Cambridge University, I started my career as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young. After several years, I made a career switch of my own and moved into the charity and social enterprise sector, working mostly in education.
Over the past 15 years I’ve really enjoyed working with organisations of all shapes and sizes to scale and increase their impact. In my role, I ensure that the day-to-day work of Now Teach runs smoothly so the team can focus on recruiting and supporting great teachers.
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 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
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.
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 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.
Now Teach Interviewer
I studied history at Exeter University, and I also have an MA in HR. I’ve worked in recruitment for over 20 years, starting in the corporate sector recruiting graduates for Goldman Sachs, and before having children I was head of graduate recruitment for the Bank of England.
Since having my family I’ve helped organisations in the charitable and public sector and my role at Now Teach is to help find people like you who are considering making that big career change.
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.
I’m a career changer myself – I qualified as a Chartered Accountant a long time ago and spent the early part of my career working in Finance and as a Business Analyst for various large corporate organisations.
Having my own children, supporting in their school, and experiencing the incredible work done by teachers inspired me to move into the education sector, initially to Beanstalk, the children’s literacy charity, and then to Now Teach.
After a year working in our recruitment team being inspired by our candidates’ stories I’m now our Partnerships Lead, responsible for developing and strengthening relationships with schools and training providers”
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.
Events & Operations Coordinator
I studied Management and Marketing at the University of Bath, but I’ve been involved with educational organisations since high school.
After graduating, I decided to pursue this path and found Now Teach. I make sure that all our events run smoothly, as well as help with daily running of our (for now, virtual) office.
A great part of my role is being able to work with all the teams, which I really love as no day is the same!
I really enjoy spending time talking with candidates, learning about their industry and what makes them tick! As a passionate lifelong learner and lover of education I tried my hand at teaching for a year in Singapore, before relocating to London where I combined my two loves Education and Recruitment, taking a position as Regional Manager for an Education Recruitment startup.
The charity sector had always appealed to me, so when I found the role at Now Teach, I couldn’t wait to get started, using my knowledge of the Education Sector to advise career changers on transitioning into teaching.
Having been a career changer, which including doing my degree at the age of 37, I really enjoy interviewing candidates and discussing their motivation to re-train as secondary school teachers.
My own 20 year teaching career has included subject teaching, Head of Key Stage and Deputy Head. The management side of running a school is constantly changing, updating and adapting and an exciting job. My first love, however, will always be teaching English Language and Literature.
Now Teach Advisor
I started my career as a primary school teacher, I then retrained as a Careers Advisor. I have spent many years working in secondary school supporting students with their career development through guidance appointments and running a range of careers events. I have recently transitioned to adult guidance working as a Senior Careers Advisor in the NHS.
In this role I support doctors and dentists at key transition points in their career. I love speaking to individuals considering major career transitions – thinking through the ideas and planning steps to reaching a new goal.
Change, growth and working with people really excites me. After 15 years as a primary school teacher/school leader, I moved into business improvement where I applied my knowledge about how pupils learn to improve processes.
More recently, I’m interested in coaching for personal development. The common theme of the various things I do is: working with people to be better, work better and achieve more.
My specialism is Creative Education. Whether that’s delivering CPD sessions to Teachers; managing a national cohort of drama and dance Facilitators; developing a wellbeing session for staff and students; running a successful Shakespeare-focused Theatre Company; or delivering participatory arts based lessons in schools- the variety of work keeps me energised.
I find the recruitment element of my career equally exciting. I have managed regional teams to deliver large staffing targets, and still deliver as a roleplay actor and recruitment support for other Education organisations and the NHS.