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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Head of Programmes
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.