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 Mulberry Academy.
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.
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.
Sarah Darrall Shaw
Head of Programme
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. 22 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.
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.
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
After studying English Literature at The University of Manchester. I went on to train to become a Secondary English Teacher. I trained and qualified at a school in Bradford before deciding I wanted to move into the education charity sector.
I worked at a the large education charity, Ambition Institute, in various roles across programmes, partnerships, and recruitment. I quickly realised that I loved helping applicants find their place in the education sector.
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.
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 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.
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.
After taking a degree in Economics and Economic History, I spent over 30 years working in investment banking. On leaving the City I took on a number of part-time consultancy roles and am now also a trustee of three charities.
To enhance my change of direction I took an MSc in Charity Management at Cass Business School and am now thoroughly enjoying putting this learning into practice.
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.
Coming from a family of teachers and studying Psychology, education recruitment seemed a logical step for me. I have witnessed over a decade of change in the education industry and the impact that teachers have both in the classroom and as role models to children and young adults.
I believe Now Teach is an inspiration to career changers, to understand it is never too late to fulfil their passion. I work alongside a fantastic recruitment team, to provide advice and guidance to those wishing to embark on their teaching career.
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.
Partnership Project Manager
I have extensive experience in education which includes teaching for twenty years, leadership positions in schools and colleges. I worked with Ofsted for seven years as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. During that time, I worked on projects with the Department for Education and undertook a study visit to The Hague, exploring governance and self-evaluation in European countries. My experience in teacher training includes leading both university and school-based provision. I am passionate about changing children’s lives and committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
At Now Teach I am developing new partnerships with schools and training providers.
Events and Communications Officer
I studied History at the University of Leeds then spent two years teaching TEFL in Valencia. When I returned to the UK, I worked in a London secondary school before moving to Now Teach. I come from a family of teachers and have always been interested in both the education and charity sectors, so it was the perfect move.
No day is the same for me at Now Teach, as I help our events to run smoothly, produce communications for the Programme Team, meet Now Teachers and listen to their stories – one of my favourite parts of the job!
Content and Social Media Executive
I studied Media and Communications at Glasgow Caledonian University, and have experience in photography, social media, events, marketing, and graphic design. Previously I worked in the Service Design sector where I gained experience working in an agile environment with multi-disciplinary teams across a variety of social impact projects.
Joining Now Teach has allowed me to bring my skills and knowledge and use them in a way that creates a meaningful long-term impact. I work within the Marketing team and focus on managing our social media accounts, creating content, maintaining the website, supporting events and recruitment, and enhancing communication practices across the organisation.
I originally read Modern Languages at Durham University, remaining there an extra year to take an MA in Russian Translation. After university, I briefly worked in accountancy and translation before settling in the charity education sector. Most recently, I spent six years at widening participation charity The Brilliant Club, where I was recruitment director for the Researchers in Schools programme.
At Now Teach, I look after a variety of different business functions, including finance, IT, governance. I’m responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of these systems to support the delivery of our programme, as well as identifying ways we can improve how we work.