Lee Sears (chair)

As a coach and consultant Lee specialises in supporting senior leaders through major organisational change, fundamental culture change, and innovation led market breakthroughs. Over the last 28 years lee has coached hundreds of senior executives to develop their personal leadership capacity in the most turbulent times. As a co-founder of Coach in a Box, Lee has supported the development of a map of key attitudinal changes that underpin the effectiveness of leaders in times of massive market challenge and organisational change. Working with academic partners like Singapore Management University, Coach-In-A-Box have taken the insight from the world’s largest data base of coaching, to map the attitudinal and behavioural shifts that matter the most.

Richard Collier-Keywood

Richard Collier-Keywood was Global Vice-Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2012 until February 2017 having previously served as PwC UK Managing Partner since 2008. In his final role, Richard chaired the Global PwC Network Executive Team and was responsible for everything from strategy through operations. Since February 2017, Richard has taken on a number of roles including chairing the School for Social Entrepreneurs, chairing Humentum, a global NGO based in Washington DC, chairing New Forest Care, a child care company specialising in looking after some of the most behaviourally challenged children in the UK, Managing Partner of Nala Ventures & Investments LLP and is a senior adviser to DCMS on the Inclusive Economy.

Richard is a barrister and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Marie Williams

Marie Williams is passionate about child development through play and creative problem solving. Throughout her academic and professional career she has actively volunteered in organisations working to empower and enable disadvantaged children to grow in confidence, STEM and team working skills. She founded Dream Networks Social enterprise in 2015 to enable children to play a more active role in making a sustainable impact to reduce play inequalities through building play areas. Dream Networks collaborates with schools, businesses and communities to design and implement creatively sustainable playgrounds in disadvantage communities. Dream Networks has built playgrounds used by over 2500 children.

Marie is also an experienced chartered (CEng IMeche) mechanical engineer and product manager who has lead product development and implementation within a variety of technology sectors.

Andrew Mullinger

Founder of Funding Circle, a lending platform for SMEs who need quick and effective investment. The company has been a huge success story in the financial technology sector.

Marion Fanthorpe

For over two decades Marion has been helping organisations to succeed by creating the conditions in which their people thrive and achieve extraordinary outcomes for customers, citizens and colleagues.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and an accredited Executive Coach she has considerable expertise in human resource management, leadership, organisational design and change, and adult learning and development.

Marion is currently the Human Resources Director for Anglia Ruskin University, and has previously held executive HR director roles in local government, higher education and the police, as well as working as a consultant and coach in a range of different public service and commercial organisations.

John King

Current Chair of School 21’s Board of Trustees.

Former successful secondary Headteacher including of Gable Hall School and experienced MAT Trustee.

Philippa Cordingley

Philippa Cordingley, Chief Executive of CUREE is a renowned expert in evaluation, research use and effective Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL). Philippa leads the CUREE research team.

Recent projects include exploration of what is involved the gaining sustainable momentum in school improvement for Teach First and a review of subject specific CPD in the UK and in comparison with High Performing Countries.

She also leads CUREE’s signature research service for evaluating the learning environment for teachers and learners in schools and for developing momentum in school improvement, SKEIN. She is Chair of the Foundation for Leadership in Education’s Research Group and a member of OECD’s Expert Group for Country reviews of teacher preparation and development.

Ed Fidoe

Ed Fidoe is the co-founder of School 21, and is now working to create a new, innovative institution in the Higher Education sector.

After leaving McKinsey in 2010 to start School 21 Ed has also advised leaders at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, ARK Schools, Teach First, and Eton College. He is also the co-founder of EDSPACE, a co-working space for innovative education companies. Previously he was a theatre producer.

John Krumins

John Krumins is Chairman of Wavex Ltd, a city-based IT services provider and sits on a series of technology and service sector company Boards with a particular focus on data and digital technology. In education he is passionate on the importance of oracy as a key skill for all young people and teach secondary school students communication, interview and networking skills.

​Before his current roles he first trained as a chemical engineer, and then spent over 25 years in a range of strategic consulting and corporate finance roles advising multi-national companies particularly in the media, technology and industrial services sectors, and also served as a Panel Member at the Competition and Markets Authority, assessing competition issues for the Government.

Hashi Mohamed

Hashi Mohamed is a barrister at No5 Chambers and a Broadcaster at the BBC. In 2010, he joined The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and completed his pupillage training at 39 Essex Street Chambers in 2012.

Hashi practices in No5 Chambers in public law and commercial litigation related cases, though his main area of focus is Planning & Environmental law. He has been consistently listed as one of the highest rated planning barristers in England & Wales under the age of 35 in the Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Legal Survey.

​He presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4, most recently on access to the top professions, child refugees making perilous journeys in the Mediterranean and terrorism and how nations react. Hashi writes regularly in various newspaper publications, including The Times, The Guardian and Prospect Magazine.

Chair members

​Lee Sears
Ed Fidoe
David Albury
Claudine Menashe-Jones
Sir Tim Brighouse