We are grateful for the support we receive from the members of our advisory councils, representing a range of industries, helping us increase the employability of young people throughout the UK. Their time, energy and strategic vision is instrumental to our success.

Working with Business Leaders to ensure the maximum number of young people are reached.


Terms of Reference

Founders4Schools Business Leaders Advisory Council

Founders4Schools is committed to helping young people succeed in the ever-changing world of work. We enable young people to understand the world they will enter upon leaving formal education; raise their aspirations and attainment levels; encourage them to take opportunities, and develop the skills and competencies required to succeed through real-world learning.

The Business Leaders Advisory Council is comprised of leaders knowledgeable about the business community, and how it can best support the work of Founders4Schools.

The Advisory Council will help Founders4Schools to:

Focus on those sectors of the business community able to best support its work

Develop its contacts with business leaders

Identify funding opportunities for the charity

The Advisory Council will meet 4 times a year, with additional meetings to be agreed by members if required.

Members will have access to information and support from Founders4Schools staff to inform their discussions.

Chair of Business Leader Council:

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Robert Marshall

CEO, Marshall Group


Members of Business Leader Council:

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Eben Upton

CEO, Raspberry Pi Trading

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Helen Brown

Non Executive Director

James Bilefield

Senior Independent Director & Chair Designate, SThree

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Liz Upton

Director of Communications, Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Russ Shaw

Founder, Tech London Advocates

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Sherry L Coutu CBE

Founder and Chairman, Founders4Schools, also Trustee (assigned to report back to the Board on the Business Leader Council's work)

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Tasha Morrison

Solution Architect at Whitbread and Founder of TashaITGirl and Viberse

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Vikki Kirby

Corporate Storyteller, The Consultancy Company

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Vin Murria

Founder, CEO & Non Executive Director


Helping Founders4Schools reach diverse audiences so they can reach their maximum potential.


Terms of Reference

Founders4Schools Diversity Advisory Council

The Diversity Advisory Council has been formed to provide guidance and support to the execution of the Founders4Schools diversity plan and its objectives.

There will be 5 meetings per annum, (March, May, July, September, November)

The agenda for each meeting will include:

A review of the diversity plan – progress against the key initiatives

A discussion on how the advisory committee can help support on the key immediate problems and challenges within the diversity plan

A discussion on how the advisory committee can help support on the key focus areas

Key Focus Areas:

Increase F4S capacity to inspire more girls into STEM

To help young people understand the benefits of diversity (of thinking, skills, industry) – shaping/challenging perceptions

Consider if there are other ways to influence female students beyond speakers

Generate ideas for 1-2 Thought Leadership publications

Host 3 Diversity Events per annum

Launch project/campaign focusing on increasing F4S’ inventory of Female Speakers

Review diversity data and determine how best to leverage it for maximum impact & visibility

Chair of Diversity Council:

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Lauren von Stackelberg

Director, Global Communications & Diversity, Expedia Group


Members of Diversity Council:

Anne Vigouroux

International Internal Communication Officer, AXA Corporate Solutions

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor, Telegraph Media Group Ltd

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Jo Tasker

Managing Director, Jo Tasker Consulting Ltd

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Maggie Berry

Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International

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Nadia Woodhouse

Operations Lead – Global Center for Board Matters, Ernst & Young

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Abdus Hamid

Network Security Engineer at Aveva

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Linda Summer

Chief Marketing Officer at Bullitt Group Ltd

Praseeda Nair

Editorial Director, Caspian Media

Sarah Luxford

Director, Nexec Leaders & Co Founder, TLA Women in Tech

Sue Higgins

Association of State Girls' Schools


Working with the educator community to ensure the impact on young people is transformational.


Terms of Reference

Founders4Schools Educational Impact Advisory Council

Founders4Schools is committed to helping young people succeed in the ever-changing world of work. We enable young people to understand the world they will enter upon leaving formal education; raise their aspirations and attainment levels; encourage them to take opportunities, and develop the skills and competencies required to succeed through real-world learning.

Our work and strategies are driven by impact and we measure our success by the scale of our achievements as indicated by our KPIs and performance data. We wish to gain and use robust insight into our impact on students in order to help guide the service we provide and offer thought leadership to the education sector, school leaders, and teachers in their efforts to better equip young people for the jobs of tomorrow.

The Educational Impact Advisory Council is a group comprised of senior cross-sector partners knowledgeable about best practice in impact who will provide guidance, support and strategic direction to Founders4Schools on matters relating to the impact of its services on young people.

The Advisory Council will help Founders4Schools to:

Prioritise and determine the strategic focus of Founders4Schools’ impact measurement;

Develop a robust and credible evaluation process. Provide advice and comment on the suitability of the evaluation methodologies and reporting;

Identify strategic themes arising from evaluation findings;

Ensure the products of the evaluation add value to the strategic/policy debates over employability for young people.

The Advisory Council will meet 4 times a year, with additional meetings to be agreed by members if required.

Members will have access to information and support from Founders4Schools staff to inform their discussions.

Chair of Educational Impact Council:

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Professor Rose Luckin

Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab


Members of Educational Impact Council:

Belinda Raynes

Founder, Forgather

Caroline Wiertz

Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School, City University London

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Dr Mutlu Cukurova

Lecturer in Digital Technologies in Education, UCL Knowledge Lab

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Jo Cruse

Education consultant and Co-Founder of MacroAdventure

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Kirstie Mackey

Director of LifeSkills & Consumer Affairs, Barclays

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Sherry L Coutu CBE

Founder and Chairman, Founders4Schools

Tim Oates CBE

Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment

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Virginia Isaac

Director Alter Via Ltd. Chair Career Management Quality Alliance and Director of University Relations CUG. Formerly CEO of Inspiring Futures.


Helping Founders4Schools get its services to market via a range of marketing channels.


Terms of Reference

Founders4Schools Marketing Advisory Council

The Marketing Advisory Council has been formed to provide guidance and support to the execution of the Founders4Schools marketing plan and its objectives (KPIs)

There will be 6 formal meetings per annum.

The agenda for each meeting will include:

  • A review of the marketing plan – progress against the key initiatives and KPIs
  • A round table discussion on how the advisory committee can help support on the key immediate problems and challenges within the marketing plan
  • A round table discussion on how the advisory committee can help support on the key focus areas for the year

Chair of Marketing Council:

Edward Goff

Marketing Director, EE


Members of Marketing Council:

Danielle Restivo

Head of Global Communications, S/4HANA Cloud at SAP

Dylan Williams

Chief Strategy Officer, Droga5

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Jack Parsons

CEO, Big Youth Group

Janet Coyle

Principal Adviser, London & Partners

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Jenk Oz

Co-Founder Thred Media

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Jessica Butcher MBE

Co-Founder & Director, Blippar

Michael Hayman MBE

Co Founder, Seven Hills

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Carolyn Dawson

Managing Director, Informa Tech

Oli Barrett MBE

Co Founder, StartUp Britain

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Oliver Beach

Campus Director, Flatiron School

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Shira Feuer

VP Marketing, SAM Labs

Sigrid Daniel

Owner & Principal, Sigrid Daniel Associates

Sofia Fenichell

CEO & Founder, Mrs. Wordsmith

Tabitha Goldstaub

Co Founder, CognitionX

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Ting Wang

Director, Hummingbird Learning Ltd

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Travers Lee

Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), PathCloud


The Maths4Girls Steering Committee members bring their expertise to support and guide Maths4Girls so that the aspirations of this project are met.


Terms of Reference

The Role of this group:

  • To allow your expertise and networks to be leveraged so that the aspirations of this project are met.

Responsibilities:

  • Review the progress on KPIs on a monthly basis.
  • Provide advice and guidance where appropriate to the Project Lead on matters related to the strategic delivery of the project.
  • Provide advice on issues that might affect either Educators, Students, Volunteers, and industry partners and/or F4S staff.
  • Support the project through the development and collaboration of ideas
  • Provide a forum for discussion of the project's progress.
  • Approve any material change to the product or scope of the project
  • Approve MOU Template (recommend to Trustees)

Membership:

  • Members of the steering committee will be drawn from the pool of partners we co deliver M4Gs with.
  • Members represent a core subset of skills that allow us to achieve the objectives of the project. Skills are representing maths, education, industry, measurement, finance, education, tech, and partnerships.

Meetings:

  • One (1) Steering committee meeting will be held every [4-6 weeks]. Each meeting will be approximately 90 minutes in duration. Prior to each meeting, members will receive a Meeting Agenda and Pre-read deck which will be distributed no later than 7 days prior to the commencement of the meeting.
  • The Project Lead will be responsible for preparing and distributing the Pre-reads.
  • The Project manager will capture minutes & actions and share them afterward.
  • The Chairperson will coordinate with the Project Lead and members of the steering committee to develop the agenda.
  • [Members unable to attend meetings should inform the Project Manager in writing at least 14 days prior to the meeting date of their inability to attend.]
  • Meetings will be held over Zoom or MS Teams for the foreseeable future.

Chair of Maths4Girls Steering Committee:

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Lesley Hill - Chair

Lesley studied mechanical engineering at Bristol University followed by working in the offshore oil industry in Scotland before moving to America to study an MBA at Harvard University. She then worked as an operations manager in manufacturing in Silicon Valley, California followed by roles in sales and strategy consulting. More recently she has been involved in education as a school governor for 15 years in both the private and state sectors and as a local theatre supporter with the Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. Lesley is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion by encouraging women to pursue careers in STEM subjects.


Members of Maths4Girls Steering Committee:

Charlotte Avery
Charlotte Avery - Headmistress, St Mary’s School Cambridge

St Mary’s is an all-girls school where any girl can thrive and achieve academic excellence. Building on their 115 year tradition the school belongs to an active international network of over 200 Mary Ward schools worldwide. It focuses on fostering a love of life and learning, while growing the academic talents and spiritual wellbeing of each individual girl, from within. It is not a one-size-fits-all education, as the school offers renowned pastoral care, understanding and individual support that encourages girls to look beyond themselves so that they enter adulthood aspiring to be more and to give more, not just to have more.

Toby Baker
Toby Baker - Nesta Programme Manager, Education

Toby works to help schools and colleges benefit from new ways of working, through grant-funding, research and some more experimental programmes. Toby's recent publications include ‘Educ-AI-tion Rebooted? Exploring the future of AI in schools and colleges’, ‘The EdTech Effect: Lessons from nine examples around the world’, and ‘What next for digital social innovation?’. He is also a founder member of Sleuth, a co-operative data consultancy. Before Nesta he worked for a consultancy looking at transport policy.

Rachel Beddoes
Rachel Beddoes - Girls' Participation Coordinator and Careers Lead for Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI)

Rachel has been working for them on the Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP) since September 2018. Previously she taught maths for 20 years and was also a STEM Coordinator, working with businesses to convince students of the utility of maths through its various applications and the different careers that studying STEM subjects could possibly lead to. In October 2015 Rachel won The Joan Sjøvoll Award for STEM Leadership and in March 2017 her school won the Young Engineers ‘Inspiring Futures through Engineering Engagement’. Rachel is passionate about making students (and teachers and parents) aware of the importance of studying maths after GCSEs and the vast and varied careers that doing so can lead to.

Katie Chicot
Dr Katie Chicot - CEO Mathsworld UK and Senior Lecturer Open University

Dr Katie Chicot is CEO of MathsWorldUK and Senior Lecturer Staff tutor in Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University. “I am passionate about the MathsWorldUK project to create the UK’s first Mathematics Discovery Centre. Tackling mathematical problems and encouraging others to engage with mathematical investigations are the cornerstones of my work. I have used all sorts of means of communicating mathematics, including co-creating the series Patterns of life for the Open University’s YouTube channel, captaining the OU’s team on BBC2’s Beat the Brain, participating in Facebook events and, more seriously, as academic consultant to BBC Radio 4’s More or Less. A recent venture is the creation of a maths/brain teaser app called Perplex, which is available on the App Store and Google Play. This was a collaboration with the UK Mathematics Trust, with whom I have worked for many years.”

Sherry Coutu
Sherry Coutu - Founders4Schools

Chairs Founders4Schools, and serves as a non-executive Director or Trustee of Workfinder, Pearson, DCMS, London Stock Exchange plc, and Raspberry Pi Foundation. She is also an author and a philanthropist, was awarded a CBE for Services to the Economy in 2013 and has been awarded three honorary doctorates for her work in education and the economy.

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Michaela Eschbach - Founders4Schools Managing Director

After a career across different industries, Michaela has successfully set up and runs an SME. She has strong leadership skills, the ability to formulate and drive strategy in a challenging environment. She has the ability to translate strategy into operations, making it accessible to the team. Her agile mindset allowed her to move quickly and identify opportunities as they arose, enabling her to secure grants, sponsorships and new contracts. This has enabled her to more than triple turnover over the 4 years of operations.

Her strong interpersonal skills and social mindset, has enabled her to successfully liaise and build continuous relationships with stakeholders on all levels. She successfully positioned herself and the organisation to be an influencer and subject specialist. Her financial and operational skill set enabled her to manage the organisation's finances as well as ensure delivery against targets in a fast growing business.

Jane Fisher
Jane Fisher – Founder & Director of JFA Management Consultancy

Following a career as a Biology teacher and FE lecturer, Jane progressed into management before moving into LA work leading ESF & DfE projects to increase the learning and progression opportunities for young people. She led national policies that resulted in Barnsley receiving national recognition for its success, from the DfE and Ofsted. She harnessed the potential of partnership working between different sector providers to diversify the 14-19 curriculum, developing supporting frameworks disseminated nationally as good practice.

Promoted to 14-19 Lead Officer in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, she led the development of the 14-19 learning and skills strategy, leading schools, colleges, training providers and employers at strategic level. She also worked with the Humber LEP to develop strategies to improve the sub-region’s CEIAG to help raise the aspirations and employability skills of young people.

Jane now runs her Management Consultancy, working with leaders and their teams as an Advisor and Consultant, helping them develop and implement strategies that deliver sustainable organisational changes. She also volunteers as a Young Enterprise Business Adviser & Enterprise Adviser in schools.

Stephen Fraser
Stephen Fraser - Deputy Chief Executive Education Endowment Fund

Stephen became the Deputy Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation in 2019, and works across all areas of its activity. Stephen also leads the development of the EEF’s international partnerships. These partnerships support the adoption and generation of evidence beyond England, and contribute back into the evidence base for English schools. He also contributes to the EEF’s dissemination and impact work, collaborating with educators to understand and translate evidence to support practical implementation in their local context.

Mina
Mina Gerowin – 100 Women in Finance

Mina is a Non-Executive Director of 100 Women in Finance, CQS, The Population Council and also on the advisory board of RUSI. Mina was one of the first women to break into the hedge fund industry and was the first female Vice President at Lazard Freres and Co. Mina moved to London in 2008 where she headed Paulson’s European event, distressed and credit investment teams. In 2009 Mina was awarded the European Hedge Fund Leadership Award of 100 Women in Hedge Funds (now 100 Women in Finance) and has been named several times as one of the Top 100 Women in Hedge Funds by the Hedge Fund Journal and as one of the Top 50 Women in Finance by efinancial news/Dow Jones.

Mina is a former non-executive director of EXOR, CNH Industrial NV and of Lafarge SA and member of the Global Advisory Committee of Samsung Asset Management.

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Ryan Gibson - National System Leader Careers at Academies Enterprise Trust AET

Ryan is responsible for the quality of careers education for 35,000 young people across 58 primary, secondary and sixth form schools. Ryan is an experienced senior leader in secondary education and was awarded the Sinnott Fellowship for his work in connecting education and business. He is passionate about helping students apply what they learn in the classroom to the wider the world. Before joining AET, Ryan worked as a member of the Executive Team at the North East LEP, where he established ‘North East Ambition’ and served on the Regional Employment and Skills Board. In 2015 Ryan successfully led the national pilot of the Gatsby Foundation’s 'Good Career Guidance' benchmarks, resulting in a new DfE National Careers Strategy in England. Ryan worked with the Careers and Enterprise Company on the regional and national roll out of the Gatsby Benchmarks, including the development of the national careers hub model. In 2017 Ryan was recognised as ‘UK Career Educator of the Year’ by the Career Development Institute and during the Covid19 pandemic he helped to create the careers content for Oak National Academy, which was accessed by over 100,000 young people.

He is proud to be Vice Chair of Governors at a primary school in Gateshead and a Governor of a secondary school in Sheffield.

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Dr Camilla Gilmore - Co-Director of the Centre for Mathematical Cognition

Camilla Gilmore is Reader in Mathematical Cognition and co-director of the Centre. Her research is focused on understanding how mathematics skills develop with particular attention to early years development. This work aims to identify cognitive and environmental factors that influence mathematics learning and to understand why some children have difficulties learning mathematics. She holds a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship from the Royal Society and was awarded the 2020 Experimental Psychology Society Prize Lecture.

Paul Glaister
Paul Glaister - A Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Reading

With a background as an academic, 38 years’ teaching and leadership experience and 450 publications. For the last six years he has also spent much time and energy on mathematics education reforms (mostly in England), particularly Post 16 Mathematics - A levels and Core Maths. Paul works with many colleagues (50+) in DfE on mathematics education policy, practice, curriculum, qualifications, professional development, and teacher recruitment, retention, non-specialist maths teacher initiatives - future teaching scholars, maths scholarships, TSST. He works with many teachers, learned societies and subject associations in the course of these activities, and is a member or chair of 50+ national and regional advisory boards/committees, including the Royal Society ACME A level Contact Group, Ofqual Expert Panels, DfE Expert Panels, IMA, LMS, CCEA, AMSP, Maths Hubs, and is the immediate past Chair of the Joint Mathematical Council of the UK. Paul is driven to do everything he can to provide appropriate opportunities and strong encouragement for all students to take mathematics post 16, and to ensure the highest quality mathematics education for all.

Timo Hannay
Timo Hannay - School Dash Managing Director

Timo is the founding Managing Director of School Dash Limited, an education technology company based in London. Prior to SchoolDash, Timo was the founding managing director of Digital Science in London, United Kingdom where he ran the company from its foundation in 2010 until 2015. Digital Science was founded to provide software and services aimed at scientific researchers and research administrators. Prior to this Timo was director of nature.com, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a writer for The Economist and a research neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford and Waseda University in Tokyo. He is also a non-executive director of SAGE Publishing.

Dr Helen Harth - Royal Society Senior Policy Advisor

Royal Society Senior Policy Advisor

Carole Haynes
Carole Haynes – Royal Statistical Society

Carole joined the Royal Statistical Society as Education Manager in 2018 focussing on education policy. RSS is an internationally recognised organisation that can influence education policy for the greater good. Carole enjoys engaging with RSS members, and other interested individuals, to inspire our generation by highlighting the importance of understanding statistics and using data to explore the world within an ethical framework. This will help policy-makers make informed evidence-based choices to positively improve our everyday lives and communities.

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Professor Matthew Inglis - Co-Director of the Centre for Mathematical Cognition

Matthew Inglis is a Professor of Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough University, where he co-directs the Centre for Mathematical Cognition. His research aims to understand the cognitive processes involved in numerical thinking, logical reasoning, and mathematical learning. His work has been widely published across psychology, education and philosophy journals. In 2014 he was awarded the Selden Prize by the Mathematical Association of America, and in 2017 he was named the Times Higher Education Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year.

Christy Lombard
Christy Lombard - Client Director Fry Family Office

Currently the client director in a multi-family office, advising families and implementing bespoke financial plans and investment strategies.

Christy started her career in South Africa, after graduating with a Business Management Degree from Stellenbosch University, where she majored in Corporate Finance, Investment Management and Financial Planning. She further went on to qualify as a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Wealth Manager in the UK.

Passionate about coaching and empowering women to be financially independent. Member of 100 Women in Finance and Volunteer for Maths4Girls. Avid trail runner.

Louise Maule
Louise Maule - Maths4Girls Project Lead

Originally a secondary biology teacher, most recently as a Lead Practitioner for a Learning Trust of primary and secondary schools. Louise led a DfE funded STEM Learning regional programme of CPD for science educators including initiatives to develop thinking and reasoning skills, improve transition from primary to secondary science, and joint projects with stakeholders such as the Maths Hub and the EEF. This encompassed creation of resources, bid writing, designing, delivering and commissioning CPD based on local and national needs. In particular has focussed on a number of strategies to improve STEM careers awareness, highlight unconscious gender bias in STEM, and improve Science Capital in students. This included leadership of ‘Aspire to STEM’ partnerships which tackled low aspiration in deprived areas through improving teaching, leadership, and careers information. Louise is particularly interested in using coaching to support professional development, and has also served as a primary school governor.

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller - Country President at Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

Dawn has more than 25 years of experience in senior international positions in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Chubb in 2018, she was President/CEO of Axa Insurance Company in the United States. She has also held other leadership roles in Europe, the Middle East and the United States for AIG and Willis Towers Watson.

Anne Murray-Hudson
Anne Murray-Hudson – Former Headteacher at Langley Park School for Girls

Anne was Headteacher of Langley Park School for Girls from 2011-2018 and in that time founded Langley Park Academies Trust. She has extensive senior leadership experience, including 13 years' headship. Anne taught in a range of schools including in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Lambeth. Anne holds the National Professional Qualification in Headship as well as a PhD in Education. Her expertise includes teacher training, school improvement and school inspection. Anne enjoys educational research and has developed insight into evidence informed practice in FE and schools.

Tim Oates
Tim Oates - Cambridge Assessment Group Director

Tim is Group Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, focussing on national and international research on assessment and measurement. He has published widely on assessment and curriculum, also undertaking wide-ranging international comparison of the performance of education systems, and advising OECD on its curriculum review work. He was a member of Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group from 2010-16, recently moving from this group to the Ofqual Vocational Standards Advisory Group. Tim routinely provides briefings and advice to the UK and other governments. He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, and in 2015 he was awarded a CBE for Services to Education.

Joe Sarchet-Winters
Joe Sarchet-Winters - Head of Communications at Ark

Joe has worked in communications for scientific, environmental and educational communications for more than 15 years. He has spearheaded campaigns to generate funds for scientific research, raise awareness of the scientific consensus around climate change, and drive greater gender equity in STEM subjects. He is now Head of Communications at the education charity Ark where his communications expertise is being used to support Ark’s 38 schools, promote Ark’s innovative range of charitable ventures and, more generally, fight to close the disadvantage gap.

Mary Stevenson
Mary Stevenson - Assistant Director for Secondary at National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)

Involves network collaborative projects including the Secondary Mastery Specialist programme, and working with Initial Teacher Education providers. Mary taught mathematics in secondary schools and a sixth form college, including two Head of Mathematics positions. Subsequently, I moved into higher education, where I led PGCE Mathematics, devised and taught PD programmes for serving teachers, led a mathematics undergraduate degree pathway, and taught on a mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course and MA modules. Mary believes that mathematics educators can share their diverse expertise and learn from each other, and thereby improve outcomes for learners, enabling children and young people to enjoy lasting benefits from success in mathematics.

Leilah Tott
Leilah Tott – Assistant Director, STEM Education division, Department for Education

Leilah previously taught as a primary school teacher, with a particular interest in maths and science, before joining the Civil Service in 2014. After roles within the Cabinet Office, The Behavioural Insights Team and managing JobCentres, she joined the Department for Education to work on STEM policy. Leilah was instrumental in designing and setting up the new National Centre for Computing Education and overseeing the development of the £76 million Teaching for Mastery maths programme.

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Pete Ure - Founders4Schools Strategic Data Analysis

Experienced data analyst with a background in identifying trends and uncovering insights in the financial, education and government sectors.

John Yarham
John Yarham - Interim CEO The Careers & Enterprise Company

John is CEO for the Careers & Enterprise Company, the Government's national body for delivering the careers strategy for young people in England. The role involves senior stakeholder engagement including senior government (ministerial and civil service), major employers and a variety of national partner bodies.

John has more than 20 years’ experience in the employment and skills sector and was previously the Chief Executive of the Futures Group, a social enterprise supporting tens of thousands of young people and adults with their next steps in careers, as well as supporting businesses with their recruitment and training needs.

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Evie Hone - Founders4Schools Fundraising Manager

Evie has recently joined the team having worked in the cultural sector for seven years, specialising in sponsorship and partnerships for the latter four. Evie’s previous role was Senior Corporate Development Manager at the National Portrait Gallery

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Laurena Robinson - Founders4Schools Director of Fundraising and Partnerships

Dynamic, revenue-focused fundraising leader with broad experience across the board. A confident contributor at senior leadership level since 2008, Laurena is skilled in strategic, long-term and sustainable income planning, communication and marketing, branding, PR and media, stakeholder engagement and effective networking, VIP management, presenting to large audiences, inspiring leadership and efficient people management, identifying wider organisational opportunity and delivering to target.

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Sam Shoyinka - Founders4Schools Head of Project Management & Business Analysis

Joined F4S in January 2021 to support the Engineering and Project team. Prior to F4S, Sam has worked as a resourceful and hands-on Business Analyst/Project manager with various financial institutions (Barclays, RBS, Nationwide, Link Asset Management) and local authority. Sam has experience of full project life cycle working within Agile (Scrum) and Waterfall environments. He is adept at business process evaluation, analysis and modelling. Sam has excellent project/stakeholder management skills and good requirements elicitation/analysis/documentation/management skills.


Our advisors across Scotland helping us boost youth employability in partnership with the Scottish government.


Terms of Reference

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Members of Scottish Council:

Abigail Kinsella

Principal Officer, Glasgow City Council

Alasdair Gunn

Director, Framewire

Alexandra Mancini

Senior Marketing Manager, Navitas

Alexandra Stein

Head of Enterprise and Investment, Scottish Government

Alison Henderson

CEO, Dundee Chamber of Commerce

Andy Maxtone

Manager, DYW Inverness

Anne Gillies

Opps for All Manager, Highland Council

Audrey May

Chief Education Officer, Dundee City Council

Barry McCulloch

Senior Policy Advisor, FSB

Bob Keiler

Business Advisor, AB15

Brad Mackay

Professor, St Andrew’s University

Carole Sneddon

Opps for All Manager, Aberdeen City Council

Chris Van der Kuyl

Chairman, 4 Studios

Clare Baird

Manager, DYW Ayrshire

Colin Adams

Member, Informatics Ventures

Craig Johnstone

CEO & Founder, Giglets Education

Damien Yeates

CEO, Skills Development Scotland

David Millar

Technology Accelerator Director, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre

David Watt

CEO, IOD Scotland

David White

Chair, DYW Forth Valley

Donna Chisholm

Head, Sectors Team, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Dr Meryl James

Professional Development Officer, University of Strathclyde

Fiona Godsman

Chief Executive, Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Fiona Lees

Chief Executive, East Ayrshire Council

Gareth Williams

CEO, Skyscanner

Geoff Leask

CEO, Young Enterprise Scotland

George Boag

Director, Skills Development Scotland

Gillian Easson

Director, Creative Dundee

Gillian Hamilton

CEO, Scottish Council for Educational Leadership

Gordon Merrylees

Head of Entrepreneurship, RBS

Graeme Malcolm

Founder, m2lasers

Helen Winton

Manager, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre

Hugh Aitken

Director, CBI Scotland

Hugh McAloon

Deputy Director, Scottish Government

Ian Burgoyne

Head of Education, East Ayrshire Counci

Ian Ritchie

Founder, Coppertop

Jackie Doyle

Director, Oil & Gas, Opportunity North East

James Bream

Director of Policy, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Sandy Kennedy

Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Scotland

Jamie Coleman

Chairman, Codebase

Jane Martin

Managing Director of Customer Operations, Scottish Enterprise

Janette Kelso

Professional Development Officer, University of Strathclyde

Jen Henderson

Manager, DYW Forth Valley

Jim Wilson

Head of Service, Glasgow City Council

John Andreson

Head of SME Engagement, Strathclyde University

John Swinney

Deputy First Minister, Scottish Government

Julie Ashworth

Winning Scotland Foundation, Broad Reach

Karen Clarke

Manager, Elevator

Katherine McNab

HE and Employer Partnerships, Scottish Government

Ken Shaw

Head of Employability and Talent Development, Edinburgh City Council

Kevin Kelman

Chief Education Officer, Stirling Council

Laurie O'Donnell

Founder, Learning and Technology Futures

Lesley Thomson

Founder, Spreng Thomson

Liz Mcareavey

CEO, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

Lorraine Ross

Development Officer of Enterprising Schools, Scottish Government

Louise MacDonald

CEO, Young Scot

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Founder, Genius Food Ltd

Lynn Blaikie

Manager, Stirling University Innovation Park

Malcolm Buchanan

Chairman, RBS

Mandy Toogood

Senior Education Officer, Education Scotland

Marie Clare Tully

Chief Executive, Columba 1400

Marie Swinney

Policy Lead, Scottish Government

Marion Beattie

Head of Employers Services, Skills Development Scotland

Mark Armstrong

Schools Programme Manager, Young Enterprise Scotland

Mark Kerr

Head of Scotland, LDC

Mark Steell

Developing the Young Workforce, Skills Development Scotland

Michael Hayes

Founder, Rookie Oven

Michael Timmins

Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Michelle Fenwick

Manager, DYW Edinburgh, Mid and East Lothian

Morag Arnot

Executive Director, Winning Scotland Foundation

Paul Clancy

Executive Director, Dundee City Council

Rachel Elliot

Manager, DYW North East

Rob Woodward

CEO, STV Group

Sandy Kennedy

CEO, Entrepreneurial Scotland

Sarah Griffiths

Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government

Sarah Hart

Head of Employer Infrastructure, Scottish Government

Sir Tom Hunter

Chair, The Hunter Foundation

Steve Dunlop

CEO, Scottish Canals

Steve Harrison

Project Manager, Scottish Enterprise

Kenneth MacDermid

Team Leader, DYW Employer Engagement Team

Stuart Patrick

CEO, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Susan Deacon

Chair, IOD Scotland

Tiffany Wood

Royal Society Industry Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Val Russell

CEO, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

Veronica Lynch

Director of Business Development, Dundee and Angus College


Helping Founders4Schools use technology for the benefit of our stakeholders and provide a competitive advantage.


Terms of Reference

Founders4Schools Technology Advisory Council

Founders4Schools is committed to helping young people succeed in the ever-changing world of work. We enable young people to understand the world they will enter upon leaving formal education; raise their aspirations and attainment levels; encourage them to take opportunities, and develop the skills and competencies required to succeed through real-world learning.

The Technology Advisory Council provides advice and support to Founders4Schools to help it use technology for the benefit of its stakeholders, and to ensure the charity maintains a competitive advantage.

The Advisory Council will help Founders4Schools to:

  • Recruit the best people possible to technology roles
  • Access additional expertise through activities such as hackathons
  • Access specialist advice and support on one-off issues

The Advisory Council’s Chair will consult experts in the technology field as required, rather than hold formal meetings.

There will be access to information and support from Founders4Schools staff as needed

Chair of Technology Council:

Joanne Hannaford

Partner, Goldman Sachs and Trustee, Founders4Schools (assigned to report back to the Board on the Technology Council's work)


Members of Technology Council:

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Bruno Alla

Senior Backend Developer, Festicket