Profiles

John Howson, director, DataForEducation
John Howson, director, DataForEducation
John Howson’s 40-year career seems to cover everything: teacher, teacher trainer, academia, data expert. So to sum up his life in a way that does not exclude any...
Ros McMullen, chief executive, LEAF
Ros McMullen, chief executive, LEAF
Sitting across from Ros McMullen, it is hard to imagine the headteacher of one of the most successful turnaround schools in Yorkshire as a teenage political activist in...
Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary
Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt is so tall he has to fold himself like an envelope when crawling into a chair in his Parliament Square office. Surrounded by...
Debra Kidd, author and former teacher
Debra Kidd, author and former teacher
I meet Debra Kidd, outspoken author and former teacher, in a café off a bustling main road in Manchester’s West Didsbury. It is a far cry from when...
Frank Green, national schools commissioner, DfE
Frank Green, national schools commissioner, DfE
Frank Green’s name is half-prophetic. Within seconds of entering a small office in the Department for Education, he is already being outrageously honest. “Have I been briefed?! I’ve...
Mark Baker, president, ATL
Mark Baker, president, ATL
The Rossendale hills near Mark Baker’s home look like the backdrop to Postman Pat. A small café among them advertises £1.50 spam butties in its window. The air...
Dame Rachel de Souza, CEO, Inspiration Trust
Dame Rachel de Souza, CEO, Inspiration Trust
Dame Rachel de Souza is about to drive the wrong way down a one-way street. She is determined to show me one more school. “You have to see...
Andrew Adonis, Labour peer and former schools minister
Andrew Adonis, Labour peer and former schools minister
Andrew Adonis looks into the distance and chews carefully. He’s pondering a question about his childhood, a topic that inevitably begins profiles about most any person. But especially...
Mark Dawe, chief executive, OCR
Mark Dawe, chief executive, OCR
A former principal, chartered accountant and civil servant who pioneered online procurement for colleges and the Skills4Life initiative, Mark Dawe already has an impressive career under his belt....

FEATURES