Profiles

Joyce Matthews, author and leadership development specialist
Joyce Matthews, author and leadership development specialist
What will Joyce Matthews do next? The school leadership development specialist and samba player is thinking about her next possible career move. Could she see herself as an...
Steve Lancashire, chief executive, REAch2
Steve Lancashire, chief executive, REAch2
Steve Lancashire is the first person I’ve met who’s wanted to be a headteacher from his school days. As chief executive of one of the largest academy chains, REAch2,...
Natasha Tiwari, founder, Elevare London
Natasha Tiwari, founder, Elevare London
The Christmas lights are off in London’s corporate quarter, but at least one person is home. Natasha Tiwari, the one-time drop-out trainee teacher who has built a personal...
Joan McVittie, retired headteacher, Woodside High School
Joan McVittie, retired headteacher, Woodside High School
Dame Joan McVittie has already saved me twice by the time we are in her tiny car and zipping towards her house in Woodford, north east London. Having...
Roy Perry, chair, Local Government Association
Roy Perry, chair, Local Government Association
History may have been the school subject Roy Perry enjoyed the most. But the new chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) children and young people’s board isn’t...
Chris Tweedale, chief executive, CfBT Schools Trust
Chris Tweedale, chief executive, CfBT Schools Trust
It is raining heavily outside Abacus Belsize Primary, a chalet-like wooden structure hidden among a series of houses accessible via an almost invisible path near London’s grand King’s...
Graham Stuart, former chair of the education select committee
Graham Stuart, former chair of the education select committee
Graham Stuart’s continued interest in education is glaringly obvious. Tucked away in the corner of a whiteboard on his parliamentary office wall are the words: “sampling assessment of...
Julian Thomas, master, Wellington College
Julian Thomas, master, Wellington College
The previous master of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon, was known for talking about “happiness — a lot. Julian Thomas, the master as of September this year, barely mentions...
Julie Overend, teacher, Nottingham Children’s Hospital School
Julie Overend, teacher, Nottingham Children’s Hospital School
It’s a surprisingly sunny autumn day when Julie Overend shows me the outside play and learning area at Nottingham Children’s Hospital School. Away from the clinical corridors of...
Louise Haigh, shadow digital minister
Louise Haigh, shadow digital minister
Most Labour MPs don’t go out of their way to draw attention to their private education, but Louise Haigh isn’t like most Labour MPs. As we sit down...
Doug Lemov, author and managing director of Uncommon Schools
Doug Lemov, author and managing director of Uncommon Schools
Doug Lemov had a “pretty miserable” time in his early teens. “I was kind of the ugly duckling. To add to that, I would say I was… socially...

FEATURES