Movers and Shakers

Movers and shakers: Asare, Sameja, Wharf, Baddeley, Van Walwyk, Glackin, Jerrim

Professional actress, keen walker and leader who once worked as a baker, greengrocer, cook and roadie among those with new jobs in education

Professional actress, keen walker and leader who once worked as a baker, greengrocer, cook and roadie among those with new jobs in education

This week’s movers and shakers include a professional actress, a keen walker and a leader who previously worked as a baker, greengrocer, cook and roadie before joining the education sector.

This column is our fortnightly guide to who is moving where in the schools community.

We are keen to hear about appointments at a senior level. Please send submissions for this section to news@schoolsweek.co.uk with ‘Movers and shakers’ in the subject line.

William Asare

Education account director, Cantium Business Solutions

Start date: April 1

Previous role: Account manager, Wavenet Education

Interesting fact: Despite studying biomedical science, Will is still squeamish about blood. Also proving you’re never too old to try something new, he learnt how to swim when he was 34 – but admits he still can’t tread water.

Faisal Sameja

Senior associate (education employment), Browne Jacobson

Start date: April 15

Previous role: Senior solicitor, Association of School and College Leaders

Interesting fact: Faisal once completed a 30 day-step-challenge raising money to build homes for displaced families following natural disasters. He completed a staggering 704,000 steps … the equivalent of 325 miles.

Suzannah Wharf

Director of secondary education, Education South West

Start date: September

Current job: Director of school improvement and executive headteacher, Teign School, south Devon

Interesting fact: Growing up in Devon, Suzannah took part in the Ten Tors Challenge In which a two-day, team of six walk 35, 45 or 55 miles across Dartmoor.  Since taking on her headship in 2017 she always attends the start of Ten Tors to watch 2,400 young people set off on the challenge.

Kate Baddeley

Director of education, The Learning Partnership

Start Date: June 3

Previous role: National lead for secondary improvement, Oasis Community Learning

Interesting fact: Kate actually has a screw loose – thanks to a broken wrist that needed a metal plate and screws, one of which is loose!

Dr Paul Van Walwyk

Director of education, Ambitious about Autism

Start date: June

Previous role: Director of education, Eden Academy Trust

Interesting fact: Paul had many jobs before discovering teaching, including time as a baker, greengrocer, cook and roadie. He is also a qualified social worker – and is still working out what he wants to be.

Dr Maureen Glackin

Religious education adviser, Catholic Education Service

Start date: May 28

Previous role: General secretary, Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference

Interesting fact: Maureen was a professional actress, with television credits that include The Bill, Chancer, and Sherwood Forest, before training to be a teacher and working as a lay chaplain, RE coordinator and SENCO.  

John Jerrim

Research director, ImpactEd group

Start date: April

Other role: Professor, UCL Institute of Education (remains in post)

Interesting fact: When he was an undergrad student, John spent a summer being a nightclub rep in Tenerife. Oi oi!

United Learning gets new chair

Christian Brodie has become chair of England’s largest academy trust.

He succeeds Richard Greenhalgh as chair of United Learning’s group board. Greenhalgh held the post for nine years.

Christian Brodie
Christian Brodie

Brodie worked in international financial services and now holds a portfolio of roles, including chair of the Wates Foundation.

He says that in education there are “always significant challenges and opportunities to navigate”.

“United Learning has built its reputation on successfully addressing the former and seizing the latter.”

Trust chief executive Sir Jon Coles says Greenhalgh had “transformed governance within the charity, brilliantly guided our strategic ambition and has led us with a confident, collegiate and conscientious manner which has been incredibly helpful and positive”.

Brodie “brings with him decades of experience both in the corporate world and in the voluntary, higher education and not-for-profit sectors”.

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