Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Who’s new this week?

Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving

Joanna Chapman, Head, Summer Fields pre-prep

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Head of junior school, Knightsbridge School
Interesting fact: Joanna is a keen baker and won Knightsbridge School’s version of the Great British Bake Off.


Neil Brooks, Headmaster, Cranleigh Preparatory School

Start date: September 2018
Previous job: Principal, Fulham Prep School
Interesting fact: In his early career, Neil was an army officer on active service.


Jo Higgins, Chief Executive, Dudley Academies Trust

Start date: December 2017
Previous job: Principal, Penistone Grammar School
Interesting fact: Jo loves dogs, horses, West Bromwich Albion (even through the tough times) and shoes.


David Thomas, Head of school, Jane Austen College

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Manager, McKinsey & Co
Interesting fact: David has spent the past two years running school improvement projects for refugee schools in Lebanon.


Katie Roberts, Headteacher, Da Vinci Academy

Start date: January 2018
Previous job: Vice-principal, Heanor Gate Science College
Interesting fact: Katie loves travelling with her family to keep perspective on life, and has so far visited Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Lithuania and Slovenia.


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