Author and Trainer
Educator, trainer, author and researcher. I have been working in education for almost forty years, teaching, managing, designing curriculum, consulting and facilitating training in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, in private, state and international establishments in Oman, UK and Sudan. For seven years I ran my own educational consultancy specialising in all aspects of equal opportunities training, resources and research. I also worked for three years promoting children’s rights for Plant yng Nghymru/Children in Wales. I am co-author of Values and Visions: Engaging students, refreshing teachers (2019) and a certified V&V trainer. I have contributed chapters to Warwick University’s Educational series: Values Education and Cultural Diversity (2000) and Omani publications as well as writing numerous education articles. I am passionate about languages, intercultural encounters, values and the environment. My top three values are openness, integrity and kindness. I speak eight languages in addition to my native English and have lived or spent time in over forty countries.
Author and Trainer
Author, Teacher of Teachers, Trainer and Coach For over 30 years, I have worked to bring global education and positive transformation into schools and workplaces. I worked in initial teacher training and with LEAs to introduce World Studies into schools. In 1989 I co-founded the pioneering Values and Visions Project, which brought a transformational model into mainstream curriculum. The first teacher handbook (Values and Visions: Hodder & Stoughton 1995) has been used in thousands of schools. Its success in education led to my adapting it for the workplace. I published The Spirited Business: Hodder and Stoughton 2002. Applying the same dynamic model of transformation in many organisations, I saw stressed, pressured workplaces turn into places of wellbeing. In 2018 I co-founded the Values and Visions Foundation. I currently see the intense change and pressure that teachers are experiencing, the volatile world that young people are facing, and I would like to lift the strain by offering the powerful tools and strategies of Values and Visions.
I am the director of Embark Education Ltd, an educational consultancy specializing in curricular design, effectiveness, and innovation. My experience as a school leader has spanned over 25 years in Oman, UK, and Jamaica. As an educator in the UK, I had a notable impact in some of Birmingham's and Coventry's underperforming schools with a track record of improving outcomes in Mathematics. As of August 2022, I am a Head of Middle School , a consultant editor for ASCD EdAdvantage magazine, a conference presenter, a professional development coach, and an educational consultant. Additionally, I have authored two Mathematics workbooks, published research on International Schools, and am the chair for the Jamaica Middle East Diaspora Education Taskforce. I am extremely delighted to be a part of the team that shapes the future of the V&V foundation in order to impact the lives of young people.
I am currently Head of Partnerships at an early intervention charity and have previously been a Head of Programmes at an educational consultancy. With a background in Theatre in Education, I have worked at various Arts organisations, and have run workshops in schools, prisons and pupil referral units. I also work as a life and business coach. I am an advocate for holistic education and am very excited to be part of the Values and Visions team to further empower young people.
I'm a retired teacher and trainer with experience in secondary, tertiary and adult education in the UK, Canada, Sudan and Oman. I like to advise and support the adoption of appropriate technology for different countries, situations and people and have managed programmes and educational units in several institutions. I'm a member of the British Psychological Society and of the British Computer Society. I recently worked on programme and institutional audits and quality assurance.
I am a teacher, education commentator, researcher and SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) with more than two decades of teaching and leadership experience in UK maintained schools. My teaching and leadership have consistently been rated ‘outstanding’. As founder and director of Those That Can Limited, I work in a freelance capacity with schools, training organisations, education charities and the media to support teachers to survive and thrive in the long term in schools in the UK and beyond. I speak regularly at conferences, including the Festival of Education, ResearchEd, Belmas and WomenEd. I am author of How to Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018) and regular writer for key education publications, including TES, and Teach Secondary. My Doctorate in Education (achieved in 2016 at Middlesex University) is about how education professionals can effectively balance teaching and parenting.
Hannah Wilson is an independent educational consultant who specialises in leadership development and training. She is a DfE coach for the Women Leading in Education initiative and an advocate for flexible working (the focus for her MA in Education). She specialises in diversity, inclusion and equality, professional learning, early career teachers, mentoring and coaching, mental health and wellbeing. As a collaborator and a networker, Hannah is involved in a number of networks which she has founded, co-leads and delivers bespoke training through: #DiverseEd, #LeanInGirlsUK, Oxon MH and WB network, #OxWomenLeaders, #WomenEd. Hannah is an Associate or an Ambassador for the following organisations: HeadsUp, Hopscotch, InspirEDucate, Leadership Matters, Mental Health Schools Award Spirals Partnership and Values-based Education. This is her website: https://www.hannah-wilson.co.uk
Adviser and Founding Trustee
I was a merchant banker for 19 years and a director of N M Rothschild. I was the first Railway Franchising Director, responsible for creating the legal structure for franchises and the organisation to sell and manage them. Subsequently I was First Bursar of King's College Cambridge. In retirement I have worked as a humanist funeral celebrant. I am chair of governors of a primary school in the most deprived part of Cambridge, that has been scored by the Department for Education as the top primary school in the county.
Former Trustee & Adviser
I began my career as a secondary English teacher in London and then became a School Leader in London and Greater Manchester. I have worked as an education adviser in Tameside, Bristol and Bradford with specialisms in School Improvement, Diversity and Inclusion. I am currently Chair of the Board of a Multi-Academy Trust formed of five inner city primary schools and Chair of the management committee of a Pupil Referral Unit. I chair the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education in Bradford. I am a resident of Saltaire, a World Heritage Site near Bradford city centre. Saltaire holds an annual arts festival every September and I am a board member and programme coordinator for this event. I am delighted to be part of Values and Visions as I have always been committed to education as a route to change and empowerment. I believe that why and how we work with young people in schools are much more important than the content of the formal curriculum.
Antony Elliot OBE FCIB
Adviser and Former Chair of Trustees
I am founder of The Fairbanking Foundation. I’ve spent over ten years as Group Risk Director of a major retail bank and worked for a number of UK and international banks previously. Since 2004 I’ve been actively involved in researching the field of financial well-being and have a large number of published reports in the area. The Fairbanking Foundation was established as a charity in 2008. It conducts research, provides advice and is the certification body for the Fairbanking Mark. I have a degree in Banking and International Finance from City University and a master’s degree in Operational Research from Imperial College, London. In 2014 I was awarded an OBE for services to bank customers.
Andria Zafirakou is the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner. She is an Arts and Textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in northwest London, England
Currently I am Head of Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy, Interpersonal Abuse Unit at the Home Office. I have been working as a public sector consultant advising government bodies, civil society organisations, international NGOs, charities and academic and research institutions. In the past I have worked with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development and Independent Commission for Aid Impact as a fund and programme manager, and more recently as a monitoring, evaluation and learning advisor. I have experience writing technical and commercial proposals to secure donor funding.
I am an educational consultant and director of Talespin Consultancy Ltd. offering training and support to schools and organizations on diversity and inclusion; leadership support and development including coaching. I was previously the founding Head of School of a free Special School in North West London for five years, leading the school to its first Section 5 Ofsted inspection where the school gained a judgement of ‘Good” with Outstanding features. I have been in education – from unqualified teacher to senior leader for the past thirty years I am a strong, dynamic and innovative educational professional with extensive experience in senior leadership in secondary mainstream education and special educational needs.
I am a qualified solicitor (England & Wales) with a background in commercial litigation and arbitration. However, I eventually came to my senses, and the last three decades have been more enjoyably and creatively spent advising charities, universities, and public bodies on general contract law with a bit of an emphasis on software licensing, protecting intellectual property, and procurement of goods and services.
I am the director of Ascot Bookkeeping & Accounting Ltd based in Berkshire England. I hold Practice Licences with both The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) & The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers ( ICB). I have worked with a wide variety of clients from Professional Sports Personalities, International Private Schools to Historic Racing Drivers. I have a passion for helping clients grow their business using cloud based software solutions. I feel honoured to be part of the V&V Team
I designed the cover and most of the graphics for the first edition of Values and Visions and was the designer of all the graphics and layout for the second. As well as a designer I am also a Pilates instructor.
I am a 21-year-old from the UK, currently studying Political Science and Geography at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. With a strong interest in Asian Politics and Foreign Affairs, I enjoy engaging with student societies in the areas of International Relations and Human Rights. I am also currently volunteering in a committee that aims to tackle educational inequalities in the Irish asylum seeker community. During my free time, I enjoy learning Korean, doing pilates, and above all, travelling. By working with Values and Visions, I hope to gain knowledge and experience in the charity sector whilst applying my skills to various projects.
I am a graduate of the University of Leeds where I successfully completed a Masters in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations. After studying Business Management for my undergraduate degree, I chose to pursue my interest in marketing and communications. I have a broad range of experiences including working at Mars Incorporated for my undergraduate placement year in the production department and recently, being Head of Guest Relations for a student-led conference with the University of Leeds. In my free time, I like to keep myself busy by spending time with friends and family whilst also enjoying scuba diving and dog-walking for moments of much-needed peacefulness.
I am a 20-year-old from the south east of England studying law in London. Alongside my degree I have my own social media marketing business which aims to help business dominate social media for their own benefit. In addition to my love for law and business I have also enjoyed volunteering in local charities since early teens from fun fundraising events to Christmas homeless shelters I adore the idea of helping others. In my free time I love travelling; there is just so much to see in the world, why would you limit your view?. Finally, I am particularly excited to be a volunteer for V&V as it is a new avenue for me which will allow me to gain fulfilling new experiences.
I am an International Business graduate from the University of Leeds. Throughout my career and time in education I have worked in a variety of industries including banking, education and hospitality. I completed a study abroad year in Hong Kong and one of my key passions is travelling. I spend a lot of my free time playing sports, hiking and socialising with friends. I have volunteered for several organisations and enjoy helping others in whatever way I can.
I am a Business Management graduate from the University of Gloucestershire. Throughout my working career and time in education, I have worked across various industries including food & beverages, transport & logistics and hospitality. Alongside my studies, I have volunteered for several organisations and campaigns including being team leader for the ‘Paint the Town Pink’ campaign fundraising for Breast Cancer Research and the ‘Raising Political Awareness’ campaign during the UK General Election in 2015. I was also a student ambassador representing the University of Gloucestershire and supporting the Business School during open day events. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, travelling and socialising with my friends and family.
I am an Economic policy and Administration graduate from the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, I am a Management of Tourism graduate from the University of Hradec Kralove, Czechia and am currently a part-time postgraduate student of Information and Communication Technology at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. I am a professional with over seventeen years of extensive administrative experiences as a Senior Administrative Officer in public health organisations. I have a high energy personality and love being on the go and busy and am a very fast learner. I will use my IT and digital marketing skills and analytical thinking to be helpful in the Values and Visions Foundation.