Author and Trainer
I am one of the authors of Values and Visions. I'm a teacher, a trainer, a writer, a researcher and a linguist. I've been working in education for thirty-eight years in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors in both private and public establishments in U.K., Germany, Sudan and Oman as well as being a self-employed educational consultant for seven years. I've specialised in English as an additional language and outdoor adventure "learning without walls". I'm now an educational consultant living in France and working wherever it takes me.
Author and Trainer
I'm one of the authors of Values and Visions. I've had many years of working with others in turning unhappy, disheartened, stressed organisations around into happy, relaxed, peaceful places to work. Firstly doing this in the public sector particularly in education; then in the corporate sector working with multinationals and SMEs and then with care homes. Bringing decades of organisational experience and personal practice of meditation my aim is to release greater joy and creativity into the workplace.
Antony Elliot OBE FCIB
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.
I'm a health service manager who has has worked in the UK and USA in primary, hospital, health promotion and specialist centre settings developing key processes that improve patient experience. I've been recognised for managing competing priorities in complex environments and I try to combine a true passion for making a real difference with a commitment to seeing change through to successful completion. I'm a fellow of the Institute of Health Service Management.
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 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.
I have been a senior Executive with over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services Technology/Software Industry. Recently the Global Head of Delivery and Operations for FIS, managing services functions covering all business disciplines and accountabilities.
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.
I am a dynamic leader who is a passionate diversity, inclusion & equality advocate; an ethical leader who is vision & values-led. I strive to model integrity as a leader. Committed to recruiting & retaining a diverse & flexible education workforce, nurturing talent, building confidence & empowering under-represented groups to lead.
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.
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 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.
Andria Zafirakou is the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner. She is an Arts and Textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in northwest London, England
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.