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.
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 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 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. Currently, I am an Assistant Principal, 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 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'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.
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.
I am a student at the University of Leeds studying 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. Alongside my studies, 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.