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Board of trustees

Sir Michael Barber
Sir Michael Barber

Sir Michael Barber is a leading authority on education systems and education reform. He is the co-founder of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and Chair of its Investment Committee.

In addition, from 2011 to 2015 he was DfID’s Special Representative on Education in Pakistan which he has visited more than 40 times. With the Chief Minister of Punjab, he has led a radical education reform which among other things has enrolled almost 2 million children while also improving quality. Prior to Pearson, he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Head of McKinsey’s global education practice.

He previously served the UK government as Head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (from 2001-2005) and as Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education on School Standards (from 1997-2001). Before joining government he was a professor at the Institute of Education at the University of London and long ago a secondary school teacher.

He is a visiting scholar at Harvard, an Honorary Doctor of Exeter University and the Independent Chair of the Foundation for Leadership in Education.

Stephen Munday CBE
Stephen Munday CBE

Stephen Munday CBE is the Chief Executive of The Cam Academy Trust and the Executive Principal of Comberton Village College. Educated in Canterbury, Kent, Mr Munday studied Economics at the University of Cambridge. He went on to qualify as a teacher attending the Institute of Education London, where he also gained an MA in Economics Education.

Mr Munday works in several advisory capacities with the Department for Education, including the Teaching Schools’ Council and the Eastern Region Headteachers’ Board and is a National Leader of Education with the National College for Teaching and Learning, and an Associate Head with the SSAT.

In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for his services to education and the community and in 2013 was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to education. Mr Munday is the Vice-chair of the Foundation for Leadership in Education.

Dr Peter Kent
Dr Peter Kent

Peter Kent has been headteacher of Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby since 1999. Lawrence Sheriff became a Teaching School in 2012 and also acts as the lead partner in ‘Leadership Live’, one of the four licensees delivering the National College’s leadership curriculum in the West Midlands. He is also currently Executive Headteacher of Northampton International Academy.

Peter worked part-time for the National College for several years and was one of the team of authors who prepared their modules on Personalising Learning, Closing the Gap and reducing in-school variation. He has written several data publications for ASCL, including guides to Raiseonline, Progress 8 and working with governors on data.

He was ASCL President from September 2014 – August 2015, having been both Honorary Treasurer and chair of Professional Committee.

Malcolm Trobe
Malcolm Trobe

Malcolm Trobe was previously headteacher of Malmesbury School in Wiltshire for 17 years, before joining ASCL in 2008, currently holding the post of Interim General Secretary. He also taught in schools in Hampshire and Dudley, and for five years was the Technical and Vocational Educational Initiative Director for Dudley MBC.

In 1996 Malcolm joined ASCL Council. He served as Chair of Funding, Pay and Conditions Committee and Honorary Secretary. He was ASCL president in 2006-07.

He is currently on the Advisory board of the EFA and works with a range of other government and associated groups including the Expert Group on the revision of NPQs. He was previously on the board of the Young People’s Learning Agency, on the National Council of the LSC and the DCSF Expert Group on 14-19 education. He also has significant experience in curriculum and assessment having been a chief examiner at both ‘O’ level and GCSE. Malcolm was awarded a CBE for services to education in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Emma Knights
Emma Knights

Emma Knights is Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and prior to her appointment in 2010 she was joint CEO of the Daycare Trust. Before that, she worked in a number of roles in the voluntary sector, particularly in the Legal Services Commission, Citizens Advice and the Local Government Association. As well as leading projects on child poverty and educational attainment, Emma has written on a wide range of topics and is co-author of the Chair’s Handbook.

Emma regularly addresses legislators and the media on governance issues, as well as school governors, trustees, clerks and school leaders. She was a governor at a secondary school in Warwickshire for 7 years and is one of the founding trustees of the Foundation for Leadership in Education.

Tom Clark
Tom Clark

Tom was formerly Chief Executive of George Spencer Foundation School and Technology College in Nottingham. George Spencer School received three consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports.

For 3 years Tom was an Associate Director of the Schools Network and led on workforce-remodelling and helping to develop international school networks in Australia, The United States and Hong Kong.

Tom has published booklets on ‘study leave’, ‘benchmarking and financial planning’ and ‘workforce reform’. Tom has been Executive Chairman of FASNA since 2009.

Tom was made a CBE in 2003.

Kim Johnson
Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson has close to four decades’ teaching experience, including in mainstream and special school day/residential settings. He is Principle of Bradfields Specialist SEN Academy in Chatham, Kent, offering day provision for 300 students in the 4-19 age range with complex learning difficulties and disabilities

Kim is dedicated to guaranteeing the very best educational and life opportunities for children and young people, particularly those with personal challenges and disabilities; pursuing outcomes that raise expectations and secure a place for all in our educational system.

Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales

Stephen Morales is the Chief Executive of the National Association of School Business Management and was appointed in September 2013. Stephen has a 20-year career history in operations and finance, working at a senior level in both the public and private sectors. He has managed significant change management and quality assurance programmes. Stephen has held the position of Finance Director in the UK education system and enjoyed a spell performing a similar role in an international setting.

Stephen returned to the UK in 2007 and has since worked closely with the Department for Education in areas of policy reform. More recently, Stephen has been involved in education research in Europe, the Middle East and the US. Between 2014 and 2015, Stephen presided over the development and subsequent implementation of nationally recognised school business management professional standards.

Russell Hobby
Russell Hobby

Russell Hobby is general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers. NAHT is the largest union for school leaders in the UK, representing over 28,500 members in every phase of education. Before taking up this post in 2010, Russell worked as a management consultant and in the software industry. Russell is also a trustee of the Brilliant Club, Teaching Leaders and the Teacher Development Trust. He is a member of the advisory board of Future Leaders, the management board for NAHT Edge and the Independent State School Partnership forum.