Honorary Patrons

Professor Dame Alison Peacock
Professor Dame Alison Peacock

Alison Peacock DBE, DL, DLitt is Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching. Until December 2016, Alison was Headteacher of The Wroxham School and Educational Research Centre, in Hertfordshire. She led the school out of special measures less than a year after her appointment as Headteacher (Jan 2003) and it was subsequently judged by Ofsted to be outstanding (2006, 2009, 2013).

Alison’s teaching career spans primary, secondary and advisory roles. Alison is advising the Welsh Government on Curriculum and Assessment and was appointed by the DfE as a member of the Commission for Assessment without Levels and as a member of the ITT Expert Group and CPD Expert Group. She is a trustee of Teach First and a member of the Royal Society Education Committee and a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Alison was previously a member of the Royal Society Vision committee, CBI Education Reference Group, Cambridge Primary Review Trust, NAHT Commission for Assessment, member of the Prince’s Trust Commission for the proposed Royal College of Teaching and was previously a national representative of the Teaching Schools Council.

In July 2014 Alison was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Brighton and in May 2015 appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. In December 2015 Alison was appointed as Visiting Professor for the University of Hertfordshire.

Dame Peacock has worked in partnership with educational researchers to document her innovative work as a teacher and creative school leader. Throughout her career, Alison has sought to teach and lead in a manner that encourages the voice of the child, building a trusting environment for dialogue that enriches understanding and builds communities of lifelong learning. She is author of ‘Assessment for Learning without Limits’ (2016) and co-author of
‘Creating Learning without Limits’ (2012).

Steve Munby
Steve Munby

As CEO of Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust), Steve leads an organisation that operates in diverse environments around the world to transform lives by improving education. Working with governments at national and regional level to improve education systems and with school clusters to raise standards, Steve manages an internationally based workforce in India, the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa, the UK and many other localities. Education Development Trust is a charity and its commitment is to sustainable, high quality self-improving education systems.

Steve began his career as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham, later moving to the north east of England where he worked as a teacher and then as a lecturer. In the late 1980s and the 1990s he worked in school improvement roles in Oldham and Blackburn with Darwen and from 2000 to 2005 he was director of education in Knowsley, Merseyside. Steve was chief executive of the National College for School Leadership from March 2005 to November 2012.

Baroness Sue Campbell
Baroness Sue Campbell

Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then went on to spend four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF).

Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation. Sue was appointed Head of
Women’s Football with the Football Association in March 2016.

Among many honours, Sue has received 11 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport. In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms until April 2013, where she presided over Team GB and Paralympic GB’s incredible performance at the London 2012 games.

In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer. Sue was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.