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Our Trustees

Chair of Trustees, Heather Dawson, has over 35 years of business experience in North America and the UK. She was a founding partner and head of board governance practice for Praesta Partners LLP, and was recently Deputy Chair of housing for the elderly charity Abbeyfield.

Rebecca Clarke has held substantive roles in schools and local authorities over three decades and spent the past eight years working as an independent consultant with a variety of local authorities, schools and private organisations. She has a proven track record in education and school improvement, leading change, engaging staff and ensuring that organisations and services reach their potential.

Alison Macleod is an experienced non-executive director with roles in the commercial and voluntary sectors, who applies her extensive business and HR expertise to enhance Board performance. Alison is also a governor at St Paul’s School in Barnes, London, with responsibilities in the areas of safeguarding, renumeration and pensions, and was previously a Trustee of Anthem’s Principal Sponsor, Education Development Trust.  

Dr Angela McFarlane is a qualified teacher of secondary science, and has held senior leadership posts at a number of august institutions, including the College of Teachers and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She maintains an active interest in research into learning, is a committed conservationist, and a governor of the University of Middlesex. 

Duncan Parkes has extensive experience working with UK and Global businesses in a range of roles, including directorships, corporate banking, private equity, and leveraged finance. He now runs a successful advisory business and is a Director of the Institute for Turnaround.

Jonathan Simons is a policymaker, government relations expert and communications and strategy consultant with over 15 years working in and around government in the UK and abroad. He is an expert in education and public service reform, and a frequent writer, speaker and media commentator. Jonathan also sits on the board of Education Development Trust.

Sal Wilson is a qualified counsellor with over 30 years’ experience in a range of roles for organisations such as Partnership for Schools and East Sussex County Council. She has worked extensively in the charitable sector through volunteering with various disadvantaged groups, and has over 16 years of board-level experience in the public, private and charitable sectors.