The Secretariat

Sam Butters, CEO

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Sam brings ten years of experience in strategy, business and organisational leadership and is committed to bringing her skills and experience to having a social impact and creating a fairer world. She is passionate about social change and has a strong belief that social mobility and a strong education system are critical to improvements in society.

Sam studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Warwick and started her career on the Deloitte ‘Scholar’ scheme in Audit, gaining a strong grounding in business and accountancy.  She then re-joined Deloitte as a Management Consultant on the graduate programme and was a Manager in Public Sector Consulting before she left to join TeachFirst in 2014.

In the last three years she has been a key member of Teach First’s Strategy and Planning team, most recently as Head of Strategy and Planning and before that leading Strategy and Planning for Delivery of Teach First Programmes across England and Wales. She has led on Teach First organisational strategy and worked closely with the Executive Committee on strategic projects and organisational change, providing support and challenge to ensure that all activity is aligned to the organisation-wide strategy and the 2022 Fair Education Impact Goals.

Alex Turner, Stakeholder Relations Manager

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Alex has been working at the Fair Education Alliance for two years, having started as the Coordinator. He is now the Stakeholder Relations Manager, acting as the first port of call for FEA members and leading the Alliance’s public affairs work. 


Before joining the FEA Alex studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Manchester and had also previously been an intern for Lewisham Council’s Mayor and Cabinet Office, helping to implement the support structure for the newly elected Cabinet after the 2014 local elections.