Sir Richard Lambert, Chair
Sir Richard Lambert spent most of his career at the Financial Times, ending as editor of the paper from 1991 to 2001. He is now chairman of the British Museum and Bloomsbury Publishing.
After leaving the FT, he wrote the Lambert Review of Business/University Collaboration for the Government, and was Chancellor of the University of Warwick. He was an independent member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2006, and served as director general of the Confederation of British Industry from 2006 to 2011.
Dame Julia Cleverdon, Vice-Chair
Dame Julia Cleverdon spent 16 years as Chief Executive of Business in the Community, and is Chair of the National Literacy Trust, and a board member of the National Citizen Service, the Careers and Enterprise Company and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. She was formerly Chair of Teach First.
Following her 2012 government review on increasing young people's engagement in social action Julia co-founded the Campaign for Youth Social Action, now known as Step Up To Serve, which was convened by HRH The Prince of Wales and launched with the support of three party leaders in November 2013.
Prof. Sonia Blandford
Professor Sonia Blandford is Founder and CEO of Achievement for All and one of the UK's leading practitioners of education. She is Professor of Education and Social Enterprise at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, and Honorary Professor of Education, University of Warwick.
She began her career as a music teacher and has worked in primary and secondary schools across the UK. She has been actively involved in creating and sustaining seven charities that continue to provide educational, social and artistic opportunities for local and national communities.
Richard Hardie is a Senior Adviser to UBS AG in the UK. Richard co-led UBS’s project to set up The Bridge Academy, Hackney, which opened in 2007, and he is the Vice-Chair of Governors. In 2003 he joined the Board of The Learning Trust, and became Chair in 2007.
He is an Honorary Vice-President of the UK Chartered Institute of Linguists and is actively involved in policy matters relating to the teaching of modern foreign languages. He is also a Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford.
Steven McIntosh is the Director of UK Poverty Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children. He was previously Head of Government Relations for Save the Children's UK programme which is focused on tackling child poverty in the UK. Before joining Save the Children he worked in policy and public affairs at Carers UK.
Russell Hobby is CEO of Teach First, and was previously general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). Prior to this, he 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.
Brett Wigdortz led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002 until October 2017. He previously he worked as a consultant, a journalist and researcher. His book, Success Against the Odds, a candid account of the first ten years of Teach First, was named WHSmith’s Business Book of the Month.
In 2007 he was named the UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and was awarded the 2010 CASE European Leadership Award and the 2013 UK Charity Principal of the Year Award. He was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for Services to Education.