The Secretariat

Sam Butters, CEO


Sam has ten years of experience in strategy, business and organisational leadership, and is committed 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 better 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 Teach First in 2014.

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



Joseph Dudley, Communications and Membership Manager

Joseph has extensive experience working with charities. As a student he led UKSEDS, the national student space society, where he built, a careers website for young people. He won a Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award in 2017 and a Sir Arthur Clarke Award in 2016, both for outstanding work with charities. He previously worked as a Maths teacher, and as Director of Operations at Turinglab, an ed-tech start-up.

Joseph is responsible for supporting Sam with her organisation and administration tasks, and managing the Alliance's communications to support its member organisations in progress towards the Fair Education Impact Goals.