The Secretariat

Sam Butters, CEO


Sam runs the Fair Education Alliance, the UK’s largest and most influential education coalition, tackling inequalities in the education system. The Alliance unites over 150 organisations from diverse sectors and geographies to work together to ensure that no child’s educational success is determined by their socioeconomic background. The Fair Education Alliance achieves this through driving collective action, scaling impactful solutions and influencing policy.

Sam brings ten years of experience in strategy, business and organisational leadership, and is committed to having a social impact and creating a fairer world. She previously led Teach First's strategy and planning, delivering strategic projects and before that was a management consultant with Deloitte focusing on strategy and operations in the public sector.



Gina Cicerone, Executive Director

Prior to joining the FEA, Gina led the Teach First Innovation Unit to nurture social entrepreneurs to tackle educational inequality through training, funding and mentoring. This enabled a portfolio of 20 start-ups to scale from reaching 30,000 pupils to over 500,000 in 5 years. 

In 2008, Gina founded Fundacion VASE, an NGO in Ecuador dedicated to volunteer exchanges and youth leadership development. After five years as CEO, she handed over leadership to pursue her Masters in Development Management at the London School of Economics. Prior to joining Teach First, Gina supported individuals to start and scale their social ventures at UnLtd. Gina is a governor of Clapham Manor Primary School and on the Ashoka Venture Board.