Hannah has a background in recruitment as manager of an in-house agency and is bringing her experience in this field to Governors for Schools as Interim CEO. She managed the development of our systems to enable us to spend less time on administration and more time reaching out to potential volunteers and schools. She has a degree in English Literature from Roehampton University, with QTS. Hannah is currently chair of governors at a village primary school in Essex.
Head of Finance, Impact and Technology
Tara has worked for Governors for Schools since 2007 and is responsible for managing the charity's Systems, Finance, HR and Impact work. Having previously worked in post 16 education, Tara moved to Governors for Schools as she wanted to work for an organisation that supported education across all phases to ensure she was part of something working for the best educational outcomes for all. For the last 4 years, Tara has been a governor at a primary school in Surrey and has recently started her second term at the school, taking on the role of Vice Chair. She is the link governor for disadvantaged pupils.
Head of Operations, London
Will joined the charity in 2015 and has led our work in London since the summer of 2017. He has a strong belief in the need for schools to have diverse governing boards and is passionate about outcomes for children. He previously worked for a secondary school for children with severe learning difficulties in North London. He has served as a governor at a primary school in Islington since November 2016 and is currently the Link Governor for curriculum within the school. He has a degree in History as well as an MA in Heritage Resource Management.
Head of Partnerships and Business Development
Julie oversees business development for Governors for Schools. Julie previously worked at a Royal Jeweller managing projects in the Middle East and for the UK Royal Household and prior to this, worked in business development for Strategy International - a private sector strategic business development network. Originally from Denmark, Julie worked in various continents before settling in the UK and studied her business management degree in London, New York and Copenhagen – she now brings a bit of Scandinavian flair to the Charity.
Projects and Impact Manager
Emma joined Governors for Schools in November 2017 and brings a range of experience in the education sector. Emma taught in in Essex for several years before joining EES for Schools as an Education Adviser, specialising in assessment. She has also developed assessment software used in schools across the country. Emma has a BA (Hons) from Brunel University and achieved QTS after completing a Primary PGCE at the University of Greenwich. She is a governor at a large infant school in Southend-on-Sea.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Lydia joined Governors for Schools after spending two years working as a copywriter in the London tech startup scene. Having worked and volunteered for the RNLI, Oxfam, and women’s charities in the past, Lydia made the move to the charity sector full time to use her written and creative skills to encourage more people to become school governors – and positively impact social mobility. Lydia graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English and Politics and spent a year studying at the University of Sydney as part of her degree.
Service Development Manager
In his role as Service Development Manager, Oliver works to enhance our offer of services and resources for volunteers. Oliver has seven years’ experience supporting governors and school leaders with The Key and Governors for Schools. He has a degree in history from the University of Manchester.
Schools Partnerships Manager
Jill joined Governors for Schools in July 2015 as a National Team Area Manager before moving across to the London Team the following year. She now works across both teams, focusing her efforts on engaging new schools for our national volunteers and supporting our other Partnerships Managers in their roles. Having attended Rose Bruford College, where she graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Acting, Jill continues to pursue a professional acting career in theatre and television, alongside working at Governors for Schools.
Partnerships Manager - North West
Emma joined Governors for Schools in 2018 pursuing her passion for education. She had previously led North West regional recruitment campaigns for local authority children’s services, as well as having a senior marketing role at a national charity. She has a BA in English from Nottingham Trent University and is a governor at a nursery school in Stockport.
Before joining Governors for Schools, Raheem was an administration volunteer for CEN (Communities Empowerment Network), a charity that supports, advises and represents parents and helps reintegrate pupils excluded from school back into education. Raheem holds a degree in Psychosocial Studies from Anglia Ruskin University and in his spare time does Parkour.
Partnerships Manager - North & East London
Craig joined Governors For Schools in 2017 and has been the good luck charm to the London Team ever since. Craig graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology but always longed to direct films for the big screen in Hollywood. If he isn’t handling and liaising with volunteers, he’s filming and editing videos for the company website.
Partnerships Manager - South East
Ellie has been with Governors for Schools since November 2018, originally joining the London team before moving over to the National team in 2020. Born in West Sussex and raised in Kent, Ellie has always had a strong interest in improving educational outcomes. She gained a first-class degree in Geography and International Development from UEA, and undertook outreach work across schools whilst based in Norfolk. Prior to joining the Charity, Ellie worked for a London based health foundation.
Partnerships Manager - East Anglia
Adam, originally from East Anglia, looks after our partnerships in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Cambridgeshire. He joined Governors for Schools after reading for an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Law in London. He has had work experiences in law, banking and retail, as well as interning in both the Westminster and European Parliaments. In his spare time he enjoys learning foreign languages, travelling, badminton and politics.
Partnerships Manager - West Midlands
Shaun joined Governors for Schools after previously working in engineering recruitment. Shaun is passionate about volunteering and chairs multiple local charities. He enjoys supporting schools and volunteers in his local community through his role at Governors for Schools. Based in the heart of the Midlands, Shaun is an avid runner and cook and can regularly be spotted at running events or in the kitchen.
Jerome joined Governors for Schools in the summer of 2019. Prior to this he spent six years working in special needs settings across London with an interest in supporting communication as a means of promoting independence. He has a degree in Communication and Digital Media, a diploma in copywriting and a years’ experience volunteering for non-profit start-up Bounce Works as a copywriter. He joined the Governors for Schools team as a Marketing Executive to use these experiences to promote the charity.
Partnerships Manager - South West
Daniel has joined the team after travelling throughout South America and the Indian subcontinent. Previously he worked for One Westminster, supporting corporate volunteers with one-off and long-term volunteering activities. Daniel enjoys enabling businesses to engage their staff with meaningful and high impact volunteering. In a previous role, he advocated schools to offer the Barclays LifeSkills programme to their students. In his spare time he volunteers; assisting people with learning difficulties with activities like cooking. Daniel is also a keen bicycle mechanic and has a long-standing interest in tinkering and learning how things work.
Partnerships Manager - South London
Originally born in South London but raised in Essex, Blessing joined Governors for Schools in September 2019 after finishing her Politics degree at the University of Leicester. With previous volunteering experience, Blessing has grown passionate about challenging social inequality and improving the education sector to create equal opportunities for all children. Blessing is also very dedicated to fitness - in particular, weight training and all things nutrition.
Partnerships Manager - North
Alice joined the team in autumn 2019 and is based in Leeds, although originally from the North East. She has previously worked in relationship management with schools and colleges across Yorkshire, helping to deliver National Citizen Service within the region. In addition she has experience working in the public health sector in the UK and Central America. She has a degree from the University of London Institute in Paris, alongside a PGCE with QTS where she advocated languages in secondary schools.